Mountain Journal: Protected Islands In The Stream Help Keep Mighty Yellowstone Wild
Protecting 107 acres of land may not seem like a big deal in the capacious panorama of the American West. But when preservation takes the form of two islands in the wild and free-flowing Yellowstone River, it’s something that warrants public attention—for it’s the...
Billings Gazette: Unique deal inked for Yellowstone River Islands
In the business of real estate, Beartooth Group may have redefined a liquid asset. The Bozeman-based investment company buys ranches, fixes up the buildings, restores waterways, irrigation ditches and upland habitat before selling the properties at a profit....
Livingston Enterprise: Engineer warns about major flood risk in Livingston
Not long after the City of Livingston began soliciting bids to repair the levee protecting Sacajawea Park, a local civil engineer commented that she believed “it was a miracle” the levee held under last summer's severe flood. “The dike and levee aren’t...
Livingston Enterprise: New recreation center in the works for Livingston
Officials with 4 Ranges Community Recreation Foundation Inc. say they’ve obtained philanthropic commitments of $18.7 million from donors and anticipate $4.5 million in other funding to go toward the construction of a new recreation center in Livingston, which would...
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Simms launches new wader to support Yellowstone River restoration efforts
A fishing apparel manufacturer in Four Corners is releasing a new wader that will benefit conservation and restoration efforts along the Yellowstone River, several months after severe floods damaged homes and infrastructure around southwest Montana. Simms...
Bozeman Daily Chronicle Guest Column: Working together to stave off drought’s worst effects
Many folks look outside on cool, rainy spring days and see flooded rivers and streams, green grass and cool temperatures and assume we are safe from drought. Yet climate change is wildly unpredictable, lulling us into false security with wet, cool, spring days, while...
Daily Inter Lake: Swan Valley easement aimed at securing grizzly habitat
A 30-acre conservation easement was placed on land in the Swan Valley last week with the intention of securing grizzly bear habitat and forested wetlands. The sizable wetland will now be protected after the Vital Ground Foundation completed the conservation easement...
Livingston Enterprise Guest Column: What does future flood resiliency look like in Park County?
The historic June 13th flood on the Yellowstone has a lot of us thinking about what will happen when the next major flood event hits Park County. I imagine the next time the Yellowstone lets loose, recovery will look a lot like it has in the past, with the community...
Simms Gives Back to the Yellowstone
In association with Montana Freshwater Partners, Simms Fishing Products, preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear, footwear, and technical apparel in fishing prepare to launch the all-new Simms Watershed Stockingfoot Wader, a wader designed to lend financial aid...
Western Landowners Alliance Article: Letting the Yellowstone Wander Again
IT’S LATE IN THE SUMMER OF 2021, and I’m midway through day two of our four-day trip down the Yellowstone River. There isn’t another boat in sight. It’s calm enough to ride a stand-up paddle board, and the waters’ glassy surface bounces a reflection of our rafts up...
High Country News Article: After June’s floods, will the Yellowstone River be allowed to roam?
The June flood, which destroyed roads and homes across a huge swath of south-central Montana, created new channels on formerly dry land. The water gnawed at riverbanks that had been stable for decades.
The Freshwater Update Newsletter | April 2021
Our Third Annual Predict The Peak, Celebrating 10 Years, and Introducing Our New Identity Montana Freshwater Partners
MARS is seeking a Marketing & Communication Contractor
MARS is seeking a Marketing and Communication Contractor that strongly believes in and shares our vision to raise the bar in protecting and conserving Montana’s precious stream, river and wetland resources. The role of the marketing and communication contractor will...
Support MARS on Giving Tuesday (Dec 1)
If you are looking for another opportunity to make a charitable donation before the end of year, or just give back to the causes you care about, please consider MARS. We will be participating in the global day of generosity. You can Donate to MARS here. Learn more...
