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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 […]

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The Montana Conservationist December 6, 2019

Greetings readers! We’re back from an extended break, and hope you missed us. In this week’s TMC: Senator Daines is introducing a new agreement to settle the CSKT water compact, just days after the Trump administration said that they supported a solution without litigation. (And just a couple weeks after MACD members voted to support […]

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The Montana Conservationist August 22

Welcome to the August edition of The Montana Conservationist. In this issue: The Prairie Populist has been doing an excellent job covering the work of Conservation Districts. In this recent article, they spoke with Garfield CD administrator Dusty Olson about the work her district is doing around Garfield County, including being the first CD to […]

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The Montana Conservationist July 25

Greetings, TMC readers! We return to your regularly scheduled, full length edition of TMC today. It took two peach milkshakes to get this edition together, but here we are. Without further ado: Montana Range Days was held last week in Beaverhead County. We’ve got a great writeup on the event and the results. A new […]

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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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