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RIVER NOTES
Montanans for Healthy Rivers newsletter

July 2018 Vol.5 No.3
Photo © Scott Bosse
Free -Flowing & Clean
Ever wonder how you could determine the fate of Montana’s most premier rivers? Well, now is your chance. The Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park have begun a multi-year process to prepare a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the three forks of the Flathead River in northwest Montana.

The three forks of the Flathead were designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers in 1976. They encompass the North Fork of the Flathead from the Canadian border to its confluence with the Middle Fork, the entire Middle Fork, and the South Fork from its headwaters to Hungry Horse Reservoir. The North Fork and the lower Middle Fork form the boundaries between the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park.  Portions of the Middle and South Forks flow through the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas. A total of 219 miles of the Flathead River system are included in the designation.

The Flathead Wild & Scenic Rivers offer multiple recreational opportunities and phenomenal access to outstanding resources on Montana’s public lands. The CRMP will address the current status of these resources, outline goals and desired conditions, determine user capacities, and create a monitoring strategy and plan. The Forest Service and National Park Service invite local public involvement on topics regarding fisheries, geology, botany, recreation, scenery and ethnography in upcoming meetings held in Kalispell July through October, 2018.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 25th at 5:45pm, at the Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 650 Wolfpack Way in Kalispell. This meeting will cover the topic of cultural and ethnography values.
5000 MILES OF WILD
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, American Rivers recently released a new film shot on the Rio Grande – one of America’s first designated rivers.  Tawny canyon walls frame a river permeating with episodes of American history, adventure and solace. The film is a powerful call to action for protecting our country’s remaining wild rivers for future generations. Check it out and get inspired!
Paddlers race head-to-head at the 2018 Gallatin Whitewater Festival on June 23rd.
Photo © Kevin Colburn 
BIG THANKS OWED TO
CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE!

 
Please call him today and thank him for passing the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 4645). 
(202) 225-3211
The East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act passed out of the House of Representatives this week. The bill now heads back to the Senate for a procedural vote, and then its on to the President's desk for a final signature. We haven't been this close to designating a Wild & Scenic River in Montana in 42 years. Please thank Representative Gianforte for his commitment to conserving East Rosebud Creek and honoring the unanimous support of Montanans. And while you're at it, give Senator Tester (202) 224-2644 and Senator Daines (202) 224-2651 a call. Ask them to seal the deal!
UPCOMING EVENTS
October 10 - 12
Watershed Symposium
Whitefish, MT

The Montana Watershed Coordinating Council will host their bi-annual watershed council. This year's topic will focus on advancing conservation through effective communication. MWCC is currently accepting abstracts to present at the symposium. Register here.
October 22 - 25
River Management Symposium
Vancouver, WA

Program themes honor the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. They reflect river values that are the goals of protection, regardless of designation or managing entity. Register here.
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"I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding..” 
― John O’Donohue
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