Montana Association of Land Trusts

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Glenn Marx
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Helena, MT 59624
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News and Reports

Date: 8/21/2017
Title: RMEF, TU, Kinross Gold Conserve Property North of Yellowstone Park
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited and Kinross Gold have teamed up to conserve wildlife habitat and instream flows on property north of Yellowstone Park. The project dedication ceremony took place on August 17 with several dignitaries in attendance. The conservation efforts include a conservation easement held by RMEF and donated instream flows to TU.
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Date: 8/16/2017
Title: Conserved Lands Help Trumpeter Swans Recovery
Summary: There are slightly over 200 trumpeter swans residing in Montana, and that number is on the rise thanks in part to conservation efforts on places like O'Dell Creek in the Madison Valley. The Montana Land Reliance holds an easement on the O'Dell Creek property, The Trust for Public Land helped fund and manage the project, and landowner Jeff Laszlo has worked hard on wetland restoration and other conservation and stewardship projects.
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Date: 8/15/2017
Title: RMEF, Bass Pros Shops, Round Up for Conservation
Summary: For the 11th consecutive year, Bass Pro Shops will be generating funds for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation throughout August with the Elk Country Conservation Month program. In-store bass Pro customers within the US will be able to round up their purchases with proceeds going to RMEF conservation projects.
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Date: 8/14/2017
Title: Montana Land Reliance Has a Million Reasons to Celebrate
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance "Million Acre Party" was a major success. Congratulations to MLR current and past staff, to all MLR's supporters and donors, and to all the landowners who've worked with MLR to make this milestone possible.
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Date: 8/11/2017
Title: Leadership Transition Coming to Five Valleys Land Trust
Summary: After ten years as Five Valleys Land Trust executive director, Grant Kier will be departing to seek new challenges. FVLT has enjoyed a tremendous decade of organizational growth and success, and MALT looks forward to working with new executive director Amber Sherrill. From the Missoulian article: “You can't look any direction around Missoula without knowing Five Valleys had their hand in that,“ Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss said. “A good leader makes sure there are people in place to follow him. They have a pretty amazing staff and board, but his leadership and relationships really will be missed.“
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Date: 8/10/2017
Title: Yellowstone River Easement Helps River Wander
Summary: A new conservation easement program helps Yellowstone River wander... good for fish, wildlife, vegetation and river health. The Nature Conservancy in Montana, Montana Aquatic Resources Services, and landowner make it all happen.
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Date: 8/9/2017
Title: Gallatin County Open Space Supporters Will Regroup After Commission Vote
Summary: Two Gallatin County Commissioners were strongly in favor of a November 2017 open land ballot measure, but it takes all three to place the measure on the ballot. Commissioner Steve White voted no on August 8, which means Gallatin County open space advocates will regroup and explore other ballot an procedural options. Commissioner White said a law and justice center is a higher county priority than open space. Voters had earlier defeated a law and justice center ballot measure.
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Date: 8/8/2017
Title: Matador Grassbank Helps Ease Drought
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana is working with ranchers like Leo Barthelmess in central Montana within the Matador Grassbank program. The grassbank may be helping ranchers address drought conditions across the area.
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Date: 8/7/2017
Title: Bozeman Daily Chronicle Endorses Gallatin County Open Space Vote
Summary: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has strongly endorsed a Gallatin County open space bond vote. The Chronicle's August 6 editorial stated that, "The open space program has already made a big difference in limiting the effects of runaway development. And the commissioners are urged to give voters a chance to extend it." The commission has scheduled an August 8 public hearing to discuss a proposed November 2017 open space bond public vote.
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Date: 8/4/2017
Title: Prickly Pear Harvest Moon Banquet Set for Sept. 23
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust's annual Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction is coming to the Helena Civic Center on Sept. 23. Tickets are on sale now.
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Date: 8/2/2017
Title: Congratulations 2017 Montana Neighbor Award Recipients
Summary: Congratulations to each of the 2017 Montana Neighbor Award recipients at yesterday's ceremony in the Governor's Reception Room. Thank you to Brian Kahn for leading the Montana Neighbor Award program and to Governor Bullock for supporting and participating in the program. MALT is a program supporter and member of the award nomination selection committee.
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Date: 8/1/2017
Title: Vital Ground and Montana TNC Team Up On North Fork Flathead Easement
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation and The Nature Conservancy in Montana have partnered to conserve 142 acres of critical North Fork (of the Flathead River) wildlife habitat. A July 18 announcement by Vital Ground reports the agreement includes TNC selling the acreage to new private buyers while donating a conservation easement to Vital Ground, a nonprofit land trust based in Missoula that works to connect and protect key habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife. The easement stipulates that the new landowners will not develop the forested property beyond its current house and small outbuildings, keeping the bulk of the property preserved as habitat that will help reduce bear-human conflicts in the area.
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Date: 7/31/2017
Title: MLR, Stockgrowers Sponsor Pint Night to Aid Fire Relief
Summary: Pint Night on August 1 starting at 5:00 PM at the Ten Mile Creek Brewery in Helena will assist eastern Montana fire relief efforts. The event is sponsored by The Montana Stockgrowers Foundation and The Montana Land Reliance. See you there.
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Date: 7/28/2017
Title: Outdoor Recreation Economic Contribution in Montana: $7.1 Billion
Summary: The Outdoor Industry Association reports that outdoor recreation contributes $7.1 billion to state's economy, helps create 71,000 jobs and contributes $286 million in state and local tax revenue. Outdoor recreation is an important component in Montana's diverse economy.
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Date: 7/27/2017
Title: August 8 Big Day for Gallatin County Open Land Bond
Summary: The Gallatin County Commission has set August 8 as a date to consider a proposal to place an open land bond on a special 2017 election ballot. The Trust for Public Land presented information to the commission on July 25 that showed poll results indicate strong voter support for up to a $20 million ballot proposal to continue the county's open land program.
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Date: 7/26/2017
Title: Film Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman Makes Montana Debut July 31
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana is working with several partners to promote a new film titled “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,“ which will premier on July 31, 7:00 PM, at the Roxy Theater in Missoula as part of the International Wildlife Film Festival. The documentary film “tells the inspiring story of heartland heroes of conservation who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water. The film is a tribute to people like Dusty Crary, a fourth generation Montana rancher whose commitment to conservation drove him to forge alliances with longtime antagonists - including cattlemen, federal agencies, hunters and environmental groups - to protect private ranches and federal wilderness along the Rocky Mountain Front for future generations.“ Based on the book by best-selling author Miriam Horn of Environmental Defense Fund, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman“ was directed by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Susan Froemke and Emmy winner John Hoffman, and narrated by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw. The film premiered to great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel August 31. The July 31 event includes a reading by Horn at Fact and Fiction at 2:00 PM on July 31. In addition, a screening of the film will take place August 15 in Bozeman (time and location announced soon). The Bozeman film event co-hosts are The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society and the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Speakers at the event include Tom Brokaw and Dusty Crary.
