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Yellowstone River CLOSED!

This morning Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took the unprecedented action of closing over 200 miles of the Yellowstone River from Gardner to Laurel to …

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Three Fly Fishing Films to Screen in Bigfork – Flathead Beacon

Local nonprofit group Conservation Hawks will host three fly fishing films – “Chrome,” “Cold Waters” and “Through The Guides” – on Sunday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. The event, which focuses on climate change and will raise funds for CH, also features Trout TV’s Hilary Hutcheson, Field & Stream magazine’s Hal Herring, and fly fishing writer/CH president Todd Tanner.

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Flathead Fishing Fair Coming Saturday April 30

The Flathead Fishing Fair will be held Saturday, April 30 at Snappys Sport Senter from 9 am to noon. The event is sponsored by Snappys Sport Senter and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The Fishing Fair offers fishing fun for youths age 12 and younger in Snappys Pond as well as fun and educational activities for all ages. Kids are welcome to bring their own fishing rods; some loaner fishing outfits and bait will be available along with fishing assistance.

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It’s gonna be fun. Flathead TU will be there.

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Northeast Montana lacks nearby hazardous materials teams

Nearly 20 percent of the state’s population, 183,047, live in evacuation zones (one-half mile) for an oil train derailment along 3,368 miles of track, the audit noted. It stated that included 47 hospitals/medical centers, 169 fire stations and 353 schools.

From 2010-2014, Montana ranked 21st in the U.S. for train incidents with 177 reported during that time period. Total damages were $43.3 million and cost per incident was $246,100. The largest number of incidents (6-10) were in Yellowstone County, according the the state audit.

The transport of oil grew substantially from 2008 to 2014, the audit noted. In 2008, there were 9,500 carloads of crude oil. In 2013, there were 407,761 and in the first half of 2014 there were 229,798. Even though the oil boom has eased, the audit notes the oil shipments are above the 2008 numbers.

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

A report released in October by the Legislative Audit Division faulted the PSC for not identifying rail safety risks, not having a safety plan, not having enough inspectors to adequately cover the state and not participating in regional safety issues. It said the agency is not actively engaged in rail safety, and its lone goal seems to be meeting a minimum number of inspections each year.

The report also found there’s a lack of statewide emergency planning and hazardous-material response capability should an oil spill occur. It recommended more coordination with local, state and national planners, as well as adding a third inspector to check rail lines, cars and engines.

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The PSC needs to know that it is imperative that we prevent an oil spill along the wild & scenic Middle Fork Flathead River. Contact your PSC commissioner: http://www.psc.mt.gov/Commissioners/ 

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Warriors of 2016

Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited member Jim Borowski is a busy guy. Aside from being an active member of our board and heading up our fly-tying …

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Glacier National Park drafting major fish, aquatic plan

As is the case throughout the region, the park’s native populations of federally protected bull trout have suffered from years of predation and out-competition by introduced lake trout. Bull trout are also at risk for hybridization with non-native brook trout, producing less resilient and often infertile offspring.

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The Park Service wants to hear from you about the importance of native aquatic species.

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