When Governor Steve Bullock signed House Bill 2 into law on May 9, the Montana Heritage Commission, which oversees Virginia City and Nevada City, received $2 million for maintenance and preservation to be used over the next two years.
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Russ Whitacre has been in the Madison Valley for four years and has been quick to jump into the community. He is involved with various boards and organizations, including the Ennis Area Chamber of Commerce, Ennis Lions Club and the Ennis Business Development Committee.
Shawn Christensen has been with the Madison Valley Rural Fire Department for 22 years.
“(The Madison Conservation District) is helping lead the community in a collaborative effort to identify our current, and future, resource concerns,” said Ethan Kunard, water programs manager for the MCD, as he welcomed 35 people to a watershed planning meeting on April 26 in Ennis. “Then we will identify our options.”
In 2012, the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Craighead Institute started a project to look at the effects of U.S. Highway 287 and MT Highway 87 in the Madison Valley on road related wildlife mortality and movement patterns, said Lance Craighead of the Craighead Institute.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 after Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin, proposed the idea to congress after seeing the effects of an oil spill in southern California.
Wildlife biologists for the Madison and Ruby valleys completed their spring mule deer surveys, both reporting an increase in populations
It is no surprise that use of the Ennis Big Sky Airport is on the rise, and has been in recent years. In fact, the growth rate has been around 30 percent per year for the last few years, according to Lance Bowser, engineer with Robert Peccia & Associates, the firm that handles engineering and construction on Madison County’s airports.
Madison County conservation districts recognize land stewards
In January, the Madison Conservation District held the first of six meetings in an effort to get the community involved before preparing a watershed report. The first meeting, led by Ethan Kunard, water programs manager for the Madison Conservation District, focused on water quality and quantity in the Madison Watershed. The second meeting, held March 29, focused on how past, present and future climate conditions affect the watershed.