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Date: 7/25/2017
Title: Conservation Easement at Mountain Hi Ranch Helps Retain “Fabric of the Valley“
Summary: The Trust for Public Land, The Montana Land Reliance, the Gallatin County Open Space Program and other entities have partnered with the Mountain Hi Ranch north of Bozeman on a conservation easement that would retain the ranch's 2,400 acres as open space and agricultural land. KBZK TV in Bozeman reported on the project, which includes comments from Dick Dolan, director of TPL's Northern Rockies office in Bozeman. "Our open spaces, our working ranches, and farms are important not just environmentally but culturally and historically, they're part of the fabric of this valley,“ said Dolan. “These kinds of projects ensure that we can retain that part of our heritage if you will."
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Date: 7/24/2017
Title: Flathead Land Trust Nears Sandhill Wetlands Fundraising Goal
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is only $4,000 away from raising the $1.4 million necessary to conserve 400 acres of critical wetlands for sandhill crane migration. The Flathead Beacon reported that a conservation easement at the West Valley Wetlands would help “conserve a 400-acre section of family farmland that supports 144 species of bird, with special focus on sandhill cranes. The property includes a unique 45-acre pothole wetland used by tens of thousands of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, and hundreds of sandhill cranes each year.“
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Date: 7/23/2017
Title: Montana Conservation Easement Conference Registration is Open
Summary: Registration is now open for the Montana Conservation Easement Conference for Financial, Legal and Real Estate Professionals, set for Sept. 29 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. The conference has been approved for 8 continuing education credits for real estate professionals, 7.25 CLE credits for attorneys, and a certificate will be available at the conference for 8 continuing professional education credits for CPA's. The conference is designed for attorneys, real estate professionals, CPAs, financial advisors, financial lenders, appraisers, land trust staff, agency personnel, and other professionals who landowners turn to for advice and guidance. See the PDF here for the conference agenda.
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Date: 7/22/2017
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Teams Up to Conserve Ag Ground
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust, the Ravalli County Commission and county open land bond program, and the Curdy family have worked together to conserve valuable Bitterroot Valley soils and farm ground.
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Date: 7/17/2017
Title: Trust for Public Land Helps Bozeman Create New Community Center
Summary: The Trust for Public Land is helping the city of Bozeman facilitate the creation of a new community center as a component of the Story Mill Community Park project.
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Date: 7/16/2017
Title: RMEF, TU and Kinross Gold Dedicate Mineral Hill Conservation Project
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited and Kinross Gold are celebrating and dedicating a unique agreement that creates a 549-acre conservation easement and protects instream flows on land near Yellowstone National Park. The August 17, 1:00 PM, Historical Mineral Hill Bear Creek Water Rights and Conservation Easement Project event will feature Governor Steve Bullock and others.
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Date: 7/14/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust and the Community of Lincoln's Assets
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and the small community of Lincoln have partnered to expand Blackfoot River access and economic options for local residents and businesses.
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Date: 7/11/2017
Title: Tour of the Bitterroot Bike Rides on July 16
Summary: The Tour of the Bitterroot, a Bitter Root Land Trust major event, starts early Sunday morning, July 16, with rides and activities for the whole family.
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Date: 7/10/2017
Title: Conservation Easements Can Produce Tax Benefits
Summary: Jessie Wiese of The Montana Land Reliance writes in Explore Big Sky that conservation easements can conserve wildlife habitat, open land, agricultural ground and more, and may also generate income tax benefits for landowners.
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Date: 7/7/2017
Title: FVLT Celebrates Open Land Month With July 13 Party
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is saluting Montana Open Land Month on July 13 with an evening of celebration at the Line Ranch in Missoula. The event runs 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The Line Ranch is located at 1135 Whitaker Drive, near The Keep Restaurant. The event features beer from Big Sky Brewing, food, Capitan Hook's Ice Cream, music from The Idle Ranch Hands and much more. More info is available at the FVLT website. Questions? Contact Lena at lena@fvlt.org.
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Date: 7/6/2017
Title: Camp Kaniksu: All About Nature and Fun
Summary: Kaniksu Land Trust is sponsoring Camp Kaniksu, a program to help kids connect with the outdoors. Camp Kaniksu is nature-connection based, and will include activities such as: Hiking, mapping and navigation, learning about local flora and fauna, & how to be safe outdoors. Participants will also learn: Outdoor skills, including how to find water, make shelters and fire, basic tracking skills, and how to identify edible and medicinal plants. One session started June 26, and a new session starts July 31.
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Date: 7/5/2017
Title: County Commission Talks Open Land Bond in Gallatin County
Summary: The Gallatin County Commission and land trusts that work in the area are discussing options and possibilities on the potential of a new open land bond for county residents.
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Date: 6/30/2017
Title: New Signs for Steve Powell Park
Summary: Steve Powell Park in Hamilton - a tribute from Bitter Root Land Trust and the community to conservation leader Steve Powell - is one of Montana's great examples of community conservation. New signs were recently added to the park, and appropriately, the signs were a community project.
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Date: 6/29/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Secures Final Funding for Bitterroot River Wetlands Project
Summary: Good news for floaters and birders: Missoula city and county okays 50-acres of wetlands conservation along the Bitterroot River. Five Valleys Land Trust and the Western Montana Retriever Club champion the project.
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Date: 6/28/2017
Title: Governor Bullock and The Nature Conservancy Talk Forest Health at WGA Meeting
Summary: Montana Governor Steve Bullock, USFS Chief Tom Tidwell and Lynn Scarlett of The Nature Conservancy discussed forest heath issues at the Western Governor's Association meeting in Whitefish.
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Date: 6/26/2017
Title: TPL Helps Create Bozeman's Central Park
Summary: The Trust for Public Land, the City of Bozeman and others celebrated groundbreaking of Story Mill Community Park on June 24, hailed as "Bozeman's Central Park."
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Date: 6/23/2017
Title: Land is My...Video Contest Offers $10,000 Prize
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance “Land is My..." video contest is back for 2017 with a deadline of Sept. 30 to submit a video that could win a land trust $10,000. The Alliance's website has full details about the contest. Montana land trusts have a great canvas - the Montana landscape - to work on, and most MALT members communicate effectively through short videos. The video contest presents an opportunity for Montana land trusts to engage their community within a short video format and expand your organization's presence and outreach.
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Date: 6/21/2017
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Video Thanks John Mayer and The Laundress
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust has produced a short and sweet video thanking The Laundress and John Mayer for their support of the Out West products and Montana private land conservation.
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Date: 6/20/2017
Title: TPL Holding Story Mill Park Groundbreaking on June 24
Summary: The Trust for Public Land is holding a groundbreaking ceremony at Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman on Saturday, June 24, starting at 9:00 AM.
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Date: 6/19/2017
Title: Montana TNC Helps Pronghorn Fence Crossings
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana is one of the organizations working to make fence crossings easier for migratory antelope.
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Date: 6/15/2017
Title: GVLT Summer Trails Challenge Rolls Through June 23
Summary: The Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trails Challenge offers a fun and heathy way to raise funds for Bozeman trails and conservation. Local businesses will donate to GVLT every time a person hits the trails and logs in their miles. GVLT will receive $1 from the Community Match Pool, donated by local businesses, for every mile that is biked, hiked, or run on trails. 1 mile=$1. Presenting sponsors include REI and Community Food Co-op and many other businesses, who have created a community match pool of $45,000. That means if walkers, runners and bikers log 45,000 miles on the trails, GVLT will receive $45,000. Visit the GVLT website for details. The Challenge ends June 23.
