2017 BSWC Host Sites

  • Beaverhead Conservation District - Dillon, MT
    • The Beaverhead Conservation District (BCD) was formed in May of 1950 by local citizens to provide technical assistance to landowners in carrying out soil and water conservation practices. The district works with stakeholders in southwest Montana to protect natural resources through sustainable agriculture, 310 permitting, and conservation. A subcommittee of the Conservation District is the Beaverhead Watershed Committee. Formed in August of 2001, this group of local landowners and stakeholders has a common goal of improving and repairing the environment across the watershed by completing projects related to water quality, water quantity, fencing/grazing, weed management, and outreach expansion.

  • Bitter Root Water Forum - Hamilton, MT
    • BRWF is a community driven non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the traditions of agriculture, community and recreation by protecting, enhancing and restoring the Bitterroot watershed through on the ground projects and watershed education. The BRWF is led by an Executive Director and an eight-member Board of Directors, established in 1993 to investigate and discuss water issues in the Bitterroot watershed, more specifically, water quality and water quantity.

  • Blackfeet Tribe: Agricultural Resource Management Plan - Browning, MT
    • The Blackfeet Tribe is a federally recognized Tribe and the Agriculture Resource Management Plan and its development is an overarching policy document that will drive management of land and conservation, agriculture and livestock, and finally, water resource management for both the Blackfeet Tribe and the Unites States government.  The Big Sky Watershed Corps member will participate on the water management team that will develop applicable water policy aligned with the Blackfeet Water Compact passed by the United States Congress in December of 2016.  

  • Broadwater Conservation District - Townsend, MT
    • The conservation district is made up of a District Administrator, 5 supervisors, 7 advisors from local agencies.  BCD works to conserve, protect, enhance, and responsibly use the natural resources in our area.  We work closely with neighboring agencies, partners, and the community to achieve this goal.  The Conservation District is highly involved in the community undertaking natural resource projects from watershed restoration plans to environmental and agricultural programs to education, awareness, and outreach.  The Broadwater Conservation District also administers the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (aka 310 Law).

  • Bureau of Land Management - Fort Benton, MT
    • The center is located right beside the Missouri River which has a large influence on shaping not just land but also the history of Montana. The primary focus of the site is education and outreach. The programs could range from history, to biology and riparian projects on the Upper Missouri River Breaks, to educational programs about the monument’s land.

  • Centenniel Valley Association - Dell, MT
    • The Centennial Valley Association is a landowner group that acts as a forum for members of the community to communicate with each other and with various private, state and federal organizations that are active within the Centennial Valley in order to successfully address agricultural and conservation issues that are of concern to all parties operating in the valley.

  • Clark Fork Watershed Education Program - Butte, MT
    • The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program has been providing quality education and outreach to students and adults in the Upper Clark Fork Basin for over a decade. This organization exists as the interface between experienced scientists and members of the public to translate watershed information through place-based education.

  • Flathead Lakers - Kalispell, MT
    • The Flathead Lakers is a nonprofit grassroots organization with over 1,500 members with a mission to protect clean water, healthy ecosystems and lasting quality of life in the Flathead Watershed. The Flathead Lakers coordinate the River to Lake Initiative to protect and restore lands critical for clean water and other natural attributes by helping partners identify goals, develop action plans, plan and implement projects, develop communication plans, and improve overall coordination.

  • Gallatin River Task Force - Big Sky, MT
    • The Gallatin River Task Force is a non profit watershed group in Big Sky, MT. We are the only group working to ensure the health and protection of the Upper Gallatin Watershed, forever. First formed as a volunteer water quality monitoring program in 2000, we have expanded our programming the past couple years to include an Education & Outreach Program and Conservation Program. The Big Sky Watershed Corps members we've hosted have been an important addition to our team by increasing capacity to all our projects to educate, plan, and collaborate with our community for a better future for us and our watershed.

