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					THE MONTANA CONSERVATIONIST                                                               Volume 3, Issue 4
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                                                                                          February 5, 2010

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                             The Montana Association of Conservation Districts
                             (MACD) launches its Best Management Practices (BMP)
                             website: This is a new project aimed at compiling best management
              ne’s Day      practices applicable to a wide variety of land uses near rivers and
 Happy Valenti              streams. Over the course of the next year 14 Conservation Districts will
                            each host a community “listening session” to gather local knowledge and
 advice about effective ways to manage and conserve streamsides.
 The website will be kept up to date throughout the year with details about each meeting and other
 information gathered as a result of this project. If it is used enough it may morph into a source for
 BMPs. There is a comment section near the bottom of the page for those that want to chime in. The
 website may be accessed via the following link: http://montanabmp.pbworks.com/
 MACD would like to thank Kristy Zhinin from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for
 designing the site. Those with questions may contact Jeff Tiberi, MACD Executive Director at 406‑-
 443‑5711 or via email at jtiberi@macdnet.org.




 The following articles are from the daily reports issued by NACD during its recent Annual Meeting.

    Conservation Leaders Look to the Future of Conservation
        NACD Second Vice President Earl Garber presided over the Tuesday general session of the
        2010 NACD Annual Meeting. The session, titled “Next Generation of Conservation,” featured
        partners from agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Associa-
        tion of State Foresters (NASF), the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control
        Administrators (ASIWPCA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
        Jeff Lape, director for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, kicked off the session with a discus-
        sion about the efforts to reduce nutrients in the environment,
        specifically the Chesapeake Bay. He identified districts as be- In This Issue
        ing in an excellent position to help EPA and other partners to
        implement the Program’s solutions at the local level.           MACD BMP website          Page 1
        Tom Porta, president of the ASIWPCA, also addressed the           Items of Interest from
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        topic of nutrient treatment and removal. He identified nutri-     NACD’s Annual Meeting
        ents as the most pressing concern for surface water quality.      Items of Interest
        He stressed that in order for nutrient management and reduc-                                Page 3
                                                                          to CDs
        tion plans to be truly successful, they need to be more com-      News from our
        prehensive and cover larger regions. He said that regardless                                Page 4
                                                                          Partners
        of whether there is regulation, accountability must play a role
        in strategies to improve the quality of surface water among all   State & Local News        Page 7
        stakeholder groups.
                                                                          Conservation Around
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                                                                          the Nation

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        Steven Koehn, president of the NASF, highlighted the priorities and efforts of NASF and part-
        ners, specifically their all-lands policy approach, forest resource assessments and strategies,
        and the Joint Forestry Team—of which NACD is a charter member. He outlined NASF’s recom-
        mendations to Ag Secretary Vilsack to improve the delivery of forestry and conservation assis-
        tance to land- and forest-owners and thanked NACD and districts for their participation on the
        Joint Forestry Team’s efforts.
        In his remarks, NRCS Chief Dave White highlighted the 75th anniversary of NRCS and noted
        how much of a difference both NRCS and conservation districts have made on the land since
        Hugh Hammond Bennett helped them come into being. White emphasized the need for and
        importance of local leadership and likened districts to “superheroes” in the conservation world.
        He said no other partnership exists like the partnership between NRCS and NACD, thanked
        districts for their long-time collaboration with NRCS, and vowed that NRCS will be with dis-
        tricts, not just today but in the years ahead so we can work together to solve the nation’s
        natural resource needs.

    Farm Broadcasters Air Conference News Across the Nation
        If you were unable to attend NACD’s 64th Annual Meeting in Orlando or would like to hear
        more from NACD leaders, speakers, and meeting attendees, visit the Brownfield Ag Network
        website for interviews. Broadcaster Dave Russell of Brownfield Ag News, Andy Vance of the
        Agri Broadcast Network and National Vice President Tom Steever of the National Association of
        Farm Broadcasting are attending the conference and getting the inside scoop. To go the 2010
        NACD Conference page on the Brownfield Ag Network’s website and listen in click on the fol-
        lowing link: http://brownfieldagnews.com/category/special-reports/2010-nacd-annual-
        meeting/.
        NACD would like to thank the farm broadcasters who attended the meeting and encourages
        districts across the country to get in touch with farm broadcasters in your area and tell your
        story.