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Date: 6/14/2017
Title: Senator Tester: Proposed Trump Budget Bad News for Outdoor Recreation
Summary: Montana Senator Jon Tester told the Montana media on June 13 the proposed budget cuts within the Trump budget for public lands and outdoor recreation would be "disastrous for Montana's economy."
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Date: 6/13/2017
Title: RMEF Volunteers Meet June 22- 25 in Boulder
Summary: A group of Montana volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will be meeting - and working, and having fun - June 22-25 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Boulder.
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Date: 6/12/2017
Title: FVLT Helps Expand Marshall Mountain Trails
Summary: Bike trails and wildflowers are a great Montana combination. Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula and Marshall Mountain team up to expand and improve area bike trails.
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Date: 6/9/2017
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Celebrates 20th Anniversary With June 10 Barn Dance
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary with an old fashioned kick up your heels barn dance on June 10. The Bitter Root Land Trust Barn Dance will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Volunteers will serve a wood-fired pizza and a barbeque dinner followed by raffles highlighting Bitterroot Valley businesses and a performance by the 406 Band. All proceeds from ticket sales will support future Bitterroot Valley voluntary conservation of wildlife habitat and open farmland.
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Date: 6/8/2017
Title: Sage Grouse Stewardship Funds Allocated to Conservation Projects
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) on June 2 awarded sage grouse program stewardship grant funds to two Montana Land Reliance habitat conservation projects, and voted to shift funding to a Montana TNC proposal. The actions increased total sage grouse stewardship funding since 2016 to over $3.7 million, which helps conserve over 56,000 acres of sage grouse habitat. MSGOT voted to approve $300,000 in funding to the Weaver Ranch near Big Sandy, part of an overall $3 million project that includes NRCS ALE program funding and other private funds. The project features 10-1 leverage for the MSGOT funding on land in general sage grouse habitat that was designated Grasslands of Special Significance by the NRCS and also contains a 1,500-acre restoration component. MSGOT also voted to shift $202,500 in previously-awarded state sage grouse stewardship funds designated for a TNC conifer encroachment project to a previously-approved conservation easement with the same landowner in the Beaverhead Valley area. The conifer encroachment project will be funded using NRCS EQIP dollars, so at the request of TNC the $202,500 was approved by MSGOT as added funding to the conservation easement. That increased the MSGOT commitment to the easement to $952,500. MSGOT also awarded $36,000 to fund a 288-acre conservation easement in southwest Montana that is largely surrounded by BLM lands. MSGOT's actions are consistent with the state's overall sage grouse management goals. MSGOT's actions also come at a time when the Department of Interior announced a national review of sage grouse policies and programs.
 
Date: 6/7/2017
Title: Senators Tester and Daines Push for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project
Summary: Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are encouraging funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project. The Kalispell Daily Interlake reports: In a letter to Jim Kurth, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both the Republican and Democrat, respectively, cite the importance of the project. “This investment will further help conserve the outdoor way of life in the Whitefish area, protect critical investments in water quality for the city of Whitefish, secure working forests, and protect habitat important to many of Montana's iconic wildlife species,“ they wrote in a May 22 letter. The project is ranked among the highest priorities for the U.S. Forest Legacy Program for fiscal year 2017, with $7 million slated for the proposed conservation easement.
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Date: 6/6/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Working to Conserve Clark Fork River Corridor
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula is working with the Missoula City Council to conserve close to 50 acres along the Clark Fork River. More than 15 species of birds can be found nesting on the land as well as two rare native plants: toothcup and Columbia water-meal.
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Date: 6/5/2017
Title: On the Shoulders of Giants Will Be Shown in Bigfork on June 15
Summary: Back by popular demand...the MALT film On The Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation will be shown on June 15, 6:00 PM, at Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork. A March screening of the film in the Flathead drew a large audience.
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Date: 6/4/2017
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Celebrates National Trails Day
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman helped organize about 200 volunteers to repair some vegetation and improve Gallatin County Regional Park.
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Date: 6/2/2017
Title: Montana Land Trusts Will Present at June 7 Landowner Workshop
Summary: Three members of the land trust community will participate in an NRCS-sponsored Conservation Easement Workshop for landowners in Kalispell, starting at 9:00 AM on June 7. Laura Katzman of Flathead Land Trust, Mark Shiltz of The Montana Land Reliance, and Glenn Marx of MALT will offer information during the workshop. NRCS and Montana FWP will also discuss their agency's conservation programs. MALT extends a sincere Thank You to the NRCS for their workshop program and efforts. The wprkshop takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell.
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Date: 6/1/2017
Title: MALT Attends Montana Ag Summit
Summary: Grant Kier of Five Valleys Land Trust (MALT Farm Bill Team Co-chair), MALT/NRCS ALE Program Coordinator Alan Davis, and MALT executive director Glenn Marx are attending the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls today. The Summit, hosted by Senator State Daines, features presentations from Sen. Daines, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts. MALT members are actively engaged in the NRCS ALE Program and are working on 2018 Farm Bill recommendations.
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Date: 5/31/2017
Title: June 3 Burnt Fork Spring Ride Benefits Local Open Land
Summary: Bike Walk Bitterroot is holding the Burnt Fork Spring Ride on June 3. Proceeds will help Bitter Root Land Trust and Bitterroot Valley open land.
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Date: 5/30/2017
Title: Out West Raises Over $19,300 (So Far) for Montana Land Trusts
Summary: The Laundress and John Mayer have contributed over $19,300 to Montana private land conservation through sales proceeds of Out West. Out West is a high-quality and eco-friendly laundry detergent and fabric spray produced by The Laundress that are used by and endorsed by John Mayer. The Laundress and John Mayer selected Montana land trusts to receive partial proceeds from sales of the products, and these ongoing funds will support Montana's best private land conservation projects.
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Date: 5/26/2017
Title: On the Shoulders of Giants Coming to Livingston on June 6
Summary: The MALT film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" will be shown on Tuesday, June 6, at the Buckhorn Theatre in Livingston. The free event gets underway at 6:00 PM.
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Date: 5/25/2017
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Partners With Ski Resort
Summary: Kaniksu Land Trust in Sandpoint, ID, is significantly expanding its conservation portfolio with involvement in a Forest Legacy Program project involving state and federal agencies, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort and the potential of a 5,800-acre conservation easement. KLT is a MALT member and while the land trust has ramped up its efforts on all levels, a 5,800-acre Forest Legacy project is a major undertaking.
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Date: 5/24/2017
Title: Welcome to Mount Dean Stone - Missoula's New Backyard
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and project partners continue to advance the Mount Dean Stone conservation and recreation project, the largest conservation project ever launched on Missoula's urban fringe. Read the Missoula Current article here.
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Date: 5/22/2017
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Helps Fund Trail Survey
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is working with local tourism and economic development groups on a comprehensive survey on the use and economic value of the community trails system.
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Date: 5/21/2017
Title: Friends of the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge Support Bitterroot Conservation
Summary: A specialized license plate sponsored by the Friends of the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge has helped raise $85,000 toward Bitterroot Valley conservation projects.
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Date: 5/19/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Announces Ag Conservation Projects
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust, two Montana families, local funding programs and a Farm Bill agricultural program have teamed up to help keep 700 acres in ag production.
