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MWCC's Annual Meeting: More Info Coming Soon!
We're putting together a great agenda for our 2021 Annual Meeting, including updates from MWCC and our partners, a panel discussion with new state agency leadership, and small break-out sessions with state, federal, and private funders. The event will take place through Zoom, and registration will be available once we finalize the date. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.
CFWEP Watershed Resources for Educators
The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) recently added to its vast educational resources a set of 10 StoryMap lessons on watersheds, riparian and water health, human and environmental history in the context of watersheds, and more! These StoryMaps are available free of charge to educators state-wide and can be tailored to any watershed. Big Sky Watershed Corps member Rachel Neal's work on this project was funded in part by the MWCC Watershed Fund, Montana DEQ, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Ranchers Stewardship Alliance receives the Regional Directors Partnership Award!
Congratulations to the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) for receiving the 2020 Regional Directors Partnership Award for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mountain Prairie Region. RSA is dedicated to partnerships that serve conservation and ranching communities in northeastern Montana and fulfill their goal "to feed the world, preserve our prairie neighborhood, and nurture the next generation".
2021 Montana Leopold Conservation Award: Call for Nominations
DNRC's Rangeland Resources Program is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Leopold Conservation Award. Presented in partnership with the Sand County Foundation and American Farmland Trust, the award honors the spirit of Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. Applications are due March 15, 2021. For more information about the award and past recipients, visit the Sand County Foundation website or the Rangeland Resources Program website.
Meet MWCC's Big Sky Watershed Corps Member
We're excited to welcome Emma DesLauriers to our watershed team. Emma grew up on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, California. There she was taught from a young age the importance of both protecting and enjoying nature. She graduated from UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Conservation Resource Studies. What enthuses Emma the most about working for Big Sky Watershed Corps and Montana Watershed Coordination Council is the opportunity to connect and gain knowledge from people all around Montana. Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors and staying active with skiing during the winter and mountain biking or hiking during the summer.
Emma will be helping MWCC and our partners share stories of conservation successes from around the state, as well as helping improve our online resources to support our conservation partners. If you have a story to share, or a helpful resource to disseminate, be sure to connect with her at email@example.com
MWCC also has ongoing opportunities to fund professional development for conservation professionals. Current funding is available to Conservation Districts and Big Sky Watershed Corps Member/Host Sites. Click here for more information.