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
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News and Reports

Date: 12/26/2010
Title: Enhanced Conservation Tax Incentives Extended
Summary: The Enhanced Conservation Tax Incentives were renewed for 2010 and 2011. Here's some information from the Land Trust Alliance.
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Date: 12/22/2010
Title: Trailhead Improvements Benefit Community
Summary: Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust explains in a Bozeman Chronicle guest column how improvements at the Sourdough Canyon Trailhead provide multiple benefits to the community.
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Date: 12/20/2010
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Working on Trail System
Summary: The Bitter Root Land Trust is working with Ravalli County on a community trail system.
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Date: 12/20/2010
Title: Congress Passes Enhanced Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary: Congress has extended the enhanced conservation tax incentives for 2010 and 2011.
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Date: 12/20/2010
Title: Two Conservation Easements Okayed in Ravalli County
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust is moving ahead with two landowners on conservation easement projects in Ravalli County. The projects are in part funded using the Ravalli County Open Land Bond Program.
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Date: 12/13/2010
Title: Priceless Conservation Easement in the Flathead
Summary: The Kalispell Daily Inter Lake article highlights a conservation easement in the Flathead Valley. The Louden family worked with Flathead Land Trust to protect 1,000 acres of open land.
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Date: 12/11/2010
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Helps Trail Access
Summary: Missoulian article details a Five Valleys Land Trust project to help expand the Kim Williams Trail in Missoula.
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Date: 12/2/2010
Title: Bud Moore - A Montana Legend
Summary: Bud Moore passes away at the age of 93. Bud lived an amazing life and he'll be missed by all who knew him.
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Date: 12/2/2010
Title: Montana Legacy Project Completed
Summary: Missoulian article reports that the third and final phase of Plum Creek lands transferred to TNC as part of the Montana Legacy Project has been completed.
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Date: 11/28/2010
Title: Great Stewards of the Land
Summary: Story in the Ravalli Republic details the benefits of a conservation easement west of Hamilton in SW Montana. The project will receive funding support from the Ravalli County Open Lands Program and the easement will be held by Bitter Root Land Trust.
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Date: 11/22/2010
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Weighs In on Timber Sale
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust is quoted in a Bozeman Chronicle article discussing a proposed timber sale near a popular hiking trail.
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Date: 11/22/2010
Title: Land Trust Priorities During Lame Duck Session
Summary: Rob Chaney article in the Missoulian does a good job examining land trust priorities during the 2010 lame duck session of Congress.
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Date: 11/22/2010
Title: Lewis & Clark County Open Lands Program Advances
Summary: The Helena Independent Record reports that the first bonds were authorized and first conservation project identified for the Lewis & Clark County Open Lands Bond Program.
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Date: 11/10/2010
Title: Chronicle Guest Column Salutes Land Conservation
Summary: Kelly Pohl, program director at Gallatin Valley Land Trust, writes a thoughtful column about the value of land conservation to the Gallatin Valley.
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Date: 11/8/2010
Title: Great Wildlife Slide Show on MLR Website
Summary: See some great Montana wildlife photos by Randy Smith of the Montana Land Reliance on the MLR website.
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Date: 10/18/2010
Title: TPL - GVLT Help Provide Recreational Access
Summary: The Trust for Public Land and Gallatin Valley Land Trust are cooperators on a project that helped bring access to a popular hiking and climbing area near Bozeman Pass. The article is from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
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Date: 10/8/2010
Title: GVLT Helps With Natural Playground
Summary: The Bozeman Chronicle reports that Gallatin Valley Land Trust is helping to fund the Bozeman park system's first natural playground.
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Date: 10/5/2010
Title: Missoula City Council Okays Conservation Easement
Summary: The Missoulian reports that the Missoula City Council approved a 1,036-acre conservation easement that is also supported by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The Deschamps family donated a portion of the easement and were thanked by members of the city council.
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Date: 10/4/2010
Title: New Executive Director at Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Summary: Penelope Pierce is the new executive director at Gallatin Valley Land Trust. The Bozeman Chronicle article highlights Penelope's experience and qualifications.
