Forest Ecology and Fire Speakers Program at Missouri Headwaters State Park
By Matt Schauer

Posted: August 2, 2012

The Montana State Parks announced a “Forest Ecology and Fire Regimes” Series that will take place at Missouri Headwaters State Park.  The series, taught by Missouri Headwaters State Park Manager Dave Andrus, begins this Saturday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m.

The programs will be held in the picnic area of the park, 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, MT 59752. The park is located four miles north of Three Forks, just off of Interstate 90. Chairs are not provided, so bring a camping chair or blanket for the family.

Fish Wildlife and Parks News Release shared this information:

Every forest has unique features that include slope, aspect, elevation, tree species and more. Andrus will explain how these features affect fire behavior, and why and when fire can benefit a forested landscape. He will also help participants gain an appreciation for how these various features interact in a fire scenario.

Andrus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from the University of Montana, School of Forestry. He has managed Missouri Headwaters State Parks since November 2011, following an assignment as park manager of Hell Creek State Park

Enjoy the Missouri Headwaters State Park Summer Speaker Series–Saturday evenings June 9 through August 18. A marshmallow roast follows each program.

Missouri Headwaters State Park is a National Historic Landmark rich in Native American, Lewis and Clark, fur trade, and early settlement history. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 13,300 people visited Missouri Headwaters State Park, a 34% increase over the year before.