April 2019 Monthly Meeting Minutes Complete

The topic of BHWC’s April 2019 monthly meeting was Invasive Weeds in the Big Hole Watershed. We heard from several presenters regarding recent and upcoming weeds management efforts, cooperative spray days, and more. Presenters included Amber Burch Beaverhead County; Jessica Phillips, Beaverhead – Deer Lodge NF (Wisdom); Lucas Phillips, USFS Butte Rnager District; Lacy Decker, Bureau of Land Management (Butte); John Whittingham, Basic Biological Services; and Dave Green, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. View a PDF version of the full meeting minutes here.

Our meeting minutes provide a summary of the information that was presented and the discussions that followed. Our monthly meetings are open to the public – please join us!

Big Hole Watershed Committee Restructures

In November 2018, the Big Hole Watershed Committee’s Executive Director of 6+ years, Jen Downing, announced her decision to step down from her position. Over 6 years, she poured the foundation for a highly effective organization and re-established the Big Hole Watershed Committee as a model for collaborative natural resource management and the delivery of high-quality restoration projects.

As Jen transitions out, we’ve developed an innovative re-structuring plan to build on her legacy of success, resilience, and community engagement while maximizing the talents of our team. Thank you Jen for your tireless support of our watershed – we wish you the very best!

The Big Hole Watershed Committee’s staff now includes:

Pedro Marques- Executive Director. Pedro’s role will be focused on stewarding the organization’s vision and mission, working with our governing board, and raising funds and securing grants to sustain the organization and its projects. Pedro will continue to play a key oversight role with our agency and private partners in the delivery of high-quality restoration projects as well as guiding strategic partnerships into the future.


BHWC Executive Director, Jen Downing, Awarded 2019 Montana Watershed Stewardship Award

Big news! Our very own Jen Downing, Executive Director of the Big Hole Watershed Committee for the last 6+ years, has been awarded the 2019 Montana Watershed Stewardship Award! This is a big deal – the award is only given out every other year to two individuals and/or groups out of the whole state – and boy does Jen deserve it!

In her time with BHWC, Jen has significantly improved the operating capacity of BHWC, built community relationships, updated our bylaws, increased our staff size, updated & implemented the Big Hole River drought plan, worked to coordinate & oversee the massive restoration efforts on Mount Haggin (along with several of our partners), pushed for legislation to figure out stream gage funding, and so much more. She’s also been a great friend & mentor to so many of us, and we’re thrilled that she was selected for this prestigious award as she prepares to depart from our organization.