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Date: 9/23/2010
Title: Montana Legacy Project Featured
Summary: Three NewWest articles - one on the Blackfoot, one on the Swan and one on Fish Creek - discuss impacts of the Montana Legacy Project on local communities, landowners and the landscape.
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Date: 9/23/2010
Title: Prickly Pear's Harvest Moon Banquet set for Sept. 25
Summary: A large crowd is expected for the Prickly Pear Land Trust Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction in Helena on Sept. 25.
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Date: 9/8/2010
Title: Flatland Land Trust Turns 25
Summary: Nice article in the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake salutes the work and accomplishments of Flathead Land Trust on FLT's 25th anniversary.
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Date: 9/2/2010
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust - Peterson Ranch Project
Summary: Congratulations to Sue and Randy Peterson and Five Valleys Land Trust for finalizing the conservation easement on the Peterson ranch near Drummond. The property has conservation, agricultural and historic importance, and the access trail is a very nice touch.
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Date: 9/1/2010
Title: Land Exchange Would Benefit Wildlife Habitat
Summary: Missoula article reports on proposed land exchange in the Rye Creek area. The proposal is supported by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and would address problem of checkerboard land ownership plus improve wildlife habitat.
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Date: 8/25/2010
Title: Missoula Family Helps Protect Evaro Hill
Summary: Missoulian article explains how the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Missoula County and the Deschamps family are working to protect 1,036 acres near Evaro Hill.
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Date: 8/20/2010
Title: Bitter Root toast to the land
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust and a local farm partner-up to showcase local foods and land conservation. The Ravalli Republic article reports that the participants took "their seats in anticipation of a meal that would be equal parts celebration and conservation of the glorious landscape."
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Date: 8/16/2010
Title: Elk Foundation Partner in Weed Control Effort
Summary: Montana Standard article about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Forest Service project to control weeds on elk winter range near Anaconda.
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Date: 8/12/2010
Title: Blackfoot Rally for LWCF
Summary: Blackfoot River event raises awareness for value of Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 8/11/2010
Title: Column Promotes Travelers for Open Land
Summary: The Missoulian printed a guest column from the Montana Association of Land Trusts promoting the Travelers for Open Land program.
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Date: 8/2/2010
Title: Land Trust Volunteers Help Restore Stream
Summary: Volunteers from Five Valleys Land Trust help restore a streambank in the Blackfoot Valley. The article in the Missoulian illustrates a true sense of volunteerism, conservation and community.
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Date: 7/29/2010
Title: Comments sought on conservation easements
Summary: The US Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a plan to expand land conservation efforts in the Blackfoot Valley and along the Rocky Mountain Front. The Great Falls Tribune reports the Front and Blackfoot are two key areas for Montana land conservation.
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Date: 7/29/2010
Title: LWCF has touched everyone at one point
Summary: Flathead Beacon article discusses the effort to obtain full funding for LWCF and sketches a history of benefits the program has provided Montana.
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Date: 7/27/2010
Title: LWCF is a promise to the American people
Summary: Community residents show support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Helena IR article illustrates the strong level of public support for LWCF.
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Date: 7/26/2010
Title: Biking for Conservation in the Bitterroot Valley
Summary: Bitterroot Valley bicyclists helped raise $10,000 for the Bitter Root Land Trust through the 2010 Tour of the Bitterroot. An article in the Ravalli Republic reports the event was a "smash success."
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Date: 7/26/2010
Title: Land and Water Conservation Fund Benefits All
Summary: Column in the Bozeman Chronicle outlines why full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is important to Montana and Montanans.
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Date: 7/21/2010
Title: Trophy elk instead of trophy homes
Summary: Great Falls Tribune article reports on the successful first phase of protection of the Tenderfoot Creek area, a project supported by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, local residents, county commissioners and more.
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Date: 7/19/2010
Title: Fish Creek - A Public Jewel
Summary: Missoulian article does a nice job detailing the conservation values and benefits of protecting the Fish Creek area.
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Date: 7/19/2010
Title: Fish, parks, wildlife, oh my!
Summary: Guest column in the Missoulian promotes full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 7/19/2010
Title: LWCF Deserves Full Senate Support
Summary: Guest editorial in the Billings Gazette illustrates the importance of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 7/19/2010
Title: Spotted Dog Proposal Spurs Reaction
Summary: Montana Standard article reports on public meeting to discuss state FWP acquisition of Spotted Dog Ranch.
