Welcome to the most recent edition of The Montana Conservationist!
This week we start by hearing from some fourth graders in Liberty County that got their hands dirty learning about wetland soils. Then, sticking with the school theme, the USDA has information on the successes of the Farm to School Program—apparently $600 million was spent by schools on local foods last year. In other news, cattle rustling is on the rise in Texas and Oklahoma (anyone want to weigh in on MT?); a Gallatin valley rancher donated $70k to local fire districts; the Montana Board of Livestock is tightening its belt buckle; and details on federal scientists’ efforts to map “Cold Water Climate Shields” (if you’re guessing that Montana’s famously cold trout streams are on the map, you’re right). Finally, a study adds one more reason to practice crop diversity—but you’ll have to read TMC to find out what it is!