The Montana Conservationist, June 27

Greetings, TMC readers! I hear that it’s finally stopped snowing in West Yellowstone, and you know what that means: summer is here! So take this edition of TMC and a nice, cool drink to your nearest umbrella-covered sitting spot, and get to reading: As you may have heard, things are shaking at MACD & SWCDM. […]

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The Montana Conservationist May 30

Hello, loyal readers! This week in TMC: Governor Bullock has formed a panel to assess forested state lands and make a plan for management. Our own Steve Hedstrom has been appointed to the council to represent conservation districts Forbes reports that globally, soil erosion washes away $8 billion of productivity each year. Farmers have been […]

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The Montana Conservationist, May 16

Welcome to the middle-of-May edition of The Montana Conservationist. We’ve got conservation news popping up faster than morel mushrooms after a fire. The stories this week: Springtime is the season when many districts host youth education events. The Choteau Acantha has a great write up about one of those, hosted for fourth graders in Choteau, […]

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The Montana Conservationist May 2

Greetings, TMC readers! We’ve got lots of great stories today in TMC: Coal wrecked Belt Creek, polluting the stream with mine runoff that often turns the water orange even a century after the Anaconda Belt mine closed. Now, coal financing is paying for a water treatment plant to help clean up the creek. The Feds […]

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The Montana Conservationist April 19

Hello from rainy northwest Montana, TMC readers! I hope that the snow is finally melting wherever you are, and maybe you’ve even put some seeds in the ground. This week, we’ve got lots of conservation news for you: Is your garden starting awaken? So are the invasive plant pests that are hungry to eat your […]

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The Montana Conservationist April 4

Greetings, TMC readers! I hope the sun is poking through wherever you’re reading this, and that you’ve spent at least a little time this week looking for the signs of summer that are beginning to emerge around us. I’ve been taking my coffee breaks out in the garden, where daffodils and tulips are bravely poking […]

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The Montana Conservationist March 21

Greetings, TMC readers! Happy first day of spring!! Yes, we really did make it. And from my office in NW Montana, it really truly is evenĀ feeling like spring. Hoorah! This week in TMC: Studies have consistently shown that septic leachate is a problem in Montana Lakes, but solutions are elusive. A recent talk at the […]

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The Montana Conservationist March 7

Greetings, readers! Have you successfully shoveled your way to your computer desk? A hearty congratulations to you! Now take a little break, and check out what’s in the Montana Conservationist this week: Rebecca Knapp, the District Conservationist in Carter County, recently received NRCS’s highest honor in her profession. Read all about her career and the […]

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The Montana Conservationist February 21

Greetings, TMC readers! We are invading your inbox this week with a lot of stories about invasive species, and some things we can all do to prevent them. Next week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! We asked the Montana Invasive Species Council to write in about what we all can do to help stop […]

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The Montana Conservationist February 6

Greetings, TMC readers! You’ve officially made it through the longest month of the year (if not actually the longest mathematically, I’m pretty sure January is the longest metaphorically). It’s now February, my mailbox is full of seed catalogs, and a little groundhog told me there might be hope yet. Here’s what’s in TMC this week: […]

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