Trail projects need volunteers

The Northern Rockies Chapter of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will be building a new trail Saturday that connects Duncan Drive to existing trails on Missoula conservation lands.

Volunteers are needed to walk or run the trail route to create a tread.

The Missoula Community Foundation and Run Wild Missoula are also sponsoring the event.

The Wildlands Restoration Volunteers chapter also needs volunteers Saturday, Nov. 6, to assist in building a new trail on Waterworks Hill that will create an easier grade for hikers and protect sensitive plant communities.

The city of Missoula, Rattlesnake Land Trust, REI and Peschel family are cooperating on the project.

Volunteers will place native plant sod along the new trail and help close the old trail.

To register for either event, go to or e-mail

Bitterroot XC club to talk desert

The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club and longtime members Dusty Samouce and Mel Holloway will present "Mars Desert Research Station" on Thursday, Nov. 11.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Hamilton's Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St.

Samouce and Holloway will discuss their experience working with the Mars habitat simulation and research that is ongoing in southern Utah.

The meeting will also include a silent auction of a variety of specialty items.

Parks and Rec will improve trail

Crews from Missoula Parks and Recreation and the city's Street Maintenance Division will make improvements to a short section of the Milwaukee Trail, between Hickory and California streets on Friday and next week.

A 700-foot section of trail is being repaved and upgraded to improve drainage and facilitate ice and snow removal during winter.

The trail will remain open during the project, but pedestrians and bicyclists will encounter a short detour.

The work is being funded by the city's Capital Improvement Program. For more information, contact Alan White, Parks and Recreation projects coordinator, at 552-6261.

Recycling topic of Glacier seminar

WEST GLACIER - Join park employees, neighbors and visitors for a "Brown Bag" lunch seminar at Glacier National Park's West Glacier Community Building from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday

This presentation will focus on the how park concessioner Glacier Park, Inc. has kept the equivalent weight of nine elephants out of local landfills in recent years.

Leon Stiffarm, director of operations and acting environmental officer for GPI, will present information about the company's recycling program, where the company is today and where it wants to go in the future.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Glacier Park's Green Team.

"Brown Bag" lectures are made available by Glacier National Park's Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center,



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