    NACD Honors Heroes of Conservation
        NACD presented its 2009 national awards at the Tuesday night Appreciation Banquet in Or-
        lando, Fla. Tom Steever, National Vice President of the National Association of Farm Broad-
        casting in Jefferson City, Mo., presided over the ceremony. Listed below are the winners in
        each award category.
               President’s Award Winner : Pat Sueck, Airville, PA
               Distinguished Service Award: Dr. James S. Shadle, Schuylkill Conservation District,
               Pottsville, PA
               Friend of Conservation Award Winner: National Wild Turkey Federation, Edgefield, SC
               AEM/NACD Equipment Awards
               ⇒ Category 1: Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District, Auburn, NY
               ⇒ Category 2: Seneca Conservation District, Tiffin, OH
               NACD/NRCS Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award Winner: Jack Winstead, Law-
               rence, MS
               NWTF Conservation District of the Year Award: Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation
               District, Zanesville, OH
               National Conservation Foundation Conservation District Award Winner: Vermilion Soil
               and Water Conservation District, Abbeville, LA
    Winner descriptions and photos are posted on the NACD website at:
       http://www.nacdnet.org/events/annualmeeting/awards/.

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                                                          Items of Interest to CDs
                                                  Wyoming Conservation District is seeking
                                                  an increase in property taxes to help
                                                  fund its activities: If approved through in the
                                                  November election, the Conservation District will real-
                                                  ize about $223,000 in funding. This would enable the
                                                  District to hire a full-time resource management spe-
                                                  cialist and to expand water quality monitoring.
                                                   Wyoming has 34 conservation districts and all but two
                                                   have a mill levy or line item from the budget in the
                                                   county where they operate. Fundraising efforts and a
                                                   small stipend from the state is not enough to fund the
  all the services the District is expected to provide. District supervisors are publicly elected in Wyo-
  ming, entitling them to cooperate directly with federal agencies in making land-use decisions. Being
  able to hire a full time resource management specialist will aid the district is this effort. Volunteer
  supervisors are not able to fully participate in the decision making process due to conflicts with their
  ranch and farm work. That will not be the case with a full-time staff.
  Those interested in reading the article as published may visit: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-
  and-regional/wyoming/article_45655572-105b-11df-adea-001cc4c03286.html
                  From an article by Ruffin Prevost, Billings Gazette Wyoming Bureau, posted online 02/02/10 on
                                                                                       www.billingsgazette.com



Your Land is My Land: Property Rights in Montana - Issues and Answers Febru-
ary 18, at the Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman: The Montana Policy Institute (MPI) and the Prop-
erty and Environment Research Center (PERC) are bringing together local and national policy experts for
a discussion of current issues surrounding property rights in Montana. Among other speakers, WestWater
Research’s Deborah Stephenson will be chairing a panel with State Senator John Brenden SD18, to dis-
cuss the current transfer and reallocation mechanisms being employed in Montana water right markets.
For more information contact visit: info@waterexchange.com or http://www.waterexchange.com



  Department of Natural Resources and
  Conservation DNRC is seeking applicants
  for a 3rd round of the Watershed Plan-
  ning and Assistance Granst (WPAG):
  DNRC will have approximately $30,000.00 in funding to
  award during this round. Applications must be submit-
  ted by close of business on Tuesday, March 2. Late
  applications will not be accepted. The link to the
  guidelines for the grant process is:
  http://dnrc.mt.gov/cardd/loans_grants/watershed_planning_asst.asp
  Please remember, there have been changes to the application process from last year that will affect
  “on-going groups” as described in the guidance. These changes have to do with how WPAG dollars
  tie to resource activities of each watershed group. This is addressed primarily in Section 3 of the ap-
  plication.
  For more information about this program please contact DNRC Program Specialist David Martin at
  406-444-4253 or via email at damartin@mt.gov.

