01 – Can ranchers save arctic grayling?
Jared and new co-host Hallie Mahowald look at a Montana fish's recovery success story facing renewed challenges.


When a section of the Big Hole River in southwest Montana ran dry in 1988, all eyes were on the future of one of the last remaining populations of arctic grayling in the lower 48.  

Out of the struggle, a collaboration emerged that changed the future of the Big Hole – a future where human communities, wildlife and the ecosystems they depend on can thrive. And it might even serve as a model for how we can conserve species that are headed for the brink. 

Links and references from Can ranchers save arctic grayling?

On Land article on the arctic grayling: onland.westernlandowners.org/2023/stewardship-in-action/all-together-for-the-grayling/

Life in the Land episode on the Big Hole Valley: www.lifeintheland.org/big-hole-valley

Big Hole Watershed Drought Resilience Plan: bhwc.org/montana/uploads/2020/08/2019-Big-Hole-Watershed-Drought-Resilience-Plan.pdf

Montana Outdoors article: fwp.mt.gov/binaries/content/assets/fwp/montana-outdoors/2022/bigholedrought.pdf 

Big Hole Watershed Committee 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife 


Working Wild U is a production of Montana State University Extension and Western Landowners Alliance with support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Western SARE and listeners like you.  

This episode was written and produced by Zach Altman.  

Hosted by Jared Beaver and Hallie Mahowald. 

Louis Wertz is our Executive Producer. Music is from Artlist and Blue Dot Sessions.  

Special thanks to Jim Magee, Blake Huntley, Kaitlin Boren, Padro Marques, Jarrett Payne, Ryan Kreiner, and Erik Kalsta. 

Special thanks to Life in the Land for allowing us to license some audio to produce this episode. Thanks to Seth Langbauer for photos. 

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