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Volume XXI, Number 47

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Camp Eureka! explores the Bitterroot River

By Michael Howell

Last Wednesday about a dozen children, who are either blind or visually impaired, enjoyed an exploratory journey down the Bitterroot River from Bell Crossing to the Stevensville bridge. Along with all the scents, sounds and rhythms of a float trip down the river, the children also got a healthy dose of learning about river ecology, river dynamics, and the life of some very small river loving creatures, called invertebrates. On hand to help with the instruction were Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks biologist Chris Clancy and a very special guest scientist, Dr. Geerat Vermeij, a professor of marine ecology and paleoecology at the University of California, Davis. More...

Dan Burke, President of the Montana Association for the Blind (right), was on hand with several other mentors to guide the youngsters participating in Camp Eureka!, and educate them in techniques and skills that could help them to lead fun, interesting, productive and independent lives. Michael Howell photo.

One young man gets a feel for what he is about to get into as he prepares to join ten other blind or visually impaired children on a float trip down the Bitterroot River. The trip was part of a weeklong program called Camp Eureka!, a natural history program sponsored by the Montana Conservation Science Institute and designed to provide environmental education to blind and visually impaired children from 8 to 13 years of age. Michael Howell photo.

Coalition calls for public hearings on wilderness dam bill

By Michael Howell

A coalition of retired Forest Service-Northern Region officials, local water users and conservationists are calling on Senator Conrad Burns to hold a hearing in the Bitterroot Valley on his wilderness bill (SB 2633) before pursuing any action on the bill in Congress. More...

Dual-use motorized vehicle trail planned in West Fork

By Michael Howell

West Fork District Ranger Dave Campbell hopes that his plans for a dual-use motor vehicle trail, that is one used by both full-sized motor vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), will prove to be a success and a model for other forest districts around the state to follow. It will be the first such designation in the state. It is also the result of a collaboration between usually opposing interests, according to Campbell. More...

Mega-subdivision to go before Planning Board

By Michael Howell

One of the largest subdivisions ever proposed in Ravalli County, Aspen Springs Subdivision in the Eight Mile area, is scheduled for a hearing before the Ravalli County Planning Board on Wednesday, July 5. More...


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