Mountain High 

The Missoula Ranger District’s Forest Plan Revision Collaborative Group meetings begin June 9 at the Doubletree Hotel at 7 p.m., and the district is very much ready to hear your thoughts on how this beloved resource should be managed. The meeting kicks off the every-other-Thursday-through-September 1 meeting schedule and will allow participants to voice their opinions on the forest plan that will rule the roost for the next decade and beyond. Although the resort proposed for Lolo Peak will have broad impacts on the forest in general, note that the July 21 meeting will focus explicitly on the “Lolo Peak Ski Area proposal.” If you’d like to add your thoughts, context or supporting information on the appropriateness of a for-profit, four-season ski area built directly on the northern boundary of the Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness Area, start making your comments heard today. Call District Ranger Maggie Pittman at 329-2948 or log on to www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo to learn more.

Hot on the trail of Lewis and Clark, the Sierra Club is looking to greet the masses that, we’re told, will be following the explorers’ route across the Bitterroot. To do so they’re looking for a few good men and women to provide “lemonade and conservation information about the Lewis and Clark Trail” atop Lolo Pass during the weeks of June 30–July 4 and Sept. 1–5.

Volunteers will have the chance to camp near the historic trail while promoting the club’s “Lewis and Clark Wild America Campaign” at the Lolo Pass Visitors Center. Travel expenses might just be covered, so contact Joel Webster at webster_joel@yahoo.com or (406) 829-3850 to get on the wagon.

Looking for a moderately difficult overnight adventure that will take you to a stunning lake deep in pristine wilderness? Then consider joining Rocky Mountaineers Alden and Sally Wright as they head to the hidden gems of Turquoise and Lace Lakes June 11–12. Although the trail is notorious as one of the most frustratingly inefficient footpaths in the entire state, those continuing past the poorly designed switchbacks will be rewarded with fish-filled lakes, snowy crags and one of the more stunning basins this side of Glacier. Call 243-4790 (day) or 542-4790 (eves.) to get on the right path.

Hey beginning cyclists! If you’re wanting a piece of the Missoula mountain bike scene but could use a little support as you find your way in, consider joining Alden Wright for a short trip and introduction to the sport on June 14 at 6 p.m. Details are thin at press time, so call him at 243-4790 (day) or 542-4790 (eves.) for the scoop.

Experienced pavement-preferring cyclists should head north for the third annual Star Meadows Road Race June 11, a fund-raiser for Flathead Attention Home. Marking the first time in history that there will be a “team state champion” decided on this “roller coaster of a course,” the race begins at 11 a.m. outside of Whitefish. Log on to www.flatheadcycling.org for the details.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting a “Watershed Workshop” June 10 at 8 p.m. at the 7th Street walk-in access of the Kelly Island Fishing Access Site. Learn more about this and other free FWP programs by calling Elizabeth Sperry at 542-5533.

FWP is also hosting regional geologist David Alt for a presentation on his area of expertise, Glacial Lake Missoula. This early-afternoon presentation will cover the origin of the lake and its flood cycles, so head to Beavertail Hill State Park (26 miles east of Missoula on I-90) at 2 p.m. on June 11. Contact Elizabeth Sperry at 542-5533 for more info.

The Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is joining forces with the Lolo NF and UM’s Avian Science Center to host “Return to Blue Mountain” from 8:30–11:30 a.m. on June 11. You’ll visit the ground known (briefly) as the Black Mountain Fire site and keep your eyes open for fire-loving birds—like the blackbacked woodpecker. The course runs $20/$15 for MNHC members; log on to montananaturalist.org or call 327-0405 to sign up.

MNHC is also hosting nature/adventure camps for kids ages four through 15 throughout the summer, and space is still available for many of them. These four-day camps run $145/$195 non-members, so log on to montananaturalist.org or call 327-0405 to get those kiddies into a supportive educational environment—and out of the house.

Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) is still accepting kids to its Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, a weekly hiking, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, swimming, rock climbing and camping course designed to provide leadership and self-confidence skills in a supportive, outdoor environment.

Running weekdays from 9 to 5 through Aug. 27, MOLA provides age-specific camps for elementary and middle school kids as well as “teen travel trips.” They cost an all-inclusive $125, although a few scholarships are available, so learn more by calling Porter at 240-2458 or visiting www.missoulaoutdoors.com.

If you’d like to better understand how to use your global positioning system, head to R.E.I. for a free clinic geared to beginners on June 16 at 7 p.m. You can bring your unit for specific instruction or just get an overview of those the co-op has to offer, but call 829-0432 to learn more.

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