skip to Main Content
MACD and SWCDM have merged. Visit for the most up to date information.
Screenshot of newsletter

The Montana Conservationist, February 2020

This week in The Montana Conservationist:

  • The BLM is proposing new regulations for grazing, and now is your time to submit your comments on the changes!
  • The EPA has published a new “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (the rule formerly known as WOTUS), with a significant reduction in jurisdictional waterways. Read what the new rule will mean for farmers and ranchers.
  • A new computational model shows how crop rotation helps combat plant pests, and calculates the best rotational scenario. (Hint: it’s not just a two crop, every-other-year model)
  • Scientists in Colorado are studying the respiration rates of the tiny prairie smoke wildflower (OMG plant breath! so cute!) to help figure out how a changing climate will affect water in the west.
  • Montana has joined a new multi-state invasive species council, formed recently by the Western Governors Association to help coordinate efforts to fight invasive species, especially the dreaded quagga mussel (is that a monster in the Princess Bride? I can’t recall)
  • Montana DEQ has selected the lower Gallatin as its next focus Nonpoint Source Management Focus Watershed (move over, Bitterroot)
  • Economic studies are showing that investments in combating climate change could help rural economies, which sounds like a win-win to me. One example: the large number of wind farms currently lining up to call Rapelje home.
  • MTPR has a story about concerns that recent environmental regulation rollbacks could hurt the burgeoning water protection business.

All of that, plus grants! and jobs! and events! Read the Montana Conservationist: TMC 2020-02-04

Kate is the Communications and Technology Manager for Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana. She manages the website, puts out The Montana Conservationist every other week, and assists conservation districts with technology, websites, and communications.

Back To Top