Browse the list below to learn about additional grant opportunities, events, and other educational items, tools, and resources available in Missoula County and across Montana. For Missoula Conservation District events and sponsored events, visit our Events page.
Training & Education
Working Lands Internship & Mentor Program
The Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) Rangeland Resource Program invites both mentor and internship applications for the Working Lands Program.
Deadline is February 1, 2019.
Application materials and more information available here.
Quivira Coalition’s 2019 New Agrarian Apprenticeships in Regenerative Ranching & Farming
The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) partners with skilled ranchers and farmers to offer paid, full-immersion apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. NAP mentors are dedicated stewards of the land; they practice regenerative methods of food or fiber production, provide excellent animal care, and are skilled and enthusiastic teachers.
Each opportunity offered through the New Agrarian Program is unique. To learn about each apprenticeship, visit the New Agrarian Program at quiviracoalition.org/newagrarian. Applications will be reviewed starting December 1. Apply online at quiviracoalition.org/newagrarian/apply.
Deadline is December 31, 2018.
Compensation includes a monthly stipend, housing, partial board, Holistic Management International beginning rancher/farmer trainings, and registration, travel and lodging for the Quivira Coalition conference and apprentice orientation.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops & Events
Judith Basin County Annual Range School Seminar, “Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together”: Livestock Genetic Management & Grazing with Johann Zietsman, May 29-30, 2019, Hobson
Johann Zietsman, world renowned speaker, will be in Hobson, MT, for a 2-day seminar on Livestock Management and Grazing. Johann will be sharing proven concepts fro selecting and utilizing the best adapted genetics with ultra-high-density grazing resulting in a much higher profitability per acre while greatly improving the land.
Pre-register by May 15, 2019. $30.
“How to Prepare Your Neighborhood for Wildfire” presentations, April 17 & May 8, 2019, Missoula
Missoula County, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Montana Elders for a Livable Tomorrow (MELT) will host a series of presentations conducted by fire scientist Jack Cohen, who spent his career finding strategies to help homes survive wildfires.
Cohen walks his audiences through how homes are destroyed during extreme wildfires, typically without burning the surrounding vegetation. He explains how this pattern of destruction points to opportunities for readily reducing home ignitability and preventing Wildland-Urban Interface fire disasters. He also addresses how homeowners can better prepare for wildfires.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Best Western Grant Creek Inn in Missoula and Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Target Range School, Missoula.
Find more information here.
Central Clark Fork Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) Stakeholder Meeting, April 16, 2019, Missoula
Interested friends of the Central Clark Fork are invited to a stakeholder meeting on April 16 at the University of Montana (University Center room 326 from 7-9 pm). A draft outline of the WRP will be presented along with a list of priority stream restoration projects identified at the earlier stakeholder meeting. Attendees will be asked to help prioritize the list of projects and brainstorm sources of funding and other assistance needed to accomplish the projects.
If you wish to attend the above meeting or have questions about the Central Clark Fork WRP, contact:
Dr. Vicki Watson, UM Professor Emeritus, Clark Fork Coalition Science Advisor and member, Clark Fork Kootenai River Basins Council
Find more information here.
2019 Western MT Grazing & Ag Conference, January 17-18, 2019, Missoula
2019 Soil Health Workshops, January 14-19, 2019 (statewide)
Join Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana, NRCS, and your local conservation district for a soil health workshop in your neck of the woods this January. Featured speakers/producers – Race King, Keith Berns, and Derek Axten.
Workshops will be held in Great Falls, Three Forks, Billings, Forsyth, and Sidney.
Women-Led Tractor Maintenance Workshop, Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9 am-3 pm, Missoula
In partnership with Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD), Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) presents a day-long workshop open to all. Presenter Krista Marshall will cover:
- Basic overview of the tractor engine, system and parts
- Regular upkeep, preseason look-over, and daily walk-around
- Safe operation and tool use
- Observing and diagnosing issues
- Home maintenance
- When and how to use your dealer or mechanic
Registration is $30 – discounts available for participants who bring equipment to be used in demonstrations. Register and learn more on the CFAC website.
Soil Moisture Education Workshops, November 7, 2018 (Greenough) and November 9, 2018 (Columbus)
The Montana Climate Office has partnered with local organizations to host two full-day workshops focusing on soil moisture measurement, technologies, and applications supporting agricultural management and drought resilience.
