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Soil Health Tour with Nicole Masters ahead

Internationally recognized agroecologist, author and teacher Nicole Masters will facilitate five in-person soil health workshops across North-Central Montana this summer. “In the midst of a drought, we’re all thinking, ‘What can we do to make our land and our ranches more resilient?” rancher and Musselshell Watershed Coalition coordinator Laura Nowlin said. “Anything we can do…
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NextGen Fencing: The Future of Pasture Management

Montana rancher shares lessons learned with virtual cow collar technology in free May 18 webinar. By Laura Nelson, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance He never thought he’d see it in his lifetime. “This started with a conversation with a friend in the wildlife community,” Montana rancher Leo Barthelmess said. They discussed the challenges old, barbed—wire fencing posed…
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February 9, 2021 Ranchers Stewardship Alliance meeting agenda

5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 Ranchers’ Stewardship Alliance February 2021 Meeting Agenda Download the full meeting packet with zoom call-in info here, or email Laura at info@ranchstewards.org for more information. Mission Statement: Ranching, Conservation, Communities – a Winning Team! Introductions/Roll Call (5 p.m., 25 minutes for next five agenda items) Agenda additions/changes Outreach: Has…
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Improving productivity, diversity in old crested wheatgrass stands

In our inaugural Rural Resilience webinar Jan. 19, Dr. Dave Naugle shared key tools and ideas around the scientific basis for investing in grazing communities to conserve wildlife, introduced exciting new technological innovations in rangeland monitoring, and communicated the potential benefits of transforming expired CRP acres into valued assets of your grazing operation. If you…
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2020 Regional Director’s Partnership Award

The Regional Director’s Partnership Award recognizes either individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie Region’s priorities over the past year. The award was established to honor the people and partnerships without which the Service could not optimally achieve its conservation mission. For visionary leadership and dedication to…
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2020 Landscape Stewardship Award

The following citation was presented to the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance by Public Lands Foundation Montana representative Richard Hopkin. While the citation was issued Sept. 18, 2020, Hopkins presented the citation in at RSA's January 2021 Annual Meeting. The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) presents the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA), with its 2020 Landscape Stewardship Award and…
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Bring landowner voices to Dec. 1 Private Lands/Public Wildlife meeting

In 2018, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3362 to improve habitat quality and big game winter range and migration corridors for antelope, elk and mule deer. The order provides funding for research and restoration projects to improve habitat within important migration corridors across the West. In response, Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and…
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Ranch Stewards November 2020 Meeting Agenda

We’re looking forward to having you join us at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 via Zoom for our November Ranchers Stewardship Alliance meeting. The meeting information is below. Been curious about RSA but not sure how to get involved? This would be a great time to get started by joining a committee! This is where you can…
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One Montana’s Master Hunter Program accepting applications

One Montana’s Master Hunter Program is accepting applications October 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020 for the 2021 classes. The program includes classroom and online instruction, and field work. The course covers wildlife management, history of conservation, hunting culture and ethics, private land stewardship, shooting accuracy and precision, lead-free ammunition, and hunting skills to name…
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Building a herd and hope

Beginning rancher revitalizes retired CRP to grow her herd and wildlife habitat By Laura C. Nelson, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance The old homestead still stands sentinel on the hill. Weathered, worn and abandoned long ago, Heather Martin has often looked at the relic and wondered just how the brother-sister duo who claimed this parcel more than…
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