Earth Week Day 2: Pollinators!

When you think of pollinators, what do you imagine? Most of us think of the honey bee, but there’s more to the story. Montana is home to hundreds of species of pollinators, including 450 species of identified native bees (although it’s expected that there are close to 1000 species of native bees, they just haven’t […]

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Earth Week Day 1: Recycling

Welcome to RVCD’s virtual Earth Week! To start the week off, we are going back to basics with recycling! According to the Montana DEQ, about 19 percent of all waste created in Montana is recycled. Recycling is a challenge in Montana due to our low population over a large geographic area and the lack of […]

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Earth Week 2021

Welcome to RVCD’s Virtual Earth Week! For Earth Day 2021, we have created an awesome week long virtual celebration. Each day of the week of April 19th-23rd is themed with a general focus on appreciating our land, water, and community here in the Ruby Valley. We hope you follow along with us and take something […]

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Grazing to Improve Soil Health: A Case Study in Jefferson County

Can grazing help improve soil health in Southwest Montana? Watch our recording to learn more about compatible grazing management from retired National Center for Appropriate Technologies Livestock Specialist and producer with Montana Highland Lamb. Hosted by: Ruby Valley Conservation District, MSU Extension, Madison Valley Ranchlands Group, and the Madison Conservation District Take Our Survey: Rancher [...]

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2021 Rancher Roundtable: Grasshoppers in 2021

Grasshoppers in 2021: Integrated Pest Management Techniques Worried about crop loss due to pesky grasshoppers? Review our discussion about Grasshoppers & Integrated Pest Management! Take Our Survey! Rancher Roundtable Survey Grasshoppers in 2021 Integrated Pest Management Techniques 20210210 0004 2No Description

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2021 Rancher Roundtable: Refresher on Calving Techniques & Navigating Difficult Births

Refresher on Calving Techniques and Navigating Difficult Births Are your calving skills adequate? Top notch? View our conversations  on calving techniques and navigating difficult births. We heard presentations from Carla Sanford, MSU Assistant Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, and large animal vet, Will Oliver. Take Our Survey! Rancher Roundtable Survey View Dr. Sanford's Slides [...]

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2021 Rancher Roundtable Event: Real World First Aid

Real World First Aid On January 12th, we discussed how to deal with life-threatening injuries in wilderness settings. Speaker, Steve Primm, is a local Wilderness EMT and a member of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Please watch our recording of the presentation! Hosted by: Ruby Valley Conservation District, Montana State University Extension, Madison [...]

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Ruby Watershed Council Meeting – CWD w/ Dr. Emily Almberg, MT FWP Disease Ecologist

Join us at our next Ruby Watershed Council Meeting to discuss the latest CWD findings from Southwest Montana and their implications with MT FWP Disease Ecologist Dr. Emily Almberg. WebEx Link Information: Ruby Watershed Council Meeting Hosted by Dominique Shore https://dominiqueshore.my.webex.com/dominiqueshore.my/j.php?MTID=m442e8bfe5971581559fba0f471477927 Meeting number: 126 981 7372 Password: ruby-river (78290748 from phones and video systems) f2b886f567a4405bb5b2045d524a393b [...]

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The Montana Conservationist, v14 i8

Greetings, readers! This week in The Montana Conservationist: Louis Wertz of the Western Landowners Alliance wrote a great op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune about the trouble with ranchettes. They may seem like the perfect lifestyle, but in reality the fragmented development is a nightmare for the landscape. The Flathead Beacon writes about how the […]

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The Montana Conservationist, V14 I7

This week in The Montana Conservationist: AIS inspectors have found 13 boats transporting invasive species in Montana, an increase over previous years. It’s more important now than ever to stay vigilant! An MSU research team has received a grant to further study invasive cheatgrass. This week, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which […]

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