Fire and water marked the first full day of the Crown of the Continent Institute in Montana on Wednesday, June 26. Beginning with a mid-morning discussion about the history of fire with Ron Wakimoto, professor of forest fire at University of Montana, and concluding with a trout fishing expedition on Flathead Lake, the full contingent of 18 fellows (Don Hopey finally arrived after a grueling trip from Pittsburgh!) worked their way north from Missoula and got engaged in a series of environmental issues along the way.
Wakimoto was also joined by two officials with The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes - Tom McDonald and Dale Becker - who talked about their wildlife management program and set up a visit to the spectacular Kerr Dam on the Flathead River. There, the fellows had a chance to visit with Jordan Thompson, a lawyer for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, about the dam's history and future - which will likely see its operation turned over to the tribes.