Friends of 2 Rivers
A citizens' organization committed to promoting a safe, healthy and enriching environment for the communities at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers.
On Saturday, September 12 from 11am to 5pm, Montana State Parks invites the public to experience the wild side of Milltown State Park at this year’s Community at the Confluence, a celebration of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot river restoration and communities surrounding the confluence,
The event, held in association with National Public Lands Day and co-sponsored by Friends of Two Rivers, will feature a series of expert-guided hikes on topics such as the importance of bull trout to native people, birds in the riparian area and wildlife migration corridors, all held along the new trail system that begins at the Milltown State Park Overlook. The free event includes food vendors and educational booths.
Heads up! Bears are moving into the neighborhoods attracted by and feeding on apples. Now is the time to contain all garbage, pet food, bird feeders and other attractants and pick and clean up fruit. Here are four sources for more information.
Missoula Valley Fruit Exchange: July to November 2015 on Facebook. It's a Facebook page anyone can go to to either find fruit to pick, if they are interested, or to get people who want fruit to come pick it.
Assistance with apple picking: Elissa Chott, Great Bear Foundation, 406-829-9378
If you observe bears in your neighborhood and are concerned about their presence contact: Jamie Jonkel, Region 2, Wildlife Management Specialist; (406) 542-5508
BAD NEWS: The world’s atmospheric scientists have established 350 ppm as the level beyond which increasing climate change would occur and atmospheric CO2 concentration has been increasing at an accelerating rate: 315.70 ppm in March, 1958; 397.20 ppm in July 2013; 399.00 ppm in July 2014; 401.3 in July 2015.
GOOD NEWS: Phasing out coal use will help arrest the ongoing increase in atmospheric CO2. We can act by opposing the construction of the Tongue River Railroad proposed to haul coal from the proposed Otter Creek Coal Mine near Ashland MT. The mine would be one of the largest in North America and would export coal to Asia from proposed terminals in Washington and Oregon. See How to oppose the Tongue River Railroad below.
In the US, President Obama's Clean Power Plan sets the first ever carbon emission standards on coal burning power plants, the largest source of CO2 emission in the U.S. with achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Read more about it.
"SuzAnne Miller is the owner of Dunrovin Ranch. A fourth-generation Montanan, SuzAnne grew up roaming the mountains and fishing the streams of western Montana. Her love of nature, animals, science, and education prompted her to create the world’s first cyber ranch where live web cameras bring Dunrovin’s wildlife and ranch life to internet users across the globe." Distinctly Montana Magazine. Photo: Make It Missoula
SuzAnne Miller shares her connection to Montana in this short video created by Geoff Pepos as part of "The Roadcast" series. Watch "The Roadcast, Chapter One: From Missoula to Dunrovin with SuzAnne Miller."