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: 12/30/2011
Title: Ward Ranch Easement Protects Wildlife Habitat
Summary: Missoulian article captures the benefits of the Ward Ranch conservation easement near Missoula. Lots of wildlife habitat and a key wildlife corridor between the Mission Mountains and Rattlesnake Wilderness areas.
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Date: 12/29/2011
Title: TFOL Thanks Mike Scholz and the Knight Foundation
Summary: Thanks to Mike Scholz and Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky, and to the Knight Foundation in Big Sky, for your recent contributions to Travelers for Open Land. You helped TFOL have its best year ever in 2011! Mike contributed $5,000 to TFOL and the Knight Foundation made its second $1,000 contribution of the year. Thanks again.
 
Date: 12/28/2011
Title: Easement Protects Open Land and Hunting Access
Summary: Congratulations to Doug and Jeanne Hall and Five Valleys Land Trust for finalizing a conservation easement that protects hunting access and open land in the Blackfoot Valley. l
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Date: 12/22/2011
Title: Boyer Ranch Awash With Wild Critters
Summary: The Missoula County Open Lands program approved the Boyer conservation easement, which keeps land open for wildlife and agriculturally productive. Congratulations to Joe Boyer, Five Valleys Land Trust and Missoula County.
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Date: 12/18/2011
Title: Thanks to Wild Trout Outfitters of Big Sky
Summary: Thanks to J.D. Bingman and the folks at Wild Trout Outfitters in Big Sky for collecting and donating to Travelers for Open Land in 2011. We appreciate your efforts. Every little bit helps! Good luck in 2012!
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Date: 12/16/2011
Title: Land Trust Receives Trail Grant
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena has secured a grant to expand and improve the Mount Ascension trail system, which is great news for area hikers and the community.
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Date: 12/7/2011
Title: Montana is Conservation Leader
Summary: Missoulian guest column showcases the value of Montana private land conservation.
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Date: 12/5/2011
Title: Hiking Trails and Flute Player Dude
Summary: Fun letter to the editor in the Bozeman Chronicle about the Drinking Horse Trail, Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the "flute player dude."
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Date: 12/2/2011
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust and 2010 Land Trust Census
Summary: Nice guest column in the Helena Independent Record about the 2010 National Land Trust Census and the accomplishments of Prickly Pear Land Trust.
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Date: 12/1/2011
Title: Thanks to The Corner Store
Summary: Thanks to Tim Mulligan, owner of The Corner Store in Whitehall, and thanks to Corner Store contributors for your donations to Travelers for Open Land. Every little bit helps!
 
Date: 11/27/2011
Title: 2011 Montana Neighbor Award Winners
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts congratulates Mike and Lisa Bay of Wolf Creek, Jim Dinsmore of Hall and John and Irene Weaver of Ovando for receiving 2011 Montana Neighbor awards. The award is recognition for their excellent stewardship efforts.
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Date: 11/21/2011
Title: Land Trust Census Montana Fact Sheet
Summary: The 2011 Land Trust Census includes a two-page fact sheet about Montana private land conservation that shows the achievements of Montana land trusts, landowners and volunteers.
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Date: 11/20/2011
Title: Value of Wildlife Friendly Fences
Summary: A recent guest column in the Bozeman Chronicle by Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust highlights the value of wildlife friendly fences.
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Date: 11/17/2011
Title: Montana Fourth Nationally in Conserved Lands
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance's 2010 Land Trust Census shows Montana is fourth nationally in total acres conserved through conservation easements. Check out the Census report.
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Date: 11/14/2011
Title: TFOL Founder Mike Scholz Receives Award
Summary: Mike Scholz was recently named Lodging Person of the Year by the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association. Mike is owner of Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky and is also a founder of Travelers for Open Land. Mike has been on the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association Board of Directors since 1989 and is active in many Big Sky area organizations and state tourism promotion efforts. In announcing the award, the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association commended Mike's commitment to the tourism industry and lauded his efforts to develop the Travelers for Open Land program. Congratulations, Mike, on a richly deserved award.
 
