Category Archives: Site Updates

Site update: Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent

We’ve added the “Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent” to the “Related Links” sidebar. John Frederick and Annemarie Harrod represented the NFPA at last year’s annual roundtable in Waterton. By all reports, it was a good experience. This year’s event is scheduled for September 22-23 in Polson, MT.

The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent has a pretty broad reach, including people, communities and organizations with a wide range of interests. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

The Crown of the Continent is a remarkable place. Spanning the 49th parallel and anchored by Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, it has been the home of Native Americans and First Nations for thousands of years. Today, the stunning scenery, vast wilderness areas, iconic wildlife, and diverse recreational opportunities attract visitors from throughout the world. These amenities support a ring [of] communities around the Crown. Working landscapes help knit together the natural and cultural fabric of this region.

The Roundtable is an ongoing forum to bring together people who care about this special place . . .

Continue reading . . .

Five hundred posts!

Well, I’ll be darned. We just put up the 500th post since the NFPA site was switched over to WordPress back in March 2007. That’s not much compared to the big-time weblogs, but it’s a fair bit of chatter for our humble organization.

Not bad, not bad at all…

Webmaster emerges from hibernation

Sorry about the hiatus in postings, folks. As some of you know, I run a small consulting firm, specializing in computer and network support for small businesses. This makes me a canary in the coal mine when it comes to economic conditions. When things start to go pear-shaped, I notice it early-on. When conditions improve, I’m one of the first to get busy. This occurred with a vengeance over the past few months as pent-up demand for computer services exacerbated an already overburdened schedule.

Anyway, I’ve emerged from my cave, bleary-eyed, but enjoying the Spring weather and ready to start posting some new material.

Out with the old, in with the new: Lots of site changes

Your friendly webweenie got a little time to do some web site renovation today. Mostly, it was a matter of taking a pile of old, loosely integrated material and moving it into the main web site where it will be easier to find and a whole lot easier to maintain.

Take a look up top at the navigation bar. You’ll see several new links. These are . . .

  • Wildfire Information” — Just what it says. It’s the old Fire Information Links page, updated and more elegantly presented.
  • Maps” — This is our map collection, organized around a single web page.
  • Newsletters” — Links to all the newsletters from 1999 to present.
  • Archives” — This page has links to a bunch of older material that may still be of interest, including all the old posts from April 2004 through January 2007.

Enjoy!

Fire Information Page updated

We’ve added some new material and reviewed and updated the links on the Fire Information Links Page. Mostly, this was a matter of chasing down the ever-changing location where the Flathead National Forest posts its fire data.

At present, the link to the Fire Information Page has a permanent home in the “NFPA Site Links” section of the sidebar. We’ll likely be moving it to a tab on the navigation bar one of these days.

Missoulian introduces new web site, breaking all links

The Missoulian introduced a redesigned web site this afternoon. Unfortunately, this screwed up every inbound link to their stories for the past several years, not to mention trashing external search engine results from outfits like Google. Apparently, we’ve got some teething problems here. It’s going to take quite a while to clean this up. In the meantime, readers of this weblog looking for linked Missoulian stories will need to dig them up based on topic search at the Missoulian’s web site.

Sorry, folks, there’s not much we can do except work back through the posts and try to clean up all the link rot introduced by this “upgrade.” Fixed-up links will be flagged with [link repaired]. We’ll not likely go back more than a month or so, though — just too much work.

Update

Well, it looks like the Missoulian’s new search index is incomplete for articles prior to about August 1. We’ve fixed up all the August story links. We’re not having much luck for material prior to that date.

Text of UNESCO World Heritage Committee resolution available

Regular visitors to this web log will recall that, in late June, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, during their meeting in Seville, Spain, voted to send a mission to investigate threats to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. They were specifically concerned with proposed mining and energy development projects in the Canadian Flathead.

For those of you who like to read source documents rather than have someone tell you about them, we now have the original text of the committee’s resolution, courtesy of Will Hammerquist of the National Parks Conservation Association.