Riparian Management Workshop

This workshop, sponsored by the Lewis and Clark Conservation District, and partially funded by a grant from the MACD Programs, will be held on September 14th and will begin at 8:30 am.  We'll start the day at the Augusta Youth Center, next door to the Augusta Senior Center, for the morning portion and lunch provided by the Buckhorn Bar.   The afternoon will be in the field at a landowner's property on Elk Creek. Lunch choices are Burgers or Chicken.  We're asking a $5 fee to help cover the lunch costs since the grant doesn't cover that part.  Topics to be…
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Photo Contest – Spring 2021

Lewis and Clark Conservation District is excited to announce we will be hosting a spring photo contest. The theme is spring green although we encourage all entries that include aspects of the Conservation Districts mission statement such as agriculture, natural resources, education, and community. Rules for submission are listed below. How to submit a photo Remember if you have your account set to private, we may not be able to see your post, if you want to keep that setting enabled consider submitting by email. Facebook – reply to any announcement post or by direct message to the CD’s page.…
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New Landowner Resource Concern Survey

As part of our annual planning operations, the Conservation District has a new survey for landowners to report natural resource concerns to us.   Residents of Lewis and Clark County are asked to take this short survey, giving feedback on new concerns about our natural resources in the county or ongoing concerns.   The Conservation District will utilize the feedback we receive as we look at program development, budgeting,  collaboration with other partner organizations such as the NRCS, and in our planning revisions for our long-range-plan. Please take just a minute or so to fill this out for us!
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Photo Contest – Fall Colors and Conservation

Lewis and Clark Conservation District is excited to announce we will be hosting a fall photo contest. The theme is fall colors although we encourage entries to include aspects of the Conservation District’s mission statement such as agriculture, natural resources, education, and community. Rules for submission are listed in the post so please open the post for more information, please be aware failure to follow the rules will result in removal of submissions and disqualification.  
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LCCD is Hiring a Conservation Planner!!!

As part of a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts, the Lewis and Clark Conservation District is hiring a full-time temporary position as a Conservation Planner.   While working for the CD, this employee will be expected to: Collaborate with local conservation partners including government agencies, non-profit organizations and private agricultural landowners. Provide outreach and education to local agricultural landowners regarding integrated weed management, grassland enhancement and restoration, riparian grazing, stream corridor health, forestry and financial assistance opportunities. Work cooperatively with personnel at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Helena Field Office to develop site-specific conservation plans…
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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program-FSA

Farm Service Agency (FSA) is administering the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) right now.  There were a few webinars online recently which were recorded and will be available to those who missed them who may wish to view them. For more information, see the attached Fact Sheets that FSA provided to the Conservation District. CFAP for Livestock CFAP Non Specialty Crops Webinars For more information, go to www.farmers.gov/cfap/.  
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XX Bar Farm & Ranch

A few years ago, Lewis & Clark Conservation District sponsored a grant for a local farmer and rancher, Tim Dusenberry of the XX Bar Farm & Ranch.  The grant was for a pilot project to look at doing cover cropping for soil health improvement. Tim has expanded on that operation and recently was interviewed on the Montana Public Radio Home Ground with Brian Kahn.  Tim talks about how he got interested in working on improving soil health and other innovations that he's made with mob grazing and other techniques. You can find the interview here and just scroll down to Tim…
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Lewis and Clark Conservation District and County creating Augusta work group for flood mitigation efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 13, 2019 Contacts Chris Evans, Lewis and Clark Conservation District Administrator, 449-5000 x5, lccd@mt.net Susan Good Geise, Lewis and Clark County Commissioner, 447-8302, SGEISE@lccountymt.gov Helena -- The Lewis & Clark Conservation District, in coordination with Lewis and Clark County, will be pulling together a work group to evaluate and coordinate long-term flood mitigation measures to assist landowners around and in the community of Augusta.  The Conservation District and County will be reaching out to the State Departments of Resource and Conservation (DNRC), Transportation (MDT), Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to be involved…
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Flood Information Needed

  The program that was utilized in 2018's Augusta flood event was through the Farm Service Agency, federal funds. There is a possibility that they will be able to do another sign up, but it's not assured.  Please contact the Helena FSA office at 406-449-5000 ext. 2 to let them know about losses of fencing etc. and also livestock losses (livestock losses within 30 days). The Conservation District is working with the State of Montana to try to find some disaster funding as well as the Disaster and Emergency Services people at the County to try to tie into the…
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Range Improvement Loan Program

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) offers a low interest loan program as an incentive for private landowners to do range improvement practices.  Currently the rate is 1.5% and there is a maximum loan amount of $75,000.  Repayment is scheduled for a maximum of 10 years with annual payments. For more information contact Bill Herbolich, DNRC, 406-444-6668, or http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/conservation-districts/range-improvement-loan-program.  
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