Date: 11/13/2011
Title: El Western in Ennis Raises TFOL Funds
Summary: Big Thanks to El Western Cabins & Lodges in Ennis for your $664 contribution to Travelers for Open Land. El Western owner Kris Hauck is a hospitality industry leader and major supporter of Travelers for Open Land.
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Date: 11/10/2011
Title: MLR Helps Promote Travelers for Open Land
Summary: Thanks to the Montana Land Reliance for promoting Travelers for Open Land in the MLR Fall 2011 Newsletter. The newsletter focuses on stewardship and on page 14 of the newsletter MLR reports that Travelers for Open Land is getting "bigger and better."
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Date: 11/8/2011
Title: Popham Ranch will be there for generations to come
Summary: Very nice article in the Ravalli Republic about the Popham family and their historic ranch in the Bitterroot Valley.
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Date: 11/7/2011
Title: Plum Creek Foundation Supports Land Trusts
Summary: Thanks to the Plum Creek Foundation for its support of the Montana Land Reliance and the Montana Association of Land Trusts. Read more at the Travelers for Open Land website.
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Date: 11/3/2011
Title: Thanks to the Belton Chalet
Summary: Thanks to the great folks at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier for their contribution to Travelers for Open Land. The Belton Chalet collected $1,077 from their guests in 2011 to support Montana's open lands. Thanks very much!
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Date: 10/31/2011
Title: Thanks to Firehole Ranch
Summary: Big thanks to owner Lyndy Caine and the great staff at the Firehole Ranch for their efforts to collect $2,150 from guests for Travelers for Open Land. Thanks to the Firehole Ranch and many other participating properties, Travelers for Open Land will celebrate its best year ever in 2011. Thanks to everyone who made that possible!
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Date: 10/28/2011
Title: Great Conservation Easement Conference
Summary: Thanks to the supporters, funders, speakers, partners, presenters and attendees who made the Montana Association of Land Trusts Conservation Easement Conference in Missoula yesterday such a success. Great presentations and a great turnout for a great conference!
 
Date: 10/24/2011
Title: TFOL Welcomes Silver Forest Inn
Summary: Travelers for Open Land welcomes the Silver Forest Inn, located in the Bridger Canyon outside of Bozeman, to the list of business properties participating in Travelers for Open Land. Welcome!
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Date: 10/23/2011
Title: RMEF Reaches Six Million Acres of Protected Land
Summary: Congratulations to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for reaching six million acres of protected or enhanced lands.
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Date: 10/21/2011
Title: Ag is Important to the Flathead Valley
Summary: Flathead Beacon article about an agriculture forum sponsored by the Montana Land Reliance illustrates the importance of agriculture to the Flathead economy and quality of life.
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Date: 10/18/2011
Title: Popham Family Conservation Easement Approved
Summary: Congratulations to the Popham family, Bitter Root Land Trust, the Ravalli County Commission and everyone who helped maintain Ravalli County agriculture by making the Popham Ranch conservation easement a reality.
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Date: 10/13/2011
Title: Future Bright for Flathead Agriculture
Summary: Nice article in the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake about the Montana Land Reliance Agriculture Forum, held Oct. 11 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. The good news is that agriculture is and will continue to be a key part of the Flathead's economy.
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Date: 10/12/2011
Title: Conservation Easement Workshop is Well Attended
Summary: Thanks to the landowners who attended the workshop on conservation easements in Dillon yesterday. We had a good turnout and excellent presentations from the speakers. Thanks to the presenters and to JP Tanner for helping arrange the workshop. If people have any questions about the workshop please call Glenn Marx at 490-1659.
 
