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Newly formed group seeks input from river enthusiasts

Post Date:03/06/2019 10:53 AM
A diverse group of river enthusiasts, from floaters to conservation scientists, came together in late February to celebrate Missoula’s river system and begin making plans for future improvements. The event was held at Conflux Brewing Company and sponsored by the recently formed Three Rivers Collaborative, whose leadership is composed of natural resource management agencies and conservation not-for-profits. The collaborative’s leadership, elected officials, and even the newly established director of the State Office of Outdoor Recreation gave brief speeches to a packed room on the importance of thinking critically about the future welfare of Missoula’s river system.
Among the array of challenges and opportunities the group seeks to address span from enabling safe and sustainable river access, to protecting water quality and fisheries health. The current geographic area of focus includes the lower Blackfoot (from Weigh Station FAS down), the Clark Fork River from Turah to Huson, and the lower Bitterroot (from Lolo down).
Three Rivers Collaborative is actively seeking more participants to think about ways to address the numerous challenges and opportunities. The next meeting is March 14th at 4 p.m. at the Montana Natural History Center. Contact John Stegmaier, Missoula County Parks & Trails Coordinator, for more info.
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