BLM Donates Leftover Rootwads to BHWC for Restoration Project

The local BLM office was faced with a unique challenge: what to do with rootwads left over after several years of hazardous trees removal. It’s fairly easy to find a home for the firewood, but the root wads – not so much. In 2019, the BLM solved this problem by donating the rootwads to the Big Hole Watershed Committee. We were thrilled to take them, as they provide valuable material for our streambank stabilization and sediment reduction project at French Creek! Read more below.

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March Meeting “Minutes” Complete

We sadly chose to cancel our March meeting because of COVID-19/Coronavirus, but we decided to prepare a committee update for you anyway, complete with snowpack report. We’re still hard at work enhancing, managing, and restoring the Big Hole watershed.

Here’s a preview of what we’ve been up to:

  • We’re providing livestock carcass removal to Big Hole Valley ranchers from now until mid-may, free-of-charge.
  • We secured $112,000 in grant funding for watershed planning & restoration projects.
  • Our watershed family grew by 1!
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Bears Waking Up in the Big Hole Valley

Grizzly bear tracks were reportedly seen this past weekend west of Wisdom off the Foothills road, a sign of Spring and a reminder that bears are waking up around the Big Hole Valley.

With calving season underway, bears waking up across the landscape, and wildlife returning to the Valley, we want to let landowners, ranchers, and residents know that we have various tools and resources to help reduce conflicts with wildlife.

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March Meeting Cancelled due to COVID-19/Coronavirus

We have made the unfortunate decision to cancel our public meeting this Wednesday night in Dillon in an effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and to protect our stakeholders and staff. We had planned to dicuss cloud seeding and were excited for the opportunity to gather in Dillon, but considering the current situation with the Coronavirus and Governor Bullock’s directive to cancel public gatherings and practice social distancing, we have decided it is not worth the risk. Cloud seeding will wait. We will reschedule once conditions improve. Thank you. Stay safe.

Southwest Montana Experiencing More Grizzly Bear Conflicts

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, grizzly bear encounters have increased in Southwest Montana in recent years. View FWP’s press release here:

While this is alarming, the Big Hole watershed historically has had low numbers of grizzly bears, although each year, sightings are reported. BHWC believes in being prepared in order to prevent wildlife conflicts when possible. That’s why we offer free livestock carcass removal to Big Hole Valley ranchers. We also provide bear-resistant garbage cans to residents, free-of-charge and while supplies last.

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