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Cassie replied 4 months ago
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Interested in BLM's work in bat monitoring and conservation? I'll provide updates as I sit in on Wildlife Biologist Emily Latta's talk.

You can join here: https://westernslopeconservation.org/speakerseries/

There are no current endangered bat species, but bats do face threats fueled by climate change and White Nose Syndrome (just to start). WNS has killed roughly 6 million bats to date.

Bats on the sensitivity/threatened (likely to soon become endangered) list:

Townsends Big-eared Bat
Townsends Big-eared Bat

 

Fringed Myotis
Fringed Myotis

Spotted bats (Colorado's rarest bat)- there were two observations recently! One was around Montrose and another was near Hotchkiss. Latta noted this was an exciting sighting for BLM workers.

Spotted bat
Spotted bat

 

Allen's lappet-browed bat
Allen's lappet-browed bat

 

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Suggestions for Fencing

Hi all, I am looking for some different fencing options for my house. I am mostly looking for a temporary solution that can last a couple years until I'm able to invest more in it. Doesn't have to be pretty. The main requirement for this fence is to be sturdy enough to keep my dogs from wandering and meeting cars when they come up my driveway.

At the moment, I'm thinking that a T-Post and wire solution as the simplest and most affordable while getting the job done, but my research has been short. I'm also juggling between doing this myself or asking a local business to do it as I'm not familiar with how difficult it will be for 2 people to do.

I did look at a few local businesses (England Fence, Kaylor Fencing, and Rustic Metal Fence and Gates LLC) and either have gotten an estimate or am in the process of requesting an estimate. However, I can't tell yet if these businesses do this simple option with "temporary" in mind. For example, England Fence has a "Field Fence" option but that uses 4" wood posts and those seem more permanent.

Are there other more affordable options I haven't looked at that would accomplish what I'm looking for? Am I being too cheap with this approach? Are there other businesses I should look into?

Thanks in advance!

Cally updated 7 months ago
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New Beginning Farmers and Rancher Program in Montrose!

Hello everyone,

I formerly was the Operations Coordinator at the Daily Press and have since moved into a new role as the CFRT Program Manager for a new Beginning Farmers and Rancher Program that is start next January run by Valley Food Partnership. I wanted to share a little about the program will everyone.

In 2021, Valley Food Partnership (VFP) applied for a USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Grant as part of its mission to creating a network of food and added cost producers that will create a vibrant and strong food system across the Uncompahgre Valley and the Western Slope.

In August 2021, VFP was awarded a 3-year grant to start a new project, in partnership with Holistic Management International, focused on providing new farmers and ranchers with holistic management, water conservation, and soil health training along with mentorship and internship opportunities with local experienced farmers and support with land access. This program was officially announced by USDA- NIFA October 27, 2021.

The Cultivating Farmers and Rancher that Thrive (CFRT) Program is committed to helping Hispanic, low-income, veterans, and specialty crop producers find a place in agriculture. These populations oftentimes find it hard to break into the business and we are committed to help remove barriers of entry.

The CFRT Program will consist of 11 classes with participants able to apply for mentorship and internship placements. CFRT will also be giving participants access to the Western Slope Food and Farm Forum, other special events, and several farm... (More)

Sean liked 10 months ago
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Montrose County Fair

On Wednesday, July 28th I had the opportunity to participate in the “Brown Bag Lunch & Learn“ event held at the Event Center  at the Montrose County Fair. The topic of “Improving Soil through SOIL HEALTH” was presented by the Shavano Conservation District. Conservation Agriculture was initially introduced in the Montrose area between the years of 1999-2002. Integrating on-Farm practices with applied research over the past two decades has contributed to formation of the key principles of Conservation Agriculture as they are being incorporated today on a practical basis in “The Valley”: 1. Minimize Soil Disturbance   2. Maintain Living Roots  3. Plant Diversity  4. Maximize Ground Cover  5. Integrate Livestock. 

Following the presentation, participants of the “Brown Bag Lunch & Learn” event were provided with a 75 page color ”SOIL HEALTH Resource Guide” prepared by Green Cover Seed, headquartered in Bladen, Nebraska. The Resource Guide is available to the public at no charge by going to www.greencoverseed.com/SHRG

 

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