Montana Association of Land Trusts

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Glenn Marx
Executive Director
PO Box 892
Helena, MT 59624
406-490-1659
montanamalt@q.com

News and Reports

Date: 1/21/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Montana Land Reliance
Summary: 12 Montana Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: The Montana Land Reliance: One million acres. Cows not Condos. Madison Valley. Agriculture. Leadership. Sage grouse. Legacy. Ruby Habitat Foundation. President's Award. Trout Route. Open spaces. Nourish the spirit of future generations.
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Date: 1/20/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Kitchen table in Troy, MT. Hunting heritage. Habitat. Team Elk. Hunting is conservation. Elk Camp. Land protection. Public access. Falls Creek. Mineral Hill. 234,982 RMEF members. Tenderfoot Creek. Bugle.
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Date: 1/20/2019
Title: MALT Endorses Conservation Easement Integrity Act
Summary: The Jan. 18 headline of "Daines Bill Would Block Conservation Easement Abuse" was accurate, but would perhaps also benefit by a brief explanation. Senator Daines and the Land Trust Alliance have worked together to introduce the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019. This effort and this bill support traditional conservation easements with farm and ranch families, and the bill is introduced with strong support from the Montana land trust community. The MALT membership is appreciative of the efforts by Senator Daines and the Alliance on this issue.
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Date: 1/19/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Bitter Root Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts in 12 Days: Bitter Root Land Trust - Farm and ranch legacies. Sold out barn dances. Steve Powell Park. Agriculture. Burnt Fork. Bitterroot River. Open Lands. Art and conservation. Rural heritage. Future generations. Winter Eagle Study. Skalkaho Bend. Community.
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Date: 1/19/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Prickly Pear Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Days: Prickly Pear Land Trust - Connecting Land and People. Sevenmile. Don't Fence Me In. South Hills. Tenmile. Community Conservation. Harvest Moon. Trails. Gehring Ranch. Mount Ascension. Emmett. Peaks to Creeks.
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Date: 1/18/2019
Title: MALT Applauds Sen. Daines Introduction of Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts applauds and endorses the introduction of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019 by Montana Senator Steve Daines. The bill seeks to eliminate the ability of partnership investors to profit from the donation of a conservation easement on land held for a short time. Like legislation first introduced during the previous Congress, this bill's language makes clear that conservation easement donations, like other charitable donations, are not intended to be profit opportunities. Montana is a national leader in private land conservation, and land trusts have been working with Montana landowners to voluntarily create traditional conservation easements for over 40 years, conserving land and water and helping maintain the essence and character of Montana.
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Date: 1/17/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Vital Ground Foundation
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation - Protecting grizzly habitat. Preventing conflicts between bears and people. Ninemile linkage. Wild River Grizzly Project. Glen Willow. Alvord Lake Community Forest. The Right Places. Connecting Landscapes. Bart the Bear. Doug Seus. Grizzly Conservation.
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Date: 1/17/2019
Title: Two Land Trust Leaders Appointed to GO-MT Advisory Council
Summary: Two land trust community members have been appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to serve on the GetOutdoors Montana (GO-MT) Advisory Council, an advisory wing for the Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation. Jennifer Doherty, director of lands for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Kendall Van Dyk, managing director for The Montana Land Reliance, were appointed as part of the 12-member advisory council on Jan. 11. Congratulations to Kendall and Jennifer, and thank you for volunteering to serve on the council. A complete list of GO-MT advisory council appointments is available on the Governor's website
 
