By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: April 10, 2023

Flathead Rivers Alliance (FRA) announces 2023 River Ambassador and River Recreation/Citizen Scientist volunteer program trainings ahead of float season to enhance river safety, stewardship and citizen science, on the Three Forks of the Flathead River.

FRA is ramping up for the 2023 river season and recruiting 20-30 volunteer team members! Are you passionate about the river system that inspired a national protected Wild and Scenic River system and want to be an active stakeholder or citizen scientist? In anticipation of another record river user year for the Three Forks of the Flathead River, FRA is expanding their River Ambassador and River Recreation Monitoring/Citizen Scientist volunteer programs. River Ambassador training will be offered April 18th 6:00-8:00 PM and River Recreation/Citizen Scientist training April 27th 6:00-8:00 PM at Glacier Outdoor Center, in West Glacier. Trainings are conducted in partnership with FRA, Glacier National Park, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Flathead National Forest.  These partners are invested in river users having an enjoyable and safe experience, while ensuring the river system’s outstanding remarkable values are protected.

Usage and visitation have increased over the last decade for the Three Forks of the Flathead where much of the 219-mile federally designated Wild & Scenic river corridor borders Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest. FRA’s River Ambassador program heads into its third year of educating recreationists at popular river access sites on the three forks with maps and information about rules, ethics and etiquette. Volunteers additionally boost efforts to eliminate preventable river fatalities through roving and permanent life jacket loaner stations on the Middle and North Forks. For those who enjoy floating the river and have a desire to be an active stakeholder while doing so, the River Recreation/Citizen Scientist program trains volunteers to use a data collection app to collect river user, wildlife and invasive species data as they float the river.

If you are interested in joining Flathead Rivers Alliance’s team and improving stewardship and safety on the Three Forks of the Flathead River contact Sheena Pate at info@flatheadrivers.org or visit www.flatheadrivers.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.

The Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River is administered by the Flathead National Forest with portions cooperatively managed with Glacier National Park and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. We acknowledge the river system flows through the traditional homelands of the Ktunaxa, Kootenai, Séliš (Salish), and Pikuni (Blackfeet) Peoples. The Flathead Rivers Alliance is a new friends group created to support protection and management of the Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River (the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork) and enhance the outstanding and remarkable values that include geology, ethnographic, history, wildlife, vegetation, fisheries, water quality, and recreation. The Alliance and its agency partners are invested in developing a new generation of river stewards.  

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