Winter Interlocal – 2013

By all counts, the Winter Interlocal was well attended and informative with a record breaking crowd of around 50. Molly Shepherd was kind enough to compile a report that includes information on road maintenance plans, lynx, trout, and wolves. You can download a pdf version of this report from here.

Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund

The North Fork Landowners Association is in the process of applying for a Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant for the 2013 weed season. The grant would reimburse landowners for 50% of the cost of having a commercial applicator spray the weed infestations on their property. Ideally, we are seeking approximately 10 landowners who would like to sign up to… Read more →

Polebridge school investigated

Alexander James Kroll selected an interesting historical topic for his Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology thesis at the University of Montana… the Polebridge schoolhouse. Alex says that this is the very first schoolhouse that was archaeologically investigated in the state of Montana and only the 5th to be looked out in the West. You not only learn about the Polebridge… Read more →

What the Waldo Canyon Fire teaches us about pre-fire mitigation

Following the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history, representatives from the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) coalition toured Colorado Springs to analyze the Waldo Canyon Fire’s impacts and learn how the community had prepared itself. NFPA’s Fred Durso wrote an account of the team’s visit. Download a copy of “Moving Toward a Fire Adapted Community” (PDF, 3 MB).

Fuels Reduction Grant

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 →

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 →