Looking forward to July 4

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Also, as usual, parking is apt to be a nightmare with folks attending the parade and complicated by folks trying to get out of the Park who have never heard of the parade. Most of these folks are friendly and just watch the parade and enjoy the festivities, while a few get a little ugly in their anxiety to get back to town or float, or worst case, catch an airplane. They are all treated the same. They just have to wait until the parade is over and work their way through the traffic jam.

Although the parade is popular, there is also the Jacobson Party after the parade. This at the Jacobson cabin at the junction of Moose Creek Road and the North Fork Road and is always a great time with good, plentiful food. Everyone is welcome and it is also a chance to bring your favorite side dish.

The second Sunday of July will be a big night at Sondreson Hall. There will be an information/education presentation at 7 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. by the regular meeting of the Landowners Association. Any by-law amendments must be presented in writing at this meeting. Any new amendments plus one tabled from last year will be voted on at the annual meeting on the second Sunday of August.

In addition to amendments, there is also the annual election of officers at the August meeting. Unlike last year, when all officers were reelected, this year there will be changes since the current president is term limited and will replace the current past president on the Board of Directors. There will also be elections for vice president, secretary, treasurer and one North and one South director. Folks in these positions may be reelected or replaced.

This week, the Montana Tree Farmers held an information/education meeting at Sondreson Hall, followed by a tour of North Fork Tree farms. The meeting was well attended by more than 25 people. Tree farmers design their own plan for their own property and may have multiple objectives, including recreation, wildlife habitat, views or even how to manage their property for a healthy forest or even to maximize income from timber harvest.

For free information, I suggest people talk to Allen Chrisman or Duke Hoiland. Both are former Montana Tree Farmers of the Year and both manage their property for multiple uses.

Larry Wilson’s North Fork Views appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.

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