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TECHNICAL TOURS
Pryor Mountain Horse RangeTechnical Tour #1 - Pryor Mountain Horse Range

Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Meals:
Lunch Provided
Departure:
 
8:30 a.m. from the tour desk in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Grand Montana
Return:
5:00 p.m.
To start our annual meeting we are offering a tour to the Pryor Mountain Horse Range- Bighorn Canyon area. We will truly be transcending borders, as we will travel down the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River to Lovell, Wyoming and back into Montana and the Bighorn Canyon. We will not only cross over state borders, but we will cross many vegetation borders, from the northern mixed prairie to the salt desert. If the skies are clear the landscape will be spectacular with the Beartooth Range to the west and the Pryor and Bighorn Ranges to the east.

The Pryor Mountain Horse Range was established in 1968 and was the first wild horse range in the United States. The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is focused on the 71 mile long Bighorn Lake which was created by the Yellowtail Dam near Fort Smith, Montana, and the majestic canyon of the Bighorn River. In addition to spectacular scenery and interesting geology, we should have a good chance of seeing wild horses and some of the area's wildlife including bighorn sheep and mule deer.

Tour stops will highlight wild horse habitat and management, vegetative manipulation, vegetation transitions and some of the local history and geology. There will be people on each bus that know about the local agriculture and vegetation to answer questions and lead discussions.

On the way back to Billings we will be stopping at the Bridger Plant Materials Center near Bridger, Montana. A minimum of 35 participants are needed for this tour. The deadline to register is January 5, 2011.


Pompey's PillarTechnical Tour #2 - Pompeys Pillar

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Fee:
$35
Date:
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Departure:
 
8:00 a.m. from the tour desk in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Grand Montana
Return:
12:00 noon


On our second tour we will visit a site once traversed by legend. On this tour we will take a short drive down the Yellowstone Valley to the Pompey's Pillar National Monument which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Pompey's Pillar is a sandstone formation along the Yellowstone River, named by William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame after Sacakawea's infant son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau whom Clark nicknamed "Pomp". It contains William Clark's signature carved into the sandstone and is the only physical evidence remaining of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Many other early pioneers names are carved in the rock and many come with a story.

We will visit the beautiful visitor's center and climb the pillar to view Clark's signature carving and view some of the BLM's vegetation restoration efforts. We will also be having the Yellowstone River Conservation District Council give us an overview of their riparian inventory, mapping, and management of the Yellowstone River which is the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States. The Council is comprised of 12 Conservation Districts along the main stem of the Yellowstone River.

Minimum of 35 participants and the registration deadline is January 5, 2011.

You will be returning to the convention center in time to attend the SRM Lunch and Business Meeting.


Little Bighorn BattlefieldTechnical Tour #3 - Little Bighorn Battlefield

Fee:
$50
Date:
Friday, February 11, 2011
Meals:
Lunch provided
Departure:
Depart 8:00 a.m. from the tour desk in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Grand Montana.
Return:
4:30 p,m.


On this tour we will travel to the Crow Indian Reservation and visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where Lt. Colonel George Custer was killed during a battle with several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. Along the way we will stop at a Montana ranch and discuss grazing management and sage grouse issues. You will be treated to some of the Big Sky landscapes that Montana is famous for.

After visiting the "Battlefield" we will travel down the Bighorn River to the Yellowstone River and stop at Pompey's Pillar (see previous tour) where we will again be treated to visiting the visitor center and viewing Captain Clark's engraved signature. We will view vegetation restoration plots at this National Monument. We will have someone on each bus that knows the area, its agriculture and vegetation to lead discussions and answer questions.

Minimum of 35 participants and the registration deadline is January 5, 2011.