RED LODGE — After 24 years and an investment of almost $460,000, a unique Montana cooperative project that has regenerated aspen stands along the Beartooth Face may be finished despite definitive success.
Absarokee High School student Billy Raville, volunteer Chris Clark and student Ty Phingston fish the Stillwater River during a camping trip this summer organized by their superintendent, Dusty Sturm, and retired outfitter Tom Wolfe.
Tana Babb, Coby Gardiner and Tom Wolfe ride across the Stillwater River. The students had a chance to ride and hike during the adventures.
Absarokee High School students and volunteers who took part in the Husky Wilderness Adventures were, back row, left to right: Trevor Smith, Dusty Sturm, Ty Phingston, Tom Wolfe and Josh Baldwin; front row: Darcy Sturm, Billy Raville, Maisey Sheppard, Abby Kissler, Ivory Keller and Chris Clark
Absarokee junior high school students Samantha Hanson, Tana Babb and Rachel Braswell chat around the campfire.
Angler Josh Baldwin reeled in this fat trout while fishing on the Stillwater River.
This summer, the Absarokee superintendent of schools assigned some of his vacationing students an unusual summer project.
This black bear was spotted crossing a rocky slope far from camp.
Some of the students, like Josh Baldwin, really took to fishing. They got to go home with a free rod, too.
Absarokee Junior High students pose for a shot. Volunteer Tom Wolfe designed the shirts they wore. Left to right are: Wolfe, Dusty Sturm, Sammantha Hanson, Cody Martin, Tana Babb, Morgan Smith, Bailey Gauthier, Coby Gardiner and Rachel Braswell.
Morgan Smith and Rachel Braswell ride up a trail into the Beartooth Mountains this summer. Many of the trails into the Beartooths follow streams like this one.
The former Granary restaurant reopened Monday in Billings with a revamped menu, a casual taproom for beer lovers and a new banner.
This drilling site in the Custer National Forest is where Ruen Drilling is boring to remove core samples for the Stillwater Mining Co.’s expansion exploration.
Twice my hopes to backpack in the Beartooth Mountains were dashed by cold weather, rain and the threat of snow this summer.
Planned weekend outings into the Beartooth Mountains were twice squelched by cold, wet weather this summer.
East Rosebud Creek should stay the way it is – a ribbon of clear water tumbling from the top of the Beartooth Mountains down a breathtaking valley of pine trees, deer, elk, moose and bears.
A bobcat has been the closest relative to a Canada lynx that the Rocky Mountain College crew has captured on camera.
Two black bear cubs climb atop a stump baited to attract a wolverine.
A black bear was lured into a camera trap set to capture photos of lynx or wolverines in the Beartooth Mountains this summer. The work is part of a study by Rocky Mountain College students to identify whether lynx and wolverines are using the area, and what areas they are in.
Taking photographs of camera-shy Canada lynx and wolverines is tough, but it’s even more difficult when the camera is placed at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet or deep in the underbrush of the Beartooth Mountains.