Introducing the New Flathead Lake Artistic Map
New Flathead Lake Artistic Map To Raise Money For Flathead Lake Monitoring Challenge Grant
The Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Flathead Lakers have collaborated with Xplorer Maps of Missoula, Montana to create a unique, artistic rendition of Flathead Lake. The result of this collaborative effort is a beautiful watercolor antique style limited-edition print of Flathead Lake and its surroundings with many illustrations of regional flora and fauna.
The Flathead Lake Map
Xplorer Maps creates hand-drawn and hand-lettered illustrations of significant natural and historical sites throughout the world. The illustrations are geographically accurate and contain interpretive, educational, cultural and historical information. Xplorer Maps has partnered with a variety of organizations, including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, to raise awareness and funding for conservation of these special natural places.
Xplorer Maps will generously donate a significant portion of the proceeds from this map to the FLBS to benefit the long-term protection of Flathead Lake through their programs. We hope to raise more than $20,000 through sales of this map to be used as a match for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Challenge Grant FLBS received in 2011.
Where Can I Buy the Flathead Artistic Map?
Only 300 signed and numbered limited edition Giclee prints are for sale at $300 each.
The 20"X28" high quality prints are on Museo Max cotton rag paper. Additionally, the original artwork will be displayed in Western Montana throughout the summer at a variety of locations and is being sold in an online auction ending on November 1, 2012.
Maps may be purchased atXplorer Maps.
Improving the Monitoring Effort
Thank you for supporting Flathead Lake water quality monitoring. Purchasing the Flathead Lake Artisitic Map gives you a beautiful way to show off Flathead Lake wherever you live. Additionally, it shows your commitment to help maintain Flathead Lake water quality.
As part of the monitoring program, Dr. Bonnie Ellis and colleagues have described long-term trends in water quality that are coherent with the expanding population and changing land uses in the Flathead Basin. These studies now provide a basis for minimizing pollution and maintaining the clear, clean water that people associate with Flathead Lake. Continuing the monitoring program is essential to track changes in water quality and to stimulate proper management responses.
All donations toward the research and monitoring effort will help maintain a data record that began in the 1890s. Monitoring of Flathead Lake water quality helps to ensure that Flathead Lake remains one of the cleanest large, freshwater lakes in the world now and for future generations of Montanans.
Flathead Lake is undoubtedly one of the great jewels of the world and we want to keep it that way!
Help do your part. Spread the Word. Keep It Blue!