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Date: 5/18/2017
Title: Land Trusts Are Helping Flathead Valley Agricultural Tradition
Summary: The Flathead Beacon looks back - and looks ahead - in an article titled Harvesting Success in a Changing Landscape. The article explores agricultural production in a rapidly developing valley, the aging of agricultural producers, and the efforts of Flathead Land Trust and others to conserve agricultural ground and support local family farming.
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Date: 5/17/2017
Title: RMEF Celebrating 33rd Anniversary
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is commemorating 33 years of carrying out its conservation mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.
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Date: 5/16/2017
Title: Over 850 Participate in PPLT's Don't Fence Me In Run
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust's Don't Fence Me In Trail Run attracted over 850 runners - including Montana Governor Steve Bullock - for the May 13 event. See PPLT's Facebook page for photos and this Helena IR link of winners and race times.
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Date: 5/15/2017
Title: Land Trust Leadership Council Enjoys Montana Experience
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council's conference in Montana included some fishing, hiking, bike riding, trail running and more.
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Date: 5/12/2017
Title: MALT and Land Trusts Register for Montana Ag Summit
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts will send two staff members - Executive Director Glenn Marx and ALE Program Coordinator Alan Davis - to the Montana Ag Summit 2017. Additional MALT member land trusts are also registering and attending the event. Agriculture is Montana's number one industry and the Farm Bill provides a key policy framework for farmers and ranchers and agricultural land management and conservation.
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Date: 5/11/2017
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Run Shows Off Helena's Trails
Summary: One of Montana's premier trail running events is May 13 in Helena. Registration is still open. Check out the Don't Fence Me In Trail Run.
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Date: 5/10/2017
Title: FY2017 LWCF Pegged at $400 Million Nationally
Summary: The Land and Water Conservation Fund, America's premier conservation and access program, received $400 million in FY2017 through the omnibus appropriations bill that Congress recently passed. The $400 million is a $50 million decrease from FY2016 and nowhere near the full funding level of $900 million, but it will provide roughly $17 million for BLM, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Forest Service and Forest Legacy Program projects in Montana. The LWCF Coalition is working hard on the FY2018 LWCF reauthorization and funding levels, and a Montana LWCF Coalition is also working to highlight the tremendous value the program brings to Montana. Thanks to Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines for their strong support of LWCF reauthorization and funding levels. Tester and Daines have both cosponsored LWCF reauthorization legislation and signed a Dear Colleague letter urging LWCF funding, and Tester has cosponsored a bill calling for permanent reauthorization and permanent funding for the LWCF.
 
Date: 5/8/2017
Title: Don't Fence Me In Trail Run Pre-Registration Closes May 10
Summary: The Don't Fence Me In Trail Run is set for May 13, but pre-registration closes 5:00 PM on May 10. Reduced registration prices and guarantee of tee-shirt sizes are only available for those who pre-register. There is no race-day registration for the 30K race. More event registration, race-day details and other info are available on PPLT's website.
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Date: 5/3/2017
Title: Montana TNC Helping Make Centennial Valley More Wildlife Friendly
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana is working to modify or remove fences in the Centennial Valley to help make the area more wildlife friendly.
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Date: 5/1/2017
Title: On the Shoulders of Giants Film Shown June 6 in Livingston
Summary: "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" will be shown on June 6, 6:00 PM, at the Buckhorn Theatre in Livingston. Filmmaker Eric Ian is among the presenters who will discuss the film and Montana private land conservation during the event.
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Date: 4/30/2017
Title: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Salutes Volunteers
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation honored its army of 11,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 21 - 29). “We cannot express how grateful we are for good men and women who do so much for elk and elk country,“ said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They work tirelessly on their own time to raise funds to further our shared conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.“ Volunteers host fundraising banquets, membership drives and other events in more than 500 chapters from coast-to-coast.
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Date: 4/28/2017
Title: Vital Ground Sheds Light on a Grizzly Cub's First Year
Summary: Vital Ground's website reprints a Tim Christie article about the incredible first year of a grizzly cub.
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Date: 4/27/2017
Title: Nominations Encouraged for Montana Neighbor Award
Summary: Do you know a landowner who is an outstanding neighbor? Someone who takes good care of the land for production and wildlife values, who enables neighborly recreational access, and is actively engaged in their community in working to solve problems? If so, the Montana Neighbor Awards wants to hear about it! They want to give such “good neighbors“ the recognition they deserve. Nominations will be accepted through May 21.
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Date: 4/26/2017
Title: Montana Conservation Easement Film Shown June 8 in Virginia City
Summary: The MALT conservation easement film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" will be shown as part of a 2017 Conservation Film Celebration on June 8 in Virginia City. Five short films will be presented at the Torch Theatre starting at 5:30 PM.
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Date: 4/24/2017
Title: Elk Foundation Missoula Banquet Set for April 29
Summary: Help ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Attend the Five Valleys Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula. Enjoy a tasty steak dinner with a wonderful dessert. Bid on fishing and hunting trips, furniture, art work, jewelry, firearms, optics, clothing and other items in the live and silent auctions. Socialize with friends and other like-minded individuals., all in the name of supporting the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Call Mark at 406-360-4414 for ticket information. Ticket purchase deadline is April 25 and tickets will not be sold at the door.
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Date: 4/23/2017
Title: Montana TNC Joins Earth Day March for Science
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana participated in the Earth Day March Science on April 22. Close 600 joined the event in Helena and many role participated in Bozeman.
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Date: 4/21/2017
Title: NRCS, Sage Grouse Initiative, Tout Conservation Easements
Summary: The Natural Resources Conservation Service and Sage Grouse Initiative "Ask an Expert" online feature explain the habitat benefits of conservation easements. Thanks to Lisa McCauley for her comments and support of the Montana land trust community.
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Date: 4/19/2017
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Active in Community Conservation
Summary: One of the important ways Prickly Pear Land Trust serves its community is through the Peaks to Creeks Project. This short video does an excellent job explaining the diverse and vast benefits of the Peaks to Creeks proposal.
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Date: 4/18/2017
Title: Flathead Land Trust Celebrates Earth Day
Summary: Flathead Land Trust will have a fun, informative booth at the family friendly Flathead Earth Day Celebration on April 22 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The celebration will be at a new location this year, on the lawn at Whitefish Middle School (at the intersection of Second Street and Spokane Avenue in downtown Whitefish - or inside the school in the event of rain).
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Date: 4/17/2017
Title: Montana TNC Focuses on Native Grassland Conservation
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana has long worked to conserve prairie grasslands and the species than depend on grasslands habitats. The Northern Montana Prairies encompass some of the largest and most significant native grasslands remaining in the United States.
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Date: 4/15/2017
Title: MALT Presents at Society of American Foresters Conference
Summary: Montana Association of Land Trusts executive director Glenn Marx was one of the presenters at the Montana Society of American Foresters Conference in Missoula on April 14. Marx discussed the partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Stoltze Land and Lumber on the Haskill Basin project and the value of partnerships between land trusts and the wood products industry.
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Date: 4/12/2017
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust and the Wonder of Walking
Summary: Kaniksu Land Trust has provided new website information about its ParkRx program highlighting the benefits of getting out and walking.