Date: 10/9/2011
Title: GVLT Helps Dedicate Climbing Boulder
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust helped dedicate the new climbing boulder in Bozeman. Read the Bozeman Chronicle article here.
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Date: 10/6/2011
Title: GVLT Helps Improve Trailhead
Summary: Thanks to Gallatin Valley Land Trust and others the Sourdough Canyon Trailhead is being expanded and improved.
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Date: 10/4/2011
Title: What are Conservation Easements?
Summary: Thanks to Montana Standard for publishing a guest column about an Oct. 11 landowners workshop in Dillon on conservation easements.
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Date: 10/3/2011
Title: Land Trust Volunteers to Improve Trails
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust was one of the groups that received a pat on the back for volunteering to improve the Wakina Sky Trail during National Public Lands Day.
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Date: 10/2/2011
Title: Legacy of Open Lands
Summary: The Oct. 2, 2011 Bozeman Chronicle op-ed salutes Chris Boyd and his legacy of open lands in the Gallatin area.
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Date: 9/28/2011
Title: Harvest Moon Provides Adventure
Summary: Nice article about the Prickly Pear Land Trust Harvest Moon event in the Helena IR. Looks like the Davis family is going to do some adventuring.
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Date: 9/26/2011
Title: CFPOC Hosts Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Summary: Check out the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Sandpoint on Oct. 7-8 by visiting the Clark Fork Pend-Oreille Conservancy website.
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Date: 9/20/2011
Title: Swimming Grizzly Bear
Summary: Amazing article in the Flathead Daily Inter Lake about a grizzly bear who swims around in Flathead Lake.
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Date: 9/19/2011
Title: Gotta Have Land to Grow Food
Summary: Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust writes an excellent column for the Bozeman Chronicle about the "most important ingredient" for local food: land.
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Date: 9/9/2011
Title: Ravalli County Commission Approves Open Lands Project
Summary: The Ravalli County Commission voted to approve a conservation easement using county open land bond funding. "There's a neighborhood trend here that is encouraging long-term conservation," said Gavin Ricklefs, executive director of the Bitter Root Land Trust.
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Date: 9/6/2011
Title: Land&People Magazine Highlights Legacy Project
Summary: The 2011 summer edition of Trust for Public Land's publication Land&People contains an in-depth article about the history and purpose of the Montana Legacy Project.
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Date: 9/2/2011
Title: MLR Sponsors Flathead Ag Conference
Summary: Excellent article in the Flathead Beacon about an upcoming agricultural conference sponsored by the Montana Land Reliance.
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Date: 8/29/2011
Title: Travelers for Open Land Now On TVMT
Summary: Great news..the Travelers for Open Land video has been added to TVMT programming. TVMT reaches 55 Montana communities on cable and is also carried by PBS stations in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Missoula and Great Falls. This is great exposure for the Travelers program. Thanks TVMT! Here's a link to TVMT http://leg.mt.gov/css/Services%20Division/tvmt.asp
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Date: 8/26/2011
Title: GLVT's Evening on the Land is Sold Out
Summary: Congratulations to Gallatin Valley Land Trust. GVLT's "Evening on the Land" celebration on August 27 is sold out. You can still bid on auction items online.
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Date: 8/25/2011
Title: TPL Leads Conservation Project in NW Montana
Summary: The Missoulian reports that the Trust for Public Land is working with Stimson Lumber and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks to protect 28,000 acres of important forestland and wildlife habitat.
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Date: 8/23/2011
Title: Landowner Workshop Set
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts and Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation, with help from the Beaverhead County Extension Office, is holding a conservation easement workshop for landowners. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the 4-H building on the fairgrounds.
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Date: 8/11/2011
Title: CFPOC Hires New Executive Director
Summary: Congratulations and welcome aboard to Eric Grace, the new executive director of the Clark Fork - Pend Oreille Conservancy. Eric is moving west from New York, where he was the executive director of the Genesee Valley Conservancy and helped shepherd GVC to accreditation. Best wishes to Eric and CFPOC.
 
