Ninepipes wetlands await management changes

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A pair of trumpeter swans takes flight at the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge south of Ronan last week.

The Mission Mountains are partly covered in clouds above Ninepipe Reservoir last week.

Signs at Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge reflect the new management between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Rob Chaney

CHARLO — The pawed, finned and winged residents haven’t paid much attention, but human visitors to the Ninepipes wetlands can see some changes underway.

New signage acknowledges the “changing of the guard” in the biodiverse Mission Valley as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

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