2012 FireWise Day

The Fire Mitigation Committee held its annual FireWise Day on July 11, 2012.  The theme of this year’s event was “Stewardship, Forest Health and Fuels Reduction on the North Fork.”  Presentations focused on how to reduce fuels so as to serve stewardship objectives and achieve a healthy forest. Four North Fork landowners shared their perspectives, with the help of power… Read more →

2012 Fuels Reduction Grant update

As of late August, 2012, fifteen North Fork landowners have signed cost-share agreements under the North Fork’s third hazardous fuels reduction grant.  A total of $53,465 has been obligated.  The total amount of the grant is approximately $100,000.  The Fire Mitigation Committee encourages landowners who are interested in participating in the program to apply.  The expiration for the grant is… Read more →

Stewardship, forest health and fuels reduction workshop

This workshop, sponsored by the Fire Mitigation Committee, was held on July 11th at Sondreson Hall. Neighbors shared their successes at land management and the DNRC talked about the North Fork’s new fuels reduction grant and what has been achieved on the North Fork under previous grants. Three North Forkers made presentations during the workshop that included some great pictures… Read more →

Landowners’ Guide to Cost ­Share Funding

The treatment of hazardous fuels is one of the most proactive ways to reduce potential loss of life and property in the event of a wildland fire. By following Firewise™ practices, creating defensible space, and treating fuels, you can lower your fire risk while increasing the chances that fire protection agencies can effectively deal with a wildland fire should it… Read more →

3rd Fuels Reduction Grant

The DNRC has awarded a hazardous fuels reduction grant to the North Fork community, its third such grant since the Wedge Canyon and Robert fires in 2003.  According to a DNRC spokesperson, “the North Fork project received priority in the grant selection process due in part to the demonstrated willingness of landowners to collaborate in combining treatments across the landscape.” … Read more →

Firewise USA

The North Fork’s membership in FireWise Communities USA has been renewed for 2012, based on our efforts in 2011. The North Fork has been a member of FireWise since 2006. One of the requirements for membership is an annual FireWise Day. Last year’s FireWise Day featured a workshop and field trip on forest insects and disease, and their relationship to… Read more →

Firesafe Montana

The Fire Mitigation Committee has applied for membership in FireSafe Montana, with a waiver of annual dues. The committee anticipates that FireSafe will assist us with our 2012 FireWise Day. FireSafe is sponsoring a conference at the QuaTukNuk in Polson on April 9 – 10, 2010. The theme of the conference is “Responsible Wildfire Preparedness: How FireSafe Councils Can Help.”… Read more →

The North Fork: Living with Wildlife

“The North Fork: Living with Wildlife” is a joint NFLA/NFPA publication that outlines recommendations on how to live responsibly in wildlife habitat and suggests specific ways to minimize the chances of conflict with such animals as grizzly bears, black bears, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk and moose. This is an excellent brochure for new and current landowners alike. It… Read more →

Fire Mitigation Report, Sept. 2011

The DNRC recently notified the Fire Mitigation Committee that its grant proposal had been approved and that funding authority had been secured.  The amount of the grant is approximately $99,600.  As with previous grants, monies will be disbursed on a cost-share basis, with the grant providing 75% of the cost of treatment and the landowner providing 25%.  Landowner contributions may… Read more →

Grant possibility

The North Fork applied for a Western States fuels mitigation grant in 2010, part of a consortium of communities.  The application was rejected and the Fire Mitigation Committee decided to look into the possibility of a applying for a stand-alone grant for the North Fork. This spring, committee members have discussed grant possibilities informally with the DNRC.  The agency determines… Read more →