Montana Association of Land Trusts

Private Land Conservation

Glenn Marx
Executive Director
PO Box 892
Helena, MT 59624

News and Reports

Date: 1/23/2018
Title: RMEF Membership Soars Above 227,650 Members
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's membership grew for the ninth straight year to a new total of 227,650 members, a 50 percent increase since 2008.
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Date: 1/22/2018
Title: Time to Renew Commitment to Gallatin County Open Lands
Summary: Kris Kumlien, president of the Madison-Gallatin Chapter of Trout Unlimited, writes in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column that the Gallatin County open space programs have been valuable for local residents and the local economy. "The Gallatin County Open Lands Program has a proven track record of success, but funds for the program have all been expended. It's time to renew our commitment to this program and our future. Doing so will ensure we afford our children and grandchildren the same opportunities I enjoyed as a kid growing up in this special place."
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Date: 1/19/2018
Title: Forest Stewardship Workshop Coming Up April 9-11
Summary: Land trust field staff field staff (land trust stewardship and agency field staff) who work with private forest land owners are invited to register for a Forest Stewardship Workshop for Professionals, set for April 9-11 at the UM Lumbrecht Experimental Forest. The bulk of the seminar will focus on familiarizing attendees with the elements of stewardship plans and reviewing the skills needed to produce one. Ryan Lutey of The Vital Ground Foundation will be discussing how Vital Ground integrates forest stewardship/management in its easements, specifically emphasizing the function and utility of forest stewardship plans in the long-term process of monitoring and enforcing easements. See the brochure for more details. The three-day workshop is provided at a pretty amazing rate of $110 thanks to significant underwriting from The Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and MSU Extension.
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Date: 1/18/2018
Title: Montana TNC Serves on New Parks in Focus Commission
Summary: Governor Steve Bullock announced the formation of a new Parks in Focus Commission, a group tasked with strengthening and funding Montana's State Parks system. The effort will involve some members of the land trust community: Mark Aagenes, director of external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in Montana will serve on the commission, and Deb Love (former Trust for Public Land director) is an advisor and coordinator for the effort.
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Date: 1/17/2018
Title: Alex Diekmann Peak Legislation Passes House
Summary: The proposal to name an unnamed Madison Mountain Range peak after Alex Diekmann passed the House on Jan. 16 by a 400-3 vote. Next stop is the President's desk! See the link and watch Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte introduce the bill on the House floor. Alex lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 1, 2016.
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Date: 1/16/2018
Title: On the Shoulders of Giants Now Available Online
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts film "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation" is now broadly available for online viewing. The MALT film, produced in 2016, tells the story of Montana's private land conservation pioneers and leaders, and about the value and benefits that flow to Montana's economy, outdoor recreation, conservation, agriculture, and way of life from the work of Montana's land trusts and landowners. The Eric Ian film has been widely acclaimed after showings throughout Montana and across the country.
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Date: 1/15/2018
Title: RMEF Wildlife Leadership Awards Open Through March 1
Summary: The application window for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2018 Wildlife Leadership Award (WLA) scholarships is now open through March 1. The WLA scholarship program was established in 1991 to "recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals." The scholarships are awarded to undergraduate wildlife students, and carry a $3,000 scholarship and one-year membership to RMEF. All qualifications and application procedures are outlined on the RMEF website.
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Date: 1/14/2018
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Nears Fundraising Goal for Pine Street Woods
Summary: A Sandpoint Reader newspaper article reports on Kaniksu Land Trust's successful fundraising efforts to create the Pine Street Woods Community Forest. KLT has raised 75 percent of the project's $2.1 million goal.
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Date: 1/12/2018
Title: Montana Land Reliance Greater Yellowstone Ag Forum Set for Feb. 7
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Greater Yellowstone Agricultural Forum on Feb. 7, with doors opening at 9:00 AM, at The Gathering Place at the Lewis & Clark in Three Forks. Forum topics include invasive species, biocontrol of weeds, use of livestock to control weeds, and more. Additional speakers will provide information about their programs and services. For more information contact Kathryn Kelly of MLR at 579-5481 or
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Date: 1/11/2018
Title: Alex Diekmann Peak Legislation Passes House Committee
Summary: Another major step toward the creation of Alex Diekmann Peak: The House Natural Resources Committee passed the Alex Diekmann Designation Act of 2017 on Jan. 10, and the bill will be headed to the House floor for action. The bill, sponsored by Senator Steve Daines and strongly supported by Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte, has already passed the Senate. A Bozeman Chronicle article reports on passage of the bill and contains quotes of support from all three members of the Montana Congressional Delegation.
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Date: 1/10/2018
Title: Vital Ground and Partners Help Reduce Bear and People Conflicts
Summary: In addition to operating as a land trust in the northern Rocky Mountains, The Vital Ground Foundation also funds conservation partners that work to reduce conflicts between bears and people. Last year, Vital Ground's Conservation Partners Grant Program was extended to Mission, Madison and Big Hole valleys.
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Date: 1/9/2018
Title: FVLT, NRCS Partner-Up for Ag Conservation
Summary: Done deal: Five Valleys Land Trust, NRCS and its ALE program, and the Open Cross Ranch partner-up to conserve 5,000 acres of prime ranch ground in the Flint Creek Valley.
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Date: 1/8/2018
Title: The Nature Conservancy in Montana Working on Dillon-Area Ranch Conservation
Summary: Dillon ranch family, The Nature Conservancy in Montana, and the NRCS team up for agriculture conservation and ranch operation stability.
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Date: 1/5/2018
Title: Land Trust Alliance Sets 2018 Webinar Schedule
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance has scheduled a broad array of webinars to start the new year, with 30 webinars scheduled starting on Jan. 11. The complete 2018 Alliance webinar schedule is available online on the Alliance's website and a downloadable PDF is also available. The six-month webinar schedule (January through June) examines a multitude of private land conservation issues and topics, including risk management, appraisals, farmland conservation, organizational succession planning, conservation messaging, mergers, rebranding, and more. In addition, a series of complimentary webinars is also available on topics such as federal funding appraisals, Farm Bill funding, congressional advocacy, and federal funding for landscape conservation. MALT's newsletters will provide periodic information on Alliance webinars but full and complete information and contact information is available on the Alliance's website.
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Date: 1/3/2018
Title: TPL, Stimson Lumber Team Up to Strengthen Access and Forest Management
Summary: The Trust for Public Land and Stimson Lumber strengthen recreational access and improve public land management with Lolo National Forest acquisition.
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Date: 1/2/2018
Title: The Nature Conservancy in Montana's 2017 Conservation Highlights
Summary: The Nature Conservancy in Montana has posted its top five conservation highlights in 2017, which range from grasslands and river conservation to forest and wildlife projects.
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