Montana Association of Land Trusts

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Glenn Marx
Executive Director
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Helena, MT 59624
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News and Reports

Date: 12/31/2015
Title: Vital Ground Completes Alvord Lake Project
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation ended 2015 with a splash: Completion of the Alvord Lake shoreline project, which includes conservation, recreational access and forest management.
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Date: 12/30/2015
Title: MSGOT Sets Hearings on Sage Grouse Grant Program
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team has set hearings to gather public comment on a proposed rule to implement the state's sage grouse grant program. The hearings are Jan. 6, 3:00 PM in Malta; 2:00 PM, Jan. 7, in Roundup; and Jan. 11, 6:30 PM in Dillon.
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Date: 12/29/2015
Title: Montana Expected To Receive $10 Million in 2016 LWCF Funding
Summary: Montana Public Radio reported on Dec. 29 that Montana should receive close to $10 million in LWCF funding in 2016. MTPR reported that,"Montana's Congressional staffers say that almost $10 million is headed to the state in 2016. It will go to three federal agencies and a large project facilitated by the Trust for Public Land as part of the Forest Legacy Project."
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Date: 12/28/2015
Title: Impressive Open Land Success Story in Ravalli County
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust turns 20 in 2016, the Ravalli County Open Land Bond Program turns 10 next year, and during the past decade the two of them have combined to produce impressive results for Bitterroot Valley's agriculture industry, economy and landscape. A Dec. 26 Ravalli Republic article chronicles the productive relationship - and the successful bond program - that has been in place since 2006.
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Date: 12/27/2015
Title: RMEF Lauds Tax Incentives, LWCF Passage; Discusses More Work To Do
Summary: David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, writes about recent congressional action on the LWCF and conservation tax incentives, and discusses work ahead in a Montana Standard guest column.
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Date: 12/23/2015
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Helps Son Keep Promise
Summary: The importance of a conservation easement to a family, local agriculture and a community: Before he died, Bob Bailey made his father a promise. “I told him that I would keep this place as whole as possible,“ Bailey said. “I knew how important it was to him.“
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Date: 12/22/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Completes Ascension
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is celebrating the completion of a 14-parcel acquisition project to conserve Mount Ascension on Helena's southern skyline. The City of Helena acquired the final four parcels on Dec. 18. "In my mind one of the key attributes to this transfer that we're doing is that the big peak, the true backdrop of the state Capitol, is what we're going to protect," said Mary Hollow, PPLT executive director in a Helena Independent Record article. “On Mount Ascension over the years, we've already expanded the natural park about 80 percent of its original size. This transfer will take us up over 100 percent, so now double from where we started."
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Date: 12/21/2015
Title: Haskill Basin Project Receives Final Approval
Summary: The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the purchase of a 3,020 acre conservation easement at Haskill Basin, which was hailed in Whitefish and the Flathead as great news. The Haskill Basin easement, one of The Trust for Public Land's 2015 national signature projects, protects Whitefish's water supply, maintains open land and recreational access, and helps maintain wood products jobs and heathy forests.