Date: 8/10/2011
Title: Vital Ground Project Protects Key Habitat
Summary: The Missoulian reports on a key acquisition by The Vital Ground Foundation to protect grizzly beat habitat in NW Montana.
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Date: 8/8/2011
Title: Travelers for Open Land Guest Column
Summary: Guest column in the Helena Independent Record written by Mike Scholz comments on research that validates the value and purpose of Travelers for Open Land. Check it out.
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Date: 8/2/2011
Title: Success For Wildlife and People
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust program director Kelly Pohl contributed a guest column to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in which she discusses wildlife transportation corridors and strategic wildlife fencing, the Chestnut Mountain Trail and private land conservation.
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Date: 8/1/2011
Title: New Field Guide Benefits GVLT
Summary: "Flora of Montana's Gallatin Region: Greater Yellowstone's Northwest Corner" by Whitney Tilt is now on sale, with proceeds going to Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
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Date: 7/25/2011
Title: Tour of the Bitterroot Draws Big Crowd
Summary: Article in the Ravalli Republic promotes the Bitter Root Land Trust's Tour of the Bitterroot cycling event. Over 150 riders participated in the event and BRLT raised over $20,000 for local private land conservation.
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Date: 7/15/2011
Title: Tribute to Bud Moore
Summary: Missoulian article provides information about a weekend tribute to honor Bud Moore.
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Date: 7/12/2011
Title: Land Trust Offers New Interactive Trail Maps
Summary: Check out the new interactive recreational trail maps feature on the Prickly Pear Land Trust website. PPLT plays a leading role in expanding, maintaining and improving the trail system in and around Helena.
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Date: 7/8/2011
Title: Land Trusts Help on Collaborative Projects
Summary: Guest column in the Helena IR highlights the value of collaboration and the participation of land trusts.
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Date: 7/7/2011
Title: GVLT, TPL Thanked for Work on Trail Access
Summary: Letter to the editor in the Bozeman Chronicle thanks Gallatin Valley Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land (and others) for helping provide recreational trail access.
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Date: 7/6/2011
Title: RMEF and Deschamps Family Help Protect Grass Valley
Summary: Good article in the Missoula Independent about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Deschamps family conservation easement near Grass Valley.
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Date: 6/27/2011
Title: Longest Day of Trails Salutes Community Trails
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust celebrated its fifth annual "Longest Day of Trails" event in Bozeman on June 24 to highlight the 60 miles of trails in Bozeman's impressive community trail system. Read more about the event in a Bozeman Chronicle article.
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Date: 6/26/2011
Title: Working Ranches, Open Lands and Vacations
Summary: Interesting article in the Bozeman Chronicle about vacations at working Montana ranches. The concept really ties together the combination of open land and Montana tourism.
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Date: 6/23/2011
Title: Longest Day of Trails Coming June 24
Summary: Longest Day of Trails coming up Friday, June 24, in Bozeman. The event is sponsored by Gallatin Valley Land Trust and kicks off at 5:00 AM at the Montana Ale Works. Check it out.
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Date: 6/21/2011
Title: Flyover Helps Promote Collaborative Forest Proposal
Summary: The Blackfoot Challenge is one of the leaders of a collaborative forest project in the Blackfoot, Swan and Clearwater areas that seeks to improve forest health, help the economy and boost outdoor recreation. http://helenair.com/news/article_3b10a3a4-996e-11e0-8b61-001cc4c002e0.html
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Date: 6/14/2011
Title: Lewistown Landowner Workshop Completed
Summary: Thanks to all the landowners who attended the conservation easement workshop in Lewistown yesterday. It has been flooding (sandbags all around Lewistown) and we appreciate the landowners who made the effort to participate in the workshop. Thanks also to the presenters and to Darren Crawford of the MSU Fergus County Extension office for his assistance. Thanks especially to Ed Levert, chairman of the Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation, for making the trip from Libby to present at the workshop.
 
Date: 6/9/2011
Title: Big Sky Presents $1,500 to TFOL
Summary: Thanks to Big Sky Resort for spearheading Skiers and Riders for Open Land, and thanks to the Lone Peak Lookout for covering the $1,500 check presentation in Big Sky.
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Date: 6/8/2011
Title: Land Trusts Salute Mike Scholz
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts met June 7 at Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky and honored Mike Scholz for his continuing leadership in Travelers for Open Land. Land trusts presented Mike with two historical books about the Gallatin Valley and downhill skiing in Montana, and gave him a standing ovation for his efforts to "conserve Montana's natural horizons." Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Mike.
 
