The Bitterroot Valley is truly a magical place. Geographically the Valley is approximately 95 miles long extending from Lost Trail Pass at the border of Montana and Idaho nearly to Missoula. It is bordered by the Bitterroot Mountains to the west and the Sapphire Mountains to the East. The Bitterroot Mountains are home to large…
Water is Montana’s most precious resource. From hiking mountain lakes, fishing and floating rivers, to watering our fields and cattle; our fresh water is an important factor for life and recreation in our Big Sky state.
I spent a couple of hours with Brant Lumpkin, a Compliance Technician, with the State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). He had a wealth of information regarding our water resources and I will share some of that with you.
The path in the grass dropped quickly to where historic seasons of high water had scoured the vegetation away exposing cottonwood roots, leaving piles of branches and beaver chewed sticks.
A few steps through a mud hole and my boots found the smooth river rocks and fine gravel. Even though a ranching family owned acres of land on both sides of the river, the water was mine to enjoy below the high water mark.
March in Montana brings the sense of Spring Fever, with longer days of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Everyone feels a renewed energy, plants and animals alike. Many Montana weed species start to grow with the warmer temperatures in early Spring.
Now is a great time to apply management and control as the young plants are much easier to kill before they gain ground as mature, large plants. The easiest way to identify your weeds is to scout out any new, green regrowth sprouting from the dormant stock and seed heads