Stillwater project an important milestone

Print Article

State and federal wildlife officials, along with representatives from Weyerhaeuser and The Trust for Public Land gathered near Olney last week to celebrate a conservation milestone for our corner of the state. It was the culmination of a yearslong collaborative effort that has expanded the Stillwater State Forest by 13,398 acres.

In a nutshell, Weyerhaeuser agreed to sell the property, and the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Fish, Wildlife and Parks and The Trust for Public land worked together to purchase the land. DNRC will administer the state trust lands to bring in revenue that benefits schools.

The conservetion easement ensures the forestland will provide sustainable timber management, along with permanent public access for recreation and will conserve fish and wildlife habitat. The deal is a solid win-win for everyone in Northwest Montana who treasures our open space and the outdoors.

The inaugural Under the Big Sky Festival held last weekend at Big Mountain Ranch near Whitefish was the talk of the Flathead Valley and beyond after all was said and done. About 15,000 people attended the two-day music event that was packed with top-notch performances from a wide array of 28 acts that included both local favorites and headliners such as Nathaniel Rateliff. Organizers said they were pleased with the great turnout.

Reports from those who attended said they were impressed with the well-organized venue and the extraordinary talent that took the stage. Organizer Johnny Shockey and his production company Outriders Present deserve a huge round of applause for their attention to detail in pulling off a spectacular event.

Word is, the festival will be back next year, and fans ó lots and lots of fans ó will be ready and waiting.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Rebuilding Sperry is a marvel, even in modern times

August 22, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake The logistics of rebuilding the Sperry Chalet dormitory on a stone bluff high up in Glacier National Park are perhaps not as daunting as they were when the original chalet opened in 1913. After all, ...

Comments

Read More

Boyle a fitting moniker for new Flathead gym

August 18, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Gene Boyleís legacy was long and deep in the Flathead Valley, and we canít think of a better person to commemorate in naming the new Flathead High School gymnasium. A formal request to name the gym ...

Comments

Read More

Lakeside park expansion will benefit all

August 15, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Philanthropy has benefited Flathead County communities in myriad ways, from improving our community college to building new sports complexes and performing arts centers. Our lives are richer here, th...

Comments

Read More

Past opioid use staggering, but correctable

August 11, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Most Americans are well aware of the opioid crisis fueled in past years by the rampant abuse of prescription painkillers. Itís been in the headlines again and again, and opioid addiction has been a h...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2019 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X