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News From Our Partners
  USDA and the Department of the Interior
  announce creation of a new conservation
  council: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secre-
  tary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently rolled out the
  new Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council
  at the Theodore Roosevelt Island national memorial in
  Washington, D.C. The newly created group will advise
  government on wildlife conservation and hunting issues.
  The Secretaries were joined by Governor Schweitzer and            From left to right, FWP’s Assistant Secretary
  Tom Strickland, Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary           Tom Strickland, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar,
  for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.                                    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Governor
  Including members from the hunting and shooting sports                           Brian Schweitzer
  and representatives of the nation’s major hunting or-
  ganizations, this new Council replaces the Sporting Conservation Council. Tapping into the spirit
  of Theodore Roosevelt, the Council’s focus will be the importance of hunting and fishing in Ameri-
  can life and their connections to healthy lands and native species.
  USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Forest Service and the
  Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management will provide
  support and guidance to the council.
                                                       From an article posted 02/05/10 on www.USDA.gov




                                       Ranchers and homebuilders are squaring off
                                       over water supplies: The Montana Department of
                                       Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has agreed to
                                       hold hearings on the potential repeal of its 1993 rule allow-
                                       ing homes to be built in rural subdivisions without water per-
                                       mits. Most of the exemptions were granted outside growing
                                       cities in western Montana, including Kalispell, Missoula,
                                       Bozeman and Helena.
                                          An average household in these areas has the potential of
                                          drawing up to 35 gallons of water a minute but would only
                                          use a fraction of that. For farmers and ranchers in arid ar-
  eas where creeks can run dry part of the year and underground aquifers are sporadic, water sup-
  plies are measured to the last drop. Ranchers are worried about their water supplies and home-
  builders are worried about undermining the building industry. Ranchers argue that the state Con-
  stitution gives them first right to the water, through claims that date back a century or more. In
  many areas there are no new water rights available. Homeowners argue that without the exemp-
  tions, developers have to buy water rights from existing users.
  DNRC will appoint a hearing officer to examine the issues and a ruling could be made in six
  months.
  Those interested in reading the article as published by visit:
  http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9DLIP4G0.htm
    From an article by Matthew Brown with the Associated Press, posted 02/04/10 on www.businessweek.com



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Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Director signs a re-
cord of decision that allows the relocation of 88 disease-free
bison from its quarantine facility near Corwin Springs to the
Turner Enterprises Green Ranch located west of Bozeman:
This is the next phase of a project to determine the feasibility of establishing dis-
ease-free bison. This agreement may last up to five years, after which time, all
quarantined bison delivered to the Ranch and 25 percent of their offspring will be
returned to FWP. The offspring retained by Green Ranch will help offset their
management costs. The ranch also assumes some risk associated with the relo-
cation. If the state finds a permanent home for the bison before the five year
period ends the ranch would receive no more progeny from those bison to offset
management costs.
For more information about this program visit FWP’s website at: fwp.mt.gov .
Click "Recent Public Notices" to download the Bison Record of Decision and the
Bison Translocation Final Environmental Assessment.


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) once again offers internships for college
students: This is an opportunity for college students to gain practical experience while receiving aca-
demic credit and a grade. College students are urged to contact their career placement office immedi-
ately for current postings of announcements, or visit the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Web site at fwp.mt.gov
 then at Online Services click on "Finding a Job with FWP."
Students should read the announcements carefully before selecting an internship and applying because
the details and requirements vary with each position. FWP will fill positions in a wide variety of posts in-
cluding biology, business, botany, computer technology, environmental studies, engineering, education,
horticulture, interpretation, outdoor recreation, range management, natural resources, statistics and
more.
For more information contact Debbie Cheek, statewide intern coordinator, at 406-439-8299.


                                                As of January 31, 2010, it is illegal to cut
                                                firewood near Rock Creek in the Lolo Na-
                                                tional Forest – except during the month of
                                                September: This is an effort by the U. S. Forest Service
                                                to curb illegal firewood cutting and its effects on the blue-
                                                ribbon trout stream east of Missoula. Other methods to stop
                                                the practice of firewood poaching have failed and included
                                                posting signs throughout the area, speaking with landowners
                                                and users and patrolling areas that were heavily poached.
                                                Closing the area was a last resort.
                                               Only dead and downed trees across the Lolo National Forest
                                               may be cut. Cutting in Riparian Conservation Habitat areas
                                               is also prohibited – these areas are usually within 150 feet
of streams, creeks and other waterways. The riparian areas provide shade to reduce stream tempera-
tures and structures and habitats for fish from fallen trees that have collected in the water. These areas
also experience the most illegal cutting at Rock Creek. The creek’s drainage becomes very narrow and
nearly all trees are within the riparian area.
To read the article as published visit: http://www.missoulian.com/news/local/article_aa84efc8-0e2e-
11df-b72a-001cc4c002e0.html
                   From an article by AJ Mazzolini of the Missoulian, posted online 01/31/10 on www.missoulian.com

