Rob Davies, Hungry Horse/Glacier View district Ranger, making presentation at 2023 Summer North Fork Interlocal, July 12, 2023 – W. K. Walker
Sponsored by the North Fork Trails Association, this summer’s North Fork Interlocal Agreement Meeting was a resounding success. Kudos to all the folks who came together to make it a real community-based event. Extra credit is due to the lunch crew who not only fed about 50 people, but organized the transformation from meeting room to dining hall and back again, all in the space of an hour.
We had 70 people there, including about 28 agency representatives from (deep breath) the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, Montana FWP, Montana DNRC, Flathead County, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Glacier Institute and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (no, really!). And we only finished 10 minutes late.
The 2021 winter North Fork Interlocal Agreement meeting will be held Thursday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting usually lasts abut three hours. Due to the the ongoing pandemic, it will be a virtual meeting using the Zoom conferencing software.
The Interlocal Agreement provides for face-to-face contact (usually!) with representatives of agencies whose policies and actions affect the North Fork. Interlocal Agreement meetings are held in the winter (in town) and summer (at Sondreson Hall). Agency attendees include Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana Department of State Lands, U.S. Border Patrol, Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service and Flathead County.
This is always a very interesting meeting, with reports from a range of government agencies and local organizations and often some quite vigorous discussion.
The summer North Fork Interlocal Agreement meeting will be held, Wednesday, July 8 at Sondreson Hall. Start time is 1:00 p.m. This summer’s meeting is hosted by the North Fork Trails Association.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues, we’re shooting for a “lite” version of the Interlocal this summer…
- There will be no lunch prior to the meeting. Feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.
- At this time, the hall occupancy limit is 50 people. Attendance at the past few summer Interlocals has been in the 80-90 range. Agencies should send only the minimum necessary staff. If appropriate, we can also accept written reports to be read aloud at the meeting (email them to me). North Fork residents and organizations should also consider ways to trim attendance.
- Please wear a mask! If needed, we will have some disposable masks available at the hall (suggested donation $1).
Also, don’t forget the annual Firewise Day meeting in the morning, starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Interlocal Agreement provides for face-to-face contact with representatives of agencies whose policies and actions affect the North Fork. Interlocal Agreement meetings are held in the winter (in town) and summer (at Sondreson Hall). This is always a very interesting meeting, with reports from a range of government agencies and local organizations and often some quite vigorous discussion.