The Montana Conservationist September 6

Greetings readers! It’s time for The Montana Conservationist. This week, there’s a lot of new (or, newly appointed) faces in our conservation world: NRCS has appointed a new State Conservationist. Tom Watson, formerly the assistant state conservationist in Oregon, will be leading the agency in Montana. In Southwest Montana, high school students with the Montana […]

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The Montana Conservationist August 22

Greetings, readers! Today, the hot topic is water and what lives in it. From snails and grayling to toxic algae we’re diving deep into Montana’s waters. In today’s issue: Some Big Hole River residents are getting another look from the Feds. And by ‘residents’ and ‘look’, we mean Arctic Grayling and their possible Endangered Species […]

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The Montana Conservationist, August 8

Greetings, readers! Conservation Districts and CD Supervisors across the state have been getting a lot of press this month for their great work, and we’ve got it all in this issue. So pour yourself an ice bath (hello, 100 degree day), sit back, and dig into this week’s issue of the Montana Conservationist: We are […]

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The Basics of Water Resources in Montana

To northwest Montana, water is perhaps the most vital and valuable natural resource. An understanding of our water resources boils down to two basic factors: QUANTITY – How much water is there? QUALITY – What is in the water? These seemingly simple concepts turn out to be very complex when it comes to management of […]

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The Montana Conservationist July 25

Greetings, Conservationist readers! I have taken a break from running through the sprinkler (hello, is it super hot everywhere else too?) to bring you the following conservation news: In Oregon, an industrial pasta machine is helping restore burned rangeland. As fire season begins to descend upon the state, drones are becoming a more and more […]

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The Montana Conservationist July 11

Greetings readers! It is July 11, and instead of free slurpees we’re serving up another edition of The Montana Conservationist full of great conservation news. (A slurpee sounds darn good though). This week: Did you miss the Riparian Grazing Workshops last month? Don’t fret! We’ve got a run down of three great days of learning, […]

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SWCDM 2017 Annual Report

SWCDM’s Annual Report for 2017 highlights the work SWCDM is doing to advance the goals of local commonsense conservation across the state of Montana. We’re proud of the many programs we offer to support conservation districts and their mission. Read the report to learn about a few highlights from 2017.   No Title No Description

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The Montana Conservationist June 27

Hello, Conservationist readers! Are you ready for a little summer reading? Well then here is this week’s news: EPA has taken the first step towards rewriting the controversial Waters of the US rule. The draft rule, which has not been released to the public, was sent to the Office of Budget and Management last week […]

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Digital Atlas Training Materials

Administrators, partners attend digital atlas training in Helena This month SWCDM coordinated a unique training for Conservation District administrators. The State Library showed participants how to use its free Digital Atlas application, and how to access the wide range of datasets available for free to the public. In the afternoon, participants were guided through an […]

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NW MT report from DWSAC meeting

The Drought Water Supply Advisory Committee (DWSAC)┬áserves as a clearinghouse for information on water supply conditions and drought mitigation actions. It is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, and consists of representatives from the departments of Natural Resources and Conservation; Agriculture; Commerce; Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; Military Affairs; Environmental Quality; and Livestock. The DWSAC met on […]

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