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Montana Youth Range Camp


August 1, 2018 | View PDF

Montana Youth Range Camp hosted 22 of Montana's finest youth at the Eastern Montana Bible Camp near Bloomfield, Montana, July 9-12, 2018.

Montana Youth Range Camp was held in Eastern Montana July 9-12, 2018 and hosted by Dawson and Richland County Conservation Districts. Twenty two of Montana's finest youth gathered at the Eastern Montana Bible Camp near Bloomfield, Montana to learn about plants, soils, range management and wildlife. Staff from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Marni Thompson, Josh Schrecengost, Rick Caquelin and Ashley Gould along with Emily Standley, MSU Extension-Fergus County shared their knowledge of Soils, Wildlife, Plant ID and Range Management. Mother Nature smiled on the area this year and the vegetation was incredible. FWP Non Game Biologist Brandi Skone, along with some of her staff and conducted a bat study for the campers. Big Sky Watershed Corp member, Andrew Kretschmer led the campers in a session using the Rolling River Trailer. Kaylee Olsen and Alyssa Nordlund won the Green Hand buckles for new campers and Jesse and Wyatt Isaacs tied for the Top Hand Buckles awarded to returning campers. Campers compete for the prized buckles by taking quizzes each day on plant ID and other questions based on the classes each day. Montana Youth Range Camp is a program for youth interested in Montana's greatest natural resource, Rangeland. Funding for the camp is made possible in part by the DNRC- 223 grant program. Montana Youth Range Camp is one of the many events Stacey Barta, Range Specialist with the DNRC-Rangeland Resource Program plans and produces each year along with the host Conservation Districts. Plans are already being made for next year's camp to be hosted by Gallatin Conservation District, June 25-28th, 2019. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the 2018 Montana Youth Range Camp. It's great to see Montana's youth wanting to learn about Rangeland.


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