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Date: 12/20/2015
Title: Montana on the Ground Blog Details Importance of Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance and others have been working to make the enhanced conservation tax incentives permanent since 2000. On Dec. 18, MLR and Congress helped deliver an incredible Christmas present to agriculture producers and landscapes. From the Montana on the Ground Blog: With a bipartisan vote of 65-33, the Senate supported making conservation easement tax incentives permanent and retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015. The vote in the House a few days before was 318-109. Grant Kier, Five Valleys Land Trust executive director, said he had a number of conservation easements all worked out, but they were waiting on his desk until the tax incentives were renewed again. Now, he will never have to wait again. One family will get a conservation easement before the end of the year, Kier said, and many more will follow in 2016. “This allows a conservation easements to go through that wouldn't have otherwise. This is a big deal for conservation in Montana,“ Kier said. “The whole community gets a Christmas present in our mind.“
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Date: 12/18/2015
Title: Congress Makes Conservation Tax Incentives Permanent
Summary: Great news: Congress finalized approval of legislation today that makes the enhanced conservation tax incentives permanent, which is a major policy accomplishment and a significant benefit for agricultural producers and private land conservation. President Obama has signed the measure. Permanence for the enhanced tax incentives is a historical national and Montana private land conservation achievement, and congratulations to the leaders who helped make this happen, notably Russ Shay, Bethany Erb and the policy team at the Land Trust Alliance; and Rock Ringling, Jay Erickson, Lois Delger- DeMars, Kendall Van Dyk, George Olsen and the entire Montana Land Reliance crew. Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke voted for both the tax measure (tax incentives) and the budget measure (LWCF reauthorization), and the Montana land trust community is deeply appreciative of his strong and consistent support. Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines support the enhanced conservation tax incentives and the LWCF program, but voted against the omnibus spending package today that reauthorized the LWCF and approved the tax conservation incentives for reasons unrelated to those two provisions. Congratulations again to the private land conservation leaders who made this tremendous accomplishment possible, and thank you again to Congressman Zinke for his determined support.
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Date: 12/18/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Ends Year With Major Conservation Projects
Summary: Scenic open land, ag lands, wetlands and wildlife habitat in the Smith and Mission valleys have been conserved through the generosity and cooperation of landowners, the work of Flathead Land Trust and project partners and funders.
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Date: 12/17/2015
Title: LWCF Receives Three-Year Extension
Summary: Congress has agreed to extend and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund for three years. The funding level and length of the extension fall short of program goals and value, but the LWCF had expired in September and was reauthorized yesterday as part of a large congressional budget comprise. Montana's Congressional Delegation has been strong and consistent in its support for the LWCF, and the full MALT membership thanks them for that support.
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Date: 12/16/2015
Title: RMEF Video Honors Tenderfoot Acquisition
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation completed the Tenderfoot acquisition in 2015, and this short video features the value of that accomplishment.
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Date: 12/15/2015
Title: Land Trust Column: Take A Walk
Summary: Kelly Pohl, associate director of Gallatin Valley Land Trust, writes in a Bozeman Chronicle guest column that a walk is a great gift to your mind and body.
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Date: 12/14/2015
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Exploring Community Conservation
Summary: From Kaniksu Land Trust: KLT is trying something new: proving the relevance of nature and conservation to the broader community by creating authentic opportunities to connect with the land. Nature is a powerful force for change, be it community health and wellness, education, or a long list of other hurdles. By applying a community-driven model to its conservation work, KLT can address community challenges while simultaneously cultivating a strong conservation ethic. What a wonderful sandbox for a land trust to play in!
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Date: 12/13/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Seeks Conservation Easement Near Vigilante Campground
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust, working with the Montana Fish and Conservation Trust and the Lewis & Clark County Open Land Bond Program, is seeking to place a conservation easement on the largest tract of private land in the Trout Creek Valley near Vigilante Campground. The county open land bond program is accepting comments on the proposal.
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Date: 12/11/2015
Title: Congressman Zinke Underscores Importance of the LWCF
Summary: Congressman Ryan Zinke has written a guest column in the Ravalli Republic articulating the value of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Montana and to America. Congressman Zinke and the Montana Congressional Delegation have remained consistently strong in support of the LWCF. Congress is currently working on major legislation and the LWCF is part of the legislative package involved in the congressional negotiations.
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Date: 12/8/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Featured In National Magazine
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust and its Regional Conservation Partnership Program project are featured in Saving Land Magazine, the national publication of the Land Trust Alliance.
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Date: 12/7/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Guest Column on Missoula Ag Mitigation
Summary: The Missoulian has published a guest column from the Five Valleys Land Trust Board of Directors in which FVLT articulates its position on the proposed county Agricultural Mitigation regulations. FVLT makes a case for voluntary private land conservation and working cooperatively with landowners.
