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to a history of some of the activities and projects of the

Bitter Root Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Area, Inc.

serving the Montana Counties of Mineral, Missoula, and Ravalli.


The Bitter Root RC&D, authorized in

1965 was the twelfth in the nation and

the first in the State of Montana.

Mission Statement

The mission of the

Bitter Root RC&D is to

promote the

conscientious

development of the

area’s natural and

human resources,

while maintaining or

improving the quality

of those resources

and the quality of life.


The Bitter Root RC&D encompasses the the three south-western counties of

Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli in Montana ~ known to visitors as Glacier

Country.


The basics:

501(c)(3) nonprofit,

nonpartisan,

nongovernmental

corporation

Governed by an 18-member

board of directors, six from

each county

Principal sponsors are

county commissioners,

conservation districts and

Natural Resources

Conservation Service (NRCS)

Total three-county area

encompasses 3,980,800

acres

Serves 15.46% of the state’s

total population

Community projects focus on

activities in water

management, land

management, community

development and land

conservation


Co-founders of the Bitter

Root RC&D were:

o Clarence Popham

o Jack Iman

o Dr. Bob Smith

o Dr. William Jellison

o Jim DeBree

Since establishment in

1965 there have been

three Coordinators:

1) Buster Dufour

2) Skip Lynch

3) Kit Sutherland (current)

Bitter RC&D Presidents

(Board Chairmen)

Clarence Popham

Jack Iman

Leonard G. Peterson

Ivan Cranston

John J. West

LeRoy W. Hinze

Tom Ruffatto

James H. Freeman (19

years)

Allen C. Bjergo (current)


Resource management

(forest health/clear-cut

issue)

Gravity-flow Irrigation

Systems working with BRID

installing systems irrigating

over 6000 acres

Small business plan

development leading to

ventures in:

Wind energy

Plastics fabrication plant

Missoula farmers market

Missoula Five Valleys Park

Association

Studies in mass transit in

Missoula area

Elimination of old land dump

in Mineral County

Cultural Improvement

opportunities in Ravalli

County including:

Local seminars of book

“Montana Genesis” written by

local historians

Daly Mansion Preservation

Wood pellet study

Public Broadcasting System

Economic Development

Plans


A sampling of projects and activities


1990’s

Sample of Water

Management

LAKE COMO DAM

PROJECT (water

management)

In 1991, plans to

rebuild the Lake

Como Dam were

underway.

Construction of an

additional 3.3 feet

occurred in 1993

adding an additional

3,000 acre feet of

high quality water to

the lake. This project

was a partnership

with BLM, FWP, the

Reclamation Bureau,

the State of Montana

and the RC&D Lake

Como Committee.


1990’s

Sample of Land

Conservation

ROCK CREEK ROAD

DUST ABATEMENT

PROJECT (land conservation)

In 1993 and 1994,

work began on a 50-

mile stretch of gravel

road along a blue

ribbon trout stream

known as Rock

Creek. The work

involved raising funds

to pave 10-miles of

road and improve the

gravel on several

other miles that over

60,000 people used

every year. It helped

alleviate, 1) severe

dust issues, 2) traffic

hazards, and 3) site

degradation.


Fiber Arts Guild and

Fiber Arts Festival

Community Arts &

Recreation Program, Darby

1990’s

Sampling of

Community

Projects

Fiber Arts Guild

Good Nations Pow Wow

Bitterroot Bluegrass Festival

Community Arts & Recreation Program

All of these projects

supported the

community and were

a part of community

development.

Bitterroot Bluegrass Festival


Sample of One

Successful

Partnership in All

Categories of Focus

Trapper Creek Job Corps

Partnership (all categories)

The Bitter Root RC&D

became the liaison for

Trapper Creek Job Corp

when applications from

the general public would

come in for work

projects. These projects

included work requests

such as:

o

o

o

o

o

o

o

Pouring concrete

walkways

Community event

set-up and take

down

Fairgrounds

improvements

Built fire halls

Community cleanup

Volunteer during

emergencies

Catering meals &

picnics


Successful Programs in Mineral County

A Sampling of Projects in

Mineral County

A few of the projects that

have occurred in Mineral

County include:

• Wood biomass

utilization wood

pellet study

• MCCAT Position for

the Mineral County

Community Action

Team

• Fishing access site

improvements

• Mineral County

ambulance

• Dry hydrant

demonstration

project

• Savenac Historic

Center Staffing

• Savenac sewer

replacement

• Hazardous fuels

cost share

program


Successful Programs Beginning at Bitter Root RC&D

Bitterroot Land Trust

Community Gardens

Missoula Ravalli

Transportation

Association

Bitterroot Water Forum

Bitterroot Theraputic

Riding

Valley Veterans

Services

These projects had

their roots at the

Bitter Root RC&D but

became successful

projects of their own

accord.


A Sampling of National & Regional Conferences

The Bitter Root RC&D has helped facilitate numerous

conferences and forums throughout the region.

