Category: Projects

Madison River Migration Maps Released

Communities throughout Montana face unique challenges when living near rivers. The historic floods of 2011 are a good reminder of the need for a better understanding of the power of rivers and how they can change. The fundamental concept of Channel Migration Mapping is to identify the area that a stream is expected to occupy …

Read more

Tree Planter

The tree planter is owned by the Ruby Valley Conservation District and is available for use by picking up at the Sheridan NRCS office (402 Main street, Sheridan MT: phone 842-5741).  Rental is $25 per day and it can be used with the fabric layer.

Read more

Heavy Harrow

The heavy harrow is useful for working ground to break up club moss or to recondition fields.  The unit treats an area 50 feet wide, and requires a 100 horse power tractor to operate it. Equipment rentals are only available within Madison County. MCD Rental Agreement Heavy Harrow

Read more

Fabric Layer for Tree Planter

This device is used for laying protective fabric down for a tree planting project. The unit is available at the Ruby Valley CD office in Sheridan, and is a complementary implement to the tree planter that is owned by the RVCD.  Contact the RVCD for info 842-5741 ext 101. MCD Rental Agreement Fabric Layer  

Read more

Pivot Track Filler

This device is used to place material in the ruts created by the wheels of a center pivot irrigation system.  The Oteco unit can be pulled behind a tractor and rents for $100 Per day.  Renter is responsible for providing the material to be dispensed, and will need to complete the rental agreement prior to …

Read more

Resolutions for Your Ranch

We’ve had our holiday celebrations and parties, and maybe more than our typical share of decadence. The overindulgence is coincidentally paired with the passing of the solstice, providing us a chance to exhale and see that we’ve turned an important corner. The days are slowly getting longer and we face the prospects of a clean …

Read more

Where Will the River Go?

The patterns of change along a river can be barely noticeable, or very dramatic- depending on a number of different factors.  Their patterns are known for being a bit mysterious, yet a new mapping effort might be able to give us an idea of where we can anticipate change in the future and help land …

Read more

Estate Planning Workshop Nov 2

The first of the 2016-17 Winter Workshop series will start off with an outstanding presentation on a important, but not often discussed topic: Estate Planning.  Through her many years of work on this subject, Dr. Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Economics Specialist, has developed a fascinating and complete presentation on how estate planning can go awry when …

Read more

Land Management Workshops

Year round learning opportunities on land management topics fitting for our region, presented by experts in a wide range of topics. Typically hosted in two formats: Winter Workshop series:  Classroom presentations ranging from 2-4 hours Summer Field Tours:  Outdoor programs to see methods and practices demonstrated in person, including explanations by the land owner/manager.  

Read more