Natural Resources Programs & Projects
Forest Health and Wildfire Risk Reduction Cost-Share Program
MSU Extension and Gallatin County are administering a Forest Health & Wildfire Risk Reduction Cost-Share Program focused on the Big Sky area, and locations within 30 miles of Livingston, MT and south of I-90 within Park County. Property owners are eligible for 25-50% reimbursement of their cost for implementing forest stewardship & wildfire risk reduction measures on their property. Email for additional information and application.
This project was made possible by a mini-grant from the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation.In an effort to increase community knowledge regarding wildfires and their management, preparedness for wildfire events, and assistance with the recovery process following a wildfire, this statewide directory was put together for community benefit. The Montana Wildfire Information Directory provides guidance regarding where to find information in relation to fire season outlooks, fire-specific information, fire response jurisdictions, fire restrictions, and fire recovery assistance in one easily accessible directory.
Wildfire Preparedness Kits to Improve Agriculture Sustainability
This project was made possible by a mini-grant from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Wildfire preparedness kits are being created and distributed to help improve agricultural sustainability in rural locations across Montana. Each kit comes in an MSU Extension bag and contains:
Wildfire Lessons Learned for Livestock Producers
This year-long project is funded by a mini grant from the Northern Plains Climate Hub and has collaborators from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension. A panel of livestock producers and land managers who have had involvement with wildland fire effecting livestock operations will be sharing and discussing their experiences at the 2018 Wyoming Stock Growers Association Winter Roundup. The lessons they learned will be compiled and shared through either a short publication or short video series.
Wildfire Adaptation Short Course
This year-long project is funded by a mini grant from the Northern Plains Climate Hub and has collaborators from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. This short course is being piloted to help co-develop drought and wildfire preparedness plans for public and private lands, with the focus in Montana being wildfire
With increasing weather and climate variability, the Natural Resources program seeks to provide resources to aid Montana agricultural producers in important decision-making through work with MSU Extension Climate Science.
WAFERx is a research collaboration supported by the National Science Foundation. Its objective is to evaluate the implications of adopting Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) in the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB) to mitigate climate change. MSU Extension Natural Resources will help with outreach efforts during the 3rd year of the project.
Restoring the Fire-Adapted Gallatin Watershed
Forest Health and Wildfire Risk Reduction Cost-Share Program operated from 2016-2018 on private lands in the Bridgers and Bangtails, all funds have been allocated.
Wetlands Monitoring and Education
MSU Extension received a 2014 and 2015 grant to help the State of Montana monitor aquatic invasive species in Gallatin, Madison, and Park Counties.