• 1994 Value-Added Conference – ”Growing Sustainable Forest Enterprises: An

Intermountain Idea Fair”

• 1997 Rural Communities Assistance Partnership – ”Sustaining Our Environment &

Our Communities: Working Together the Sky’s the Limit”

• 1998 National Conference on - “Feasibility of Economic Development in Timber

Dependent Communities in the Inland Empire based on Utilization of Native Inland

Hardwood Species”

• 1999 National Carbon Offset Coalition Conference

• 2000 “Creating the Future We Want for the Bitterroot Valley” Community Forum

• 2000 National Forest Service Reunion Conference

• 2002 Western RC&D Conference

• 2005 National Woody Biomass Conference – “ When You Get Back Home”

• 2007 Regional Woody Biomass Conference – “Making Wood Work”

• 2007 “Success by Meeting” Conference

• 2009 National Forest Service Reunion Conference – “Where Do We Go From Here”

• 2010 Western RC&D Conference – “Creating Tomorrow’s Food & Energy”


Providing Community Assistance

NeighborWo

rks® Center

for

Homeowner

ship

Eduction

and

Counseling

Bitter Root RC&D offers

assistance to communities

by providing training,

classes and publication

support such as:

Bitterroot Covering

Kids/CHIP Insurance

Assistance

• NeighborWorks®

Montana First Time

Homebuyer

Education Classes

• Ravalli County

Neighborhood

Housing Grants

• Grant Writing

Workshops

• Forest Service Living

History Collection

and Publication

support

Bitterroot Watershed

Guide

Bitterroot Birding Trail

Brochure and

Signage

• Forest Service

Museum Interpretive

Program


Fire Recovery-Activities-Support

Bitter Root RC&D

took the lead in fire

recovery efforts and

issues performing

services in all

categories of RC&D

focus.

Prior to 2000 efforts

included:




1992 Wildland

Urban Interface

Task Force

GIS Mapping

Project

Community

Wildfire Protection

Plan

After 2000 efforts included:



Bitterroot Interagency/

Community Recovery

Team (BIRT)

MT Department of

Labor Fire Restoration


Activities Related to Fire Recovery & Forest Health

Before

After

Numerous projects

were spurred into life

after the fires of 2000,

many in partnership

with the Bitterroot

National Forest and MT

DNRC.








Small Wood

Utilization – Winter

Olympics Kiosk

Hazardous Fuels

Reduction Grants

Chipping program

for hazardous fuels

Darby Schools

Biotechnology

Lab/Cone

Collection

Fuels for Schools

Small Wood

Utilization – Darby

Library with

furniture, and

Darby Jail

Renovation

Middle East Fork

Intervention


Activities Related to Community Development & Education

The Bitter Root RC&D

supports activities that

provide community

education and activities

such as:

Lewis & Clark Information

Merging Waters



Community Wildfire

Protection Plan

Riparian

Demonstration Site


Presentations at

National Fire

Management

Leadership Courses


FireSMART Wagon


Fuels for Schools

Curriculum


Healthy Kids~Healthy

Forests Program


Lost Trail L&C Kiosk


Green Home Living

Expo


Bitterroot Valley

Interpretive

Association

Keystone

Healthy Kids~Healthy Forests



Merging Waters

Educational Center

Keystone After School

& Summer Program


Activities Relating to Health, Safety & Education

The Bitter Root RC&D

has facilitated

numerous projects

supporting the welfare

of our human and

natural resources.










Bitterroot Farmers

Market Produce

Voucher Program

Mill Creek

Watershed

Improvement

Victor Fire

Substation

Healthy Families of

Ravalli

Lewis & Clark

Public Safety

Strategy

Corvallis

Pedestrian Trail &

Bridge

Friends of Darby’s

Trail of Discovery

Darby Bread Box

Food Bank

Fit to Fight


Miscellaneous Projects 2000 - 2010

The Bitter Root RC&D

provides support for

projects with a wide

range of objectives.

Below are just a few:








Canyon Hideaway

Playground

Darby’s Active &

Resourceful Teens

(DART)Skate Park

Animal Control for

Ravalli County

Capitol Christmas

Tree 2008

Bitterroot Valley

Community College

Endowment

Hamilton Boxing

Club

Ravalli County Fair

Foundation


Evaluations, Assessments, Monitoring, Feasibility

The Bitter Root RC&D

has participated in

numerous types

studies/assesments

including:








Economic

Development

Strategies for

Mineral, Missoula

& Ravalli Counties

Wetland

inventories and

monitoring

Bitterroot River

Fish Habitat

Assessment

Post-Fire State &

Private Forest

Lands Assessment

Bitterroot

Stewardship

Monitoring Project

Fuels for Schools

Feasibility Studies

Lewis & Clark

Public Safety

Evaluation


Current Bitter Root RC&D Board Members

Allen Bjergo, President, Corvallis, MT

Greg Chilcott, Vice-President, Ravalli County Commissioner,

Stevensville, MT

Pam Gouse, Secretary‐Treasurer, Hamilton, MT

B. J. McComb, Mineral County Commissioner, Alberton, MT

Michele Landquist, Missoula County Commissioner, Missoula, MT

Kevin Chamberlain, Superior, MT

Jim DeBree, Superior, MT

Roger Hearst, Superior, MT

Richard Ramberg, Missoula, MT

Gerald Marks, Missoula, MT

Sally Johnson, Seeley Lake, MT

Jim Burchfield, Missoula, MT

Steve Vogt, Hamilton, MT

James H. Freeman, Victor, MT


We Couldn’t Do What We Do Without……..

…...the support of all of our partner agencies and organizations, all

of the volunteers that support and put energy into the numerous

projects that are housed with RC&D, and the dedicated staff who

work to make the Bitter Root RC&D the best it can be!

All Bitter Root RC&D programs and services are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without

regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status or handicap.

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