NRCS Renews Commitment to Sage Grouse Initiative Through 2018

MACD and our Montana Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) partners received good news from our federal partners last week: NRCS has committed to maintaining the current level of financial assistance and easement program investment (averaging $45 million yearly) for the Sage Grouse Initiative through 2018. Additionally, NRCS is reinvesting in the successful range conservationist partnership that fuels […]

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Jeff Tiberi Re-appointed to EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee

We’re proud to announce that MACD’s Policy Director, Jeff Tiberi, has been reappointed to the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) for a two year term. The committee provides advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator to assist in developing a stronger partnership with local governments to deliver environmental services and programs.

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Irrigation Water Management Program Enrollment Now Open

MACD is pleased to provide another year of our Irrigation Water Management (IWM) Service. MACD’s IWM Service is available to all Montana irrigators and can be used in conjunction with NRCS EQIP irrigation programs. Three levels of irrigation management are available, and MACD’s IWM Service will assist producers with the maintenance of soil moisture records and provide feedback on the application of water and […]

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York Gulch added to National Forest Lands

From the Prickly Pear Land Trust. Helena, Montana – The power of conservation partnerships became evident today as 386 acres of important wildlife habitat and recreational lands in York Gulch are now protected and incorporated into the surrounding Helena National Forest lands.  About two miles east of the community of York, and less than 20 […]

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State of Montana WOTUS comments

In this post, we give you links to Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s letters to the EPA concerning the WOTUS ruling. As many of you know, the EPA’s draft rule entitled Waters of the US has many potential repercussions, both good and bad. It’s potentially a huge change to the […]

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Bitterroot River: Diversion dam fix at top of funding priority list

From the Ravalli Republic Fixing a dangerous diversion dam on the Bitterroot River was given No. 1 priority on the state’s proposed list for renewable resource grants this year. The Montana Department of Natural Resources recently released rankings for the grant program that will be forwarded to the 2015 Legislature for consideration. The Bitterroot Conservation […]

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Why Do Rivers Bend?

We came across this great video from Minute Earth that illustrates in a simple and accessible way the forces behind a river’s natural meandering path. It’s one of those informative little clips that we’re keeping on hand to show pretty much everyone. Video from Minute Earth via Test Tube

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