CONSERVATION STATION. We get into the nitty gritty of conservation as CRP sign-up gets underway and the options for protecting the future generations of wildlife such as pheasants, deer and other species expands. We cover those items and more in today’s conservation-focused Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Hillside Hen. A hen pheasant works her way up a grassy hill north of Bismarck, N.D. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 6/4 – Sweet – Hi 84, Lo 60, Wind NW@13, G20.
Tomorrow: Wed 6/5 – Warm – Hi 82, Lo 58, Wind S@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:03AM 11:02PM 3:00PM 2:31AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30AM. Moonrise after sunrise will extend the bite in light breezes in today’s Edge Hour.
SIGN ME UP. The 2019 Continuous CRP Sign-Up is underway. Landowners interested in enrolling their marginal lands in the conservation program can contact their nearest USDA, FSA or SWCD office for more information and registration documents.
BUFFER IT. An educational hunting story from the PF archives details the huntability of buffer areas and the vital role they play today in providing habitat, sediment containment and the prevention of non-point pollutant runoff from fields. Factoring in buffer strips along streams and pothole areas will help keep wildlife abundant and water clean.
WELL, GOOD. The NDG&F has an interesting video recap on how solar-powered wells are watering livestock and preventing damage to riparian areas on lakes. Less hoof traffic and erosion means better water quality and nicer stream and lakeside habitat for wildlife.