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Report on Mussel Concerns from Eastern MT Stakeholders sent to FWP

On March 8, a group of central and eastern Montana stakeholders met with Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) to voice concerns over how invasive mussels might affect our regions and what preventative measures can be taken to contain their spread.  This group expressed concern about the seeming lack of preventative resources being directed toward Eastern Montana by the State.    In response to this concern FWP expressed the desire to work with stakeholders in Eastern Montana to identify our regional needs.  Watershed coordinators for the Missouri, Musselshell, Milk, Yellowstone, and Big Horn Rivers have coordinated the efforts to establish stakeholders for their area and solicit stakeholder input for their own regional needs.  This report summarizes response from across Central and Eastern Montana on the issues surrounding invasive mussel prevention.

Central and Eastern Montana Mussel Response: Summary of Stakeholder Concerns

Ranching for Rivers Program Accepting Applications

The Ranching for Rivers program has approximately $40,000 in cost-share available for landowners to establish infrastructure to improve grazing management in riparian areas. The program will begin reviewing applications on April 10th, and will continue to review as applications are submitted until all the funding is allocated. Projects must be complete by September 30th, 2017Continue Reading

MRCDC Exec Committee Call – February 21

The Executive Committee of the MRCDC will be hosting its monthly conference call at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, February 21st. For information on how to join the call, contact Carie Hess, Petroleum CD Administrator and Council Administrative Assistant at 406-429-6646.

First Quarterly Meeting of 2017 on Scheduled for January 5th

The MRCDC meeting will take place on January 5th from 3:00 to 6:00 at the Vineyard Room of the Duck Inn in Havre. The Milk River Watershed Alliance is meeting in the same room from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and we are all invited to join their meeting. Lunch will be served during the MilkContinue Reading

Charles M. Russell NWR Community Working Group 2016 Year in Review

We had a productive and informative year with the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Community Working Group. Please follow the link below to read a summary of the group’s activities and accomplishments in 2016. Read the CMR CWG Year in Review Here!

Aquatic Invasive Mussels: Governor Declares Statewide Natural Resource Emergency

For more information and updates visit: http://musselresponse.mt.gov/ http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/MISAC/zebra-and-quagga-mussel-faqs-and-fact-sheet Via the Montana Mussel Response website (musselresponse.mt.gov): “Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order November 30, 2016 declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana water bodies due to the detection of invasive aquatic mussel larvae. The State of Montana’s Mussel Response Team was formed to rapidly assessContinue Reading

The River Journal for December 2016

Read the latest edition of MRCDC’s newsletter The River Journal here.

Conservation Menu: Rangeland Conservation Programs in Montana

A product of the Charles M. Russell Community Working Group, the Conservation Menu is a voluntary, non-regulatory, and incentive based guide to choosing conservation programs. This menu was created to provide landowners with a list of conservation programs provided through federal, state, local, and private sources to help meet management and conservation needs on their land.Continue Reading

Jan. 5th, 2017: MRCDC Quarterly Meeting & Milk River Watershed Alliance Mtg.

MRCDC’s first quarterly meeting of 2017 will be held January 5th at the Duck Inn in Havre from 3:00PM – 6:00PM. Topics discussed will be upcoming legislative action, as well as trips to Washington DC and Denver. Dinner will be on your own. The quarterly meeting will follow the Milk River Watershed Alliance meeting, whichContinue Reading

Ranching for Rivers Video

MRCDC and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM) has been working with ranchers along the Missouri River corridor to showcase the importance of managed riparian grazing and how this can benefit water quality, livestock production, and riparian health. This is accomplished through off-site water development, riparian fencing, and grazing management plans. TheContinue Reading

Missouri River Conservation
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