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Date: 4/11/2017
Title: GVLT Summer Trails Challenge Starts June 3
Summary: From Gallatin Valley Land Trust: The challenge is on. Local businesses have contributed to a Community Match Pool and now our community needs to hit the trails! Every mile that is walked, biked, or ran on trails and logged on our website is $1 to GVLT from the Community Match Pool. 1 mile=$1. It is that simple. Last year our community rose to the challenge, logging over 26,000 miles in just two weeks, exceeding our goal and securing the full $20,000 from the Community Match Pool. Businesses are upping their game and the challenge is bigger than ever. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's challenge goal!
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Date: 4/10/2017
Title: Montana Forest Landowner Conference Set for April 21
Summary: The Eighth Annual Montana Forest Landowners Conference will be held Friday, April 21, in Helena. The conference theme is forest stewardship and presenters will provide helpful and abundant forest health and forest management information.
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Date: 4/9/2017
Title: LWCF Helps Fund Haskill Basin Trail
Summary: The Whitefish Trail will be expanded into Haskill Basin, thanks in part to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and other project supporters. Whitefish Legacy Partners announced recently that funding has been obtained to connect the city of Whitefish to Whitefish Mountain Resort and that “The new route will allow users to visit overlooks and scenic boardwalks while exploring the pristine cedar groves of Haskill Basin. Trail construction will begin this spring.“ The LWCF contributed $150,000 to the project, and a total of $200,000 in matching funds was raised locally.
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Date: 4/7/2017
Title: On the Shoulders of Giants Coming to the Bitterroot Valley
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust is hosting a “Big Sky on the Big Screen“ film showing at the Victor Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 22, starting at 5:30 PM. Films include "The High Divide", a film produced by the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, a film about a Bitterroot Valley Winter Eagle Study, and the MALT film, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation.“ Following the free film showing a reception is set for Cowboy Troy's with partial proceeds going toward working open lands in the Bitterroot Valley.
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Date: 4/6/2017
Title: Ties to Land Workshop Set for April 22
Summary: The Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation is sponsoring a Ties to the Land Workshop - The Human Side of Succession Planning for Landowners - starting at 9:00 AM on April 22, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. Registration is underway and the Foundation's website has full workshop info and online registration. The Ties workshop offers an excellent opportunity for land trust staffers and landowners to learn and participate with forest landowners. Land trusts working with landowners on easement projects are encouraged to make landowners aware of the Ties workshop.
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Date: 4/5/2017
Title: Montana TNC and Cornwell Family Conserve a Sea of Grass
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana and the Cornwell family recently completed a conservation easement that brings the total acres conserved on the ranch to above 15,000 acres. The Cornwell Ranch is located on Montana's glaciated plains, north and west of Glasgow. The property is superb habitat for rare and declining grassland birds, including an internationally significant population of Greater Sage-grouse.
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Date: 4/4/2017
Title: Volunteers Help Create Shade at Prickly Pear Creek
Summary: A group of volunteers, the Lake Helena Watershed Group, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Lewis and Clark Conservation District continued work recently at the Upper Prickly Pear Creek Fishing Access Site. They worked in small groups to plant willow shoots to help create shade along the creek, to stabilize the banks and cool water temperatures. Prickly Pear Land Trust facilitated the acquisition of the property by FWP.
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Date: 4/3/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust and Volunteers Restoring Rock Creek Property
Summary: The Rock Creek restoration project aims for lush vegetation. Close to 25 volunteers showed up on April 2 to help plant around 300 shrubs and tree saplings in a circle around a pond. This was the first of four revegetation events this spring at the site.
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Date: 3/31/2017
Title: Alex Diekmann Peak Legislation Advances
Summary: Thanks to Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines for advancing legislation to name a Madison Range mountain peak after conservationist Alex Diekmann. Alex was a Trust for Public Land project leader in Bozeman, and his work accomplished great things for Montanans and Montana's landscape. The bill passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 30. “In Montana, we know the importance of protecting our environment and expanding made-in-Montana energy,“ Daines stated. “It's great to see forward progress on developing our abundance of natural resources and honoring Alex Diekmann, a true Montana conservationist.“ ------ “Moving Montana made energy projects forward will create good-paying jobs in our rural communities,“ Tester said. “These bipartisan bills will strengthen Montana's outdoor economy and heritage. After dedicating his life to protecting and expanding access to our public lands, I am thrilled to see progress towards renaming this peak after Alex Diekmann, a champion of Montana's public lands.“
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Date: 3/30/2017
Title: Land Trust Day in the Capitol: Great Experience
Summary: Close to 40 members of the land trust community participated in Land Trust Day in the Capitol on March 29, and the event provided a great experience for land trust leaders, staff, board members, volunteers and others. Nine land trust organizations participated in the event, which included a welcoming visit with Representative Denise Hayman of Bozeman, an enjoyable meeting with Gov. Bullock and Lt. Gov. Cooney, discussions with legislators and legislative leadership, and a land trust-sponsored lunch in the rotunda that served over 250 people. MALT extends a sincere Thank You to all who participated in the event, to Gov. Bullock and Lt. Gov, Cooney, to Rep. Hayman and a major shoutout to Claudia Davis and Prickly Pear Land Trust for organizing and serving lunch.
 
Date: 3/29/2017
Title: Trust for Public Land Working on NW Montana Forest Conservation
Summary: The Trust for Public Land, Weyerhaeuser Co., and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are looking at a cooperative project to conserve 13,400 acres of forestland in Upper Whitefish Lake area in NW Montana.
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Date: 3/24/2017
Title: Great News on Route of the Olympian Trail
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and project partners expand the Route of the Olympian Trail rails-to-trails project.
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Date: 3/23/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Spring Banquet and Auction Set for May 20
Summary: From the Five Valleys Land Trust website: Spring is just around the corner, and so is the annual Five Valleys Land Trust Banquet and Auction! This year, Five Valleys will be celebrating our 23rd Banquet and 45 incredible years protecting and preserving western Montana's natural legacy. You won't want to miss it! Our 2017 Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 20th, in the UC Ballroom on the University of Montana Campus. The evening will kick off at 5:30pm. Our Banquet includes an exciting live and silent auction, musical entertainment, a catered dinner, and the opportunity meet and mingle with others who care about this extraordinary place. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of ten. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 3rd. The last two years, our event has sold out. Please visit our website on or after April 3rd, or call our office at 406-549-0755, to reserve your spot! Please direct any questions about our event to Lena Viall, Development and Communications Coordinator, at lena@fvlt.org.
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Date: 3/22/2017
Title: Trust for Public Land Receives Montana Wetland Stewardship Award
Summary: Congratulations to Maddy Pope and The Trust for Public Land for their Montana Wetland Stewardship Award recognizing TPL's work at the Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman. They received the award from Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney during a March 20 Montana Capitol ceremony in the rotunda.
 
Date: 3/21/2017
Title: Happy National Agriculture Day, March 21
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts join in celebrating National Ag Day on March 21. Agriculture is the #1 industry in Montana and farmers and ranchers are essential to Montana's economy, landscape and way of life. Here's a Klassic photo series in tribute to Montana agriculture from photographer Todd Klassy.
