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Conservation Workshop:

Event Date: October 25-26, 2017 in Great Falls

You’re invited to attend a Montana-focused Russian olive/salt cedar workshop.

Conference Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 25 (Meeting from 1-5) and Thursday, Oct. 26 (Meeting from 8-noon).

Conference Location: Montana Electric Co-op Building, 501 Bay Drive, Great Falls, MT 59401.

Registration: $20/person, $10/student

Meeting Details:

Purpose: A forum to engage scientists, resource managers, conservation groups and other stakeholders in exploring strategies to eliminate salt cedar and Russian olive from Montana waterways.

Tentative Agenda: Draft_Workshop Agenda

Planning Team: Janet Ellis (Montana Audubon), Erin Espeland (ARS-Sidney), Rachel Frost (Missouri River Conservation District Council), River Conservation District Council), Kenny Keever (BLM-Havre), Dan Rostad (Yellowstone River Conservation District Council), Sharlene Sing (USFS-Bozeman), and Leigh Greenwood (The Nature Conservancy)

Northern Flicker. Cottonwoods are used by cavity nesting birds (woodpeckers, bluebirds, Tree Swallows, chickadees, and more) for nesting. Russian olive and salt cedar generally cannot be used by these birds.


  • Explore strategies, identify resources and agree on cooperative actions to eradicate salt cedar and Russian olive from Montana riparian areas.
  • Learn more about field practices: successes and “lessons learned” from current efforts to manage salt cedar and Russian olive along Montana waterways.
  • Develop strategies that increase public understanding and concern about Russian olive and salt cedar impacts in riparian habitats.
  • Encourage networking, knowledge-sharing and cooperative action among conference participants.

For Questions or More Information: Contact Janet Ellis, Montana Audubon ([email protected]; 406.443.3949)

Please note: workshop fee is non-refundable.

For mail registration, please send your non-refundable check, payable to “Montana Audubon:” Montana Audubon, P.O. Box 595, Helena, MT 59624. Please put “Russian olive/salt cedar workshop” on memo line of your check. Please also include the name, email and contact information for the participant with your check.

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