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Date: 12/6/2015
Title: Missoulian Editorial Touts Voluntary Conservation Measures
Summary: Excellent Missoulian editorial encourages Missoula County Commission to pursue voluntary conservation measures - rather than anti-landowner regulatory actions - to address local farm and ranchland conservation protection.
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Date: 12/5/2015
Title: Vital Ground Foundation Featured in Huffington Post
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation provides status report on Montana grizzly bears, reported in the Huffington Post.
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Date: 12/4/2015
Title: RMEF Removes Buildings, Restores Habitat
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has removed buildings and restored important elk habitat adjacent to the Madison-Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area near the Madison River.
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Date: 12/3/2015
Title: Montana Neighbor Awards Nominations Due Dec. 15
Summary: The "Montana Neighbor Awards" recognize landowners who help make Montana a better place. The program is designed to salute landowners who are "great neighbors in the Montana tradition." Check it out.
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Date: 12/2/2015
Title: 2015 TFOL Grant Applications Distributed
Summary: 2015 Travelers for Open Land grant applications were distributed to MALT members yesterday, with a Dec. 30 deadline and grants awarded in January. Travelers for Open Land has awarded over $200,000 and helped fund 30 conservation projects across Montana.
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Date: 12/2/2015
Title: GVLT Helps Create New Bozeman Dog Park
Summary: Thanks in part to Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Bozeman has a new dog park.
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Date: 11/30/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Holding Dec. 3 Meeting and Party
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is holding a Holiday Party and Membership Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 6:00 PM at a Foy's Lake residence near Kalispell. FLT will present the Flathead Land Trust Leadership Award in recognition of their conservation achievements, leadership, and incredible volunteer service they have given to the community through their work with Flathead Land Trust. Please RSVP to the FLT office at darw@amerion.com 406-752-8293.
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Date: 11/29/2015
Title: Montana Business Leader Supports LWCF Program
Summary: Kevin Sloan, president of Sitka Gear in Bozeman, writes in the Helena Independent Record that, "As businessman and as citizen of Montana, I want to thank our Congressional delegation for their leadership recognizing the importance of this (the Land and Water Conservation Fund) fund, which for 50 years has spent not one dollar of taxpayer money to fund recreation sites, habitat preservation, public land access and protection of cultural and heritage treasures. I applaud Sens. Tester and Daines, and Congressman Zinke for taking the lead in standing up for what they know works for Montana and the preservation of our outdoor heritage."
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Date: 11/27/2015
Title: Nominations for Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame Due by Dec. 31
Summary: Would you like to nominate someone for the prestigious Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame? Here's how.
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Date: 11/25/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party Set for Dec. 4
Summary: Come celebrate the holiday season with Five Valleys! Join us this coming First Friday on Dec. 4 for food, drinks, and good company. The party goes from 5-7pm and will be located at our headquarters at 120 Hickory Street, Suite B, right off the Kim Williams Trail.
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Date: 11/24/2015
Title: Congressman Zinke Washington Post Column Endorses LWCF
Summary: Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke writes in a Washington Post guest column that...In 1965, Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund to safeguard natural areas and water resources and to enhance recreational opportunities. In every county in all 50 states, the fund supports local and state parks, hiking trails, hunting and fishing access, community pools, ballparks and playgrounds...Congress has broken a lot of promises to future generations; let's not make the Land and Water Conservation Fund another one.
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Date: 11/23/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Holding Dec. 1 Volunteer Appreciation Event
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is holding Volunteer Appreciation Evening on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Hub Coffee in downtown Helena. The event runs 5:30 - 7:30 PM. RSVP by contacting PPLT at 442-0490 or lanie@pricklypearlt.org. Everyone's invited.
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Date: 11/22/2015
Title: Time to Salute Landowners Through Montana Neighbor Awards
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is one of the organizations working to recognize landowners who enhance Montana's sense of community and are great neighbors in the Montana tradition.
