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The Montana Conservationist, v14 i8

Greetings, readers! This week in The Montana Conservationist:

  • Louis Wertz of the Western Landowners Alliance wrote a great op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune about the trouble with ranchettes. They may seem like the perfect lifestyle, but in reality the fragmented development is a nightmare for the landscape.
  • The Flathead Beacon writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the national food supply chain, creating opportunities for local agriculture.
  • IMWJ writes about the truly inspiring collaborative conservation happening in the Big Hole Valley.
  • Montana’s senators write in to discuss efforts to get the CSKT water compact passed in Washington.
  • A new study looks at how two crop residue management practices – no-till and prescribed fire – affect nutrients and microbes in the soil.
  • No Till Farmer has good piece on the interconnectedness of soil organic matter and soil water storage.
  • And in a piece from, a practice that seems great on the surface (planting trees to store carbon!) actually does the opposite of good.

Plus, we have information on resources for COVID-19 relief for businesses and nonprofits, new jobs, and opportunities in abundance! It’s summertime, and there’s more good info here than mosquito bites on my legs (and that’s a lot). Read it all here: TMC 2020-07-14

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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