Summer in the ‘Snake (and beyond)
Our local rivers are past their peak spring flows and the danger of major flooding is past, but the water in Rattlesnake Creek is still pretty high and fast.
This week would be a good time to brush up on River Safety, and coincidentally you can do just that this Wednesday, June 25th, from noon-1 at Silver Park (specifically, the boat ramp next to Osprey Stadium) for the Clark Fork Coalition’s River Season Kickoff. Along with a river safety demo from licensed river guides, you’ll learn about 2014 rules for boating the Blackfoot River, hear the latest construction plan for Milltown State Park, and take a tour of Missoula’s newest riverside hangout at Silver Park.
Also this week, an event in the Rattlesnake Valley with a focus on good music and increasing train traffic. Dana Lyons (best known [by me anyway] for his song “Cows With Guns”) will perform at Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, this Thursday, June 26th, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Dana’s tour is called the “Crude Awakening Oil Train Tour” and it’s designed to raise awareness and provide information along with a fun time. “Suggested donation of $10-$20 (no one turned away!)”
Since you’re reading this blog you probably care about native trout, and the latest news for westslope cutthroat is not great, due to threats from climate change leading to changes in snowmelt patterns that increase opportunities for hybridization with non-native rainbows. Here’s a nicely-illustrated discussion of an important research paper on the subject published last month.
RCWG members are doing our best to provide and maintain good habitat for natives like westslope cutthroat and bull trout; please check out the creek bank stabilization project and get in touch with us if you’d like to help out there. We’ll be having an Advisory Board meeting in the next few weeks, and we’re looking for motivated volunteers to join us there as well.
Enjoy your summer!