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Date: 3/20/2017
Title: Land Trust Day in the Capitol Set for March 29
Summary: Land trust community participants in Land Trust Day in the Capitol on March 29 are going to have an opportunity to meet with Governor Bullock and members of his administration at 1:30 and also receive a Capitol welcome from Rep. Denise Hayman (D-Bozeman) at 10:00 AM. Thank you to Prickly Pear Land Trust for organizing and helping serve lunch in the Capitol rotunda during the event, and thanks to the land trusts staff and others who'll be participating in the event. Please let Glenn at montanamalt@q.com know if you'll be able to join us on March 29. Thanks much.
 
Date: 3/16/2017
Title: Don't Fence Me In Trail Run Registration Opens
Summary: One of Montana's best trail runs - the Don't Fence Me In Trail Run - is set for May 13 and registration is open now. Event sponsor Prickly Pear Land Trust has got 30k, 12k, 5k and a 5k dog walk registration underway and a complete race day schedule posted on its website.
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Date: 3/15/2017
Title: An Open Land Bond for Gallatin County?
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land and The Montana Land Reliance discuss the need for - and benefits from - a new Gallatin County open land bond.
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Date: 3/14/2017
Title: History, Habitat, Heritage Conserved in the Bitterroot
Summary: 467 acres of history, habitat and heritage are conserved in the Bitterroot Valley. Congrats to Bitter Root Land Trust, the Weber family, NRCS, and county open land program. Great work with a terrific result.
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Date: 3/13/2017
Title: Vital Ground Foundation: Connectivity Critical for Grizzly Bears
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation discusses the importance of grizzly bear habitat and connections between habitats in this Seeley Swan Pathfinder article. At The Vital Ground Foundation, connectivity shapes our organizational vision. A dozen years ago, when the foundation moved from Utah to Montana and became a working land trust focused on grizzly bear recovery, it was connectivity that drew us quickly to the Swan Valley.
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Date: 3/12/2017
Title: The Art of Cowboy Conservation
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana and the CM Russell Art Museum recently teamed up to explore the interesting connections between Montana private land conservation, art and ranching.
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Date: 3/10/2017
Title: Giants Coming to Whitefish
Summary: The MALT film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" will be screened at 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, at the O'Shaughnessy Center, located at 1 Central Avenue in Whitefish. The film is hosted by Flathead Land Trust and The Montana Land Reliance and salutes the value of private land conservation. Previous community showings in Missoula and Helena drew large audiences and enthusiastic responses. The film will be shown in Bozeman on March 21.
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Date: 3/9/2017
Title: Gallatin Valley Conservation Easement Gets Preliminary Okay
Summary: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a popular winter area for elk south of Bozeman got preliminary approval for permanent conservation on March 7. Gallatin County Commissioners unanimously approved using $270,000 from the county taxpayer-funded Open Space Bond fund to buy a 525-acre conservation easement held by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
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Date: 3/8/2017
Title: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Launches New Elk Network
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's new digital media platform, the Elk Network, is now live online and available for use. “Our goal for this new generation of media is to serve as an informational resource for as many people as possible regarding all things elk, elk country and elk hunting,“ said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We have worked hard to create a user-friendly platform that is highly visual and features regularly updated content.“ The Elk Network features a homepage where the latest content is posted at the top and the user can scroll, similar to familiar social media pages, to find additional content.
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Date: 3/7/2017
Title: Montana Land Reliance: Conservation and Agriculture Produces Stewardship
Summary: The Prairie Star ag publication takes a look at The Montana Land Reliance's contribution to Montana agriculture and the state's ag economy, to Montana farm and ranch families and to Montana's landscape in an article commemorating MLR's million acres of conserved land.
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Date: 3/6/2017
Title: FVLT and Partners Conserve Blackfoot Meadows Property
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and Sharon and Randy Teague - with some help from the LOR Foundation and the Missoula County Open Space Program - partner to conserve 90 acres in the Blackfoot Valley.
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Date: 3/5/2017
Title: The Importance of the Habitat Montana Program
Summary: Montana Outdoors Magazine March/April 2017 edition contains a feature article about the Habitat Montana Program that includes a quote from the Montana Association of Land Trusts.
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Date: 3/3/2017
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Excited About Pine Street Woods
Summary: Kaniksu Land Trust, based in Sandpoint, ID, is working with project partners to raise $1.1 million to purchase a key 160-acre parcel of land known now as Pine Street Woods. The property, located at the top of the Pine Street hill, is owned by the Weisz family and has been dubbed the “Pine Street Woods“ - an area of rolling hills blanketed with evergreens, with open meadows and beautiful vistas. The land trust envisions that the property will become a place where the public can come to recreate, unwind, explore, or attend myriad programs pertaining to ecological and community health and education.
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Date: 3/2/2017
Title: The Trust for Public Land Wins Wetlands Stewardship Award
Summary: Congratulations to The Trust for Public Land for its just-announced 2017 Montana Wetlands Stewardship Award. TPL led Story Mill Community Park wetland restoration in Bozeman. TPL will officially receive the award during a Montana State Capitol ceremony on March 20.
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Date: 3/1/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Website Highlights Conservation Projects
Summary: The Five Valleys Land Trust website features a "Projects" page that highlights the land trust's work throughout southwestern Montana, including new and active projects.
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Date: 2/28/2017
Title: Montana is a Leader in Conservation Easements
Summary: The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University is reporting that Montana is a leader in conservation easements among western states. According to the report, Montana has 2,521,265 acres of private land protected by conservation easements, which is consistent with MALT's annual conservation easement reports and ranks Montana first among western states. Thanks to Montana landowners for their stewardship and commitment to agriculture and open land.
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Date: 2/27/2017
Title: On the Shoulders of Giants Film Shown March 11 in Whitefish
Summary: The next showing of the film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" is set for Saturday, March 11, 5:30 PM, at the O'Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Flathead Land Trust and The Montana Land Reliance are teaming up for the presentation.
 
Date: 2/24/2017
Title: Elk Foundation Surpasses 7 Million Acres of Conservation
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation capped 2016, a year filled with several organizational conservation milestones, by surpassing seven million acres in lifetime land protection and habitat enhancement projects. “This is a tremendous accomplishment that strikes at the very heart of our conservation mission. It is a reflection of decades of hard work bolstered by the support of dedicated volunteers, members, partner organizations, sponsors and many, many other good folks,“ said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.
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Date: 2/23/2017
Title: Audience Fills Myrna Loy Center for Land Trust Film
Summary: The Helena premier of "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" filled the Myrna Loy Center last night. The Eric Ian and MALT film tells the compelling story of Montana private land conservation, and it received a rousing ovation from the audience. A Feb. 15 showing nearly sold out the Missoula Community Theater. The next community showing is set for March 21 in Bozeman.
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Date: 2/22/2017
Title: On Shoulders of Giants: Helena Premier Tonight
Summary: The film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" will be shown tonight at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena at 6:30 PM. The 20-minute film has received glowing reviews and tells the story of four decades of Montana private land conservation.
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Date: 2/21/2017
Title: Governor Bullock: Check Out the MALT Film Showing in Helena on Feb. 22
Summary: Montana Governor Steve Bullock took a few minutes to watch the MALT film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" and Tweeted this: Thx to @openlandmt for showing me your film on land trusts. Check out the community showing @myrnaloycenter on Feb. 22. The makes it's official Helena debut at 6:30 PM on Feb. 22 at the Myrna Loy Center. And it's a FREE showing. Check out the film trailer here.
