Hello, loyal readers! This week in TMC:
- Governor Bullock has formed a panel to assess forested state lands and make a plan for management. Our own Steve Hedstrom has been appointed to the council to represent conservation districts
- Forbes reports that globally, soil erosion washes away $8 billion of productivity each year.
- Farmers have been disappointed in the past by promises of carbon credits for no-till and other practices, but a new coalition proposing just that is gaining steam
- Montana Range Days is quickly approaching, and this year’s annual event will highlight two days of tours at innovative ranching operations across Beaverhead and Madison counties.
- A new study reports that more frequent fires is hampering the regeneration of forests, and in Yellowstone that really burns.
- The Governor has signed a bill that clarified whether the state could claim partial water rights ownership for water that crosses state lands.
- The Sage Grouse Initiative reports that conifer removal can foster up to 12% growth in area sage grouse populations.
- The Prairie Populist has a nice write up about how the Conservation Stewardship Program works. If you’re new to the game, or need an explainer, check it out.
More news and opportunities in this week’s The Montana Conservationist. Like many things, you’ll just have to read it to get the best parts: TMC 2019-05-30