What image does your mind conjure up when someone refers to the Clark Fork? The mine wastes in the headwaters? The river that runs through Missoula? The broad flats with Missouri-like fishing for tricos? The warmwater sloughs that are pike lairs below Missoula? Well. All of these are correct.
The Clark Fork Drainage has about 28,000 miles of stream in
Western Montana and Northern Idaho that range from tiny to enormous. The Clark Fork is also the largest drainage in Montana.
Since 1985, the Clark Fork Coalition
has been doing significant conservation work in the entire drainage, forging links between communities, conservationists, agriculture and
governments. In recent years the Coalition has accomplished some very successful projects in the Bitterroot on Lolo, Tin Cup and Lost Horse Creek.
At our Thursday, February 15 meeting, Jed Whiteley will present the program. Jed is the Project Manager and
Monitoring Coordinator for the Coalition and he will give us an overview of the Coalition’s work and highlight their Bitterroot projects.The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State Street. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.
And remember, we will be having dinner with Jed and a couple of other CFC hardies at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time BRTU supported Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So, please come join us for dinner.