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   Missoula attorney Steve Doherty has been tapped as Secretary of Inte-
   rior Ken Salazar's senior adviser for the Northwest: Doherty served 12 years in
   the Montana senate and chaired the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission from 2005 to 2009. He
   also worked for five years as a community organizer for a Billings-based conservation group, the
   Northern Plains Resource Council. In his new job, Doherty is charged with keeping the secretary
   abreast of elected officials' concerns, legal issues and new project developments. In a statement,
   Salazar described Doherty as "a champion for public lands, lakes, streams and rivers."
                                              From an article by the Associated Press published online 02/01/10



Communities in Montana, and around the Nation, express concern over talk
from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency (FEMA) about new rules and guidelines for levee
certifications and new elevations for 500 year flood plain mapping: FEMA regula-
tions require that all levees be certified to the standards described in the United States Code of Federal
Register (CFR) at 44 CFR 65.10. If not certified a levee cannot be accredited. Traditionally, USACE has
certified levees but is no longer doing so because of funding constraints. Details of the Federal Code are
available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2002/octqtr/pdf/44cfr65.10.pdf.
FEMA and USACE are supposed to be in the process of addressing this issue at the national level but to-
date, nothing definitive has come from either agency. Some private firms got into the business of certi-
fying levees, however, their fee is more than most communities in Montana can afford. FEMA draft
guidelines and specifications imply that levees would require re-certified every 10 years or whenever
community maps are updated. This has also caused concern for communities nationwide. The Montana
Department of Natural Resources is addressing this issue through its Association of State Floodplain Man-
agers (ASFPM) office. Lawmakers at both the State and Federal level have become involved, which may
help move the issue forward.
FEMA has also issued Procedure Memorandum No. 51 - Guidance for Mapping of Non-Levee Embank-
ments Previously Identified as Accredited (http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=3545) regard-
ing non-levee embankments. This document states that FEMA no longer wants “non-levee” embank-
ments such as roads and railroad embankments shown on flood insurance rate maps holding back the
flow of water. This is because these types of embankments were not designed or constructed as flood-
control structures and cannot, therefore, be accredited in accordance with 44 CFR 65.10. FEMA has al-
lowed communities, as an alternative to accreditation for these types of embankments, the option of pro-
viding “letters of reasonable assurance”. These letters must be stamped by a Professional Engineer and
state that the engineer can reasonably assure that the one percent-annual-chance-flood flow will be
blocked by the embankment.
                                                      To-date, Missoula County has signed a letter of reason-
                                                      able assurance for a berm in the Grant Creek area that
                                                      was constructed by the county. Officials with the Fed-
                                                      eral Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Montana
                                                      Department of Transportation (DMT) have said their
                                                      agencies will not provide letters of reasonable assur-
                                                      ance for any structures or roadways. FEMA has not
                                                      yet developed an implementation strategy and is still
                                                      addressing concerns over PM51. It may be some time
                                                      before this issue is fully resolved.
                                                      For more information contact Celinda Adair, DNRC’s
                                                      Map Mod/Risk MAP Program Coordinator at 406-444-
                                                      6656 or via email at CAdair@mt.gov.
     The levee at Fort Benton looking downriver

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State & Local News
The February issue of the Montana
Legislative Branch newsletter is
available at
http://leg.mt.gov/css/Publications/Interim-
Newsletter/default.asp. Included in this month’s issue are articles on the progress of the Energy and
Telecommunications Interim Committee’s study of the state’s energy policy and the biomass, fire sup-
pression and recycling studies overseen by the Environmental Quality Council.
If you have questions or comments about the newsletter, contact Jeff Martin at jmartin@mt.gov or Gayle
Shirley at gshirley@mt.gov.


