Special map sales raise money for lake station

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†The University of Montanaís Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Flathead Lakers have collaborated with a Missoula-based map making company to create a unique, artistic rendition of Flathead Lake to benefit the biological station.

†The limited-edition print of Flathead Lake from Xplorer Maps features an antique style complete with illustrations of regional flora and fauna.

The original artwork was created using pen and ink and multiple water color layers. Three hundred signed and numbered Giclee prints are available for $300 each. Each print measures 20 by 28 inches. The original artwork will be on display this summer throughout Western Montana and will be auctioned online through Sept. 4.

The artist and co-owner Chris Robitaille is an internationally-acclaimed illustrator and oil painter. He and his brother, Greg Robitaille, previously worked with national parks, including Yellowstone and Glacier, to create and sell artwork to raise awareness and funding for conservation efforts.

The company will donate a substantial portion of the proceeds from the Flathead Lake map to UMís biological station and the Flathead Lakers to help fund the long-term protection of Flathead Lake and UMís water-quality monitoring program.

The goal is to raise $20,000, which would be used as a matching contribution to the ongoing Flathead Lake Monitoring Challenge Grant.

To view or purchase the map and find more information about the map and the programs that the proceeds will support, visit www.xplorermaps.com, www.flatheadlakers.org or www.umt.edu/flbs.

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