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Date: 7/15/2010
Title: 300 Acres of Missoula North Hills Protected
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and Allied Waste Services partnered-up on a project to protect 300 acres of Missoula's North Hills, on land north of I-90. The Missoulian article quotes FVLT as saying the property "has ecological value, it has historical value; and the main thing is that it's an absolutely gorgeous piece of property."
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Date: 7/13/2010
Title: RMEF Works to Improve Elk Habitat
Summary: Good article in the Missoulian outlines a cooperative project involving the Forest Service and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on a Sula area wildlife habitat improvement project.
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Date: 7/12/2010
Title: Value of Land and Water Conservation Fund
Summary: A guest editorial by Wayne Brewster published in the Helena Independent Record underscores the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 7/8/2010
Title: Great Elk Tour
Summary: The Great Elk Tour is coming to the Flathead Valley on July 10-11. The Flathead Beacon article details the fun and educational two-day event.
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Date: 7/6/2010
Title: Continental shift in thinking
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is part of the Montana High Divide Trails group and helping to maintain and enhance trails. A July 4 Helena Independent Record article quotes PPLT Executive Director Andy Baur comments about the land trust's "pledge of cooperation" on the trails program.
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Date: 6/21/2010
Title: Farmland Critical to our Nation's Health and Prosperity
Summary: American Farmland Trust guest column in the Helena Independent Record discusses the importance of U.S. farm and ranch lands.
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Date: 6/21/2010
Title: New World Land Purchase a Great Move for Everyone
Summary: A Bozeman Chronicle editorial outlines its support of efforts to fully "retire" the proposed New World Mine near Yellowstone National Park.
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Date: 6/20/2010
Title: Longest Day of Trails for GVLT
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Longest Day of Trails event is "a great way to showcase trails," reports the Bozeman Chronicle. GVLT is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is looking to expand its membership to 2,000 by the end of the year.
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Date: 6/19/2010
Title: Gallatin County Open Land Program Funds Project
Summary: KBZK Television in Bozeman reports that the Gallatin County Open Land program has helped conserve the 210-acre Braaksma family farm.
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Date: 6/18/2010
Title: Conservation Project Conserves Ag Land and Grasslands
Summary: Billings Gazette article outlines efforts by the Cornwell family and The Nature Conservancy to protect 9,500 acres of important ag land and wildlife habitat in northeastern Montana.
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Date: 6/16/2010
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Helps Trails Projects
Summary: An article in the Helena Independent Record outlines efforts to improve the Continental Divide Trail in the Helena area. Prickly Pear Land Trust is part of the trail alliance helping with the work.
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Date: 6/16/2010
Title: Trust for Public Land Helps Retire Mine
Summary: Bozeman Chronicle article details the final phase of a project to "retire" the New World Mine near Yellowstone National Park.
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Date: 6/10/2010
Title: Elk Foundation Pitches In to Help Bull Trout
Summary: Missoulian article reports on efforts to help bull trout that include private land conservation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
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Date: 6/7/2010
Title: Landscapes worth preserving
Summary: Scott Hibbard's guest column in the Helena Independent Record does a thoughtful job of explaining the importance of open landscapes and ranch families.
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Date: 5/26/2010
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Helps Protect Popular Trail
Summary: Great article in the Bozeman Chronicle outlines the successful private and public effort to enhance and protect the Drinking Horse Mountain Trail in the Bozeman area.
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Date: 5/26/2010
Title: Rocky Mountain Front - Land and Water Conservation Fund
Summary: Dusty Crary, a rancher near Choteau, writes in a Missoulian guest column that full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund would benefit working lands and the local economy along the Rocky Mountain Front.
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Date: 5/16/2010
Title: Travelers for Open Land Promoted in MCF Newsletter
Summary: Terrific cover story on Travelers for Open Land in the Montana Community Foundation May 2010 newsletter. Thanks, MCF!
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Date: 5/10/2010
Title: Conservation Easement Approved in Ravalli County
Summary: Unanimous county commission approval of a conservation easement through the county open lands program is a "magnificent step" toward open land and wildlife habitat protection.
