Best wishes for the Rattlesnake Watershed and Beyond

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and best wishes for the coming year!

Panorama view across the Rattlesnake Valley

Panorama view across the Rattlesnake Valley toward Mount Jumbo, seen from the North Hills. Photo by Eric Edlund, Dec.22, 2013.

It’s been another good year for the RCWG. This fall we received funding from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via the Western Native Trout Initiative to work with the Lolo National Forest to improve streambank and riparian habitat in Rattlesnake Creek near the “horse bridge”.  Some large boulders have already been delivered, and work should commence around early March 2014.

Earlier in the year we also completed restoration work in Bugbee Park, and we hosted several successful events as part of the  Bear Aware Apple Share project, including the inaugural Tour da Bear and the second annual Fall Festival at Ten Spoon Winery. In December we wrapped up the funded portion of the project (thanks to the City of Missoula’s Neighborhood Large Grant program), but we’re planning further events for 2014 and of course we’ll continue to work with partners like Great Bear Foundation and missoulabears.org to help keep the Rattlesnake Valley safe for humans and bears in the future.

2014 will bring some changes to the RCWG.  Jill Alban will be stepping down from her position as President, and later this spring we’ll lose Greg Peters, our current Vice President.  Starting in January, Dave Fortner and Eric Edlund will serve as co-Chairs of the Advisory Board.  We’re looking for new Board members–if you’re interested please contact us and/or attend our mid-January board meeting (details will be posted on this web page).

The work of the Rattlesnake Creek Watershed Group depends on volunteers and fundraising from the community; whether you’d like to volunteer, attend a meeting, make a tax-deductible donation, enlist our help with a watershed project, or just want more information, please contact us by email or phone.  Thanks!

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About Eric Edlund

A geographer

Posted on December 25, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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