Date: 6/6/2011
Title: Canyon Ferry Trust Funds Projects
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust and The Conservation Fund are among the groups benefiting from grants made through the Canyon Ferry Trust.
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Date: 6/5/2011
Title: National Trails Day Events
Summary: Great weather and good turnouts for the National Trails Day events in Montana on Saturday, June 4. Lots of snow down low, too. Prickly Pear Land Trust and Gallatin Valley Land Trust are highlighted in this newspaper article.
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Date: 6/3/2011
Title: National Trails Day
Summary: Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day. Check with your local land trust or other local for activities and projects and get out there and enjoy our soggy Montana springtime weather.
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Date: 6/2/2011
Title: Forest Restoration Project Receives Funding
Summary: The Southwest Crown Collaborative forest restoration project will receive federal funding for logging, road repair and removal, fuels reduction and habitat restoration work. The project is supported by forest products industry groups and several other groups, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Blackfoot Challenge.
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Date: 6/1/2011
Title: Five Valleys Presents Award to Sen. Baucus
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust of Missoula honored Senator Max Baucus as a "Lifetime Stewardship Society Member" during FVLT's spring banquet and auction on May 21. Baucus has been a champion of the federal enhanced conservation tax incentives and other conservation efforts. Read more about the FVLT presentation to Sen. Baucus on the Senator's official website.
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Date: 5/31/2011
Title: Montana Vacation Homes on the Rise
Summary: There was a 59 percent increase in vacation homes in Montana from 2000-2010, reports the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. 14,000 new vacation homes were built in Montana during the past decade. Read more here from the Flathead Beacon article.
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Date: 5/16/2011
Title: Don't Fence Me In Run Showcases Trails
Summary: The Prickly Pear Land Trust "Don't Fence Me In" Run does a great job highlighting the value of the Helena community trails system. The May 14 run drew a large crowd and race organizers received praise from the runners.
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Date: 5/12/2011
Title: PPLT Don't Fence Me In Run Growing Strong
Summary: The Helena Independent Record writes that the Prickly Pear Land Trust "Don't Fence Me In" Run on May 14 is becoming a major event.
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Date: 5/11/2011
Title: Flathead Land Trust Earns Wetlands Award
Summary: Congratulations to Flathead Land Trust and all the partners in the Flathead River to Lake Initiative. The project will receive a Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Award on May 26 during a ceremony in the Montana Capitol rotunda. Flathead Land Trust has also received grants from Travelers for Open Land for the River to Lake Initiative.
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Date: 5/5/2011
Title: Skiers and Riders for Open Land was Wonderful
Summary: Update to the Montana Association of Land Trusts membership on the Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky event.
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Date: 5/4/2011
Title: Landowners Workshop Set For June 13
Summary: The Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation and Montana Association of Land Trusts are presenting a "Landowner's Introduction to Conservation Easements Workshop" in Lewistown on June 13.
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Date: 5/3/2011
Title: Prickly Pear Advances County Open Land Project
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust's proposed Milburn project advanced a step in the Lewis & Clark County Open Land Program approval process. The project is the first conservation easement proposal to work its way through the county's open land process.
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Date: 5/2/2011
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Helps Area Recreation Project
Summary: The pieces are falling into place for a recreation trail beyond the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers...and Five Valleys Land Trust is one of the community groups making it happen.
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Date: 4/25/2011
Title: Elk Foundation 2011 Montana Grants
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has given over $200,000 in 2011 grant funding to projects to improve elk habitat throughout Montana.
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Date: 4/11/2011
Title: Ski Resort Helps Open Land
Summary: Article from the Helena Independent Record promotes Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky.
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Date: 4/11/2011
Title: Skiers and Riders Event was Wonderful
Summary: Big Sky Resort played host to Skiers and Riders for Open Land on April 9-10 and by all measurements the event was a “wonderful“ success. Several hundred people turned in Skiers and Riders for Open Land coupons, the skiing conditions were fabulous, the spaghetti dinner was fun and well attended and for an inaugural event Skiers and Riders for Open Land succeeded at every level. Thanks to Big Sky Resort, Buck's T-4 Lodge and everyone who helped and participated.
 
Date: 4/7/2011
Title: Gazette Prints Skiers for Open Land Article
Summary: Billings Gazette gave Skiers and Riders for Open Land a short blurb in today's paper. More snow falling at Big Sky with predictions for a sunny weekend. Perfect. See you at Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky on April 9-10.
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Date: 4/3/2011
Title: Buck's Has Great Rates During April 8-9-10
Summary: Don't forget: Special room rates at Buck's T-4 on April 8-9-10 during Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky. Call (406) 995-4111 fore details.
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Date: 4/1/2011
Title: MLR Buys Radio Ads for Skiers for Open Land
Summary: Thanks to the Montana Land Reliance for sponsoring radio ads promoting Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky on April 9-10. The ads are running all week on KMMS "The Moose" (95.1 FM) in Bozeman. Thanks MLR!
 