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Date: 11/20/2015
Title: Montana Congressional Delegation Fights for LWCF
Summary: The Montana Congressional Delegation continues to fight for permanent reauthorization and proper funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congressman Ryan Zinke advocated for the LWCF during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Nov. 18, and yesterday Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines supported passage of the Bipartisan Sportsman's Act of 2015 out of a Senate committee. Daines voted for the bill in committee. MALT thanks the Montana Congressional Delegation for its strong LWCF support.
 
Date: 11/19/2015
Title: Great Local Coffee for Great Local Conservation in the Bitterroot
Summary: Thanks to Randy Lint of Big Creek Coffee Roasters in Hamilton. Big Creek Coffee Roasters is donating 100 percent of the purchase price of all drinks sold on Nov. 28 to Bitter Root Land Trust. “It's a tradition we're building here - to be thankful,“ Lint said. “Bitter Root Land Trust is an organization I admire. Everybody who lives in the Bitterroot has made some sort of voluntary choice to make less money in order to live where they want to live and it is Bitter Root Land Trust's mission to preserve a lot of the natural beauty that makes this place so attractive.“
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Date: 11/18/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Helps With Helena Park Expansion
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust us helping the City of Helena on a 110-acre expansion of Mount Ascension Natural Park. To learn more about the proposal, or to comment, contact Matt Heimel at mheimel@lccountymt.gov or 447-8375. A public hearing on the project will take place Dec. 10 in room 330 of the City-County Building, 316 N. Park Ave. More information on the acquisition and open space bond is available at www.lccountymt.gov/admin-finance/open-lands-program.html.
 
Date: 11/17/2015
Title: Land Board Acts to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat
Summary: The Montana Board of Land Commissioners unanimously voted on Nov. 16 to prohibit converting state land sagebrush and native grasslands into cropland. Conversion of sagebrush into cropland basically eradicates sage grouse habitat.
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Date: 11/16/2015
Title: RMEF Passes $1 Billion in Total Conservation Efforts
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently topped $1 billion in the cumulative value of its on-the-ground conservation efforts. “This is an incredible milestone and testament to many people over a lot of years who are dedicated to ensuring the future of elk, elk habitat and conservation,“ said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. The $1 billion total was determined by the dollar amount contributed by RMEF plus those partner dollars leveraged by RMEF for its land protection and access, habitat enhancement, wildlife management including elk restorations, research, and hunting heritage and conservation outreach projects. That lifetime total of those 9,738 projects has so far protected or enhanced 6,714,810 acres of vital elk habitat.
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Date: 11/15/2015
Title: Mayor of Shelby: LWCF is Real Asset to Montana
Summary: The Mayor of Shelby, Larry Bonderud, writes in a guest opinion that the Land and Water Conservation Fund, "has an impressive track record in Montana and could do more if it were allowed to operate again. The program has already invested nearly $240 million to Montana alone in the past decade. That's a lot of jobs, parks, fishing access sites and wildlife habitat."
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Date: 11/13/2015
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Celebration of Thanks on Nov. 22
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust will hold a Celebration of Thanks on Sunday, Nov. 22, to recognize community supporters, honor special guests and celebrate the Bitterroot Valley heritage of conservation of water, wildlife and working lands. The event goes 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Blodgett Canyon Cellars tasting room at 111 Main Street in downtown Hamilton. To RSVP contact Emy Royce by Nov. 19 at 375-0956 or emy.royce@bitterrootlandtrust.org.
 
Date: 11/12/2015
Title: Montana Land Reliance Sponsors Green Fire Tonight in Bozeman
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance is presenting the film “Green Fire,“ in Bozeman on Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM at the Emerson Cultural Center. “Green Fire“ is an Emmy-winning film for best historical documentary and tells the story of “Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time.“ Featured speakers for the screening include Marc Pierce, CEO and producer of Warm Springs Television Productions and Dorothy Bradley, who will answer questions and discuss the Leopold family. Tickets are $18, and wine and beer will be available at the event. For more information contact Kathryn Kelly of MLR at kathryn@mtlandreliance.org.
 
Date: 11/11/2015
Title: Montana's Land Trusts Thank Veterans
Summary: Thank you to Montana's and America's military veterans.
