Greetings and a big thank you to those of you who have been kind enough to send in your comments to the planning office! We’re not done yet, so if you haven’t yet sent in a comment there is still time until June 8th. The email address is email@example.com or snail mail Flathead County Planning and Zoning Office 1035 1st Avenue Avenue West Kalispell, MT 59901. The Planning Board meeting is scheduled for June 9th at 6:00pm on the second floor at 40 11th Street West (this is located at the south end of the skywalk between the two new county buildings). If you could attend that would be greatly appreciated! Furthermore, if you would like to attend via Zoom here are the details:
Greetings! You are all cordially invited to the next North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee meeting being held Tuesday March 9th at 6:00pm at Sondreson Hall. The text Amendment Sub Committee will be updating their progress. Your involvement is crucial to the success of this important endeavor to help preserve the North Fork we all know and love. Thank you.
The North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee (NFLUAC) meets at Sondreson Hall at 7:00pm, Tuesday, July 28. The committee will be reviewing three conditional use permit applications for “Camp or Retreat Centers” at various locations: Montana Yoga Adventures, LLC at 1070 Numa Peak Lane, North Fork Cabins at 8954 North Fork Road, and Home Ranch at 8950 North Fork Road.
The North Fork Land Use Advisory Committee (NFLUAC) is meeting at Sondreson Hall on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm.
The NFLUAC was created by the Flathead County Board of Commissioners in July 1987 to serve as liaison between the county commissioners, the County Planning Board, other county offices, and local property owners. The stated purpose of the NFLUAC is to formally provide a process among all landowners and residents of the North Fork area to enhance the resource value of the North Fork River drainage and to allow active participation in shaping and guiding the future of the area.
With the advent of the aquatic invasive species introduction of mussels, however isolated, in Montana, federal and state agencies are taking strong preventive proactive measures. This includes Glacier Park, whose mission makes this extremely important. For those of us on the North Fork, this is having a significant impact on watercraft practices, particular to Bowman and Kintla Lakes. Watercraft usage is limited to hand propelled vehicles only. If trailers are utilized, they are not allowed to enter any water. Inspections are going to have a greater impact. All watercraft are required to be inspected each and every time they enter the park, no exceptions, even for those that never leave the valley.
The only fully authorized inspection station is at Apgar. However, the Park has gratefully taken us locals into consideration and are offering limited inspections at the Polebridge Ranger Station under the auspices of our new Ranger, Jim Dahlstrom. He has requested boaters contact him in advance (888-7842 in case he is occupied elsewhere and unavailable, thus avoiding unfortunate inconveniences. In addition, due to overcrowding at Bowman Lake, new protocols are in place.
Because parking on the road will no longer allowed there when the parking lots are full, vehicle traffic on the Bowman Road may be restricted until parking becomes available. This is to ensure visitor safety and that emergency vehicles can enter the area. They are going to do their best to give advance warning to folks, but the entrance to the North Fork at Polebridge will not be affected. Jim asks that everyone be aware and respect these new protocols, and to contact him directly if they have any questions.
Jim Dahlstrom is the new Glacier National Park ranger at Polebridge. He was kind enough to provide us with a biography (see below). Jim will be coming to an NFLA business meeting early in the summer to get acquainted. Welcome Jim!
I began my career with the NPS in 1999 at Rocky Mountain National Park first as a volunteer, then as a backcountry ranger for two seasons before becoming a law enforcement ranger in 2002. I’ve spent time working at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Pipestone National Monument, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Grand Teton National Park, and most recently was Chief Ranger for the Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska.
My wife Christy (also a NPS alumni) and I met at Rocky, and were married in Estes Park. We have an 8 year old son, Gerard, and 6 year old daughter, Medora. We enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, and fishing as a family and are so excited to be coming to the North Fork. If you are around the Ranger Station this summer and you hear someone yelling “Bear!” keep in mind the kids might be playing with our pug.
My emphasis on serving as a NPS ranger has always been to serve the visitor, while protecting the Park’s resources. I have had the pleasure of working in some amazing places and have always found that it is the dedicated individuals in local communities that step up to help take care of our country’s treasures.
I first heard about the North Fork early in my NPS career, as a place of tremendous beauty and genuine rustic character. I knew back then that being able to serve in an area like that would be my idea of heaven. I am humbled at the opportunity to serve this area and one of the crown jewels of the NPS, and look forward to making new friends and helping take care of one of America’s crown jewels.
During the past couple of board meetings, we began talks regarding the treasurer’s duties, generally directed toward simplifying and clarifying. This led to a further discussion regarding developing a secretary position, in light of the fact there are duties that should not really the responsibility of the treasurer. At the July business meeting, a board member made a motion to amend the bylaws to have the treasurer be elected instead of appointed; the creation of a secretary position; and both being voting board members. At the August business meeting, after a discussion and amending the original motion, it was passed. Please see Article IV Officers and Elections of the amended bylaws. We left the treasurer’s duties intact, with the secretary’s duties to be determined by the secretary and board at a further date.
The new board consists of myself as president; vice president Rachel Peura; treasurer Chris Heitz, secretary Donna Harrison, past president Karen McDonough; North Directors Irv Heitz and Larry Wilson and South Directors Kevin Ulrichsen and Jan Caldwell.