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Date: 2/20/2017
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust: Cooperation Great for Communities
Summary: Penelope Pierce of Gallatin Valley Land Trust used GVLT's Bozeman Chronicle guest column to propose ideas to address local challenges. How, she asked, do we hold and protect a common value of place; our place, our home? Her answer: Collaboration, creative thinking, partnerships and dialogue, are how; working together to solve complicated and complex problems. The guest column, under the headline “Collaboration for community is worthy of us all“ offered examples of GVLT partnerships and projects.
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Date: 2/19/2017
Title: Flathead Land Trust Approaches West Valley Wetlands Fundraising Goal
Summary: Flathead Land Trust's quest to conserve 400 acres of key sandhill crane habitat in the Flathead Valley is nearly complete. FLT reports it has raised 96 percent of its $1.4 million goal. Learn more here.
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Date: 2/17/2017
Title: MLR's Rock Ringling Featured in Big Sky Journal Article
Summary: Rock Ringling's fishing skills, colorful background and passion for private land conservation are all captured brilliantly in a Big Sky Journal article.
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Date: 2/15/2017
Title: MALT Conservation Easement Film Premiers Tonight in Missoula
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is among the sponsors of Film Night in Missoula on Feb. 15. Beginning at 6:00 PM, three short films will be presented at the Missoula Community Theater at 200 North Adams, and the centerpiece of the films is On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation, MALT's film about 40 years of Montana conservation excellence. This event marks the first true public showing of the film.
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Date: 2/14/2017
Title: Nature's Canvas: An Evening with The Nature Conservancy and The C.M. Russell Museum
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana and the C.M Russell Museum are teaming up for a Feb. 23 free event in Great Falls. The evening features conversation about art and the natural world. Nature's Canvas: An Evening with The Nature Conservancy and The C.M. Russell Museum will begin at 7 p.m. with Assistant Curator, Emily Wilson discussing Charlie Russell's view on the land as it relates to the museum's Wildlife Art Initiative. Next, Montana State Director of The Nature Conservancy, Richard Jeo, will speak on “The Future of Montana in the Age of Humans: The Value of Beauty and the Wealth of Nature.“After the lecture guests can join a guided tour of The Russell Exhibition and Sale led by Senior Art Coordinator, Duane Braaten. For more information please contact the C.M. Russell Museum at (406) 727-8787.
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Date: 2/13/2017
Title: Trust for Public Land Working on Conservation Planning Pilot Program
Summary: The Trust for Public Land is considering a group of nine cities as finalists to participate in a new program designed to help six communities identify conservation projects to benefit the health and economy of the community. Columbia Falls, along the shore of the Flathead River, is one of the nine finalists, reported the Flathead Beacon.
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Date: 2/12/2017
Title: Remarkable Story Behind Bozeman Pass Conservation Easement
Summary: Fascinating story about Montana history, tradition, conservation and legacy. It all starts with a Civil War Colonel's arrival near Bozeman.
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Date: 2/10/2017
Title: Lewis and Clark County Ready to Approve Bond Sale for Open Land Program
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission is preparing to sell $4 million in bonds to continue funding the county's open land program.
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Date: 2/9/2017
Title: The Outdoors Produces Outstanding Montana Economic Boost
Summary: In 2016, 12.3 million visitors to Montana spent close to $3.5 billion in Montana. “The outdoors is our business,“ Norma Nickerson of the Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research told the crowd. “If it weren't for our mountains, lakes and streams - and access to those places - our way of life and the economy here would be different. Our economy wouldn't be the same and there would be less people spending money here.“
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Date: 2/8/2017
Title: Trust for Public Land Finalizes Trumbull Creek Conservation Easement
Summary: The Trust for Public Land and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have closed the 7,068-acre Trumbull Creek conservation easement in the Flathead Valley. The Flathead Beacon reported the land-use agreement for the property, owned by Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., permanently bars commercial and residential development, while allowing timber management and public recreational use to continue. Stoltze contributed to the cost of the easement by donating a portion of the land value. The majority of the $9.5 million came from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, Forest Legacy Program and Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund.
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Date: 2/6/2017
Title: Annual Poll Shows Strong Montana Support for Conservation
Summary: Results from the annual Colorado College “Conservation in the West Poll“ were recently released, and the annual results again show people in the west - and in Montana - support conservation. Among the interesting results within the 2017 version of the poll are that more westerners - including more Montanans - “identify as a conservationist“ compared to past years. Here in Montana, 71 percent in 2016 identified as a conservationist. In 2017, the number is 78 percent. That ranks Montana highest among the seven Rocky Mountain states included within the poll.
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Date: 2/5/2017
Title: TNC, MALT Host Special Legislative Film Showing
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana and the Montana Association of Land Trusts are sponsoring a special reception and film showing for Montana Legislators on Feb. 7. The reception, starting at 5:30 in TNC's Helena conference room at 32 S. Ewing, features a showing of On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation. The film chronicles 40 years of Montana private land conservation excellence.
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Date: 2/3/2017
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Plans Valentine's Walk
Summary: Kaniksu Land Trust is holding a special Walk With Your Valentine for a Healthy Heart event in Sandpoint on Saturday, Feb. 11. Contact KLT at 208-263-9471 for more information. The walk is part of the land trust's ParkRx program.
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Date: 2/1/2017
Title: Land Trusts Meet with Central Montana Landowners
Summary: Kendall Van Dyk from the Montana Land Reliance, Brian Martin from The Nature Conservancy in Montana, and Glenn Marx from the Montana Association of Land Trusts had the opportunity recently to visit informally with a group of landowners in Winnett to discuss private land conservation. The Jan. 30 meeting included a showing of the film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation," and a wide-ranging discussion about conservation easements, sage grouse management, and more. MALT extends a big Thank You to Bill Milton, Diane Ahlgren, and everyone who participated in the conversation.
 
Date: 1/31/2017
Title: PPLT's Mary Hollow Helps Lead Public Lands Rally
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust Executive Director Mary Hollow helped lead a Jan. 30 rally in Montana's Capitol in support of public lands. The event drew a crowd of over 1,000 people who filled the Capitol rotunda to rally around federal lands remaining in the hands of federal agencies.
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Date: 1/30/2017
Title: MALT Participating in NRCS and Pheasants Forever Landowner Workshops
Summary: The NRCS and Pheasants Forever are sponsoring a series of workshops designed to provide options to landowners who may have expiring CRP contracts. Alan Davis, who works for MALT and the NRCS as the ALE Program Coordinator, will be a presenter at the workshops.
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Date: 1/29/2017
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Receives Funding for Seeley Lake Area Conservation
Summary: From a Five Valleys Land Trust social media post: We are thrilled and thankful that the Missoula County Commissioners voted use Open Space Bond funds for our newest project in the Seeley Lake area! The project will protect 90 acres of irreplaceable agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and scenic views along Woodworth Road.
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Date: 1/27/2017
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Secures Bozeman Pass Open Space
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the Jerry Miller family, and the Jarvis family have finalized a 462-acre conservation easement on Bozeman Pass. The property is GVLT's 101st easement and is adjacent to the organization's first conservation easement, the Baker Property, and dozens of nearby conservation easements in the Bozeman Pass, Bridger Canyon area.
