The Montana Conservationist February 21

Greetings, TMC readers! We are invading your inbox this week with a lot of stories about invasive species, and some things we can all do to prevent them.

  • Next week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! We asked the Montana Invasive Species Council to write in about what we all can do to help stop the spread of invasive species.
  • The Montana Salt Cedar Team got some good press in the Prairie Populist to combat this invasive on the Missouri River.
  • And in the Swan, Swan Valley Connections is helping landowners stop the spread of destructive bark beetles by offering a low-cost bubble-cap program. These cool little device emit a “no-vacancy” signal on trees you want to protect, telling bark beetles to look elsewhere.
  • Ag Update has a story on something we can all hear every week: producers are affirming that conservation practices save the day in both too-dry and too-wet weather.
  • The EPA has signed an MOU with the national FFA organization to enhance environmental education in schools.
  • Headwaters Economics has recently conducted a survey showing that when it comes to preventing loss from wildfires, land use planning is more likely to be effective that logging. Most of this is because it’s simply impossible to log in all the places a fire might start – but thinning and other programs on private land near homes is still important. (hint, that’s something Conservation Districts can work on!)
  • A new podcast called “Art of Range” is all about bringing together conservation and grazing. If your ears have been feeling a little empty, fill them up with conservation! (podcasts may be an invasive species, but we’re cool with them)

All of that, plus lots of grant opportunities this week! Read The Montana Conservationist: TMC 2019-02-21