2015 News & Events

News & EventsRead our latest R2L News, May 2015 Riparian Restoration Projects Growing • Stories from the Land • July is Montana Open Land Month • New Farm Bill Guide • Smith Lake Bike and Bird Tour  Wetland Plant • Identification Workshop • Montanans for Healthy Rivers Forum • Flathead River Raft Trip • Sandhill Crane Bike and Bird Tour.

ClarkForkSymposium2015 Clark Fork Symposium, April 23-24. Flathead River to Lake Initiative partners will be presenting at the Clark Fork Symposium on Friday, April 24, at the University of Montana in Missoula. Since 1985, Clark Fork Basin citizens have met every 5 years on conservation science and actions in the basin. The symposium kick starts on Thursday evening with a State of the River report looking back on 30 years of conservation progress and ahead to future challenges.  Speakers and panels will address recent and ongoing studies guiding actions to conserve and restore the basin. For more information or to sign up visit their website 2015 Clark Fork Symposium.

FoysBend planting

Volunteer planting event, Saturday, April 11. Join the Flathead River to Lake Initiative and partners to plant willows, enjoy the fresh air and learn about river restoration near Kalispell on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 9:30am-12:00pm. We will help a landowner plant native shrubs and trees along the Flathead River to protect clean water and help reduce erosion. For more information and to volunteer please email or call Megan at riversteward15@gmail.com, 406-752-4242 x 109. See our Willow planting flyer. Ask Megan also about other planting and volunteer events coming up this April.

Dakin and Siderius recognized for conservation work. Read this article about two people who joined efforts to advance conservation of important farm lands in the Flathead. Click here to read the article in the Hungry Horse News, by Chris Peterson, January 7, 2015.

caseys farewellpartyRead our latest R2L News Winter 2015: Welcome new Big Sky Watershed Corps member •  $1 Million Grant Approved for Conserving Migratory Bird Habitat • Flathead Lake Watershed Restoration Plan approved • Flathead River Channel Migration Zone Study and Maps available on the Montana State Library website • Farewell to Dan and Susannah Casey • Flathead Audubon hire new Conservation Educator •  Events

FLT Flathead River$1 Million Grant Approved for Conserving Migratory Bird Habitat

Flathead Land Trust and Flathead River to Lake Initiative partners awarded a $1 million North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 525 acres of wetlands and agricultural lands and restore 125 wetland acres in the Flathead and Mission valleys. Click here to continue reading.

HeadshotWelcome 2015 Big Sky Watershed Corps member

Megan Stockfisch joined the Flathead River to Lake Initiative in January to help continue and expand our Flathead River Steward program.  This is the third year the Flathead Lakers are hosting a Big Sky Watershed Corps (associated with AmeriCorps) member to help initiative partners and interested landowners restore riparian areas along the Flathead River and the north shore of Flathead Lake.

Megan will be assisting River to Lake Initiative partners, including landowners, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Flathead Conservation District, and the Flathead Lakers plan and implement restoration projects, such as riparian fencing, planting, and weeding, and education projects, such as sharing information with landowners about financial assistance programs for restoration and conservation projects.

She will also help coordinate volunteer river restoration and clean-up projects, and conduct water education activities for students. Watch for new volunteer opportunities next summer!

Megan will work closely with Aaron Clausen who served as our Corps member last year. Aaron is staying on with the Flathead River Steward program to help transition and build the program from the two-year pilot project into a permanent program.

Megan graduated from University of California Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences.  Megan loves to fish, hike, camp, kayak, and anything to do with plants.  She is looking forward to engaging with river landowners to learn about their concerns and help with restoration challenges.

Megan and Aaron are based at the Natural Resource Conservation Service office in Kalispell. They can be reached at 406-752-4242 extension 109. Megan can be reached by email at riversteward15@gmail.com. Aaron can be reached at riversteward@outlook.com.

Welcome to the Flathead and the River to Lake Initiative, Megan!


Stalled North Shore Subdivision Re-Emerges for Discounted Price, by Dillon Tabish, Flathead Beacon staff, June 5, 2015. See Article.

Volunteers Help Restore Land Along Flathead River by Justin Franz, Flathead Beacon staff, May 20, 2015. See Article.

Click here to read Archived News from previous years.