Fall 2020 Newsletter
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Community Firewood Day warms homes and hearts
Nearly 30 volunteers—including Montana Aquatic Resource Services executive director Wendy Weaver—joined Swan Valley Connections for their annual Community Firewood Day Friday, Oct. 9.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column: Bozeman must act to protect remaining wetlands
As Bozeman rushes to accommodate its burgeoning economy and the rapid influx of individuals and families moving here in search of clean air and the great outdoors, we are forced to sacrifice the remaining wetlands and natural areas in the valley. But does it have to be so?
Bozeman Daily Chronicle article: Conservation groups push for wetlands mitigation in Bozeman amid booming development
As construction continues to boom in Bozeman, conservation groups are advocating for the city to require restoration of lost wetlands.
Summer 2020 Newsletter
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MARS Response to National Environmental Banking Association (NEBA) article
The National Environmental Banking Association (NEBA) released an article June 4, 2019 titled, Montana’s Aquatic Resources at Stake - MARS. The following is our response to the article clarifying and correcting the misinformation presented. The article references the...
Sevenmile Creek Restoration Project
Prickly Pear Land Trust has formally protected the Sevenmile Creek Restoration Project as part of their "Peaks to Creeks" Initiative. Lewis and Clark County residents, PPLT staff, and elected officials deserve a big round of applause for their efforts, votes, and...
Late Summer 2018 Newsletter
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Bozeman Daily Chronicle article: Gallatin Valley losing wetlands to growth and development
More and more wetlands and streams are being impacted as development pressure increases. Even though there is a policy of "not net loss of wetlands," mitigation work is not being done locally. The Gallatin Valley is losing our wetlands of great ecological and human...
Early Summer 2018 Newsletter
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Flood season sure to impact people, health of the river
While flooding damages homes and infrastructure and affects the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers, it can also be seen as part of the natural process of maintaining a naturally functioning and healthy river system.
Spring 2018 Newsletter
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Bozeman Daily Chronicle article: Dead fish found in Yellowstone River
State officials have found dead fish in the Yellowstone River for the first time this year and they are waiting on test results to find out whether the deaths are due to the same parasite that killed thousands of mountain whitefish in the stream a year ago. Montana...
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Year after massive fish-kill, officials and conservationists work to prevent another crisis on the Yellowstone
Snow fell this winter. A bunch of it, especially way up the Yellowstone River basin. The mountains were loaded when the snow began to melt. Anglers and river users were optimistic about this summer, and the optimism hasn’t disappeared. Even as July and August got hot,...
Bozeman Daily Chronicle article: Mining company donates water rights, signs conservation easement near Yellowstone
JARDINE— A Canadian mining company inked deals with two conservation groups Thursday that are meant to preserve elk habitat and cold water for trout just north of Yellowstone National Park. Kinross Gold, a Toronto-based company, will donate its water rights to Trout...
Billings Gazette: Easement allows Yellowstone River to wander
While sitting on the banks of the Yellowstone River as it flowed past his Forsyth-area farm, Larry Rau was always amazed to think that the same stream that was so low and warm in the summer could be 20 feet over his head and raging cold by spring. “The power of that...
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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Symposium looks to the future of the Yellowstone River
LIVINGSTON — Thousands of mountain whitefish went belly-up in the Yellowstone River last year thanks to a parasite and poor river conditions. Now people are trying to use the unprecedented kill as a catalyst for adapting to a changing climate. “It’s really up to us...
KPAX: Health of Yellowstone River focus of 2-day event in Livingston
The health of the Yellowstone River is being discussed in Livingston today and Friday. Montana Aquatic Resources and Trout Unlimited are hosting the Yellowstone River Symposium at the Livingston Depot. It will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to...
Fall 2016 Newsletter
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Ghosts of the Yellowstone by Tom Hinz
The recent and ongoing mortality of thousands of mountain whitefish, along with trout, and other fish and closure of nearly 180-mile stretch of the upper Yellowstone River is another clarion call to Montanans to turn our attention to the health of our state’s longest...
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Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission Approves Funding for Yellowstone River Conservation Easement
HELENA— Yesterday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission unanimously approved funding for a Channel Migration Easement on the lower Yellowstone River in Richland County. The easement, which was developed by the Montana Land Reliance in cooperation with...
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