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Date: 1/26/2017
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust's Mary Hollow to Speak at Jan. 28 TEDx Event
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust Executive Director Mary Hollow is one of the speakers at the TEDx Helena event on Jan. 28. Mary will talk about community conservation. The event is set for 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Grandstreet Theater, 325 N. Park in Helena. TEDxHelena exists to celebrate local leadership and innovation by creating an experience that inspires attendees in their life and leadership.
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Date: 1/25/2017
Title: Vital Ground Foundation Explores Mongolian Bears on Feb. 16
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation is hosting “an evening of adventure, science, snacks and conservation“ on Feb. 16 with author and conservationist Douglas Chadwick presenting information from his book “Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond.“ The event takes place at 7:00 PM at Heritage Hall at Fort Missoula. For more information about the event contact Vital Ground at 406-549-8650.
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Date: 1/24/2017
Title: Land Trusts Comment on Sage Grouse Rule
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana, The Montana Land Reliance and the Montana Association of Land Trusts have worked together to comment on a proposed rule to the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team related to the creation of a Habitat Quantification Tool (HQT) and sage grouse mitigation. Click on the link for additional information about the proposed rule. MALT extends a thank you to Len Barson, Senior Policy Advisor, Western Sage Grouse Team for TNC, for leading the cooperative land trust comment process.
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Date: 1/23/2017
Title: MALT Film Showing to Montana Legislature on Feb. 7
Summary: The film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" will be shown at a Montana Legislative Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 PM, at The Nature Conservancy's conference room in Helena. The film celebrates 40 years of private land conservation achievement in Montana and features a variety of Montana personalities and images. Click the link to view a trailer for the film.
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Date: 1/22/2017
Title: Missoulian Editorial: Congress Should Prioritize LWCF
Summary: The Missoulian's Feb. 22 editorial contains a strong message to Congress: Fully fund the LWCF and make the program permanent.
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Date: 1/20/2017
Title: New Trailer Promotes Montana Conservation Easement Film
Summary: "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" is a 20-minute film highlighting the value of Montana land trusts and their work. A new trailer for film is out, and film screenings are getting scheduled throughout the state. Watch for film showing details.
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Date: 1/19/2017
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trail Mix Set for Feb. 9
Summary: The annual Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trail Mix is set for Feb. 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at the downtown Masonic Temple at 14 S. Tracy in Bozeman. The GVLT annual supporter social is a great way to meet other trail-loving folk. Attendees can renew their annual gift or give what they can, enjoy a beer, and help themselves to the Build-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar. Each year at Trail Mix GVLT honors an individual with the Trail Partner of the Year Award.
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Date: 1/18/2017
Title: Montana Senators Introduce Alex Diekmann Peak Legislation
Summary: Thank you to Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines for reintroducing a bill to name a peak after Alex Diekmann. Alex, based in Bozeman and a Trust for Public Land projects manager, died in 2016 after leading key Montana private land conservation projects. A broadly shared goal is to name a currently unnamed Madison Range peak in Alex's honor.
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Date: 1/17/2017
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Presenting Owls: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
Summary: Award winning photographer Paul Bannick will present a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and several dozen new images from his brand-new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. The presentation takes place Feb. 10, at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, at the Little Panida in Sandpoint, ID.
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Date: 1/16/2017
Title: Elk Foundation Affirms Its Pro-Public Lands Stance
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains its long-standing stance in adamantly opposing the sale or transfer of federal lands to states. “We have always been against the sale or transfer of our public lands but now we're seeing some western state legislatures mulling or taking action that could lead to that happening. We're also hearing some chatter on the federal level,“ said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This is dangerous for two reasons. First, it could result in the privatizing of these lands and the subsequent permanent loss of public access for hunters, anglers, hikers and others. Second, this discussion is a smoke screen of sorts that does nothing to address the real issue of the crucial need for active management of our forests.“ RMEF released a detailed position on the issue in 2016. In addition to stating an opposition to the wholesale disposal, sale or transfer of federal land holdings, it also highlighted the urgent need for active land management.
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Date: 1/15/2017
Title: Vital Ground Foundation Awards Partnership Grants
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation recently reported on its 2016 Partnership Grant Program, which included the granting of $60,000 to seven Vital Ground partner organizations “working to protect habitat or improve social tolerance of grizzlies through education, outreach and research.“ Grant recipients included Swan Valley Bear Resources, Wildlife Management Institute, the city of Troy, The Blackfoot Challenge, a video titled “The Grizzly Returns,“ The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Idaho Fish and Game.
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Date: 1/13/2017
Title: Have Fun on National Winter Trails Day
Summary: Enjoy National Winter Trails Day. Here's the perfect short video for Montana's version of the event. The video highlights the economic and recreational value of winter outdoor recreation in Montana, and was produced by the Montana Association of Land Trusts for Montana Open Land Month.
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Date: 1/12/2017
Title: Hearings Set on Proposed Sage Grouse Rules
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) has set three hearing dates in Montana for the public to offer comments on the use of a proposed habitat quantification tool to calculate sage grouse habitat related to the program's mitigation component. The Montana Association of Land Trusts has been active in Montana sage grouse conservation and is working with member land trusts on comments to the proposed rule. The deadline to comment is Jan. 23.
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Date: 1/11/2017
Title: ALE Application Workshop Set for Jan. 11
Summary: The NRCS and ALE Program Coordinator Alan Davis are conducting an ALE Program Application Workshop starting at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The workshop will offer information about all the forms required to submit a complete 2017 ALE application. Please contact Alan at alan@montanalandtrusts.org with questions.
 
Date: 1/9/2017
Title: Land Trust Alliance Holding Five January 2017 Webinars
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance is holding five webinars in January that cover a wide spectrum of land trust and natural resource issues and ideas. A full list of the upcoming webinars is available on the Alliance website.
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Date: 1/8/2017
Title: Montana Land Reliance Gets a New Look
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance, on the cusp of 40 years and one million acres of conservation, debuted a new logo last week. The debut included this message: As we ring in our millionth acre year, and celebrate nearly 40 years of successful land conservation in Montana, we are adopting a brand more reflective of our heritage, the work we do, and the place in which we work. Our communications with you may look a little different, but we're still committed to doing what we do best: protecting Montana's open landscapes. Check out the logo on MLR's website.
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Date: 1/6/2017
Title: Conservation Easement Is About Legacy, Family and Ranching
Summary: 150-year-old 3,000-acre ranch conserved. Great for local history, open land, agriculture and wildlife habitat. Gehring Ranch conservation easement is about "legacy, family and ranching." Prickly Pear Land Trust holds the easement, which received funds from Travelers for Open Land.
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Date: 1/2/2017
Title: Montana's 65th Legislature Begins Jan. 2
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts welcomes Montana's 65th Legislature and looks forward to working with legislators during the 2017 Montana Legislative Session. MALT will be active on many policy fronts, including private land conservation, property taxes, the state's sage grouse program and budget, ag policies and more.
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Date: 1/1/2017
Title: Lewis and Clark County Okays Additonal Open Land Program Bonds
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission has agreed to sell $4 million in bonds to finance county open land conservation projects. Voters approved a $10 million open land program in 2008, and $3 million in bond authority had initially been approved to start the program. Those finds have been allocated, and the approval of an additional $4 million in bonds will allow the program to move ahead with future open land conservation projects.
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