During our annual meeting, we gave special recognition to two of our many amazing volunteers who help with Flathead Lakers projects and greatly increase our ability to protect Flathead waters.
For the past 5 years, the Flathead Lakers and our River Steward partners have been expanding the critical vegetated buffers along our streams, the Flathead River, and the lake’s north shore. Those buffers protect clean water and provide healthy fish and wildlife habitat. Together, we’ve planted thousands of native trees and shrubs with the enthusiastic participation of private landowners. Last year alone we planted more than 8,000.
It would be impossible to plant that many trees without dedicated volunteers. The Flathead Lakers honored two of our most dedicated volunteers, Anita Ho and Wendy Jeschke. Anita is Associate Professor of Geology and Geography at Flathead Valley Community College. Wendy is the Student Engagement Coordinator at the college.
Anita and Wendy not only planted trees themselves on weekends, they brought dozens of FVCC students with them. Their support greatly increases our volunteer workforce, while giving students an opportunity to learn first-hand about watershed health and to give back to the community.
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
We are grateful for Anita and Wendy’s wonderful support for our River Steward Program, and for the way they are inspiring students to participate in projects that benefit us all.
On behalf of our Flathead Lakers community, thank you Anita and Wendy.