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Service Announces Availability of the Final Revised Recovery Plan for the Black-footed Ferret

DENVER--The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing the availability of the Black-footed ferret Revised Recovery Plan (Plan). The Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) (ferret) was historically found throughout the Great Plains, mountain basins, and semi-arid grasslands of North America wherever prairie dogs occurred.  The s

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USFWS Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposal to List the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo as a Threatened Species

Sacramento, Calif – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the public comment period for 60 days for the proposal to list the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

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Resolve to make healthy choices in the New Year

 

By Wendy Wedum, Pondera Co. Agent:
 
If you are looking to add healthy choices to your families menu in 2014, here are several websites to help you achieve your goals.
Montana State University Buy. Eat. Live. Better n

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Montana Ranchers Help Rebuild S. Dakota Cattle Herds

 

 

Cattlemen from neighboring states are banding together to help ranchers in South Dakota rebuild their herds devastated by an early October blizzard. Ty Linger of Glendive has set up an organization he calls "Heifers for South Dakota", and is in the process of having it designated a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Jeff

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DNRC Schedules Upper Missouri River Basin Water Plan Hearings

 

The Montana Department of Natu­ral Resources and Conservation (DNRC), in concert with the Upper Missouri River Basin Advisory Council (BAC), has launched an ini­tiative to update the State Water Plan for the Upper Missouri Basin. The BAC consists of

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No-Knead Artisan Bread (sleepyneko/Flickr)
No-Knead Artisan Bread (sleepyneko/Flickr)
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Shelby Adult Education – Fall 2013 Classes

Shelby Adult Education Program

Great Falls' "Baker Bob" McNamee is one of the instructors scheduled to teach adult Education classes in October at the Shelby High School campus. Below is the full list of classes being offered. To sign up, contact the Too

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MSU Teton Co Extension Offers Strength Training

From Jane Wolery, Teton Co Agent:

The MSU Teton County Extension Office plans to offer the StrongPeople strength training class in Fairfield at the Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Classes will start the end of September and run through mid-December. 

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North Montana Angus Association will Host the 2013 Tour

The North Montana Angus Association is excited to host the 2013 Montana Angus Tour September 17-19. The event will be head quartered in Great Falls, MT and will showcase Angus breeders and Angus operators throughout  North Central Montana

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the Red Shale Fire moving up a slope of young lodgepole pine.  Standing dead snags and downed dead trees from the 1988 Gates Park Fire are also being consumed by the fire. (Mike Munoz USFS July 27, 2013)
the Red Shale Fire moving up a slope of young lodgepole pine. Standing dead snags and downed dead trees from the 1988 Gates Park Fire are also being consumed by the fire. (Mike Munoz USFS July 27, 2013)
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Red Shale Fire Update (July 31, 2013)

Fire Activity:  The Red Shale Fire was reported by the Beartop Lookout at 4:30 p.m. on July 18, as a small amount of white smoke rising from an area where lightning strikes had been observed the night before.

Fire activity is obse

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Th Red Shale Fire burning in mixed fuels.  In the right midground you can see the young lodgepole pine regeneration from the 1988 Gates Park Fire.  In the stream bottoms and in pockets elsewhere, pockets of trees that escaped the Gates Park Fire can be seen. (Mike Munoz,USFS)
Th Red Shale Fire burning in mixed fuels. In the right midground you can see the young lodgepole pine regeneration from the 1988 Gates Park Fire. In the stream bottoms and in pockets elsewhere, pockets of trees that escaped the Gates Park Fire can be seen. (Mike Munoz,USFS)
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Red Shale Fire Update (July 30, 2013)

Summary: Notable changes today include changes to the trail closures.  Portions of the East Side Sun River Trail #109 have been closed, and some trails previously closed have been re-opened.  See belo

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Red Shale Fire continues to grow within old burn areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area

 THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST:

(Choteau, Montana) The lightning-ignited Red Shale Fire was reported on July 18 by Beartop Lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. The fire has continued

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Extension Minute: Crisp Pickled Veggies

 By Toole Co. Agent Alice Burchak -

The gardens are doing well this year and gardeners will soon turn their thoughts to preserving some of their great produce.  Pickling is option to consider for certain vegetables. Crispness is a

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