• Momma and Cubs

    Momma and Cubs

    Here are some photos from Pat Cole who says…  I’m attaching some bear photos I got this week of mama & 2 cubs between Elliott’s & Ford (saw them 3 days… Read more →

  • Huckleberry bushes by Donna Harrison

    Huckleberry Bushes

    Donna Harrison sent in the following photo of some huckleberry bushes.  Everyone agrees that it was a great huckleberry year, but they’re just about gone and the freeze last night… Read more →

  • Twins


    Patti Hart took this photo of twin fawns.  So cute!

  • Cecily McNeil

    Cecily McNeil

    We were honored with a visit from Cecily McNeil at the recent Pie and Ice Cream Social.

  • Chocolate Legs

    Chocolate Legs

    Debo spotted this beautiful grizzly in her back yard.  She believes that it’s probably “Chocolate Legs”.

  • Handsome Griz

    Handsome Griz

    This is a photo by Gerry Stearns of a handsome North Fork grizzly bear.

  • Curious moose

    Moose on the lose

    This is a photo by Gerry Stearns taken in her and Richard’s back yard on Moose Creek.

  • Larches on Trail Creek

    Larches on Trail Creek

    Here are some larch from a bench on Trail Creek, looking toward Wedge Canyon.  This photo comes from Molly Shepherd.

  • First snow - photo by Becky Braunig

    First snow

    Folks woke up this morning to snow on the ground and flocking the turning larches.  Becky Braunig from Trail Creek sent in the photo.

  • Fall on the North Fork

    Fall on the North Fork

    Fall is one of the best times of year on the North Fork.  Here are some photographs to prove it!

  • Rainbow


    This is another graph photograph taken by Dick Pfaff in a nearby meadow.

  • Squash blossoms

    Squash blossoms

    Squash blossoms from local North Fork gardens including HartsCore, Secrest, Shepherd and Powers.  Picture taken by Patti Hart.

  • Trail Creek road

    Trail Creek road

    Here is a photograph of Trail Creek road in early spring sent in by Becky Braunig.

  • Wolf


    Here is a photograph of a wolf taken by Mark Heaphy.

  • River float

    River float

    Some of the Trail Creek folks went for a river float and Bonny Ogle sent us in this photograph of the river with the mountains behind.

  • Grouse taken by Dick Pfaff

    Sage grouse

    This is a picture of a Spruce Grouse sent in by Dick Pfaff.  If you look closely you’ll see there’s a baby there as well.

  • Hummingbird


    This photo is of a male rufus hummingbird sent in by Peter Freund.

  • Road repair

    Road repair

    The road crew making repairs at Home Ranch Bottoms.  Photograph by Patti Hart.

Record Dry Conditions Persist, Raising Fire Danger and Dropping River Levels

The Flathead Beacon reports that Western Montana is in the clutches of an historic dry spell with triple-digit temperatures on the horizon, worsening the threat of fire danger and severely lowering stream flows. Open burning season is being closed a week early due to heightened fire conditions, according to state officials. The last day to burn debris in Flathead County is June 23. Read the… Read more →

Fire Mitigation Committee Report, June 2015

Firewise Day The North Fork’s annual Firewise Day will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 9:30 – noon in Sondreson Community Hall. The Firewise workshop will precede the Summer Interlocal meeting. We anticipate another excellent program. We’ll begin with a video about wildfires in Washington and Oregon in 2014. The video depicts extreme fire behavior. Then Lincoln Chute,… Read more →

Sunset from Cyclone Lookout

Summer Solstice Sunset Hike to Cyclone Lookout – June 21

The NFLA Trails Committee is organizing a Summer Solstice Hike to Cyclone Lookout to watch the sunset on Sunday, June 21, the longest day of the year. If you are interested in hiking with this group, meet in Polebridge at 7:00pm to arrange carpools to the trailhead. Bring a warm jacket, bear spray, water, snacks, and a flashlight. This is… Read more →

Fire condition forecast

National 7-Day Significant Fire Potential

We are in yellow for dry conditions this week. Normally in June we would be in the green, or moist condition. If you have walked around in the woods, you will know that the dead materials (sticks and duff) are very dry and crunchy. We still have good moisture in the live fuels (the green growing plants), but fires now… Read more →

Noxious weed postcard

Yellow Hawkweed is in Bloom on the North Fork

All over the North Fork, along driveways and in yards, Yellow Hawkweed has started to bloom. To the unaware, it looks like a beautiful flower, but it is actually a very noxious weed…..one of the worst weed problems in the North Fork. It spreads insidiously through its prolific seeds which can be carried afar on the wind, vehicles, boots, and… Read more →

A word from Fire Chief Lynn Ogle

A word from Fire Chief Lynn Ogle

January, no snow, some rain, February not much snow and some rain, lots of ICE. March little snow and rain.   April clear skies, no snow or rain. May, however was another thing. Sunshine, wind and rain. It appears that there was lots of rain and that we will have no, or not a great fire season. While I am not… Read more →

Chives near my greenhouse

North Fork Gardeners Share Secrets

On Tuesday morning, a group of North Fork gardeners met at the Community Hall to swap tips about gardening in our short growing season. To add to the fun, Valerie Petti displayed and sold seedlings that she had grown to help pay for college. In the lively discussion that followed the seedling sale on the front porch, gardeners shared ideas… Read more →

June 1 Fire Season Outlook Potential Update

The National Interagency Fire Center recently published the June 1 Fire Season Outlook Potential. There are a couple of items of note in here for us:  El Niño conditions are present and strengthening. During the last month, positive sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies increased across the eastern Pacific. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), El Niño conditions will likely… Read more →

Looking for a wooden shelf

The NFLA Trails Committee needs a wooden shelf to display books on the flora and fauna of the Northern Rockies that people can check out at the Hall.  If you are willing to donate a shelf, please email the dimensions and a picture of the shelf to debopowers@gmail.com.  The committee would also like to have a section in the library of… Read more →

2015 Sondreson Hall Cleanup Day

2015 Sondreson Hall Cleanup Day

On Saturday, about 20 members of the NFLA showed up to help with the annual Hall Cleanup Day. It was a pleasurable neighborhood experience—a combination of chatting and light work—cleaning, dusting, sweeping, organizing, trimming bushes, washing windows, and splitting kindling for the wood stoves.   Everyone had a good time and there were enough people to complete all of the tasks… Read more →