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2,891.72 FEET
9/21/2017
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Kodiak bears prefer sweet berries over salmon

Independent Record

Date: 9/20/2017 2:00:00 PM

"This overlap in their resources forces the bears to make a choice that could in the long run result in fewer bears and/or unexpected changes in ecosystem structure," said Jack Stanford, director emeritus at the University of Montana's Flathead Lake

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Weyerhaeuser closes lands in Western Montana to all public access due to extreme forest fire danger

Yahoo Finance

Date: 9/20/2017 8:59:00 AM

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont., Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyerhaeuser Company today announced effective immediately that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties in Western Montana are closed to public access due to the

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Stage II fire restrictions being eased in Northwest Montana

8KPAX

Date: 9/19/2017 12:22:00 PM

20 across Northwest Montana. Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties will each be rescinding restrictions independently and effective immediately upon signature of resolutions by respective county commissioners. Northwest Montana was in very high to

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As a warming climate changes Kodiak bears’ diets, impacts could ripple through ecosystems

WTOP

Date: 9/18/2017 10:24:00 PM

After extensive field and lab work along with researchers from Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Flathead Lake Biological Station and Oregon State University, we arrived at a fascinating conclusion. In warm years, another favorite bear food – red

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Weyerhaeuser Reopens Western Montana Lands to Public Access

FlatheadBeacon

Date: 9/15/2017 1:34:00 PM

Weyerhaeuser’s lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties have been reopened to public access. The consensus among public and private stakeholders remains in favor of keeping restrictions in place until a few days of

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• River: Flathead River
• Length: 161 Miles
• Surface Area: 122,560 Acres
• Volume: 1,200,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 7,086 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 165 Feet
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States, taking Red Lake (Minnesota) and Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi River, rather than west of the river. With a surface area of between 191.5 sq mi and 197 sq mi, Flathead Lake is slightly larger than Lake Tahoe. The lake is a remnant of the ancient, massive glacial dammed lake, Lake Missoula of the era of the last interglacial. Flathead Lake is 27.3 mi long and up to 15.5 mi wide. Flathead lake has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft, and an average of 164.7 ft . This makes Flathead lake deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf. Polson Bay, at the lake's outlet was raised 10 ft by Kerr Dam. It is one of the cleanest in the populated world for its size and type.

Located in the northwest corner of the state of Montana, 7 miles south of Kalispell, it is approximately 30 miles long and 16 miles wide, covering 191.5 square miles, making it approximate in size to Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake and half the area of San Francisco Bay (main bay). Flathead Lake is 30 miles southwest of Glacier National Park and is flanked by two scenic highways, which wind along its curving shoreline. On the west side is U.S. Route 93, and on the east, is Route 35.

The lake is bordered on its eastern shore by the Mission Mountains and on the west by the Salish Mountains. The Flathead valley was formed by the glacial damming of the Flathead River and sustains a remarkably mild climate for a region located this far north and inland; the Pacific Ocean is almost 400 miles to the west. The mild climate allows for cherry orchards on the east shore and vineyards for wine production on the west shore. There are also apple, pear, and plum orchards around the lake as well as vegetable, hay, honey, nursery tree, Christmas tree, sod/turf, and wheat production bordering or near the lake.
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