The Montana Conservationist August 31

This week, The Montana Conservationist is all about water, and lack thereof.

  • The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that Montana is the epicenter of the nation’s summer 2017 drought
  • Near Great Falls, a hawk with dinner on its mind started a wildfire by brushing a power line
  • NACD reports that soil health practices have big economic benefits
  • Clain Jones of MSU Extension writes in with a discussion on how fire affects soil nutrients and future soil fertility
  • Starting tomorrow, the US Forest Service will have a new Chief. Tom Tidwell is retiring after 40 years of service, and he will be replaced by Tony Tooke.
  • A new study will be taking a look at Oilfield Produced Water, and whether it is safe for irrigating crops, which could be a game changer in future droughts
  • The Bozeman Chronicle has an article on just how easy it is to start a wildfire when the world is this dry: seeds and grass caught in a four-wheeler ended up sparking a 3,000 acre blaze near Dillon
  • And if it makes you feel any better (does anything that starts with this phrase ever actually do what it says?), Montana is not alone in its record breaking fire year. Canada, Europe, and Siberia are also burning up. (do you feel better? I don’t.)

All of that, and the details in today’s Montana Conservationist: TMC 2017-08-30