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Date: 11/10/2015
Title: What Does Weyerhaeuser Acquisition of Plum Creek Mean to Montana?
Summary: Lots of questions and uncertainties present themselves with the pending acquisition of Plum Creek by Weyerhaeuser.
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Date: 11/9/2015
Title: Montana FWP Seeks North Shore Wetlands Conservation
Summary: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking to purchase 76 acres along the North Shore of Flathead Lake to protect waterfowl habitat and public access. A public comment period on the proposal is open until Dec. 5.
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Date: 11/8/2015
Title: Happy 126th Birthday Montana
Summary: On this day in 1889 Montana became a state, and Montana's still an incredibly beautiful place, even at age 126. Check out these terrific photos from the Billings Gazette.
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Date: 11/6/2015
Title: MALT and Others Critical of Effort to Gut LWCF
Summary: A Utah Congressman released his plan to modify the Land and Water Conservation Fund yesterday, and the proposal would severely undermine the LWCF's effectiveness for Montana. A group of outdoor and conservation organizations oppose the proposal. The LWCF has been a dynamic conservation program for Montana and the nation and MALT believes the program should be reauthorized as is and properly funded.
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Date: 11/5/2015
Title: Deb Love Named New LOR Foundation Executive Director
Summary: Congratulations to Deb Love, who after 24 years with The Trust for Public Land is the new executive director of the LOR Foundation. The LOR Foundation has been active in Montana and its mission is to Enhance Livability in the Intermountain West Through Community-Driven Conservation. Deb will remain in Bozeman and assume her new duties in January. Best wishes to Deb, TPL and LOR.
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Date: 11/4/2015
Title: Bike Walk Montana Summit Set for April 27-29
Summary: The next Bike Walk Summit is scheduled for April 27-29, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Missoula. Click here to learn more about proposing a breakout session or becoming a sponsor of the summit.
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Date: 11/3/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trail/Mixer Coming Nov. 12
Summary: From the Gallatin Valley Land Trust website: Give what you can or renew your annual gift to celebrate 25 years of GVLT at MAP Brewing from 6:00-8:00pm on Nov. 12. Join us for a build your own trail mix bar, beer, casual appetizers, photo booth, trail award, and insider information on upcoming trails projects.
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Date: 11/3/2015
Title: MALT 'Welcome to Montana' Sign Displayed at Ten Mile Creek Brewery
Summary: From the MALT Nov. 2 newsletter: One of the 'Welcome to Montana' highway signs donated by Governor Bullock and the State of Montana to help fund Montana private land conservation is proudly displayed in Helena's newest brew pub, Ten Mile Creek Brewery. Ten Mile is located on the Helena Walking Mall in the same building as Prickly Pear Land Trust, the Montana Association of Land Trusts and Silverman Law Office. (To view photo, click to the Montana Open Land Month Facebook page.) Joel Silverman (far right in photo) purchased the sign at PPLT's Harvest Moon Banquet and loaned it to the Ten Mile crew for the pub's recent grand opening. Ten Mile owners (left to right) Ethan Kohoutek, Riley Tubbs and Jordan Keltz join Joel in saluting the 'Welcome' sign with Ten Mile brews. MALT has been awarded seven welcome to Montana signs, and thus far five have sold for a total of $41,500.
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Date: 11/2/2015
Title: Haskill Basin Comment Period Closes Nov. 22
Summary: The Haskill Basin Project near Whitefish conserves open land, maintains forest jobs, protects recreational access and Whitefish's water supply and more. The proposal calls for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to hold two conservation easements totaling over 10,000 acres, and a draft environmental assessment covering the proposal is open for public comment. The Trust for Public Land is a key partner in the Haskill Basin proposal.
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Date: 11/1/2015
Title: Montana Land Reliance Ag Forums Coming Up Nov. 4 and Nov. 10
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance has two scheduled upcoming agricultural forums. The Greater Yellowstone Agricultural Forum is set for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8:00 AM, at The Gathering Place, 510 S. Main Street, Three Forks. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Kathryn Kelly at 406-579-5481. The Flathead Agricultural Forum will be held on Nov. 10, 8:00 AM, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. Contact Mark Schiltz at 406-837-2178 for more information or to RSVP.
