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BSWC Blogs

The leaves are falling, and our Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) members' terms are coming to an end. To help us celebrate their successes during a particularly challenging year, we've got three entertaining and engaging blog posts for you. Abigail Toretsky plants the seed(ling)s for conservation success with the Lolo Watershed Group and Lolo National Forest, Brooke Helstrom of the Gallatin Watershed Council finds and builds community with Gallatin Watershed Stewards, and Liz Shull shares her two-year BSWC journey, including her time as the member Team Leader for Montana Conservation Corps.

BSWC is an AmeriCorps program that places young professionals in Montana’s watershed communities to make a measurable difference in local conservation initiatives. Here's wishing all 34 of our 2020 BSWC members well in the next steps of their journeys, and congratulations for a job well done!

Findings on Fish and Fire

Summit to Stream 2020 concluded last week with plenty of insights into the intersection of forest and watershed health management. If you're still thirsting for more of these connections, the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is hosting a discussion with Gordon Reeves, Emeritus Fish Ecologist for the USFS, about how Oregon's recent wildfires may have affected aquatic ecosystems -- and not necessarily negatively. Reeves will also highlight ideas for responding to and planning for long-term conservation and restoration. Register now for his talk on Thursday, October 29th from 3:00-4:30 PM MST. 

Be on the lookout here in Watershed News for presentations and recordings from Summit to Stream 2020 and for upcoming training webinars.

Drought Funding

It's a new water year, and we're headed into the time when Montana receives the majority of its precipitation. But it's never too early to start planning for drought. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has released its Drought Contingency Planning Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement and will be accepting applications through Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 4 PM MST. Applicants can request $1,000-$200,000 to develop a new drought plan or update an existing one while cost sharing drought contingency planning with the BOR. More details can be found at

Helpful tip: start your application early! If you've never used the website, you'll need to set up an account - a process that requires some preparation. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time.

Resource Highlight

Montana Audubon will be hosting a webinar to give an overview and discuss their Conservation Ranching Program on October 29th at 1 PM MST.
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