The Montana Conservationist August 2

Greetings all! If you can see this through the wildfire smoke, we have a great issue of The Montana Conservationist today!

  • First up, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced that the C.M. Russell wildlife refuge will be opened for cattle displaced by the Lodgepole Fire. And a big reason for that is thanks to the good working relationship of Garfield CD and the USFWS.
  • NRCS has also stepped up to help with wildfire recovery in Montana, announcing $3 million in funds to help fix fences, water facility development, and more.
  • Casey Gallagher with Milk River Watershed Alliance writes in about the River Rendezvous held in June, and the tour of the St. Mary Diversion.
  • Carla Lawrence sent a story about the Montana Range Days, which were held in Red Lodge this year.
  • Senator Tester has launched an online portal to help guide people looking for drought & wildfire recovery assistance
  • EPA has opened the comment period as they look to make changes to the controversial Waters of the US rule.
  • And farming on wildlife refuges has transformed Klamath Basin agriculture – and the wildlife.

All of that, plus the details (naturally) in this week’s edition of The Montana Conservationist: TMC 2017-08-02