River helpers prepare for floating season

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To help keep the Clark Fork River from getting over-loved this summer, Missoula’s Three Rivers Collaborative will field “river ambassadors” this summer.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Rob Chaney

To help keep the Clark Fork River from getting over-loved this summer, Missoula’s Three Rivers Collaborative will field “river ambassadors” this summer.

The four ambassadors hit the beach in two weeks. They will cruise trailheads, shoreline access points and shuttle stops helping people find recreation opportunities and take care of the river corridor.

The Clark Fork Coalition will oversee the workers in partnership with Missoula’s city and county governments and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

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