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Page A-12 - D im on T k i b i m : - Wednesday, October 6, 2004 D illon T ribune - Wednesday, October 6,2004 A-12 Riparian workshop looks to improve grazing, water quality The Ruby Valley Conservation District hosted a Riparian Graz ing workshop on September 14-15, 2004 in Sheridan, Montana. Sandy Wyman with the National Riparian Service Team from Prineville, Oregon was the lead instructor. Also teaming up with Sandy were Bryce Bohn, Steve Leonard, Bob Leinard, and Bob Welling. The course was designed to help individuals assess the overall health of riparian areas, and how to properly use grazing as a management tool. Grazing, when managed properly, can eliminate the need for fencing in most cases. The first day of the course was spent in the classroom. Bryce Bohn spoke on Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) of streams, which looks at the health and function of the stream. Bob Leinard addressed key plant species along the stream cor ridor as well as livestock behavior. Steve Leonard presented ideas on writing good objectives, and also covered information on grazing strategies. Bob Welling spoke on low-stress livestock handling and feed supplements to lure cattle away from the riparian areas. Sandy Wyman summarized the information and presented the critical need for monitoring the sites. The second day of the course was spent in the field assessing two different riparian sites and applying classroom information. 35 participants attended the course gaining new insight into proper riparian grazing management. For producers who were unable to attend the workshop and would like information relating to riparian grazing, please contact Rick Tilstra, Ruby Watershed Coordinator, at 842-5655. Those helping with the workshop included Morse Land Co., Chuck Bowey, Carol Wilcox, and the Barnosky family. By the riverside Instructor Bob Weinard (standing) reviews grazing techniques utilized along riparian corridors during a recent riparian grazinc workshop in Sheridan. E l k m a n a g e m e n t p l a n m e e t i n g s e n d i n D i l l o n UMW Rodeo Club plans sale The University of Montana-Western Rodeo Club’s All-Class Horse sale is set for Saturday, November 6, 2004 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Beaverhead Livestock Auction. The sale features outstanding weanlings and yearlings. Current sale consigners include Delbert Carter of Corvallis, Cal and Brooke Erb of Dillon, Cathy Tash of Twin Bridges, Tash Quarter Horses of Polaris and Dick and Nancy Klick of Augusta. All commissions generously are donated by the Beaverhead Live stock Auction for Rodeo Club scholarships to further students’ edu cation. For additional information or consignment details, please call 683- 2002, 683-2246, or 683-7539. W e e d W a t c h Kncnuruging awareness <>l area weeds lu lack I*.dille. Iiea\erhead ( ounl\ Weed ( onf'dinahe .1.1* I an ne i . Ite a \ e rile ad ( ou ni \ I \lensiun \gi*nl Canada Thistle spreads to U.S. The Beaverhead County Extension and the Beaverhead County Weed Board would like to take a few minutes of your time to help increase your awareness of a possible threat. This week’s weed is Canada Thistle. Canada thistle is a native of southeastern Eurasia. It was intro duced to Canada as a crop seed contaminate. Description: Canada thistle is a perennial that has a deep and extensive horizontal root system. The stems can be anywhere from one to four feet tall, ridged while branching above. Leaves are alter nating and lance-shaped. Flowers are unisexual, on separate plants, the plants can be purple or occasionally white in heads. Fruits are brownish with a tuft of hairs at the top. The flowering usually occurs during June and August. Control: To manage Canada thistle you will need to choose herbi cides properly, selecting ones that will kill the thistle and entice desirable foliage to grow. Glyphosate is relatively safe for both hu mans and the environment; it breaks down quickly in the soil, and does not leach through soil into ground water. You need to remember that it will kill all foliage it touches. Some other herbicide products that maybe used are Tordon, Transiine, Redeem R&P, 2,4-D and Cur tail. However, remember these products have the potential to remain in the soil longer. Fall applications can be very effective if adequate moisture and plant growth conditions permit. Be sure to apply herbicide products properly by reading and fol lowing the labels for proper application rates. The programs of the MSU Extension Service are available to all people regardless of race, creed, color, sex, disability, or national origin. Questions should be addressed to the Beaverhead County Ex tension service at 683-3785 or questions can be e-mailed to Beaverhead@montana.edu. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a series of 23 public meetings beginning on Oct. 2 in Great Falls and ending on Oct. 21 in Billings and Dillon to take comment on the state's draft environmental assessment and proposed revisions to Montana's 12-year-old elk man agement plan. A meeting will be held in Dillon at the Search and Rescue Building on Thursday^ 0©t-21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. . The 90-page draft environmental assessment presents two elk man agement alternatives for public comment. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks prepared the EA to accompany the wildlife agency's 400-page updated draft elk management plan, which was also released today. Public comment will be taken for 45 days, from Sept. 24 through Nov. 8 . Here is the statewide meeting slate: Region 1 Kalispell, FWP HQ, Oct. 14; 5-7pm Libby, First National Bank, Oct. 19; 7pm Thompson Falls, Courthouse, Oct 12; 7pm Region 2 Missoula, Double Tree Motel, Oct. 5; 6-9pm Hamilton, D-L Chapel, Oct. 6; 7pm Anaconda, Metcalf Center, Oct. 7; 7pm Seeley Lake, Community Center, Oct. 18; 7pm Private lands require owner permission first i With steveral Montana hunting seasons in full swing and oth ers to open soon, hunters are reminded that Montana law re quires permission for all hunting on private land. No matter whether pursuing upland game birds, antelope, waterfowl, coyotes, gopher or any other wildlife, hunters must have permission from the landowner before hunting on private property. Landowners may grant permission in a face-to-face contact or over the phone, in writing or by posting signs that explain the type of hunting allowed and under what conditions. Region 3 Livingston, City/County, Oct 13; 7-9pm Ennis, High School, Oct. 14; 7-9pm Bozeman, Holiday Inn, Oct. 18; 7-9pm Butte, Red Lion Inn, Oct. 19; 7-9pm Helena, Colonial Hotel, Oct. 20 7-9pm Region 4 Great Falls, FWP HQ, Oct. 2; llam-4pm. Lewistown, FWP Office, Oct. 7; 7pm Region 5 Billings, Northern Hotel, Oct 21; 7-9pm Roundup, High School, Oct. 18; 7pm Red Lodge, High School, Oct. 19; 7-9pm Region 6 Glasgow, Cottonwood Inn, Oct. 4; 6-9pm Havre, Great Northern, Oct. 13; 6-9pm Malta, First State Bank, Oct. 5; 6-9pm Plentywood Courthouse, Oct. 20; 6-9pm Region 7 Miles City, Miles City CC, Oct. 14; 7pm The Elk Plan and EA are available on-line at: www.fwp.state.mt.us. To request a printed copy contact: FWP, Wild life Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Public comment will be taken for 45 days, Sept. 24 -Nov. 8. Send written comments to: FWP Elk Plan Comments, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Send E-mail comments to: email@example.com. 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