  Montana Company looking to implement a closed-loop pump storage facility
  to harness the wind: Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Grasslands Renewable En-
  ergy recently outlined his plan for wind power in the Northern Plains in an article published in the
  Billings Gazette. Borgquist’s plan is not to build wind farms but to collect and transmit wind power.
                                                          His project, called Grassland’s Wind Spirit Pro-
                                                          ject is part of a theorized “smart grid.” This
                                                          “smart grid” could solve the problem of the vari-
                                                          ability in supply that is inherent in wind gener-
                                                          ated power. If the Grassland’s Wind Spirit Pro-
                                                          ject is realized, Borgquist and his team will build
                                                          a system that gathers renewable energy from
                                                          Montana, North Dakota and Canada to export a
                                                          dependable 1,000 megawatts to markets in the
                                                          Southwest and Northwest. Their target date for
                                                          operation is 2017.
                                                          Roughly 1,300 miles of collector transmission
                                                          lines and a novel energy storage system are the
                                                          two components of the plan. That, along with
                                                          the wind farms and trunk transmission lines
                                                          equals a total of nearly $20 billion.
  A key to the success of the project is a 600-megawatt closed-loop pump storage facility. The facility
  is planned for a site in central Montana and would consist of two large reservoirs of water - one that
  is 1,000 vertical feet higher than the other. The intent is that when wind blows in excess, the extra
  energy is used to pump water from the lower to the upper reservoir. When the wind dies down, wa-
  ter is released from the upper reservoir, creating hydropower for the grid. The size of the reservoirs
  determines the hours of reliability while the vertical distance between the reservoirs determines the
  amount of energy that can be stored.
  The feasibility study is complete, a preliminary permit has been filed for the pump storage facility,
  and the application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is set to go out soon. The next
  step is a public awareness and outreach campaign and an environmental analysis of siting for the
  transmission lines. Borgquist has said, “We haven’t crystallized the map. We’re still looking for re-
  sources to connect and ways to connect into the grid.” We’ll see in seven years how this plan comes
  together.
  Those interested in reading the article as published may visit
  http://www.billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_056320b6-1462-11df-
  a965-001cc4c002e0.html
    From an article by Linda Halstead-Acharya , Gazette Staff, posted online 02/08/10 on www.billingsgazette.com

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Conservation Around the Nation
 South Dakota watershed boundaries go high tech: It’s now pos-
 sible to check out watersheds and their boundary lines through Google Earth.
 This new tool makes South Dakota the only state currently with this capability.
 The watershed boundary tool was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey with
 funding from several South Dakota conservation organizations.
 It took more than two years for the existing technical data to be converted into
 something that could be imported and displayed in Google Earth. "This new tool will help conserva-
 tion and watershed managers better understand their watersheds and ecosystems," says Ryan
 Thompson, USGS hydrologist and lead scientist for the project. The tool includes boundary informa-
 tion for 457 watersheds and 2,411 sub-watersheds across South Dakota. "Many water quality issues
 are based on watershed boundaries rather than county or other political boundaries," says South Da-
 kota Secretary of Agriculture Bill Even. "This tool can help landowners be better stewards of the
 land."
 More information about the project and access to the downloadable tool is available at:
 sd.water.usgs.gov/projects/GoogleHuc/GoogleHUC.html.
                              From an article published by the ND Department of Agriculture published online at:
 http://mobile.dakotafarmer.com/index.aspx?ascxid=cmsNewsStory&rmid=0&rascxid=&args=&rargs=9&dt=634012741
           038312500&lid=a8yebu2d9qxnz7lo&adms=634012741036750000Xa1a7d9eb4c&cmsSid=35335&cmsScid=9




                   "There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country."
         Theodore Roosevelt    Source: Confession of Faith Speech, Progressive National Convention,
                                         Chicago, IL, August 6, 1912