Date: 3/31/2011
Title: Helena's Black Diamonds Play at TFOL Benefit
Summary: Black Diamonds band will play at a spaghetti dinner at Buck's T-4 on April 9 as part of the Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky event. The spaghetti dinner starts at 6:00 PM, and both the spaghetti dinner and reduced lift ticket prices during Skiers and Riders for Open Land benefit Travelers for Open Land.
 
Date: 3/29/2011
Title: Ravalli County Approves Conservation Easement
Summary: The Ravalli County Commission approved county open land program funding to help purchase a 160-acre conservation easement in the Bitterroot Valley. Five Valleys Land Trust will hold the easement. The project will protect agricultural use of the land and received a unanimous vote of approval from the county commissioners.
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Date: 3/28/2011
Title: BCBS MT Donates Wellness Weekend Certificate
Summary: Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana for donating a Wellness Weekend Certificate at Big Sky ($305 value) as part of Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky on April 9-10. Check out Skiers and Riders for Open Land: $59 lift tickets, spaghetti dinner, live music and much more.
 
Date: 3/25/2011
Title: Butte Letter to the Editor Salutes Ag and Open Land
Summary: The Ruby Valley Conservation District submitted a letter to the editor in the Montana Standard that salutes the contributions of agricultural and open lands to Montana's economy, landscape and quality of life.
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Date: 3/25/2011
Title: Proposed Kalispell Anthem References Open Space
Summary: A proposal to create an official song for Kalispell is being considered by the Kalispell City Council. The song's lyrics contain the words, "From the cities' pace, to the open space/lives a people close to the land."
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Date: 3/24/2011
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Receives Grant
Summary: The Friends of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge awarded Bitter Root Land Trust a $10,000 grant to help protect open land in the area around the refuge.
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Date: 3/24/2011
Title: Blue Cross Blue Shield Joins Skiers for Open Land
Summary: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana has joined the growing list of partners supporting the Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky event on April 9-10. BCBS will feature the Skiers for Open Land event as part of its Wake Up Your Life campaign. Stay tuned for more details. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield!
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Date: 3/24/2011
Title: The Real Economics of Trails and Open Space
Summary: Kelly Pohl of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust writes that trails, open space and conservation are major contributors to our quality of life and our economy.
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Date: 3/16/2011
Title: Skiers and Riders for Open Land Looking Good
Summary: Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky on April 9-10 is looking better and better. Fresh snow keeps falling, a great article here about the zipline fun, and lots of interest in the Skiers and Riders for Open Land event.
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Date: 3/14/2011
Title: March 15 is Land Trust Day in the Capitol
Summary: March 15 is Land Trust Day in the Montana Capitol. We're sponsoring a legislative lunch in the rotunda, land trusts will have displays and photos of land conservation projects, close to 40 land trust folks and landowners will visit with legislators in the Capitol hallways, we'll meet with the Governor...and Skiers and Riders for Open Land at Big Sky coupons will be available.
 
Date: 3/13/2011
Title: Ski Season Extended - Skiers and Riders for Open Land
Summary: The spring skiing season in Montana is being extended, which is great news for skiers and for Skiers and RIders for Open Land at Big Sky. Check out Skiers and RIders for Open Land on the home page of the Montana Association of Land Trusts website.
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Date: 3/10/2011
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Receives Trail Grant
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman has received a $35,000 grant to help fund gravel trails near the Gallatin County Regional Park.
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Date: 3/10/2011
Title: Prickly Pear Continues Work on Mount Ascension
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena continues to make progress on the "Backdrop Initiative" and expansion of the South Hills Trail System on Mount Ascension.
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Date: 3/9/2011
Title: Land Trust Day in the Capitol is March 15
Summary: Montana Association of Land Trusts members will rally in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 15. Events include a presentation to the group by Sen. Ryan Zinke, a visit with Governor Schweitzer, a legislative lunch in the Capitol rotunda, land trust displays in the rotunda and visits with individual legislators about the benefits of private land conservation. Call Glenn Marx at 490-1659 for more info.
 
