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click to enlarge The hillside above West Riverside smolders hours after a fast-moving fire ripped up the mountainside Aug. 22. The fire burned 3,800 acres. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • The hillside above West Riverside smolders hours after a fast-moving fire ripped up the mountainside Aug. 22. The fire burned 3,800 acres.


click to enlarge After a fast-moving lightning storm prevented him from summitting, Allen Byrd descends his namesake mountain in Glacier National Park. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • After a fast-moving lightning storm prevented him from summitting, Allen Byrd descends his namesake mountain in Glacier National Park.


click to enlarge Another glorious day at Goldbug Hot Springs near Elk Bend, Idaho. - PHOTO BY ELIZABETH COSTIGAN


click to enlarge Following a La Niña winter, the Clark Fork River crested at nearly 13 feet in Missoula. Floodwaters devastated homes north of Third Street in the Orchard Homes neighborhood. Residents used any means necessary—waders, ATVs, even canoes—to access their property. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Following a La Niña winter, the Clark Fork River crested at nearly 13 feet in Missoula. Floodwaters devastated homes north of Third Street in the Orchard Homes neighborhood. Residents used any means necessary—waders, ATVs, even canoes—to access their property.


click to enlarge Volunteers from the Missoula Rural Fire Department divert a freshly formed channel of the Clark Fork River by digging a trench through Randy Newman’s yard on Tower Street. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Volunteers from the Missoula Rural Fire Department divert a freshly formed channel of the Clark Fork River by digging a trench through Randy Newman’s yard on Tower Street.


click to enlarge With a dam freshly removed, floodwaters at the confluence of the Blackfoot (left) and Clark Fork Rivers fill the Milltown Reservoir floodplain for the first time in a century. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • With a dam freshly removed, floodwaters at the confluence of the Blackfoot (left) and Clark Fork Rivers fill the Milltown Reservoir floodplain for the first time in a century.


click to enlarge Dee Baker crosses a creek near Seeley Lake to check his beaver trapline on an afternoon in February. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Dee Baker crosses a creek near Seeley Lake to check his beaver trapline on an afternoon in February.


click to enlarge Sections of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin damaged by a century of mining received a boost in funding Dec. 19, when Gov. Brian Schweitzer authorized $116.5 million to repair the most polluted parts of the damaged landscape, like this “slicken.” - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • Sections of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin damaged by a century of mining received a boost in funding Dec. 19, when Gov. Brian Schweitzer authorized $116.5 million to repair the most polluted parts of the damaged landscape, like this “slicken.”
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