Watershed meeting scheduled for June 25th at Cottonwood Fire Station

Landowners are invited to come and learn what they can do on their property to help protect our Gallatin Watershed

Bozeman, MT, June 14, 2012:  The Northern Rocky Mountain Resource Conservation & Development and MSU Gallatin County Extension will be hosting a watershed meeting on Monday, June 25th at the Cottonwood Fire Station on 10200 Cottonwood Rd in Bozeman. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and conclude at 8:30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public and south Bozeman landowners with information on what they can do and what resources are available to them to better protect our Gallatin Watershed.

The following agencies and organizations will be available to share information: Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana Watercourse, Greater Gallatin Watershed Council, Gallatin Local Water Quality District, US Forest Service, MT Department of Natural Resource and Conservation, Rae/Sourdough Fire Department, MSU Extension, Bozeman Creek Enhancement Project, Gallatin Conservation District, Natural Resource and Conservation Service, and Association of Gallatin Agriculture Irrigators.

The Northern Rocky Mountain RC&D in partnership with MSU Gallatin County Extension currently have grant funds available to assist south Bozeman landowners with hazardous fuels reduction; forest health enhancement; noxious weed control and soil and water quality enhancement. These are typically accomplished through activities such as: tree thinning, brush piling, brush and/or woody debris chipping, prescribed burning, pruning, enhancement of existing stream-crossings, noxious weed control, erosion control, and general forest and/or vegetation management. Additionally, grant funds are available to cover half the cost of creating a forest stewardship plan for their property. This grant program is made possible through funding from the Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service. The grant is titled “South Bozeman Watershed Private Forestry Assistance for Protection and Restoration”.

For more information about the watershed meeting or the South Bozeman Watershed Private Forestry Assistance for Protection and Restoration program visit www.gallatinextension.com or contact Crystal Hagerman, (406) 209-0344, crystal.hagerman@montana.edu

6:30   Refreshments & Open House

7:00   Welcome & Gallatin Local Water Quality District Presentation

7:45   Introduction of Programs Available to Landowners

8:00   Networking Reception


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