Date: 2/24/2011
Title: America's Great Outdoors Montana Ties
Summary: Deb Love of the Trust for Public Land comments in a Bozeman Chronicle article about the benefits to Montana from America's Great Outdoors and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 2/24/2011
Title: TNC Receives Praise for North Fork Efforts
Summary: The Helena IR gives a pat on the back to The Nature Conservancy for helping fund the North Fork (Flathead) project.
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Date: 2/23/2011
Title: Sen. Baucus Seeks to Make Tax Incentives Permanent
Summary: Montana Senator Max Baucus has introduced legislation in the US Senate to make the federal enhanced conservation tax incentives permanent. MALT's top federal/congressional priority is making the tax incentives permanent.
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Date: 2/22/2011
Title: Mr. Crary and Mr. Iverson Go To Washington
Summary: Montanans participate in America's Great Outdoors ceremony at the White House.
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Date: 2/21/2011
Title: Montanans in the White House
Summary: Montana landowners were part of the White House ceremony on the America's Great Outdoors program. Congratulations to Dusty Crary and Denny Iverson.
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Date: 2/21/2011
Title: North Fork Deal is a Winner
Summary: The Kalispell Daily Inter Lake strongly supports the effort by The Nature Conservancy and others to buy-out mineral owners in the Canadian headwaters of the Flathead River Basin.
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Date: 2/21/2011
Title: Travelers for Open Land Awards Three Grants
Summary: Three members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts each received a $5,000 grant from Travelers for Open Land.
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Date: 2/16/2011
Title: Mount Jumbo Elk Herd in Good Shape
Summary: Missoulian article discusses the conservation efforts that help protect Mount Jumbo's wildlife habitat, expanding elk population and open lands.
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Date: 2/16/2011
Title: Nature Conservancy Funds North Fork Protection
Summary: The Nature Conservancy of Montana and The Nature Conservancy Canada have pledged to fund a $9.4 million project to protect the North Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park.
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Date: 2/11/2011
Title: Land Trust Part of Effort to Restore Creek
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust is part of a community effort to restore Bozeman Creek.
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Date: 2/9/2011
Title: Private Property Rights and Land Conservation
Summary: Kelly Pohl at Gallatin Valley Land Trusts has an excellent column in the Bozeman Chronicle about the private property rights and private land conservation.
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Date: 2/3/2011
Title: PPLT Recommends Open Space Bond Project
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is working with the Lewis & Clark County Citizens Advisory Committee on Open Lands on a conservation easement project. The Helena IR article provides information about the program and the benefits of the project.
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Date: 2/1/2011
Title: Land Trust Helps Improve Trailhead
Summary: Congratulations to Gallatin Valley Land Trust for their continuing work on the Sourdough Canyon Trailhead.
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Date: 1/24/2011
Title: TNC Helps With Innovative Range Practices
Summary: Billings Gazette article sheds light on some beneficial grazing practices that help the landscape, wildlife and the J Bar L Ranch's bottom line.
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Date: 1/20/2011
Title: Great Elk Tour 2011
Summary: Here's some information about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Great Elk Tour in 2011.
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Date: 1/14/2011
Title: RMEF Sets Membership Record
Summary: In 2010 the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation membership grew by 12 percent, its best year ever. RMEF now has 178,000 members.
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Date: 1/9/2011
Title: Blackfoot Valley Rancher Says Thanks
Summary: Denny Iverson, a rancher in the Potomac area of the Blackfoot Valley, says "Thanks" for the land management and recreational benefits created by the Montana Legacy Project.
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Date: 1/6/2011
Title: Vital Ground Protects Land in Swan Valley
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation has helped protect 80 acres of grizzly bear habitat with two new conservation easements in the Swan Valley.
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Date: 1/4/2011
Title: Good People Helped Save Habitat
Summary: Nice letter to the editor in the Missoulian compliments the folks and organizations - including two land trusts - for their efforts to protect wildlife habitat at Mount Jumbo.
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Date: 1/2/2011
Title: Conservation Gains in 2010
Summary: Article in the Missoulian provides some highlights of 2010 private land conservation in SW Montana.
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