Montana Association of Land Trusts

Private Land Conservation

Glenn Marx
Executive Director
PO Box 892
Helena, MT 59624

News and Reports

Date: 12/24/2009
Title: Family Donates Homestead Land to Nature Conservancy
Summary: Mary Jane Lindner made 2009 a particularly merry Christmas for the Nature Conservancy when she donated the title to the prized property, located in the Ear Mountain area east of the Pine Butte Guest Ranch northwest of Choteau.
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Date: 12/24/2009
Title: Ravalli County Expands Open Lands With Deal
Summary: Ravalli County commissioners on Wednesday signed the largest open lands agreement to date.
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Date: 12/10/2009
Title: Frenchtown-area Rancher Donates $2 Million in Value Toward Conservation Easement
Summary: Joe Boyer never felt he had the right to sell his ranch west of Frenchtown. Generations before him had toiled there, and his father, buried on the land, had encouraged him to be a steward.
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Date: 12/10/2009
Title: Trail System Being Developed for County
Summary: Want to walk from Lake Como to Trapper Creek? Bike through the Corvallis town center? Jog along the Bitterroot River? Hike from downtown Victor into the heart of the mountains? Such activities could become reality under a county-wide trails plan, which is being developed for the Ravalli County Park Board by the Bitter Root Land Trust.
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Date: 12/1/2009
Title: Outdoor Life Magazine Salutes Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Summary: Back in 1984, Bob Munson was a struggling realtor in the tiny northwest Montana town of Troy. Charlie Decker ran a hardscrabble logging outfit. The two men didn't have much in common except an unquenchable passion for elk and a love of the wild mountains where they lived.
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Date: 11/29/2009
Title: BLM Deal Will Preserve Acreage
Summary: It has been a long time in the making, but the Bureau of Land Management is more than halfway toward its goal of acquiring a 560-acre parcel of land along the eastern front of the Beartooth Mountains, south of Red Lodge.
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Date: 11/28/2009
Title: 3-way Easement Makes Upper Miller Creek Ranch An Elk Haven
Summary: The elk of the moment probably won't notice all the paperwork fluttering around the Spooner Creek Ranch, but the point is, they won't have to.
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Date: 11/20/2009
Title: The New “Great Chief“
Summary: Long before Ken Siderius came out of retirement to pitch in as principal of Edgerton Elementary, he had made his mark on Kalispell and its schools - and the broader Flathead Valley - in countless ways.
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Date: 11/16/2009
Title: Funding for Land Conservation Makes Good Economic Sense
Summary: Congress should approve a full appropriation for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 11/11/2009
Title: Market Drop Creates Opportunity for Flathead Land Trust
Summary: The abrupt drop-off in land development throughout the Flathead Valley over the last year has caused its fair share of negative consequences, but it has resulted in some benefits as well - particularly for those focused on conservation. With little or no pressure from developers to buy up the agricultural lands along the Flathead River corridor, the Flathead Land Trust has found its mission to preserve those private parcels, mainly through voluntary conservation easements, made much easier of late.
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Date: 11/10/2009
Title: Baucus introduces bill to boost open space funding
Summary: A fund designed to conserve and expand open space across the country could get a huge boost by a bill introduced by Sen. Max Baucus.
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Date: 11/5/2009
Title: Open space tax incentives should become permanent
Summary: Every year, Montana landowners donate millions of dollars' worth of their family land to their fellow Montanans in the form of conservation easements - a tremendous gift that should never go unappreciated.
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Date: 11/1/2009
Title: Don't let easement program expire
Summary: There's an important piece of legislation set to expire at the end of this year that must not get left on the U.S. Congress back burner. Montana's and other states' delegations should elevate it to the top of their priority lists soon.
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Date: 10/28/2009
Title: Land trust groups urge tax incentive renewal
Summary: Once Congress wraps up the health care reform debate, representatives of two land trust groups said Wednesday they want the Senate and House to turn to extending federal conservation tax incentives by Dec. 31.
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Date: 10/27/2009
Title: Missoula City Council, county commissioners OK Upper Miller Creek open space easement
Summary: During the last few weeks of his mom's life, Dennis Anderson promised her he“d preserve the family land. On Monday, he and his family made good on that pledge.
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Date: 10/26/2009
Title: Why Landowners Support Conservation Easements
Summary: Response to an article from Fred Kelly Grant, published in the October 9, 2009 edition of Western Ag Reporter, by Glenn Marx, Montana Association of Land Trusts
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Date: 10/14/2009
Title: Jamie Williams Receives Alliance Award
Summary: Jamie Williams, a former Montana director for The Nature Conservancy, a national leader in community conservation, a key voice in the creation of the Montana Association of Land Trusts and an architect of the Montana Legacy Project, received the Land Trust Alliance's top award.
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Date: 9/20/2009
Title: Environmental Groups Log Former Plum Creek Lands for Sake of Preservation, Access
Summary: The bugle of elk and the howl of chain saws mingle along Fish Creek Road, where one of the nation's biggest private-public land deals is under way.
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Date: 9/11/2009
Title: The Character of Conservation
Summary: Conservation doesn't happen overnight. While the idea or impetus for it might be put in to motion with the flick of a pen - the scrawling of a signature on a legal document - the actual hands in the dirt, mud on the boots work of conservation takes years, decades even, to mold into something physical and real.
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Date: 9/8/2009
