Bad weather and the Interlocal

Print Article

The 2019 Winter Interlocal has been held, but the big news is the late, almost vicious winter weather.

Private landowners sent their concerns to the agencies in the weeks before the meeting, so their presentations took less than 15 minutes and the agencies managed to finish by 1 p.m.

There was some good information about which will, no doubt, fuel future concerns, but it is always good to have a heads up.

In the information category:

Moran logging on state land is 85 percent complete and will be finished this summer, so there will be fewer trucks on the road for the rest of the winter.

Redd counts for bull trout are up significantly and there will be a review of fishing regulations this year which may result in changes for 2020. There is a lot of discussion about banning Treble hooks on the North Fork. In my opinion, they should have been banned years ago and I think barbless hooks should be required, too. Since the North Fork is primarily a catch-and-release river, we should give released fish a good chance of survival.

Various folks are looking at the need for a Bear Aware program on the North Fork. This is due to conflicts last summer that ended in killing two grizzlies in the Polebridge area and the relocation of another. As part of bear awareness, there was a discussion of the increased number of rentals in the area and the responsibility of landlords to inform their renters about bear concerns.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported wolf and mountain lion numbers unchanged. Thirty mule deer were tagged last year, of which 11 died Ė mostly killed by mountain lions. Another 30 will be collared this year.

It is illegal to feed game. This includes salt blocks with game cameras. Bird feeders are legal, unless other game (like bears) are attracted. In that case, they must be removed.

Border Patrol staffing remains the same as in recent years, although some agents from here have been sent to the southern border for 30-day deployments.

In Glacier Park, seasonal hiring has been delayed due to the shutdown and the shutdown has also delayed project planning for this summer, including bridge repair at Polebridge and Bowman Lake traffic rerouting.

The air quality monitoring station will be deployed on the North Fork this summer and will have some online capacity.

With 100,000 entries at Polebridge in 2018, the one in and one out policy will continue for folks going to Kintla and Bowman Lakes and boat checks for mussels will continue as before. North Forkers should contact Polebridge Ranger Station for special inspections.

The Inside Road was made passable for emergency vehicles during last summerís fires and may be open from Polebridge to Anaconda Creek this summer.

The FLAP grant to spend a couple of million on improving the Merc to Park road and the North Fork Road from Trail Creek to the border currently looks like design work in 2019, bid in 2020 and work will start in 2021. I worry that designers, planners and bureaucrats may eat up more than their fair share of the money and we might end up with less than half of the money actually used on the road.

What do you think?

Larry Wilsonís North Fork Views appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.

Print Article

Read More Columns

North Fork isnít a free-for-all

November 13, 2019 at 7:34 am | Lake County Leader I am always surprised at how little some newcomers know about the North Fork when they buy their dream retirement or recreational retreat. You would think they might ask before they buy and maybe eve...

Comments

Read More

Conformity complex cure

November 13, 2019 at 7:30 am | Lake County Leader A classic George Ostrom column, from October, 1989... When I was in high school, there were fads. There always have been and always will be. Difference from the early 1940s and now is that our fads ...

Comments

Read More

In a land of cows, stomaching a meatless burger

November 06, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Hungry Horse News About three months ago, Burger King started selling the Impossible Whopper, a meatless Whopper that contains soy, potato and yeast, among other things, according to the Burger King website. The Hung...

Comments

Read More

About shorts and sheep

November 06, 2019 at 7:13 am | Lake County Leader A classic George Ostrom column, from December, 2004... Several things had gone wrong during Wednesday the 22nd. Bad start was getting my shorts on backwards, hit my head on a cupboard door, . . . st...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2019 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X