Here’s the latest activity report from the North Fork Patrol, courtesy of Mark Heaphy . . .
All 126 properties were checked at least once and 618 miles were logged.
There were a few places that had downed trees, dented vent stacks, unlocked doors and a damaged screen (due to a bear). All owners were notified.
The North Fork Patrol had its spring meeting on 30 May. So far this year the patrol has logged 722 miles and checked on 132 residences. Only two owners had to be notified of damages.
As folks return to the North Fork for the summer, the patrol reminds them to be sure to have a plan of action incase of medical or fire emergencies.
I hope you are having good early summer.
Following is a report from Mark Heaphy… Since January of this year, the patrol has logged more than 658 miles of patrolling, has checked on 151 properties and notified 19 landowners of various problems or damages. The heavier, longer lasting wet snows of this past winter took out more than a few stacks, vents and chimneys. Also, Irv and Chris Heitz have been added to the patrol and will assist in patrolling the more northern properties.
Thank you Mark and all of the participants of the patrol for all the hard work. Your North Fork neighbors appreciate it!
If you would like to learn more about the North Fork Patrol, check out their webpage here.
The North Fork Patrol had its spring board meeting on Wednesday, May 24. Here are two main highlights:
- Currently there are 130 properties on our list; all have been checked and 10 were notified concerning damage or other issues.
- The board voted to give an individual a monetary award for the reporting of a poaching up north.
The North Fork Patrol, with the written permission of a landowner, checks North Fork properties for evidence of trespass, poaching and external physical damage. For more information about the North Fork Patrol and who to contact if you are interested in signing up, see the North Fork Patrol page.
Prepared by Lynn P. Ogle for Mark Heaphy.
Patrol is asking people to get license numbers and descriptions of strange vehicles and people, in or around your homes.
It is very difficult to know if you have given people permission or if they are renters or trespassers if you do not give them a written permission slip.
If you are in the renting business you need to realize the following:
- You as the owner of the property or equipment need to give your renter a written permission slip, or you might get an unexpected call from a Sheriff’s Officer.
- You need to know that the Renters may place you in a liable seat if you have a fire get away and or damage your neighbor’s property. That includes State and Federal properties. If the renter has renters insurance, they may minimize your risk, but don’t think it does until you have checked it out.
- You as the Land owner are responsible to provide the necessary escape routes in case of a disaster.
- Your duties include informing your renters that they must clean up their mess and pack it out; you know the rule; pack it in and pack it out!
- You should make them aware of all of the animals that might become violent in the event of their pets and garbage. Make sure that they know that they must remove all of the garbage they bring with them.
You as the owner of the property should check with your own insurance company before you rent to anyone!
We as the North Fork Patrol are not responsible for damages. You as the landowner are responsible and if you choose to rent then any damages to your property needs to be reported to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office @ 406-758-5610 or 900 South Main Street in Kalispell, Mt 59801. For more information about the North Fork Patrol, see their web page.