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 Bigfork High School GIS students working on Flathead WPA.

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. 

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow. 

More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. 

For more information on volunteering please contact us at Northwest Montana Wetland Management District Flathead County or Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge. 

Bigfork High School Projects 

Flathead WPA has a unique working relationship with Bigfork High School GIS students under the supervision of teacher Hans Bodenhamer. Due to the WPA’s close proximity to the city of Bigfork, Flathead WPA has served as an “outdoor classroom” for students. Over a several year period, Bigfork High School GIS students have mapped noxious weeds, monitored native plant restoration plantings, mapped vegetation types and have recorded bird species use on Flathead WPA.  


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Bigfork High School students using a Robel pole to measure standing vegetation on Flathead WPA.  


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Bigfork High School students have documented that Flathead WPA is home to an amazing assortment of waterfowl and other birds.

Follow the links to see results of their hard work. 

Bigfork High School GIS Projects: 

Flathead WPA Vegetation Mapping: 

Flathead WPA Vegetation Communities: 

Flathead WPA Thistle Study 

Flathead WPA Reed Canary Grass Study  

Flathead WPA Willow Cutting Study 

Bigfork Spring Birds 

Common Birds of Bigfork