 
Date: 10/26/2015
Title: Keep Fighting for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Summary: Guest column in the Helena Independent Record: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of America's foremost laws for protecting habitat, clean water and recreational access that is vital to Montana's communities and businesses. There are endless benefits that this program has shown to our outdoor way of life, and the essential pieces of our landscapes that drive our economy and fuel our innovation.
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Date: 10/25/2015
Title: Trust for Public Land Debuts New Logo
Summary: The Trust for Public Land has a new logo.
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Date: 10/23/2015
Title: Montana Is Celebrating Forest Products Week
Summary: Julia Altemus of the Montana Wood Products Association writes about the importance of Montana's forests and other topics connected to Montana Forest Products Week in a Missoulian guest column.
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Date: 10/22/2015
Title: Montana Land Reliance Sponsors Green Fire
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance is presenting the film “Green Fire,“ in Bozeman on Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM at the Emerson Cultural Center. “Green Fire“ is an Emmy-winning film for best historical documentary and tells the story of “Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time.“ Featured speakers for the screening include Marc Pierce, CEO and producer of Warm Springs Television Productions and Dorothy Bradley, who will answer questions and discuss the Leopold family. Tickets are $18, and wine and beer will be available at the event. For more information contact Kathryn Kelly of MLR at kathryn@mtlandreliance.org.
 
Date: 10/21/2015
Title: Thoughtful Article About Montana's Conservative Conservationists
Summary: Tristan Scott of the Flathead Beacon has written an excellent piece discussing the conservation actions of Montana Senator Steve Daines and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke, also paying homage to Montana Senator Jon Tester, a congressional conservation leader.
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Date: 10/20/2015
Title: USA Today Looks At Congressional LWCF Dysfunction
Summary: USA Today article analyses the ongoing congressional debate about the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 10/19/2015
Title: Busy Autumn for Flathead Land Trust
Summary: It has been an active and productive Fall for Flathead Land Trust. FLT celebrated 30 years of conservation during a Sept. 26 Barn Bash celebration, helped lead a Bike and Bird Tour on Sept. 19 and a Flathead River Float on Sept. 20, plus released a new video and shared an interview from Whitefish Community Radio. Visit the FLT website for details.
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Date: 10/16/2015
Title: Conservation Legends of the Fall
Summary: Check out the Montana Open Land Month Facebook page for a nice informal photo of some of Montana's conservation legends. Here's the October 16 Facebook caption: Montana private land conservation land legends (right to left) Hank Goetz, Jim Stone, Bee Hall and Land Lindbergh, plus legends in the making Chris Bryant and Mark Aagenes, share a moment on Oct. 13 during a recent meeting at the Double Arrow Lodge near Seeley Lake
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Date: 10/15/2015
Title: Montana Newspapers Endorse LWCF Passage
Summary: The Helena Independent Record and Missoulian have strongly endorsed reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. From the editorial: It's time for common sense leadership in Congress to get things in order. We know there is much to do to pass a budget before Dec. 11 and avoid a government shutdown. And in any other year, it might seem reasonable that funding for the LWCF take a back seat. But not this year, not now. We call on U.S. Sens. Daines and Tester and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke to fight hard for Montanans and for the reauthorization of the LWCF. We ask them to fight against the radical movement in the Republican Party that is pushing to kill what has been the most successful recreation and conservation program in our nation's history.
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Date: 10/13/2015
Title: East Helena Boy Scouts Help on Wetland Project
Summary: Some East Helena Boy Scouts helped make a 28-acre wetland more accessible as part of their Eagle Scout badge projects. Prickly Pear Land Trust was among the cooperating organizations that provided assistance.
