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Rosie Costain

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Rosie Costain is a UM student and MTPR reporter.

Megan Fylling and William Blake try to identify a bird flitting through the trees in a part of the Rice Ridge burn area near Seeley Lake.
Rosie Costain

Salvage logging on a portion of the Rice Ridge Fire burn area near Seeley Lake is set to begin soon. The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing plans to log about 5,600 acres on the 160,000 acres that burned in the biggest wildfire Montana saw last summer.

I recently visited the salvage logging site, about half a mile drive outside Seeley Lake, with Megan Fylling and Willaim Blake. They’re avian biologists, Fylling is with the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab and Blake at MPG Ranch.

Number of resident trips and spending to travel regions, 2017.
University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Montanans spent more than $2.8 billion on in-state trips last year according to a new report from the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research.

The study looked at day and overnight trips for leisure, business, and other reasons that took people at least 50 miles away from their homes.

A Forest Service map shows just one of the road closures in the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Rice Ridge Road #720 is closed between Camp Creek Road #685 and Richmond Ridge Road #667.
U.S. Forest Service

The Seeley Lake Ranger District is continuing work on roads as a part of post-fire recovery projects, causing closures and construction delays in many areas.

White-tailed deer fawn.
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Now is the time of year when people can find themselves face to face with wildlife, including baby animals. It's not always clear what to do when you find one of these animals without their mother.

Rosie Costain

Women in Missoula are trying to figure out how to be more effective at giving money away. 

Jen Euell, director of the Women’s Foundation of Montana, thinks women giving together can have more impact than making charitable donations on their own.

“Anybody can give," Euell says, "but what’s exciting about this is the opportunity to give a little - maybe you don’t have a huge capacity to give yourself - but to be a part of a much larger impact than maybe you could make on your own.”

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