Saturday morning I drove over to the Waterworks Hill trailhead to watch for elk on Mount Jumbo. Conditions were perfect, and I was not disappointed. We saw 50 elk in three groups, grazing across the snow-covered slopes toward the "L." It was a sight that I have enjoyed many times over the years.
For this treat we can thank many Missoulians for their foresight and contributions to the Mount Jumbo Campaign of the mid-1990s. They convinced the City of Missoula, Five Valleys Land Trust, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Lolo National Forest to acquire and accept responsibility for management of this unique landscape on our city's edge.
In spite of many challenges, over the past 15 years Mount Jumbo continues to support many wild animal and plant species that would have been greatly diminished, if good people had not acted. It is still up to us to support future management that will protect the ecological integrity of this little jewel.
Bob Henderson, Missoula