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News Archive 2012

News & Articles from the year 2012

Smith Lake property protected. Flathead Land Trust recently protected 305 acres in the Kila/Smith Lake area once destined for a luxury residential development with a private airstrip. The land includes both prime agricultural land and critical wetlands. The Flathead Land Trust is working to deed 189 acres of critical wetlands to the Smith Lake Waterfowl Protection Area, adding protection to this popular bird-watching areas in the Flathead Valley. Click here to read more.

Awards presented to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and landowners at Flathead Lakers annual meeting. Click here to read more about the Flathead Lakers’ Stewardship Award presented to Fish, Wildlife and Parks and here to read about the Montana Wetlands Stewardship award shared with two landowners.

Flathead Lakers Celebrate Clean Water Connections. What do warblers, cottonwoods, Flathead Lakers members, and anglers have in common? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife biologist Gael Bissell spoke at the Flathead Lakers’ annual meeting on July 26. She pointed out several things, but the most important is that they are all part of the many connections that make up a healthy river system.  Click here to read more…

New Conservation Project on Flathead River. Eric and Rebecca Smith recently completed a conservation project that protects 97 acres of exceptional riparian habitat on the Flathead River. Read more about it our Success Stories (Photo by Lido Vizzutti, The Beacon).

Another beautiful river property protected. Diamond B Ranch owners Jerry and Eileen Brosten closed on a conservation easement in December that will protect their beautiful 192-acre property along 1½ miles of the Flathead River. To read more check link to article below.

River to Lake Initiative partners and friends help landowners and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks protect cottonwoods on the river. Initiative partners helped protect large cottonwoods from beavers and deer predation at the Diamond B property and at Foys Bend along the Flathead River.

Landowners honored with Wetland Stewardship Award. River to Lake partners have assisted over 40 families along the Flathead River and the North Shore of Flathead Lake “to realize their conservation visions for their lands,” writes Jim Mann, reporter with the Daily Inter Lake. Click here to read this story.

River to Lake Initiative Honored. River to Lake Initiative partners were honored in Helena for their work protecting the clean water and healthy habitat upstream from Flathead Lake. The Montana Wetland Council presented the 2011 Montana Wetland Stewardship Award to the River to Lake Initiative on May 26 in Helena. Read more.

Flathead River Otter News: “There were 206 Tundra Swans on McWennegar Slough during the waterfowl survey on March 20.”- Posted by Steve Gniadek. To see what the River to Lake Initiative mascot says go to Flathead River Otter’s page.” Otter will keep you posted on a stream of river and lake issues and fun facts via Facebook – as far as Otters are concerned.

Waterfowl spring migration surveys in the Flathead Valley.  Biologists with MT Fish, Wildlife &Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Flathead Audubon are out every week this spring counting migratory waterfowl. Read about it in the River 2 Lake Spring News.

Ninepipe wetland restoration projects completed. Ducks Unlimited and FWP restored over 120 acres of wetlands in the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area with funding secured by River to Lake partners. Reas about it in the River 2 Lake Spring News.



One Piece at a Time. Flathead Land Trust celebrates its 50th conservation easement, protecting 305 acres in Kila.

By Justin Franz, October 13, 2012. Flathead Beacon

Deal Expands Smith Lake Wildlife Area.

By Jim Mann, September 20, 2012. The Daily Inter Lake. See Article

Easement protects family land forever.

By Camillia Lanham, August 15, 2012. Bigfork Eagle

Migrating birds to get more food and habitat.

By Camillia Lanham, July 11, 2012. Bigfork Eagle

Unlikely Conservation Easement Advocates Complete Second Deal.

By Myers Reece, May 14, 2012. Flathead Beacon

Preserving the Lower Valley. Flathead River homestead placed in land trust.

By JIM MANN, January 29, 2012. Daily Interlake Article

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