  • Gallatin Local Water Quality District/ Greater Gallatin Watershed Council - Bozeman, MT
    • GLWQD: To protect, preserve and improve groundwater and surface water quality within the Gallatin Local Water Quality District. Improve public awareness and understanding of local water quality, water resources, and the District. Collect and analyze water data and implement monitoring projects that evaluate, protect, and improve long-term water quality. Compile, store, and disseminate water quality data and information. GLWQD serves the municipalities of Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan; the communities of Amsterdam/Churchill, Big Sky, and Logan; and the Gallatin Gateway/Four Corners area.

      GGWC: The Greater Gallatin Watershed Council is a nonprofit organization that works with local volunteers, landowners, and community partners to bring water quality monitoring, stream restoration, and watershed education to the Gallatin Valley with the goal of improving water quality for all. The Gallatin Watershed begins in Yellowstone National Park and covers nearly 1.2 million acres in southwest Montana. GGWC are action-oriented in efforts to support the conservation and restoration of our water resources while providing opportunities for community participation in discussion of issues and decision-making.

  • Lake County Conservation District - Ronan, MT
    • The Lake County CD and Ronan NRCS work closely with Lake County livestock and crop producers to implement local on the ground conservation in the form of improved grazing management plans, forage value and pollinator habitat improvement studies, and watershed health education and outreach.  

  • Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District - Helena, MT
    • This organization’s mission is to preserve, protect and improve water quality within District boundaries. The district aims to enhance or maintain water quality and quantity within the basin with consideration of physical, chemical, and biological parameters, to promote action plans that benefit drought management, flood management, and overall watershed health, and to provide educational opportunities for both the public and stakeholders regarding watershed issues.

  • Lolo National Forest/Lolo Watershed Group - Missoula, MT
    • The Lolo National Forest and the Lolo Watershed Group are both committed towards the conservation and promotion of wildlife habitats, recreation, and agriculture within the Lolo area. Both organizations promote public outreach through continuing education and local stewardship. Lolo Watershed Group (LWG) was founded over ten years ago by a group of landowners who were concerned about issues stemming from past and present land uses. Our work is guided by our mission to understand and conserve the unique aspects of Lolo watershed including its rural character, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and local agriculture. Through continued outreach and education, the fostering of local stewardship, and the implementation of projects to reduce non-point source pollution we are actively preserving and enjoying our watershed.

  • Madison Conservation District - Ennis, MT
    • The Madison Conservation District was formed in 1946, working closely with the community to help improve water conditions. This organization works on developing a Madison Watershed Plan. It includes looking at streams in the area that have been determined to be impaired, while also combining a drought resilience plan. 

  • Madison River Foundation - Ennis, MT
    • The Madison River Foundation is an advocate for the Madison River amid the challenges of rapid residential and population growth, commercial development, increasing recreational use and the traditional Western competition over scarce water resources. We strive to work collaboratively with all those who live, work, and recreate on this storied river and its related watershed. The Foundation has a dual focus: In its advocacy role, the Foundation seeks to be “a voice for the river” in the public arena, advocating worthy public and regulatory policies based on sound science. In its conservation role, the Foundation funds and provides labor for a variety of conservation-oriented projects through its “Boots in the Water” volunteer corps.

  • Milk River Watershed Alliance - Glasgow, MT
    • The Milk River Watershed Alliance is a locally led organization working together to preserve, protect and enhance natural resources within the Milk River Watershed, while maintaining the quality of life. The economy is dependent on agriculture with the main crops being wheat, alfalfa, barley and beef is also raised. The Milk River runs through Glasgow providing irrigation for farmers and ranchers.

  • Missoula Conservation District - Missoula, MT
    • Missoula Conservation District promotes sustainable resource management for all natural resources in Missoula County. Their greatest priority is to work with local property owners, and other partners to protect water quantity, quality, and riparian zones. They work to sustain stream health through administration of the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310 Law); improving stream health by promoting land use practices that enhance agriculture operations in rural and urban land use practices. Thus we promote diverse riparian landscapes that greatly increase ecosystem function and services for wildlife, humans, and natural systems.

