The Montana Conservationist September 28

This week’s Montana Conservationist is coming to you from the Montana Nonprofit Association conference in Missoula, where we’re learning all kinds of great things to improve our workplace and organizational efficiency. You can learn great things too, by reading TMC this week:

  • We’re very proud to announce that Ron Talcott, a supervisor from Powder River CD, has been awarded the MACD President’s Award for 50 years of service. Do you know what you were doing 50 years ago?
  • The fall season means changes to boat inspection station hours, and the Billings Gazette has an article with interesting highlights from this year’s AIS inspection season.
  • In 2018, Smith River floaters will be asked to help gather data on the health of the river, which we think is pretty darn cool.
  • Clain Jones writes in with a discussion on ways to reduce nitrate leaching from fertilized fields.
  • In response to the effects of fire on rangelands this summer, DNRC has decided to halve the interest rate for rangeland improvement loans.
  • Biologists in Canada are studying the effects of selenium in birds. Selenium has been leaching into Lake Koocanusa from an Alberta coal mine, so Northwest Montana should keep an eye on the results.
  • And a recent climate report from Montana’s Institute on Ecosystems says that Montanans should be prepared for warmer and drier seasons in coming decades.

All of that, and the nitty gritty, in this week’s Montana Conservationist: TMC 2017-09-28