Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that I’m facing down the calendar and suddenly it’s the end of November which means it’s time to take a look back and do a quick review of where we’ve been in 2016 and begin to think about where we’re headed in 2017.

Workshops:
  • The year was kicked off by hosting a 310 workshop in January.  Julie Goss, Karl Christians, and Matt Jaeger presented on 310 law, processing, and projects.
  • 2nd annual grazing monitoring workshop in conjunction with the Beaverhead Deerlodge Forest Service and Jeff Mosely in June
  • 2nd annual pasture walk centered on management intensive grazing under pivots at LaCense Ranch in July
  • Hosted soil health workshop with SWCDM in October with Jim Gerrish discussing grazing techniques.
  • Hosted North 40 Ag soil health and cover crops workshop in October.
  • Small acreage pasture walk in November looking at rotational grazing for small operations.
  • Rolling Rivers Trailer presented to Dillon 5th grade outdoor school in May and for Lima Schools in October
Projects:
  • Worked with Americorps member, Chris Carparelli to begin plans for a soil health demonstration pivot owned by one of our board members.  Planting and experimentation will begin in 2017.
  • Range monitoring kits completed for the Rangeland Resources Program
  • Hosted Fair Booth
  • Worked with the Beaverhead Conservation District Range Committee to hold a plant ID contest at the fair
Watershed:
  • Poindexter Slough nearly completed, waiting to hear about funding for the last 1/2 mile
  • Culvert replacement projects continue to reduce TMDLs throughout the watershed
  • Received a WaterSmart Grant (thank you Chris Carparelli) to expand the watershed to tributaries above Clark Canyon Reservoir
  • Continue to work with Beaverhead County on various weeds programs

More to come on where we’re heading in 2017!