Date: 1/16/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Summary: Day 2 of 12 Land Trusts in 12 Phrases in 12 Days: Gallatin Valley Land Trust - Trails and Conservation. Outside is in. Take the long view. Main Street to the Mountains. Working Farms and Ranches. Peets Hill. Rocky Creek Farm. Local Food. Summer Trails Challenge. Bozeman Pass. NextGen. Open spaces for future generations.
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Date: 1/15/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Nature Conservancy in Montana
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts and others are beginning a brief series of social media posts highlighting 12 land trusts in 12 words or phrases over 12 days. The series starts today with The Nature Conservancy in Montana: Science. People and Nature. Freshwater. Matador Grassbank. Montana Forests. Iconic Wildlife. Local Partnerships. Innovation. Crown of the Continent. Northern Great Plains. High Divide Headwaters. More Montana.
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Date: 1/14/2019
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Working on New Hamilton City Park
Summary: KPAX television news recently checked in with the mayor of Hamilton, the Ravalli County Commission and Bitter Root Land Trust and produced a news segment on the proposed new city park in Hamilton, a 70-acre project that will be a gem for the Bitterroot Valley. The proposed park is firmly placed on Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf's 2019 “to-do“ list, and the news segment termed the new park a “major accomplishment for generations to come.“
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Date: 1/14/2019
Title: Flathead Land Trust Helps Conserve North Fork Forestland
Summary: Flathead Land Trust and landowner Molly Shepherd work to conserve 78 acres of North Fork of the Flathead forestland that is home to over 80 migratory bird species and other wildlife. The American Forest Foundation certified the property as a Family Forest in 2014.
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Date: 1/10/2019
Title: Montana Senators Push LWCF Reauthorization
Summary: Some good news yesterday from Congress on the LWCF. Despite ongoing controversies in DC the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a policy priority. It has been 100 days since the LWCF expired. The LWCF is incredibly important to Montana outdoor recreation, conservation, forest management, and economy.
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Date: 1/9/2019
Title: Peaks to Creaks Project Near Helena Receives County Open Space Funding
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission approved allocating $340,000 of county open space program funding on Jan. 8 to Prickly Pear Land Trust's Peaks to Creeks Initiative west of Helena near Fort Harrison. PPLT purchased two properties totaling 534 acres near the Fort in 2016. PPLT's project benefits the community by restoring riparian areas, wetlands and streamflows on Sevenmile Creek, and by essentially creating a new public park and trails system along Tenmile Creek.
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Date: 1/9/2019
Title: RMEF Seeks Funds for Falls Creek Access Project
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation made a request to the Lewis and Clark County Commission on Jan. 8 for county open space program funding to help complete the Falls Creek recreational access project near Augusta. RMEF's Mike Mueller presented the project to the commission, which entails purchasing 442 acres from the Barrett Ranch to open up access to more than 26,000 acres of additional public lands. The project was recommended for approval by the open space program's citizens advisory committee. The county commission voiced support for the proposal and opened up a public comment period on the project.
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Date: 1/8/2019
Title: Land Trust Alliance Upcoming Webinars
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance 2019 schedule for webinars is available on the Alliance's website, and the webinars start on Jan. 15 with two sessions; one on Advanced Risk Management and one on Conservation Easement Monitoring. The Alliance website provides the times and dates for the full 2019 webinar sessions, and information about payments, including a 2019 All-Access Pass.
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Date: 1/7/2019
Title: Flathead Land Trust 2018 Conservation Leadership Awards
Summary: Flathead Land Trust's annual FLT Conservation Leadership Awards were presented to Walt Bahr and Don Hauth at a year-end gathering in the Flathead. Bahr served as an early FLT board member and monitoring volunteer. Hauth is also a former FLT board member and monitoring volunteer, and has a conservation easement on his property.
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Date: 1/4/2019
Title: MTFWP Closes Easements That Produce Access and Conservation
Summary: Open space conserved, hunting opportunities expanded, ranch families and ag production maintained. Seems like a pretty good deal.
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Date: 1/3/2019
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust, MTFWP, Work on Access and Conservation
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks are partnering on a 1,200-acre ranch proposed conservation easement near Philipsburg that includes a recreational access component managed by MTFWP. A hearing on the proposed project is set for Jan. 8 in Drummond and the public can comment on the proposal until Jan. 18.
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Date: 1/2/2019
Title: Land Trusts Part of Flathead Lake North Shore Plan
Summary: Conservation projects by the Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust are part of the proposed North Shore Wildlife Management Area. The new plan identifies objectives for wildlife habitat, weed management, infrastructure, and public recreation throughout the 427-acre the North Shore Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell. The plan also lists proposed management actions that would help achieve those objectives. The WMA is traditional farmland that features a mix of cultivated grain fields, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wooded uplands along Flathead Lake. Owned and managed by FWP, the property abuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 1,887-acre North Shore Waterfowl Production Area, which includes conservation easements held on private land by Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust.
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