  • Montana Aquatic Resource Services - Bozeman, MT
    • Montana Aquatic Resource Services (MARS), is a small water conservation organization that was formed in 2011 out of concern for the rapid degradation of aquatic resources within Montana.  MARS’s mission is to restore, enhance and preserve Montana’s wetlands, streams, rivers and riparian corridors. We work collaboratively with public agencies, landowners, land trusts, and watershed organizations to create innovative advocacy, protection and education programs to protect what we love about Montana so much.  

  • Montana Conservation Corps - Bozeman, MT
    • This program started in the early 90’s and strives to increase young adults and school-aged youth to be stewards of the land by utilizing the AmeriCorps and Youth Service Expedition programs. The goal of this program is to leave the participants with an ethic of volunteer service and civic responsibility, professional development, communication and team-building skills, all while gaining increased knowledge of their natural environment.

  • Montana Watershed Coordination Council - Helena, MT
    • MWCC is a statewide organization that represents more than 60 watershed groups. The mission of the organization is to unite and support Montana's watershed communities to promote healthy and productive landscapes.

  • Musselshell Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Conservation District Council, and the Petroleum County Conservation District - Winnett, MT
    • The Musselshell Watershed Coalition is comprised of four water-user groups, several conservation districts, and several state and federal agencies across Musselshell, Golden Valley, Wheatland, Garfield, and Petroleum Counties. Together, the Coalition works on bringing an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to meeting the following goals: Meeting water quantity demands; meeting water quality standards; and providing governance, planning, and outreach for the Coalition.

       The Missouri River Conservation District Council seeks to provide support for leadership, assistance, and guidance for the use and conservation of the Missouri River’s natural resources. The Council believes the conservation of the river and the sustainability of its various uses can best be accomplished through grassroots collaboration, education, incentives, and voluntary action.

       The Petroleum County Conservation District encompasses the county’s 1,665 square miles and the board is comprised of five county elected officials and two appointed city officials. This board is tasked with the education and conservation of the county’s natural resources. The Petroleum County Conservation District through education, outreach and program and project development works hard to put local common sense natural resource conservation on the ground and to educate the current and future producers and landowners on natural resource conservation all while helping them to continue sustainability in their businesses.

  • The Nature Conservancy - Bozeman, MT
    • The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve all lands and waters on which all life depends. Within Montana The Nature Conservancy works in three main areas called the Northern Great Plains, Crown of the Continent, and the High Divide Headwaters.  This organization aims to address the most pressing conservation threats and protect ecologically vital lands and waters for nature and people.

  • One Montana/MSU-Extension - Bozeman, MT
    • One Montana is a non-profit located in Bozeman, MT. The mission of One Montana is to create a vibrant Montana by connecting rural and urban communities. More specifically, I am working on their Resilient Montana program, which seeks to create infrastructure for state-wide conversations on water, agriculture, and climate. MSU-Extension is an entity that "improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities." Again, more specifically, I am working with the Extension Climate Science Team, which is committed to providing unbiased research-based climate science education and information.

  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana - Helena, MT
    • SWCDM is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serve and support Montana’s 58 locally-led conservation districts in managing Montana’s natural resources through programs, technical expertise, information sharing, and other resources. From forests and rivers to farm and rangelands, SWCDM works to implement sound natural resource management for the benefit of all Montanans.

  • Trout Unlimited Upper Clark Fork Restoration Project - Missoula, MT
    • TU's Clark Fork River restoration works to implement large-scale habitat and flow restoration in critical spawning and rearing tributaries throughout the Upper Clark Fork. TU sees a unique opportunity to couple the high-profile main stem Superfund projects with strategic habitat and fish passage restoration work in the tributaries to recover the Clark Fork system as a whole. We intend to restore healthy populations of native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout in the tributary/mainstem complexes where they once thrived. In doing so, we also will improve habitat conditions for the wild brown trout and rainbow trout populations that have more recently become established in the watershed.

  • Wildlife Conservation Society - Ennis, MT
    • WCS's Community Partnerships Program conserves wildlife and habitat by fostering community participation in conservation and building ground-up approaches to meet today's conservation challenges. We work closely with our local partners to build awareness and more informed and engaged communities, showcasing win-win strategies for people and wildlife that share an increasingly crowded landscape.