These workshops are open to everyone interested in soil and water management; there is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided.
Course content and registration details may be found on the Montana Climate Office webpage.
FREE Electric Fencing Workshop, October 4, 2018, 2 pm-5 pm, Charlo
Lake County Conservation District is hosting a free electric fencing workshop on Wednesday, October 4, at 2pm at Crow Creek Ranch (corner of Rocky Butte Road and Duck Road, three miles north of Charlo). The workshop will focus on permanent electric fencing and will highlight design and construction tips while highlighting some of the newest materials on the market. Stick around for the FREE cookout after the workshop!
For more info and to register, visit the Lake County Conservation District website.
2018 Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture (WSFA) Conference, October 2-4, 2018, Billings
The mission of Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture is to empower women involved in all aspects of agriculture through education, collaboration, and networking, to ensure the success of farms and ranches across the region. The WSFA steering committee is comprised of 10 or so volunteers from across Montana represent many of the major ag organizations in the state.
This year’s conference will be held October 2-4, 2018, at the DoubleTree in Billings. For schedule and registration details, visit the WSFA website.
Conservation Calendar, University of Montana
The Environmental Studies Department at UM maintains a calendar of conservation-related events in Western Montana. Updated regularly.
Montana Apple Growers Workshop Series
Multiple dates – Bitterroot Valley Visit Montana Apples for information about workshops for apple growers. Workshop topics include information on orchard establishment, pruning, integrated pest management, and growing a food business. The website also has information on how to buy, grow, and sell apples and apple products.
2018 DNRC Natural Resource and Range Youth Competitions and Camps
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) offers several summer programs for children and youth. Programs and camps include Envirothon, Montana Range Days, Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp, and Montana Youth Range Camp. Learn more about these DNRC events and camps here.
Farmer Field Days
Community Food and Agriculture Coalition’s Farm Link Montana hosts free hands-on workshops and tours for farm hands, farmers, and ranchers on the third Wednesday of each month, May through September. Check out the Farm Link website for more details and opportunities.
Grants, Conservation Funding, & Agriculture Assistance
MT DEQ Nonpoint Source Pollution Funding
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $500,000 in funding to address nonpoint source pollution, under the 2019 Interim Call for Applications. The application process is now open, and applications are due by 2 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 2 p.m., FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019.
The recommended range for contracts is $10,000 to $300,000 per project, with a 40 percent cost share required. Applicants must either be a nonprofit organization or a government entity.
Approximately $300,000 of the available funding will be focused on projects in the Bitterroot watershed. This targeted approach maximizes the cumulative impacts of pollution prevention and watershed restoration projects to achieve measurable results. Focused funding will be rotated to a different watershed every two or three years.
The remaining $200,000, as well as any unspent amount from the Bitterroot, will be available for eligible projects throughout the rest of Montana.
The application form and instructions are available at http://deq.mt.gov/Water/SurfaceWater/NonpointSources. All projects must address nonpoint source pollution and implement a DEQ-accepted Watershed Restoration Plan. DEQ staff will be available, upon request, to provide feedback on project applications.
For more information on this funding opportunity, contact Dean Yashan at 406-444-5317 or by email at email@example.com or visit http://deq.mt.gov/Water/SurfaceWater/NonpointSources
Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative 2019
The Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (MCLI) is accepting applications for mini-grants and demonstration projects for 2019. Visit the NRCS website for application materials and to learn more about past projects.
Montana Conservation Menu
Check out this new online menu of conservation programs available across the state. The Montana Conservation Menu was developed for landowners interested in implementing conservation practices on their land and is brought to you by Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana.
Rent Our No-Till Drill and Trailer
Learn more about our new Equipment Rental Program.
Free Science Education Posters
Missoula Conservation District has several Montana-based science education posters to give away. Poster topics include rangelands and invasive weeds. Contact us for more information or stop by the office to pick up.
In fall 2018, we launched a Pollinator Initiative to help landowners participate in establishing beneficial pollinator habitat throughout Missoula County. We have two types of seed mix available for pick-up in our office. The seed packets are free! Read our newsletter to learn more about the project.