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May 30, 2013


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Lynda Saul
Planning, Prevention and Assistance


2013 Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Award Recipients Announced


Helena -- The Montana Wetland Council and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council are pleased to announce 2013 Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Award recipients. Every two years, the councils jointly honor stewardship award recipients.

This year’s recipients are:

Valley Garden Ranch, Ennis MT - 2013 Wetland Stewardship Award Recipient The Valley Garden Ranch in the Madison Valley has restored nearly 6 miles of flowing water through 1,000 acres damaged by degradation from previous land practices. While operating as a working cattle ranch, it provides an excellent example of what a single property can accomplish when it considers healthy natural resources as one of the greatest commodities that a ranch can produce.

Blackfoot Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program - 2013 Wetland Stewardship Award Recipient Now in its 10th year, the program has seen the return of breeding trumpeter swans to their native wetlands in the Blackfoot Watershed. This effort has expanded to involve schools, landowners, and communities via the Adopt-A-Swan educational program, annual public swan releases, swan observations and on-line swan tracking through the Project’s website.

Arctic Grayling CCAA Management Team – 2013 Watershed Stewardship Award Recipient The Grayling CCAA (Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances) Management Team is a joint agency and watershed program, dedicated to developing beneficial plans that help protect grayling habitat and maintain the minimum stream flows in the Big Hole River needed for the species to survive.

Adam Sigler, Montana State University Extension: Water Quality – 2013 Special Individuals Award Recipient Adam and the MSU Extension Water Quality Program have provided dedicated and tireless assistance to citizen-based water quality monitoring efforts in Montana. They have worked to promote volunteer monitoring programs and continue to inspire the volunteers with their enthusiasm.

The Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Award recipients were recognized at the Council’s Joint Award Ceremony on May 30, 2013 at the State Capitol in Helena, Montana.

The Montana Wetland Council is made up of diverse interests that work together to conserve and restore Montana’s wetlands and riparian ecosystems and find solutions to complex wetland and riparian issues. For more information, contact Lynda Saul at (406) 444-6652 or or visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality website at

The Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) is a statewide information and support network to advance voluntary local watershed work. MWCC links local watershed groups with resources and assistance to enhance, conserve, and protect natural resources and to sustain the high quality of life in Montana for present and future generations. For more information, visit the MWCC website at or contact the MWCC Administrator at

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