Sweeping valleys, unparalleled mountain vistas, and the wide Montana sky- this is Southwest Montana. Join us as we take a ride around Beaverhead and Madison Counties and take a look at various land management projects across the region from prescribed burning to conifer encroachment reduction. Register online or by calling the Beaverhead Conservation District 406-683-3802.
Buses depart for Matador Ranch
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Matador Ranch: Ranching with Wildlife
Visit the 345,000-acre Beaverhead Ranch owned by the Matador Cattle Company. Get the history and an overview of current management practices. The Matador Ranch has been awarded the National Environmental Stewardship Award in 1998, the Wildlife at Work certification in 2002, and the Preservation Excellence Award in 2007.
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Travel to Sweetwater Site
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Helle Ranch: Managing Rangelands to Benefit Production and Environment
Learn how the Helle family uses fire and sheep grazing to manage sagebrush on their rangelands, resulting in greater diversity, increased productivity, while maintaining habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch provided by the Montana Wool Growers Association
1:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Maloney Ranch: Ecosystem Rehabilitation: Juniper and Douglas fir Encroachment
Hear how multiple agencies, private landowners, and The Nature Conservancy are working together to improve water quality and quantity and to improve cutthroat trout, arctic grayling, and sagebrush habitat in part by reducing conifer encroachment. RDO Equipment, of Bozeman, will demonstrate a forestry masticator that will reduce a mature juniper tree to mulch in seconds.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
La Cense Ranch: Intensive Grazing
See how La Cense Ranch uses intensive grazing under pivot irrigation and low stress livestock handling to increase production while maintaining rangeland health.
9:15 AM – 12:00 AM
UM Western/BCHS: Western Equestrian Center, New Vo-Ag Building
See what edu-cational opportunities await in Beaverhead County. Tour the University of Montana’s recently completed Western Equestrian Center and Beaverhead County High School’s newly opened, state-of-the-art science, industrial arts, and vocational-agriculture center.