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Climate Aid: The Voice of the Forest To Be Held In Portland, Maine On October 15, 2023

October 10, 2023 by fcadmin News 0 Comments

The event will benefit the creative grassroots environmental movement to protect the ancient “Black Ram” forest in Montana’s Yaak Valley—birthplace of the Black Ram guitar—as well as all remaining mature and old-growth forests on U.S. public lands. The evening will advance the efforts to protect the Black Ram forest by designating the region as the […]

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Federal Judge Halts Black Ram Logging Project

August 18, 2023 by fcadmin News 0 Comments

On August 17, 2023, a federal judge ruled against the United States Forest Service in the Black Ram logging case, effectively halting the project. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Donald W. Molloy found that the USFS violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with regard to the climate harms of logging thousands of […]

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Yaak Valley Forest Council License Plate Now Available

YVFC is happy to announce that you can now purchase a YVFC-sponsored Montana specialty license plate featuring art by Monte Dolack! Please keep us in mind as you renew your license plates this year. Buying a customized plate financially supports the YVFC mission and helps raise awareness everywhere you go! See the official plate here.

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Now Available: YVFC May 2023 Newsletter

Check out what’s happening this month with the Yaak Valley Forest Council in our May newsletter, now available here.

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Seeking Sanctuary on a Warming Planet – High Country News

A recent article in High Country News highlights the importance of preserving areas like our beloved Yaak Valley as refuges to support retention of biodiversity as human induced rising global temperatures are altering our climate. Areas mapped in the referenced study, including the Yaak Valley, due to multiple factors are shielded from warming temperatures and […]

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Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

Join Yaak Valley Forest Council partnered with Wild Montana on a mellow Mother’s Day wildflower walk to Shannon Lake. Tucked in the northern foothills of the Cabinet Mountains, the Shannon Lake Trail winds through a narrow, forested basin with minimal elevation gain. Along the trail, we will discuss native and non-native plants, with a major […]

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Protect Beavers on Public Lands

Beaver can be one of our best partners in mitigating the drying effects of climate change. Unfortunately, beaver were mostly trapped out by 1860 and are still trapped in Montana. Beaver are key players in proper watershed function. Their dams create natural water storage of spring runoff, recharging groundwater and enhancing late summer stream flows. […]

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Earth Day Garbage Clean Up

YVFC celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up garbage strewn around the Sylvanite (4th of July) Dump Site in the Yaak River Valley. It’s vital that we all do our part to prevent human and bear conflict, so please make sure that your trash makes it into the dumpsters, and close and lock the lid before […]

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! The days are lengthening, temperatures warming, and our runoff waters beginning their descent into our streams, rivers, and lakes. As the bears emerge from their hibernation so do the YVFC crews stretch and yawn themselves awake, prepping their gear and making ready to mobilize for another year of restoring the Yaak’s watersheds […]

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2023 Crown Managers Partnership Meeting

YVFC attended the 2023 Crown Managers Partnership Meeting. The YVFC crew enjoyed spending time with this wonderful group, and sharing the work that we all do to make this a healthier world. Led by Blackfoot Nation Elders and youth, the bio-cultural day was spent sharing landscape-scale perspectives and the significance of place and ways of […]

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Pacific Northwest Trail – Environmental Assessment Released

On March 16, 2023, the USFS released the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan Environmental Assessment. The current Northern Route infringes on four of the six designated Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones, including the high-elevation, prime grizzly bear habitat in the Yaak region that prior to the trail proposal provided secure habitat within the Cabinet/Yaak […]

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World Water Day

Today is World Water Day! Whoop whoop! This World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. We are thankful to live in Northwest Montana with an abundance of clean and healthy waterways. At the Yaak Valley Forest Council our Headwaters Program is all about restoring and protecting clean and […]

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International Day of Forests

Today is International Day of Forests! Protecting old and mature forests is the single cheapest and best solution we have for fighting–mitigating—the rate of climate change: in Montana, and globally. Tell your legislators you’re calling from the Yaak and want the ancient forest of the Black Ram preserved. Some of the trees in this irreplaceable […]

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Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project Update

The Yaak Valley Forest Council’s Headwaters Restoration Partnership Project (HRPP) had a busy year in 2022. The projects are developed to collect data from the tributaries in the Yaak watershed to determine the health and restoration priorities with our partners. The Yaak Valley Forest Council has continued, for the second year, a water quality monitoring […]

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New Bill Impacts Grizzly Population in Cabinet Yaak Ecosystem

A new bill is being introduced at the federal level, co-sponsored by Montana Senator Steve Daines, that will impact grizzly population dynamics throughout their range. This will impact the Cabinet-Yaak population of grizzlies that are dependent on explorer bears from other regions, particularly females, migrating into their population. Learn more here.