Title: Land Trust Continues Willow Creek Restoration
Summary: Seven years ago, with the help of the Bitter Root Land Trust, Jean James placed a conservation easement on her 111-acre spread east of Corvallis. On Wednesday, land trust volunteers will return, as they do every year or so, to that chunk of land with the goal of continuing James' legacy of preserving agricultural sustainability and wildlife.
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Date: 8/26/2009
Title: Lakers Hone in on North Shore Conservation
Summary: The fate of the north shore and a warming lake were two issues attendees were greeted with at the Flathead Lakers annual meeting at Flathead Lake Lodge last week.
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Date: 8/25/2009
Title: Steward Extraordinaire: Jim Cusker's Long Commitment to Missoula Farmland
Summary: Conservationist, farmer, teacher, public servant, historian: Five Valleys Land Trust President Jim Cusker wears a lot of hats. Future generations will thank him for it.
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Date: 6/23/2009
Title: Out to Pasture
Summary: Gallatin County Commissioners tacked on more than 1,000 acres of prime agricultural land Tuesday, ensuring two local farms continue growing food into perpetuity.
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Date: 6/16/2009
Title: Land Trusts and Forest Owners
Summary: If you are uncertain about what a land trust is and what a land trust does, trust me, you are not alone. Many people either misunderstand or have only vague notions about land trusts, conservation easements and private land conservation. The purpose of this article will be to clear up some of those misunderstandings and provide some basic information about land trusts in general along with an emphasis on conservation easements and forest management.
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Date: 6/16/2009
Title: Scientists Tracking Long-billed Curlews in Effort to Preserve Them
Summary: Long-billed curlews are being tracked from summer nesting grounds on the Montana prairie to winter homes on the coast, with researchers hoping the effort will produce insights in conserving the migrating grassland birds.
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Date: 5/21/2009
Title: Ravalli County's Open Lands Program Progressing
Summary: Five months after approving the first conservation easement under the county's Open Lands bond program, the county commission and the Open Lands Board have approved another major project..Another eight major projects are being considered and dozens more landowners have inquired about participating in the Open Lands Bond Program.
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Date: 5/4/2009
Title: Goodness Gracious Green Group
Summary: It was two years ago that Maddy Schmidt, then a freshman, sat in study hall at Helena High School with teacher Jill VanAlstyne discussing ways they could encourage their community to care about the earth. Today HHS's Green Group is doing much more than recycling a few soda pop cans.
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Date: 4/28/2009
Title: Elk Populations Soaring: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Celebrates Success on its 25th Anniversary
Summary: Wild elk populations in 23 states are higher now than 25 years ago when the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) was launched to help conserve habitat for elk and other wildlife.
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Date: 4/25/2009
Title: Land Trusts Provide Open Space for Everyone
Summary: A new collaborative effort by local land trust organizations is encouraging tourists to support the very assets they travel from afar to enjoy: Montana's open space. Travelers for Open Lands is a partnership between land trust groups, Travel Montana, and the hospitality industry to raise funds for the protection of open space, wildlife habitat, and recreation access. In these difficult economic times, this creative initiative could prove to be crucial for the preservation of these valuable natural resources that not only benefit tourists but residents as well.
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Date: 4/15/2009
Title: Travelers for Open Land Launches First State-Wide Collaborative Funding Program to Conserve Open Land
Summary: Travelers for Open Land is a unique partnership between the Montana Innkeepers Association and other lodging properties, the Montana Association of Land Trusts, the Montana Community Foundation, Travel Montana, and the traveling public.
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Date: 4/6/2009
Title: State Ownership Can Sustain Rural Lands
Summary: House Bill 674 - a new version of what started out as HB14 - would help keep part of Montana working for Montanans by placing the land under Department of Natural Resources and Conservation ownership and management.
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Date: 3/30/2009
Title: Bipartisan Duo Teams Up on Land-deal Bills
Summary: Completing part of a huge, conservation land deal in western Montana and helping Montana's timber industry are part of an emerging agreement at the Legislature, with bipartisan support to achieve both goals.
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Date: 3/9/2009
Title: Conservation groups saw 'one shot' for deal with Plum Creek
Summary: Last summer, when conservationists pitched a plan to buy 310,000 acres of Montana timberland for $500 million, the public offered some advice - “Don't get snookered.“ It was, after all, taxpayer money that would fund at least half of the deal.
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Date: 3/5/2009
Title: Elk Foundation: Hunt Wolves
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says gray wolf populations in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming should be managed through state-regulated hunting.
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Date: 2/26/2009
Title: Study: Wind Farms Could Harm Wildlife
Summary: A new study by a leading conservation organization warns that construction of wind farms could pose a high risk to wildlife habitat on 8 million acres of land in Montana.
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Date: 1/12/2009
Title: Voluntary Actions Can Help Control Fire Suppression Costs
Summary: Wildfire is a natural part of Montana's landscape, but there's a growing concern about the risks and costs of wildfires in Montana's wildland-urban interface. Expanded growth and increased development in the forest fringe means additional burdens to firefighters, as their budgets and personnel are stretched dangerously thin.
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