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The Montana Conservationist, May 15

It’s spring time in Montana, and that means the sage grouse are lekking, the grayling are spawning, and the cattle are getting fat! Also the rivers are flooding, in case no one noticed…. Here’s the roundup of conservation news this week:

  • Montana Women: From the Ground Up is now available for purchase! This book from Broadwater and Glacier CDs portrays women’s contributions to agriculture in Montana.
  • Heather Nenninger writes in to talk about how important leks and lekking season are for sage grouse counts
  • Cascade CD’s Ag Days was featured in the Great Falls Tribune. Many other districts across the state are holding similar programs this time of year, and their work is incredible!
  • A recent study has linked improvements in soil health to increases in livestock weight gains. Add that to the list of reasons soil health is awesome!
  • The Bozeman Daily Chronicle recently had a feature article about Ruby Valley CD Supervisor John Anderson and how producers are dealing with appearances of grizzlies in new areas. It’s a thoughtful, worthwhile read on a complex issue.
  • As snowmelt is filling rivers across the state, there is assistance available for producers with losses due to flooding. Read up on ELAP in case you need it!
  • In one Philips County wildlife management area, FWP is proposing to thin the cattails that have taken over the wetlands, in hopes of increasing biodiversity.
  • For the second year in a row, grayling have returned to spawn in a recently restored creek in Red Rock Lakes NWR. Now is when you should get very excited about fish eggs.

Now settle down with your cup of coffee, and read the Montana Conservationist: TMC 2018-05-15

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.

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