The Montana Conservationist September 14

Greetings, readers! It seems all of our collective prayers for rain may be answered this weekend, which means this fire season may be coming to an end. But you know what’s not coming to an end? TMC, that’s what. Here’s this week’s issue: Reports have come in that some of the hay donated to producers […]

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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 […]

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The Montana Conservationist August 16

Greetings, conservationists! This week in the newsletter: A Montana rancher discovered an ancient mammoth fossil on his land The Hamilton High School Envirothon team placed in the top ten at the recent international competition. Congrats, HHS! The Ennis fish hatchery has recently constructed a wetlands to treat its wastewater A new study suggests that artificial […]

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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 […]

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The Montana Conservationist July 19

Greetings TMC readers! We’re back from our little summer break, and my goodness you were busy while we were gone! This issue is chock full of news about the stupendous work the conservation community has been doing. First up, the Missoulian featured a great article about Lake County CD’s efforts to encourage pollinator plantings. Featuring […]

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The Montana Conservationist June 21

Happy Summer Solstice, readers! It’s the longest day of the year (feelings? sad/happy?). But no matter how long the sun stays in the sky, we’ve got a great issue of TMC this week: A wrap up of our spring board meeting An article from the Missoulian on the Israeli water experts that visited our fair […]

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The Montana Conservationist, June 7

Readers, can you believe that it’s June? That’s right, we are HALFWAY through 2017. And that means that it’s time for MACD & SWCDM’s Spring Board Meeting. We hope to see you in Helena next week! Meanwhile, in this week’s issue: We introduce a new project that’s near and dear to my heart, the Montana […]

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The Montana Conservationist, May 24

Greetings, readers! We have a great issue of the Montana Conservationist this week: A big welcome to our new Operations Manager, Melissa Downing Butte is celebrating the opening of Montana Craft Malt, which will malt exclusively Montana-grown barley and sell to Montana’s blossoming craft brewing economy The US Fish & Wildlife Service announces plans to retain management […]

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The Montana Conservationist, May 10

Welcome to 2017’s Issue No. 10 of the Montana Conservationist! This week: As spring runoff starts, NRCS says Montana’s mountain snowpack is in good condition in all basins. Indeed, in the Bighorn the condition may even be too good.  NACD has a blog post about the importance of the EPA’s Section 319 grants for Conservation Districts […]

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The Montana Conservationist April 27

Greetings, readers! I hope all is well with you, and that the sun is shining on your spring plantings. We have a great issue of TMC for you this week: First up, Sonny Perdue was finally confirmed and sworn in this week as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture. USDA is reporting that the number of […]

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