By Felicia Redfield, GROWW Program Coordinator "So we are easing through our “First Winter” and…
ENNIS, Mont. – While the landscapes of the Madison Valley region are well known for their scenic beauty, the 2015 Montana Range Tour will offer attendees of this statewide event a once in a lifetime chance to see the fascinating settings of these working lands, telling the stories from the people who steward the land and waters.
The two-day event runs from Wednesday, September 16 through Thursday, September 17. The first stop on day one of the tour will visit a multi-year, multi-landowner noxious weed control project at the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountains on the Sitz Angus Ranch. Lunch will follow this stop before we head out to the Endecott Ranch, where successful grazing strategies are currently implemented along an important stream system. The third stop will bring attendees to view the national award winning wetland restoration project along O’Dell spring creek on the Granger Ranches. The first day of the tour will conclude with a hearty banquet dinner in the scenic town of Ennis, with inspiring perspectives on working lands conservation at the state and local level.
On the second day of the tour, the group will witness the history and management of the Wall Creek Game Management Area, followed by a picnic lunch along the Madison River. The final stop on the tour will visit the Cameron Bench area, in the shadow of the Madison Mountain Range, where progressive forage and grazing approaches are used to improve the health of the classic range landscape.
The Montana Range Tour is an annual Rangeland Resources Executive Committee-sponsored event that rotates throughout the state, highlighting excellence and innovation in production agriculture and natural resource stewardship.
Registration for the tour begins at 8:00 AM on Sept. 16 at the Ennis Rodeo Grounds, located on Highway 287 West. Full registration cost will approximately $50, and will include the tour and all meals. Hotels in this popular valley fill early- visit www.ennischamber.com to find a room and book your reservation today. Agenda and registration information to be released shortly.
For more information on this year’s Montana Range Tour, contact Sunni Heikes-Knapton, Madison Conservation District- email@example.com or 406-682-3181.