Snowbanks to Grassbanks

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2019: $349,709.98
Projected End Date: 05/31/2023
Host Institution Award ID: 4W7748 & 4W8243
Grant Recipients: MSU- Animal & Range Sciences; University of Montana Western; The Nature Conservancy; US Fish and Wildlife Service
Region: Western
State: Montana
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Bok Sowell
MSU- Animal & Range Sciences
Dr. Andrea Litt
Department of Ecology, Montana State University
Megan Van Emon
Montana State University
This film describes a project to restore high-elevation sagebrush meadows using small, low-cost dams to hold water onsite and prevent rapid runoff that was the result of a collaboration between private livestock producers in the Centennial Valley, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Montana – Western and Montana State University. Western Sustainable and Research Education (WSARE) awarded a grant to Andrea Litt, associate professor in the MSU Department of Ecology, and Bok Sowell, professor in the MSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences, to evaluate the effectiveness of these structures. This grant supported three graduate students, Thomas Sutton (Ecology), Laura Robison (Animal and Range Sciences) and Nicholas Lowing (Animal and Range Sciences). Film by Ryan Espeland. Additional photograpy by Sean Claffey, Kyle Cutting. Nick Lowing and Laura Robison. Film presented by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Additional funding provided by Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, University of Montana - Western
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers; Consumers
This product is associated with the project "Snowbanks to Grassbanks"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.