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, Fairfield, Greenfield and Power.
- The Sagebrush Ecosystem Trunk is a great tool put together by our Sage Grouse Initiative Range Technicians for educating students about the importance of the sagebrush ecosystem. Hayden Nelson writes in about how they been using the trunk around the state.
- Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, including imperiled sage grouse. Officials say the 248-page document released this month is a paradigm shift relying on advances in technology and analytics to categorize sagebrush areas based on resistance and resilience to wildfire.
- A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups has launched an effort to find ways to fund conservation and maintenance projects on public lands. The Montana Outdoor Heritage is hoping to hear from Montanans about what aspects of public land they value most, and how those resources should be protected.
- A report in Pest Control Technology finds that the higher a pest’s position on the food chain, the more important it is to catch and control the invasion quickly, as native species populations are more likely to be impacted at a faster rate.
- In central and northwest Montana, the Montana Saline Seep Reclamation Project has received funding through NRCS’s RCPP program to address saline seep issues.
- Alan Newport writes in to Beef Producer Online about how the history and evolution of progressive grazing practices can answer future questions.
- In Choteau (hi again, Choteau! Very popular this week.), a specialty grain mill is combining ancient grains and sustainable growing practices to produce some really great bread.
All of that, plus new grants, jobs, and events! It’s The Montana Conservationist for the middle of May: TMC 2019-05-16