This is the home page of the drive to oppose
the paving of an environmentally sensitive
section of the North Fork
Petition to Protect the North Fork Is Online!
|You can now
download or view a copy of
the anti-paving petition. Feel free to
print and circulate this petition! Our thanks to a long-time
friend of the NFPA for making extensive revisions to the original awkward prose.
Fork Road Paving Application
- In mid-December
1999, Flathead County made formal application to the Federal
Highway Administration to pave a section of the North Fork
Road. This is the so-called "Summary of Facts"
section with supporting documentation. The table of contents
also includes some corrections and a discussion of a few
of the North Fork Road
- This is very
interesting stuff! Thanks to Cesar Hernandez of the Montana
Wilderness Association for sending us this material.
pave the road less traveled,
an editorial in the 4 May 2000 Daily Inter Lake. Read
Too much of the earth is paved
already by Oliver A. Meister
This letter was sent to several Montana newspapers on 14 Sep 1999
and published in the 23 Dec 1999 edition of the Hungry Horse News. Read
Paving North Fork Road is unnecessary by Brian Peck
A letter to the editor that appeared in the 24 Nov 1999 Hungry Horse
Brian's letter responds to an article
which appeared in the 28 Oct 1999 Daily Inter Lake.
"Dust probably has no measurable effect..."
by Jack A. Stanford
An email dated 24 Oct 1999 from Jack Stanford, director of the
Flathead Lake Biological Station, to John Frederick. Read
Don't rush to pave road to nowhere,
an editorial in the 30 Sep 1999
Daily Inter Lake. Read
Pavement not worth it for
the North Fork by Cheryl Watts
A letter to the editor that appeared in the 5 Aug 1999 Hungry Horse
News. Read the letter...
Paving the North Fork Road?
by John Frederick
This is the lead article from this summer's edition of the NFPA
Newsletter. Read the article...
Paving North Fork Road is a bad idea all around by Brian Peck.
A letter to the editor that appeared in the 10 Jun 1999 Hungry Horse
|Paving will destroy North Fork's biggest attractions
by Alex Steven
A letter to the editor that appeared in several local
newspapers. This is the version printed in the 4 June 1999 Daily Inter Lake. Read
|New! North Fork Road paving short of money,
Daily Inter Lake,
2 May 2000
I'd do it again, Hungry Horse News, 16 March 2000
This is mostly about the Commissioner's wild ride
(see "Williams Scandal" below) but the last three
paragraphs are worth noting:
| In other road related news Williams said he was confident that the paving of the North Fork Road was going to be completed, though it could take some time.
Williams did admit he too was concerned about wintering populations of deer in the Big Creek area and the impact that paving could have on them.
The deer cross the road frequently to drink from the North Fork of the Flathead and he said designers were looking at ways to address the problem.
Road too costly to maintain, Hungry Horse News, 24
greatest concern, Hungry Horse News, 24 Feb 2000
Fork paving proposal debated, Daily Inter Lake, 15
planned on North Fork paving, Daily Inter Lake, 11
|County requests North Fork funds,
Hungry Horse News, 23 Dec 1999
|North Fork paving application in the mail,
Daily Inter Lake, 16 Dec 1999
Dale Williams, the most ardent official supporter of paving the
North Fork Road, landed in very hot water on the 9th of
December. . .
County official could face charges after wild ride, Missoulian, 14 Dec 1999
State investigates commissioner's wild ride,
Daily Inter Lake, 14 Dec 1999
Williams is out of line, should resign,
Daily Inter Lake, 15 Dec 1999
Daily Inter Lake, 21 Dec 1999
set for Williams,
Daily Inter Lake, 25 Feb 2000
I'd do it again, Hungry Horse News, 16 March 2000
|Water quality efforts focus on North Fork,
Missoulian, 9 Dec 1999
The last two paragraphs, beginning with "Montanans already are returning to the North Fork
debate...", are the part directly related to the North
Fork Road issue.
|Mihalic did not shy away from difficult issues in Glacier,
Daily Inter Lake, 6 Oct 1999
The important part is near the end: "...Heim and John Frederick, of the North Fork Preservation Association, both say they are disappointed with Mihalic's silence on a proposal to pave a nine-mile stretch of the North Fork Road.
Glacier's Chief Ranger, Steve Frye, has said the park will comment on the proposal when an environmental study gets under way."
|Feds to take over North Fork paving project,
Daily Inter Lake, 23 Sep 1999
|North Fork paving project gets $2.4 million,
Missoulian, 18 Sep 1999
|North Fork paving approved by Congress,
Daily Inter Lake, 16 Sep 1999
|Biologists: Humans paving the road to species extinction,
Missoulian, 14 Sep 1999
"The development of new paved highways, the paving of gravel roads and
upgrading of existing highways should be considered severe and
permanent impacts on carnivores and other animals..."
Sunday, August 29, 1999, the Missoulian did a big spread on
the North Fork and the paving controversy. . .
A road in the Fork: Paving proposal stirs controversy
(on the front page!)
...and a related
North Fork tales: Off a road less traveled
(in the "Montana Life" section)
[note: this article
shows a 27 Aug date, but it should be 29 Aug 1999]
Vs. Profitable, Missoula Independent, 19 Aug 1999
for asphalt-free way of life,
Missoulian, 13 Aug 1999
not popular with some, Hungry Horse News, 5 Aug 1999
|North Fork group gathers anti-paving petition,
Daily Inter Lake, 10 Jul 1999
|North Fork paving stirs up 20-year-old controversy,
Missoulian, 21 Jun 1999
|Glacier officials mum on North Fork paving,
Daily Inter Lake, 17 Jun 1999
North Fork residents split over plan to pave road,
Missoulian, 7 Jun 1999
Why is remote road on money map?,
Daily Inter Lake, 5 Jun 1999
North Fork paving: a history of trouble,
Daily Inter Lake, 2 Jun 1999
Fork Road slated for paving to Camas Road, Daily Inter Lake,
28 May 1999