July 8, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
For local teens:
Wildlands Volunteer Corps.
If you are interested in the outdoors and are between the ages of 13-18, you'll want to join Northwest Connections in the Swan Range this August.
We are looking for some hardy souls to join up with us between August 2 -7 for a backcountry work project up Lion Creek Canyon.
We'll set camp at the head of the drainage and then work on preparing the site for a Forest Service prescribed burn later this fall. As part of a project to protect and restore whitebark pine forests and the wildlife they support, you'll be helping us to identify healthy whitebark trees and slash some of the surrounding subalpine fir. In the process, you'll learn a ton about fire ecology, forest health issues and wildlife of the Swan Valley. We need individuals with a keen interest in the outdoors, a good work ethic and an ability to get along with others.
No previous camping or forestry experience is needed and there is no cost for this program. Northwest Connections will provide food and group gear. Once you sign up, we'll give you a short list of personal items that you'll need to bring. Tom Parker, Melanie Parker and Tiger Hulett will be leading this crew. Call now if you're interested!!!!!
For families that include small kids and seniors:
Alpine Field Day
We'd like to offer an interpretive hike at Napa Point. The hike is three miles round trip and will take in breath taking vistas of the Swan Valley and Mission Mountains. We'll investigate the plant and animal life of the high country. Bring your camera for the wildflowers! Meet at 8:30am July 21st in the Swan Ecosystem Center parking lot. Tom and Melanie Parker will be your guides
For college students and teachers:
Alpine Field Studies
Northwest Connections offers a summer course through the University of Montana Continuing Education program. ALPINE FIELD STUDIES is a two credit course on alpine ecology taught entirely in the field. Join us the week of August 15-22 for a backpacking trip high in the Swan Range. Participants in this course will also be working on whitebark pine restoration as the context for learning about forests, wildlife and conservation issues.
We'll also have a number of guest speakers and readings addressing alpine ecology. A complete itinerary is available upon request.
P.O. Box 1340 Condon, MT 59826