The Montana Conservationist June 2

This week in the Montana Conservationist: We shine a spotlight on one of our newest programs, Ranching for Rivers which aids ranchers in the costs associated with fencing riparian pastures for better management. The EPA has awarded 2015 (yes, that is the correct year) Environmental Education grants, and three grants totaling $273,000 will be coming […]

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The Montana Conservationist May 18

This week in The Montana Conservationist: Summer losses of bee colonies last year were alarmingly high: on par with winter losses, says a survey released by Bee Informed Partnership. Another warm April caused dramatic snowmelt across Montana this spring—we’d say it was unprecedented, but it’s the same thing that happened last year, which is even […]

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Montana Range Forum Summary

At the 2016 Range Forum, we discussed the current rangeland health programs in Montana and neighboring states. These presentations gave us the opportunity to address concerns about current programs, while also exploring possibilities for future program development in Montana. Sage Grouse Stewardship Act Therese Hartman spoke about the Sage Grouse Stewardship Act and the importance […]

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The Montana Conservationist, May 4

Today in The Montana Conservationist: The Yellowstone River Conservation Districts Council (YRCDC, for those in the know) is celebrating the wrap-up of a 20 year project. The Yellowstone River Cumulative Effects Analysis is possibly the most comprehensive study of a river EVER. Which means you should probably read a summary of it. The MSU research […]

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The Montana Conservationist April 21

This week in The Montana Conservationist, we introduce you to the freshest face in the SWCDM office: Jess Makus, our new Programs Manager. Also covered: Jeff Ryan reports on a couple of grizzly bears got the hippest item in home improvements: a willow lift along the streambank bordering their enclosure. Some New Yorkers prove that […]

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Saving Ozzie & Bruno’s home

Conservation Districts work together to restore streambank and protect Grizzly Bear enclosure at Zoo Montana. Written by Jeff Ryan, Lewis & Clark CD, with input from Jeff Ewelt, Director ZooMT; LaVerne Ivie, Administrator Yellowstone Conservation District; and Matt Johnson, PE CFM RESPEC. Recently I had the opportunity, representing my Lewis and Clark Conservation District, to travel […]

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The Montana Conservationist April 6

This week in The Montana Conservationist brings a lot of news, but very few jokes from your friendly TMC compiler. Read this issue. First, the NRCS gets sensitive to allergens and is now excluding buckwheat from conservation plantings in or near wheat fields. A statewide council convened by Governor Bullock has released an assessment of invasive […]

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The Montana Conservationist March 17

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from The Montana Conservationist! Today is your lucky day: we’ve got an issue full of interesting natural resource news. First off, the Yellowstone River has gotten a little elbow room, thanks to MARS and Montana Land Reliance, who have secured funding for the first ever channel migration easement in Montana. On […]

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The Montana Conservationist v9 i5

This week in The Montana Conservationist: A report from our recent trip to Denver to meet with the US Fish & Wildlife Service In a case that many water managers & agricultural producers across the nation have been watching, the US Supreme Court denied a review in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s legal challenge of […]

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The Montana Conservationist v9 i4

It’s time for your twice-monthly dose of conservation catch-up. This week in The Montana Conservationist, lots of money is being doled out. The Army Corps is granting nearly $3 million to water projects in Montana, and three of the eleven projects are sponsored by Conservation Districts (three hips! and a hey!). Adding to the pile, NRCS […]

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