                                                              Utah company Magnum Energy
                                                              LLC, plans to dig a series of cav-
                                                              erns, fill them with compressed
                                                              air, then release the stored air
                                                              when needed to turn a turbine and
                                                              generate electricity: Energy storage is
                                                              catching on as a way to make wind and solar
                                                              power more useful. Without the ability to
                                                              store energy the output of solar and wind
                                                              power is erratic. The stored air could be used
                                                              to supplement the power generated by the so-
                                                              lar or wind driven system. The only commer-
                                                              cial-scale, compressed-air power plants are in
                                                              Alabama, and Germany. Other projects are
                                                              under development in Ohio and Iowa.
 Initially, the firm will store natural gas for Rocky Mountain producers and hope to start dissolving the
 first cavern within a year. Other caverns at the site could store excess energy generated by a nearby
 wind farm, carbon emissions from a neighboring coal-fired power plant, and liquid petroleum.
 Those interested in reading the article as published by visit http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14353801
       From an article by the Associated Press posted online 02/07/10 on the Salt Lake Tribute (www.sltrib.com)

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           According to the January 29
            25x’25 Weekly Resource:

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says ethanol demand and the industry
as a whole may have a smoother ride in 2010: It is hoped economic improvements will help re-
verse the declines in gasoline consumption experienced in 2008 and 2009. This could then lead to a
boost in demand for biofuels.
EIA officials have stated, “Ethanol production continues to grow to meet the volume requirements of the
Renewable Fuel Standard from 11.1 billion gallons in 2009 to 12.95 billion gallons in 2010.” California, as
the nation’s largest fuel consumer, will help by raising its mandatory biofuel blend from 5.7 percent to 10
percent in 2010. If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves an increase in the allowable fuel
blend in conventional vehicles that allowable biofuel blend could reach 15 percent.
Most U.S. ethanol plants were seeing a lot of financial “red” during the first part of 2009. Their average
margins improved to about 40 cents per gallon in the last six months of this year on lower corn prices and
rising demand. Iowa is the nation’s largest ethanol producer, accounting for about 3.5 billion gallons of
the 10.5 billion gallons produced in the U.S. last year.

In a related story included in the February 5, 2010 issue of the 25x’25 Weekly REsource,
the Obama Administration’s Support for Biofuels is Part of a Bigger Policy Need: President
Obama and members of his Biofuels Interagency Working Group are to be applauded for actions an-
nounced this week that will reinforce the vital role that biofuels will play in our nation's energy future. The
administration unveiled a plan they say will boost the development of biofuels and generate billions of
dollars in additional revenue for rural America. Visit the Whitehouse website below to learn more about
these steps: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/growing_americas_fuels.PDF. To
read more on this topic visit the following webpage: http://blog.25x25.org/?p=1300.

The national wind energy industry broke all records in 2009 with the installation of
nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity: This is enough energy to serve
more than 2.4 million homes. Even so, the United States still lags in wind energy manufacturing and in-
vestment. With the new projects wind power is neck and neck with natural gas as a source of new elec-
tricity generation. For more information click on the following link:
http://www.awea.org/newsroom/releases/01-26-10_AWEA_Q4_and_Year-
End_Report_Release.html#_edn1.


  What is distributed solar energy? There are many buzz words surrounding renewable,
  clean energy issues and the ideas coming out of this arena. Some concepts are common sense and
  others are just plain hard to get your arms around. CleanTechnica.com (http://cleantechnica.com/)
  has been in the business of providing news and information about the future of clean energy technol-
  ogy since 2008. Zachary Shahan, a writer for CleanTechnic.com, has written an article about the top
  ten “clean energy issues” to keep an eye on. One of those is “distributed solar energy.”
  Shahan described this concept as “energy generated, stored and managed at the local level.” This
  includes such things as privately owned/installed generators of solar energy tapped into an energy
  grid. There are some advantages to “distributed solar” such as a better ability to upgrade or add in-
  novative new designs and a greater flexibility where they can be located. There was a recent bill in-
  troduced in Congress that proposed incentives and tax rebates for those that participate in getting 10
  million solar roofs and 200,000 solar heaters running between now and 2020.
  Those interested in reading the article as published, or who want to find out more about clean energy
  and CleanTechnica.com may visit their website at: http://cleantechnica.com/
                       From an article Written by Zachary Shahan, posted 02/08/10 on http://cleantechnica.com/