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Date: 5/10/2010
Title: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wants Wolf Delisting
Summary: The RMEF articulates wolf impacts on elk populations in Missoulian article.
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Date: 5/10/2010
Title: Triumphant Trumpeter
Summary: Nice Montana Standard article highlights the efforts of Blackfoot Valley folks to restore the trumpeter swan to the area.
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Date: 5/10/2010
Title: USFWS Sets Meetings on Conservation Easements
Summary: The Helena Independent Record reports that meetings are set up by the USFWS on May 17 (Choteau), May 18 (Condon) and May 19 (Ovando) to discuss conservation easements.
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Date: 4/28/2010
Title: REI Donates $10,000 to Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Summary: REI, the retail outdoor gear and clothing co-op that will open its new Bozeman location in May, announced Tuesday that it will give the Gallatin Valley Land Trust $10,000, to be used toward sprucing up the Sourdough Canyon Trailhead. (From Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
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Date: 4/23/2010
Title: Ravalli County Land Board Approves Project
Summary: A "spectacular opportunity" to protect valuable wildlife habitat has been approved by the Ravalli County Open Lands Committee.
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Date: 4/15/2010
Title: Wendy Ninteman: Volleyball and Conservation
Summary: A terrific Missoulian article details the accomplishments of Wendy Ninteman as a UM volleyball star through her leadership within the Montana conservation community to her efforts with the Land Trust Alliance.
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Date: 4/9/2010
Title: Open space deal a good one
Summary: Nice editorial in the Missoulian about efforts to protect open lands on Mount Jumbo and in the North Hills in and around Missoula.
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Date: 4/7/2010
Title: The Front good for economy
Summary: A guest column in the Missoulian by Tony Porcarelli does a good job articulating the many values associated with land conservation along the Rocky Mountain Front.
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Date: 3/31/2010
Title: New Conservation Easements in Lincoln County
Summary: By The Western News. Two local families finalized conservation easements on their properties recently to control future development and prevent subdivision.
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Date: 3/5/2010
Title: Protecting the Land
Summary: Two weeks ago the Ravalli County Commission agreed to sign a conservation easement to protect in perpetuity the 428-acre Lost Horse Creek Ranch. The agreement, which will cost taxpayers $409,000, saves open lands, long-distance views and tons of wildlife habitat and uninterrupted corridors.
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Date: 2/19/2010
Title: MALT Cosponsors March 26 Forest Landowner Workshop
Summary: The three-hour Forest Owner's Introduction to Conservation Easements Workshop is intended to provide an overview of conservation easements in Montana, add more detailed information about the conservation easement process, and allow plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.
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Date: 2/5/2010
Title: Open Lands Conservation Easements Common Throughout Ravalli County
Summary: The county's nascent open lands conservation easement program now has four properties to its credit, but it's by no means a new idea.
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Date: 1/27/2010
Title: 133 Acres Added to City Open Space
Summary: The City Commission on Monday night approved two land acquisitions that will better connect Helena's prestigious trail system and further protect the scenic natural landscape surrounding the Capital City.
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Date: 1/23/2010
Title: Recession puts damper on open lands preservation
Summary: Despite the popularity of the open lands program, its appeal may have soured somewhat in the recession. Some farmers and ranchers are taking a second look at signing permanent, restrictive agreements in an uncertain market.
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Date: 1/21/2010
Title: New Program Announces Grants to Protect Open Lands
Summary: Directors of a new program created in 2009 awarded four Montana land trusts a total of $10,000 on Jan. 13 to help protect open lands, improve wildlife habitat, provide recreational access and protect riparian areas in places like Valley County, on the Flathead River, along Rock Creek east of Missoula and on ranchland near the lower slopes of the Bridger Mountains.
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Date: 1/17/2010
Title: Bill Would Boost Conservation Efforts
Summary: There is a little-known bill before the U.S. Senate that, if not passed, could jeopardize land and water conservation in Montana's future.
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Date: 1/15/2010
Title: Good deed on Good Creek: Couple Donates Conservation Easement to Land Trust
Summary: An Olney area couple have signed off on a conservation easement covering 301 acres along Good Creek.
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