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June 11, 2019by ncdea

MONTANA, Garfield County CD – Ranchers in Garfield, Fergus and Petroleum counties are among those submitting applications to the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program for funds to benefit sage grouse and conserve habitats.

The Garfield County Conservation District submitted an application for a combined restoration and 30-year term lease on 12,901 acres of the Burgess Ranch in Garfield County near Haxby Point. Restoration work entails reseeding cropland back to native rangeland.

Source: Sage grouse habitat projects proposed | Montana Untamed |

May 9, 2019by ncdea

MONTANA, Teton County CD – How long does a honey bee live, which type of soil can easily form a ball, what animal did this fur come from or how do you measure antlers? Fourth graders from around Teton County had these and hundreds of other questions about the outdoors answered when they attended the annual 18th annual Creeks and Critters field day held May 2 in Choteau.

Students from Choteau, Fairfield, Power and Greenfield schools spent the spring day learning about how riparian health affects water, soil, wildlife, weeds, aquatic life, bees and plant life. Presenters used hands-on activities to teach the children rudimentary ecological concepts. Sponsored by the Teton Conservation District, Creeks and Critters field day brought 70 students to a variety of educational stations along Spring Creek and in the Choteau City Park.

Source: 4th graders learn about creeks, critters and more | News |

January 4, 2019by ncdea

Montana has 58 conservation districts, but the Madison Conservation District (MCD) recently joined a list of a dozen or fewer to put a strategic plan in place.

“As a conservation district, we have a really broad scope that covers a lot of natural resource areas,” says Water Programs Manager and board chairman Ethan Kunard. “The goal was to define what the conservation district’s focus should be. What are our values and our vision?”

Kunard says the conservation district is in a position to be a community leader and mediator, facilitating some of those unpleasant yet necessary conversations where differing values may clash, such as balancing conservation and recreation, or development and agriculture. But with the right approach, different ideas can be brought together for the betterment of the community, the environment and the economy all at once.

Source: Madison Conservation District maps future | The Madisonian

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