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      CALENDAR: Feb—Apr 2010
                                             A new book titled “GRIT: Fighting for Western Land,
February 15 ~ MACD Scholarship Applica-
  tions due to MACD Office
                                             Life, and Liberty” features Montana timber leaders
February 22 ~ MACD Executive Commit-
                                             Jim Hurst, Jim Petersen, and Steve Vincent and
  tee Tele Conference, for more informa-     chronicles what was, and is, happening on the front-
  tion contact Jan Fontaine (406-443-
  5711)
                                             lines of the battle between the West and Washing-
February 22 thru 26 ~ Annual Meeting of
                                             ton, D.C.: The book showcases articles written by renowned ex-
  the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife        perts, scholars, environmentalists, legislators, government officials
  Society, Helena                            and award-winning journalists from the past 20 years. What readers
February 25 thru 27 ~ Montana Commu-                                     discover is an indictment of a never-
  nities and Wildfire Conference, Fairmont                               ending onslaught of regulations and in-
  Hot Springs, for more information visit                                timidation, and the struggle endured by
  http://firesafemt.org/index.php
                                                                         ranchers and farmers to produce food and
March 1 thru 4 ~ 11th Annual Conference                                  survive.
  of the Association of Montana Flood-
  plain Managers – Floods of Liability,                                          When taken individually, the stories about
  Chico Hot Springs, for more information
  visit www.mtfloods.org
                                                                                 conservation, water, wildlife, forestry, and
                                                                                 land grabs are compelling. When viewed
March 4 & 5 ~ Clark Fork Symposium,
  Missoula, for more information contact
                                                                                 collectively, they paint a picture of fum-
  Vicki Watson UM Watershed Health                                               bling federal bureaucrats, self-serving
  Clinic at Vicki.watson@umontana.edu                                            nonprofits, and Americans who seem to
  or visit                                                                       have forgotten the importance of self-
  http://www.umt.edu/clarkforksymposiu
  m                                                                              sufficiency, while paying tribute to the
                                                                                 courageous people who work the land.
March 8 ~ MACD Board Tele Conference,
  for more information contact Jan                                       The writings of Jim Hurst, Jim Petersen
  Fontaine (406-443-5711)
                                                                         and Bruce Vincent featured in the book
March 9 ~ Montana Watercourse/DNRC           reveal individuals who experienced the issues presented by the book
  training on legislative changes in water
  rights, Bozeman, to register visit:
                                             on a personal level.
  http://www.mtwatercourse.org/index.p
  hp
                                             The book is published by RANGE Magazine, a national publication de-
                                             voted to western issues and lifestyles and many of the stories in the
March 14 thru 20 ~ National Agriculture
                                             book may also be found by visiting http://www.rangemagazine.com
  Week, for more information visit
  http://www.agday.org/ (National Ag         and clicking on “Back Issues.”
  Day is March 20)
                                             To read the article as it was published click on the following link:
March 22 ~ MACD Executive Committee          http://www.clarkforkchronicle.com/article.php/20100130144330535.
  Tele Conference, for more information
  contact Jan Fontaine (406-443-5711)                          From an article published 02/07/10 in The Clark Fork Chronicle
April 12 ~ MACD Board Tele Conference,
  for more information contact Jan
  Fontaine (406-443-5711)
April 19 & 20 ~ Montana Envirothon Com-
  petition, Lewistown, for more informa-
  tion visit
  http://www.montanaenvirothon.org/
April 22 ~ Earth Day 2010, for more in-
  formation visit
  http://ww2.earthday.net/

April 26 ~ MACD Executive Committee                                                                 790 Colleen Street
                                                                                                    Helena, MT 59601
  Tele Conference, for more information
  contact Jan Fontaine (406-443-5711)                                                             Phone: 406-443-5711
                                              MONTANA CDS: LOCAL COMMON SENSE CONSERVATION         Fax: 406-443-0174
April 27 ~ Montana Watercourse/DNRC                                                                http://www.macdnet.org/
  training on legislative changes in water
  rights, Missoula, to register visit:
                                                  Please send your thoughts as to how to improve The Montana Conservationist to
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