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Reward Offered for Recent Killing of Yaak Valley Grizzly Bear

December 14, 2020 (YAAK, Montana)—Today, the Yaak Valley Forest Council together with Save The Yellowstone Grizzly are offering a supplemental reward for the recent killing of a Yaak Valley grizzly bear. An adult female grizzly bear was brutally killed in the Yaak Valley in late November. The killer or killers shot the bear, partially skinned […]

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Yaak Valley Forest Council Opposes Black Ram Backcountry Timber Sale on Kootenai National Forest

For Immediate Release: (YAAK, MT) – Today the Yaak Valley Forest Council (YVFC) announced its opposition to the Black Ram timber sale on the Kootenai National Forest (KNF) in northwest Montana. “Here we go again. The KNF thinks they can still have their way and ignore the 25 remaining Yaak grizzly bears and clearcut the […]

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Yaak Valley Forest Council Opposes Senator Daines’ Fire Emergency and Grizzly Bear De-Listing Bills

(Troy, MT) – The Vaak Valley Forest Council (YVFC) today stated its opposition to pending legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines that would de-list federal protections for grizzly bears and another bill that would allow for remote area clearcutting under misleading definitions of fire protection and public safety, which would have negative consequences on […]

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Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness: Now on Soundcloud

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the organization dedicated to protecting 80,000 acres of roadless area along the Idaho-Montana border, has launched a podcast. You can check it out here.

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Reroute Of Pacific Northwest Trail Will Benefit Hikers

The Flathead Beacon has published an article about the reroute of the Pacific Northwest Trail, read it here.

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Of Leopold, the Land Ethic and the Future of Grizzlies

Most Yellowstone grizzlies are up and about now, including Grand Teton’s celebrity matron “399,” who at 23 is truly an ancient bear. Emerging after seeming death, bears embody the miracle that is spring. After dozing for months in dens without eating, drinking or defecating, they arise as specimens of health, having lost fat but little […]

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Radio8ball with Rick Bass

Yaak Valley Forest Council member and author Rick Bass joined Caroline Keys at Black National Studio in Missoula, Montana for a Pop Oracle Session. Listen to the episode here.

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Those Who Refuse to Be Chosen

Yaak Valley Forest Council member and author Rick Bass’s story “Those Who Refuse to Be Chosen” has been published in the book “Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals”, and can now be view in PDF format here.

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Into the Woods with Scott Carrier

Scott Carrier covers the debate surrounding the Pacific Northwest Trail and speaks with Rick Bass for an episode of the The New Yorker Radio Hour, listen here.

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Rick Bass, Activist and Storyteller

Yaak Valley Forest Council member and author Rick Bass spoke with Big Sky Journal about the Yaak, his life, and activism in a recent feature. You can find the article here.

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What the Most Endangered Grizzlies in the Lower 48 Don’t Need

Author Rick Bass recently wrote an OP-Ed for the Los Angeles Times concerning the impact of the Pacific Northwest Trail on the Yaak Valley’s grizzly population, read it here.

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The Grizzly Man’s Last Stand

Rick Bass, Yaak Valley Forest Council member and author, has written an article for Men’s Journal about author and naturalist Doug Peacock’s work to protect grizzly bears. Read it here.

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Troy one of six governor picks for economic effort

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney met with Troy area residents last Friday at the Silver Spur as one of six communities chosen for a new initiative of the Main Street Montana Project. According to a release from the Governor Steve Bullock’s office, the new initiative is aimed at building economic opportunities in rural and tribal Montana […]

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Reflections On Fall: A Column By Tony Smith

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” – John Steinbeck, “Travels With Charley”. Author John Steinbeck composed this line on October 14, 1960, in the midst of a beautiful fall […]

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Proposed Route of Pacific Northwest Trail Stirs Concerns

KPAX-TV, the Missoula-based news station that serves much of Western Montana, recently covered the debate over the proposed route of the Pacific Northwest Trail.

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