Activities

The NFPA Board of Directors meets four times each year.  In the past year, the board met on December 13, and May 15, July 24, and November 5  with the annual meeting on July 30.  After each board meeting, an update on NFPA activities is added to this page.

Update on NFPA Activities:  May-November 2016

NFPA Submitted Official Comments on the following things:
(These were submitted by the President after board approval.)

June — letter to Congressman Zinke expressing disagreement with his vote on HR2316 called the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act which would transfer control of 4 million acres of federal land to state-appointed committees
SeptemberComments to the Flathead National Forest on the draft Flathead Forest Plan and EIS
September — Letter to NFPA membership requesting their individual comments be submitted on the Flathead Forest Plan
October — Recommendation for Debo Powers to be appointed to RAC

Other Activities:

JulyAnnual newsletter was mailed to all members
July — Annual meeting was held on Saturday, July 30 at the Sondreson Community Hall with a potluck supper, report on NFPA activities in the past year, and election of officers.  This year’s speaker was Dr. David Mattson, renowned grizzly bear research biologist, who spoke on “The Crown’s Grizzlies: Their Past, Present, and Future.”
October — Crown of the Continent Conference & Native Roundtable—NFPA was represented by John Frederick, Debo Powers, and Annemarie Harrod.

Update on NFPA Activities, January-May 2016

NFPA made Official Comments on the following issues:
(These were approved by the Board of Directors before submission.)

February:  Letter to Congressman Zinke opposing HR3650 and HR2316
HR3650—states can seize up to 2 million acres of federal land
HR2316—states can seize up to 4 million acres of national forests for clear-cut logging

March:  Letter to Congressman Zinke expressing disappointment that he voted for HR 2409, Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Act

March:  Letter to President Obama concerning transboundary issues before his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister

May:  Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife regarding delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

May:  Letter to Kootenai National Forest regarding the Ten Lakes Travel Plan

NFPA sign-on with other conservation groups:

No mountain biking in wilderness—letter to Congress

Helicopter Flights over GNP—Quiet Glacier Coalition

Whitefish Range Partnership:

The WRP began meeting again this spring to work on legislation that could be developed from our agreement. The wilderness portion is the easiest part to write into legislation.  Other parts are much harder.  Two committees (“rec and wilderness” and “veg management” finished their legislative reports back to the WRP. NPCA has sent those reports to TWS and a US Senate staffer for evaluation of what can actually be legislated. We hope to have their findings before end of May.

Update on NFPA Activities, August – December 2015

  1. The NFPA board met in August and set up the following Working Groups.  Anyone interested in working with one of the following groups should send an email to the Chair and to NFPApresident@gravel.org
    • Watershed (Logging in Canada, Wild & Scenic River issues, etc.)
      Chair: Randy Kenyon   kenyonnorthfork@gmail.com
    • Wilderness (Northern Whitefish Range wilderness designation, Badger-Two Medicine drilling, Mining project in Cabinet Mountains, etc.)
      Chair:  Frank Vitale   sixmules@gmail.com
    • Wildlife  (Grizzlies, Wolves, Wolverine, Lynx, Bull Trout, Cutthroat, etc.)
      Chair:  Steve Gniadek   grayjaybro@yahoo.com

    There is also a research committee to support the work of all of the groups above.  This committee is chaired by Annemarie Harrod   amharrod@gmail.com

  2. In August, members of NFPA attended a celebration for the passage of the North Fork Protection Act through Congress and spoke to Senators Tester and Daines to thank them for their support.
  3. In August, NFPA signed on with other conservation groups to a letter to U.S. Representative Zinke stressing the importance and significance of collaborative efforts, such as the Whitefish Range Partnership.
  4. On August 30th, an op-ed was published in the Daily Interlake stating NFPA’s views on the logging north of the border in Canada.  In September, the Hungry Horse News and Flathead Beacon published this op-ed also.  (See posting on this website.)
  5. On September 2nd, three NFPA members traveled to Choteau to attend a public hearing before the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation concerning drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine.  NFPA went on record as standing in solidarity with the Blackfeet people in supporting the cancellation of all oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine.  On September 21st, the Advisory Council announced that it was recommending the withdrawal of the leases.  Other groups have been lining up to oppose the leases and the US Department of Interior has recently announced that the leases will be cancelled.
  6. On September 16-18, three NFPA board members attended the Crown of the Continent Conference in Missoula.  A report was posted on the NFPA website.
  7. In November, a letter was sent to the Montana Congressional delegation supporting Wild & Scenic River designation for Trail Creek, Yakinakak Creek, and Whale Creek in the North Fork.
  8. On December 3, three NFPA members attended the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meeting at Lone Pine State Park to hear updates on grizzly bear management and research.  A report was posted on the NFPA website.
  9. On December 13, the NFPA board used teleconferencing to discuss issues being addressed by the Working Groups and to work on organizational issues like revising the bylaws and choosing a program for the annual meeting in July.
  10. On December 14, several NFPA members, including two signers of the original Whitefish Range Partnership recommendations, began meeting with that group again to examine the possibility of legislative implementation for certain portions of the recommendations.