Happy Fall– or should I say winter- lots of exciting things are going on at the foundation and on the Madison River. First of all, after what seems like forever, it’s very exciting that the dam is officially done and I can’t wait for the return of cold water and better fishing next year! Here’s a recent article where you can read more.
There will be a celebration Wednesday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Ennis from 6-8 pm.
We had our last day of fencing on the Madison on the Granger Ranch last week. A HUGE thank you to everyone that came out this year and an extra big thank you to our super-volunteer Ed Kruse who came for every fencing day rain, shine, or snow always willing to do more– lots of good fish karma is headed your way! If you haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer with us before, we would love to talk to you about ways to get involved– give me a call 406.624.9782!
Our full Madison River Riparian Restoration plan has expanded and we will have projects starting in the spring (we’ll be in touch with more on this) which leads to some VERY exciting news. Chelsea Pardo (and office mascot dog Winston), our current Ameri-Corps member, has officially accepted our offer to join MRF as the Project and Outreach Coordinator. Chelsea’s conservation and restoration knowledge and experience will be an asset to the organization allowing us to complete projects from the MRRRP. With that, I ask that you consider making a year-end donation to help ensure we can do as many projects as possible, if you donate before December 31 you will be entered to win a one of a kind framed John Juracek picture with flies tied by Craig Mathews.
Lastly, we have a new facebook page, please “like” it and invite your friends to do the same, there will be updates on all of the happenings at the foundation and on the Madison!
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions always feel free to reach me at 406.624.9782, email@example.com or if you find yourself in Ennis stop by the office at 222 East Main Street, Suite H (Lone Elk Building- walk down the walkway and were the second door on the right, then right inside on the left)
Happy Fall Fishing,
Smith River- Call to Action
Not on the Madison River, however the Smith River needs our help.
“Montana’s Smith River is renowned worldwide for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and blue ribbon trout fishery. The Smith is Montana’s only permitted recreational river. The permitted section of the Smith River winds 59 miles through a remote canyon in the Big Belt Mountains. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks classifies the Smith River’s fishery as high-value, owing to its bountiful population of rainbow, brown, westslope cutthroat, and brook trout. The canyon walls of the Smith also boast some of the best examples of Native American pictographs in Montana.
A small Canadian mining start-up, Tintina Resources, has partnered with Australian mining firm Sandfire, and has submitted an application to the state of Montana to build a massive copper mine at the headwaters of the Smith River, on the banks of Sheep Creek. You can read a critique of the comments here. The mine would drop below the water table, and Tintina would have to pump water out of the mine to keep it from flooding. The pumped wastewater would contain arsenic and other toxics. Tintina’s proposed copper mine is particularly concerning because it will mine through sulfide minerals, which when exposed to air and water can react to form sulfuric acid in a process known as acid mine drainage. Tintina is also planning a major expansion beyond their original permit application, and has purchased several mineral leases and claimed several forest service tracts. Montana has a long legacy of mining projects that have contaminated our rivers and streams. The Smith River is not a location for another failed mining experiment.”
The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting four public meetings for the scoping phase of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Smith mine. We need everyone who cares about the the Smith River watershed to attend these hearings and let your voices be heard. The hearing schedule as of now is:
Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive in Helena on Monday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Park County High School gym, Livingston, Nov. 7, 6 to 9 p.m
Unable to make it to a public meeting:
submit comments online to Governor Bullock
Smith River video produced by Simms Fishing Products
Don’t let a piece of heritage become history. Take action – join us in Helena tomorrow and take a stand to help protect Montana’s Smith River. #saveoursmithFor more details about the Nov. 6th public hearing in Helena, and to find out about free transportation from Bozeman and Missoula to Helena, click here: http://bit.ly/2zgcsVW
Posted by Simms Fishing Products on Tuesday, October 24, 2017
BLM Site Tree Plantings- Update
Fishing Line Containers
The boot cleaning stations are picked up for the season. There are still fishing line containers out at $3 bridge, Raynolds Pass, Varney Bridge and Valley Garden fishing access sites so please recycle your old line.