Montana’s Most Precious Resource, Water

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.

Michelle Van Dyke, a Champion In Many Ways

Michelle Van Dyke, accredited Broker with Montana Ranch Properties, a specialized division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties, is both passionate and successful in the National Cutting Horse Association competition and in real estate marketing and sales in Southwest Montana.

She has been participating in cutting horse competitions for 32 years and active in real estate sales for the last 20 years. Michelle has continually improved her performance and success in both endeavors.

Bear Creek Schoolhouse, Cameron, Montana

A wonderful piece of history lies across the road from the Bear Creek Ranch in Cameron, Montana. The once vibrant one room school known as Bear Creek Schoolhouse, now serves the community in a new light as documented in Cowboy & Indians Magazine.

One room, no running water, no students in 70 years. But as photographer Thomas Lee shows, this schoolhouse in rural Montana still serves as the heart of a community.

Montana Stream Access Law

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.

Now is the Time to Fight Weeds in Montana

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