by Linda Winnie
A big THANK YOU to Andrew Beltz and Forestoration, Inc., Whitefish, for helping members of the Owen Sowerwine Committee put together a grant proposal to fund weed management at OSNA for the next two years. Andrew’s expertise, thoroughness, and collaborative skills, were crucial to the project. Forestoration generously gave Flathead Audubon a reduced hourly rate on the many hours Andrew put into the project, and in addition, contributed half of Andrew’s time on the project as an in-kind donation to Flathead Audubon.
In May 2009, Flathead Audubon presented a Conservation Achievement Recognition to Forestoration for “growing and marketing exclusively native plants” in the Valley. Andrew was one if the Forestoration representatives who attended that meeting to receive the Recognition. Forestoration continues to market native plants and use them in landscaping and restoration projects. The company’s support for this recent Owen Sowerwine project is yet another demonstration of their commitment to conservation in the Flathead Valley.