Area ranchers are invited to attend the 2013 Governor’s Range Tour which will be held September 9-10 in the Forsyth area. The Rosebud Conservation district, the Rangeland Resources Executive Committee, and the DNRC are hosting this event.
This year’s range tour will provide a great opportunity for producers, range professional and the general public to witness and discuss significant range management issues in eastern Montana.
The first day will take tour participants to Steve Lackman’s land to discuss cover crops, grazing, and soil health. Next the tour will head to the USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory for the afternoon to hear presentations from researchers on plant bud banks, fire frequency and grazing management, and a long term cattle study. A banquet will take place that evening at the Forsyth Golf & Country club with Governor Bullock invited to give the keynote address.
On the second day of the tour, participants will tour Dave Davenport’s land south of Forsyth to see the results of his tree thinning project, a discussion of how the fires of 2012 affected his lands, and a demonstration of tree thinning equipment. Following the stop at Davenport’s, participants will drive though some of the lands affected by the 2012 fires and tour the Deer Medicine Rocks before returning to Forsyth at Noon.
Pre-registration is $35 if sent in by September 7, after that registration goes to $40. To register or for more information, contact Bobbi Vannattan at (406) 346-7333 Extension 101 or email Bobbi.Vannattan@mt.usda.gov.
Published September 4, 2013