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The Montana Conservationist March 8

Greetings, TMC readers! It is one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.* It’s also time for TMC! Here’s what we have today:

  • We are bidding a fond adieu to MACD’s Executive Director, Elena Evans.
  • The first Montana Water Summit just convened in Helena, and has been deemed a great success as attendees got together to talk about water quality, quantity, policy, and all manner of related great conversations.
  • Flathead Valley Community College has added a Women in Agriculture course to its curriculum, as it sees more and more young women interested in the trade.
  • NOAA has launched a new satellite that will be a great tool for observing, understanding, and anticipating severe weather.
  • The Casper Star Tribune reports that a Bakken-scale boom may be coming to the Powder River Basin, but one big hangup is where the frackers will get water for the wells.
  • Last week was Invasive Species Awareness Week (consider yourselves now aware), and we’ve got ten tips for reducing their spread
  • As the Interior Department moves toward a reorganization plan, the Western Governors Association is relieved to have negotiated a draft boundary map more closely aligned with state borders than previous iterations.
  • Are you feeling the spring fever? Modern Farmer has a great list of ideas for things you can do to prepare before gardening season gets truly rolling. And I for will say that a flock of baby chickens in your house will not help you appreciate the late winter snowfall.

Do you have great expectations for this week’s edition of TMC? Well then, you can read the full issue here: TMC 2018-03-08

*A favorite line by Charles Dickens

Kate Arpin

Kate is the Communications and Technology Manager for Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana. She manages the website, puts out The Montana Conservationist every other week, and assists conservation districts with technology, websites, and communications.

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