The Big Hole Watershed Committee’s monthly public meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month (except July and December). Our meetings are always open to everyone and we encourage people to attend. Fresh coffee and snacks are always provided.

The next public meeting of the Big Hole Watershed Committee will be:


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

6pm @ the Divide Grange

*Please note the time change from 7pm to 6pm to account for Daylight Saving’s time. 

*The November monthly meeting has been bumped up 1 week (from the 3rd Wednesday to the 2nd Wednesday) to account for Thanksgiving. 


Topic: Bare Hands and Drones: Low-tech and High-tech restoration in the Big Hole watershed with a focus on the Mount Haggin Uplands

Presented by: Pedro Marques, BHWC Restoration Programs Manager

Background: Pedro will provide an update on all of BHWC’s restoration projects, with a focus on the use of both low-tech and high-tech innovations in restoration of degraded ecosystems. Our restoration projects rely on the use of cutting edge drone technology for vegetation mapping, delineation, project design and monitoring. At the same time, we rely on the use of locally available materials, primitive and crude techniques that rely on manual labor, and rough construction to achieve dramatic restoration results. These approaches thrive in an adaptive management context that depend on great interdisciplinary teams, intuition, flexibility and creativity at the expense of costly detailed plans.

Meeting to include streamflow/snowpack update, committee reports, and more.

Links to download pdf files of this month’s agenda and the minutes from the previous meeting are provided below.


November 2018 Agenda

October 2018 Minutes


Find Our Meeting Locations

Divide Grange: The Divide Grange is located on Highway 43 in Divide, Montana. From the east, Exit I15 on the Divide/Wisdom/Highway 43 Exit and turn west on Highway 43. You will enter the town of Divide. Turn left towards the school & Post Office. The Divide Grange is a one story cement building located west of the school.

Wise River Community Building: The Wise River Community Building is tan with amber-colored roof located on the south side the Highway 43 in the town of Wise River and located across the road from the Wise River Mercantile and Wise River Post Office. Reach Wise River via Interstate 15 by exiting the Wisdom/Divide/Highway 43 exit and travel 12 miles west.

Wisdom Community Building: The Wisdom Community Building is located on Highway 43 in the town of Wisdom and across the road from the Antlers Saloon. Reach Wisdom via Interstate 43 (via Divide – I15 exit 102) or Interstate 278 (via Dillon, take I15 exit 59).

2018 Monthly Meeting Topics

View our Upcoming Events for more information on monthly meetings.  

January – Governing Board Annual Business Meeting @ Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (for Board Members and Staff only)

February –  Ranching for Rivers Conservation Fencing Program by Jessica Makus, Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana; to include special 10-min presentation on the Montana Hunter Advancement Program by Zach Brown, One Montana

March – High Intensity Livestock Grazing Program by Dave Scott, Montana Highland Lamb AND Irrigation Scheduling & Soil Moisture Monitoring by Barry Dutton, Land and Water Consulting

April – Big Hole River Fishery Update by Jim Olsen, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

May – Managing Invasive Weeds in the Big Hole Watershed by local counties, Federal and State agencies, and private contractors (presenters TBA)

June – Big Hole Watershed Wildlife Update by Vanna Boccadori and Craig Fager, both with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

July – BHWC does not meet in July.

August – Cancelled

September – Sage Grouse Update by the Big Hole Sage Grouse Working Group

October – Forestry in the Big Hole Watershed by Ryan Davy, Forester, Beaverhead National Forest (United States Forest Service)

November – BHWC Restoration Projects Update by Pedro Marques, BHWC Restoration Programs Manager

December – BHWC does not meet in December.

Monthly Meeting Archives

View past meeting minutes using the links below: