Montana Association of Land Trusts

Private Land Conservation

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

News and Reports

Date: 12/19/2008
Title: First Phase of 'Legacy' Project Complete
Summary: Nearly 130,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber Co. land changed hands Thursday, the first in what eventually will be the largest conservation land purchase in United States history.
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Date: 12/19/2008
Title: Room to Run - County Works Out Conservation Easement for 177 Acres
Summary: Bob Hayes recently struck a deal with Five Valleys Land Trust and Missoula County that will preserve his 177 acres at Evaro through a conservation easement.
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Date: 11/17/2008
Title: Striking a Balance Between Land Development and Protection in Montana
Summary: This paper provides Montanans with information they can use to help strike a balance between land development and protection of the land they love.
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Date: 9/24/2008
Title: Timber Industry Honors Elk Foundation Habitat Efforts
Summary: The Montana Woods Products Association honors Al Christopherson and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation with its President's Award at the organization's annual convention.
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Date: 9/23/2008
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Among Nation's First to Receive Accreditation Status
Summary: On Friday, September 19th, Five Valleys Land Trust was among the nation's first land trusts to receive national accreditation at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Date: 9/23/2008
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trust Earns Accreditation
Summary: The Gallatin Valley Land Trust has received accredited status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
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Date: 9/20/2008
Title: 39 Land Trusts Awarded Accreditation
Summary: Land Trust Accreditation Commission announces accreditation of 39 land trusts.
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Date: 9/3/2008
Title: Easements Allow Landowners to Retain Ownership
Summary: Recently, county commissioners in Flathead and Lewis and Clark counties followed the examples of several of their fellow western Montana counties and placed open-lands bond measures on their November ballots.
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Date: 7/30/2008
Title: Comment on the draft report relative to the Environmental Quality Council study on House Joint Resolution 57
Summary: Letter to Senator Wanzenried commenting on the draft report relative to the Environmental Quality Council study on House Joint Resolution 57, conservation easements on state lands.
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Date: 7/11/2008
Title: People Will Benefit From Plum Creek Deal, Too
Summary: The historic Montana timberland purchase announced last week is most certainly a great deal for Montana's land, water and wildlife, but what about the people?
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Date: 6/18/2008
Title: Conservancy Groups, Plum Creek on Brink of Historic Deal
Summary: Montana has a unique, once-in-a-lifetime chance to conserve large swaths of its important forest lands. This opportunity was made possible through the great work of Sen. Max Baucus, who helped secure lead funding for a land project that could convey around 300,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber Company timberland into conservation ownership. This is an opportunity for all of us who care about wildlife, our quality of life and preserving our economic timber base.
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Date: 5/3/2008
Title: Easement Protects 7,500 Acres in Blackfoot Valley
Summary: A 7,500-acre expanse of land in the Blackfoot Valley, holding working agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and tributaries crucial to spawning cutthroat and bull trout, has been protected for perpetuity with a conservation easement.
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Date: 4/21/2008
Title: One Big, Happy Gang: Easement to Benefit 1,000 Elk
Summary: By John Cramer of the Missoulian. Dean Dutton and John Ottman, who make their living from cattle and trees, respectively, didn't have to look far to see one of the reasons they recently put some of their land into conservation easements. Make that 1,000 reasons.
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Date: 3/6/2008
Title: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Receives First Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award
Summary: A new award honoring the tenacious, collaborative spirit of America's greatest conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, was presented this week by the conservation and hunting organization that Roosevelt himself founded 121 years ago. The Boone and Crockett Club has presented its first Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
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Date: 2/11/2008
Title: Conservation Easements Critical to Rational Growth
Summary: The Jan. 24 edition of the Flathead Beacon carried a column by Dave Skinner that seemed to suggest conservation easements were not "good news" for the Flathead Valley. The truth is conservation easements are very "good news" for the Flathead and its current and future residents and businesses. Conservation easements are good news for the Flathead quality of life and good news for the Flathead economy.
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Date: 2/5/2008
Title: Comments to the Montana Interim Fire Suppression Committee
Summary: The members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts very much welcome this opportunity to present comments primarily on the topics of private land forest health and private land conservation. These comments will also highlight the vast and - in large part - unrecognized work Montana's land trusts and landowners are doing in concert to actively manage working lands and forests to reduce fuels and the threat of catastrophic fire.
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