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Date: 10/12/2015
Title: Kalispell Daily Inter Lake Endorses LWCF
Summary: The Oct. 8 Kalispell Daily Inter Lake editorial expresses support for Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization and discusses the value of the LWCF to Montana. "The loss of this crucial financial support for public land acquisition and recreation facilities stings particularly hard in places such as Western Montana. The fund has benefited Montana to the tune of $540 million spent on access and public recreation since the program was authorized in 1965. Most Montanans know how important and precious access is to our public lands."
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Date: 10/11/2015
Title: Montana TNC Receives Prestigious USFWS Award
Summary: Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy in Montana for receiving the 2015 National Land Protection Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It's well deserved. The award was presented Oct. 9 at the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Sacramento. This competitive award is presented annually to one nominee for significant contributions to land protection in partnership with the Fish and Wildlife Service. This year's award highlights TNC's work in the Crown of the Continent (see link). State Director Richard Jeo accepted the award from Eric Alvarez, Chief of the USFWS Realty Division, and Gary Sullivan of the Montana USFWS.
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Date: 10/9/2015
Title: MALT Thanks Congressman Zinke for LWCF Vote
Summary: The full membership of the Montana Association of Land Trusts thanks Congressman Ryan Zinke for his Oct. 8 House Natural Resources Committee vote in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF is vitally important to Montana's landscape, economy and way of life.
 
Date: 10/7/2015
Title: Efforts Strengthen to Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund
Summary: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition is leading the charge to rally support for the LWCF.
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Date: 10/5/2015
Title: MALT, Land Trusts Head to National Conference
Summary: MALT staff and Montana land trust professionals and volunteers will be participating at the national Land Trust Alliance Rally in Sacramento this week.
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Date: 10/2/2015
Title: Montana Land Reliance Board Member Praises Bullock Sage Grouse Efforts
Summary: Phil Rostad, a Montana Land Reliance board member, praises Gov. Bullock's leadership on Montana's sage grouse conservation programs.
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Date: 10/1/2015
Title: Dark Day for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Summary: Congress fails to reauthorize the LWCF. That means for the first time in 50 years the LWCF is effectively not producing value to Montana's economy, outdoor recreation, landscape and quality of life. The conservation and business community will continue to rally support for the LWCF.
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Date: 9/30/2015
Title: RMEF and Partners Conserve Land in Elkhorn Mountains
Summary: Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and partners for conserving habitat and expanding access in the Elkhorn Mountains west of Townsend.
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Date: 9/29/2015
Title: Kaniksu Land Trusts Helping Classrooms Without Walls
Summary: From Kaniksu Land Trust Newsletter: Students at Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School are in a new kind of classroom this fall: one without walls. From the Clark Fork Delta to Colburn Lake and points between, academic studies have moved outdoors with applied learning and inquiry. These young people are developing an appreciation for natural places that they will carry throughout their lives. Thanks to your support, KLT is a proud partner.
 
Date: 9/28/2015
Title: Realtor, Distinctly Montana Magazine, Make Case for Open Land
Summary: Robyn Erlenbush of ERA Landmark Real Estate in Bozeman makes a case for open land.
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Date: 9/23/2015
Title: Legislator Leads Bike Ride to Demonstrate Need for Trail Maintenance
Summary: Trails and bike paths enrich our lives, so thanks to State Representative Ed Greef for leading an effort to find funding for needed shared trail maintenance.
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Date: 9/22/2015
Title: Feds: States Should Manage and Conserve Sage Grouse
Summary: USFWS decision on sage grouse gives states like Montana big opportunity to conserve and manage sage grouse habitat and populations. Not warranted decision will be challenged, so state efforts critically important.
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Date: 9/21/2015
Title: Working Toward a Resilient Landscape in the Blackfoot/Clearwater
Summary: The Missoulian reports on the Sept. 20 celebration at Primm's Meadow in the Blackfoot/Clearwater. Earlier this year, The Nature Conservancy purchased 117,000 acres of Plum Creek forestland, and TNC's "management will be about balancing public access, effective timber management and protecting wildlife areas inside the region."
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Date: 9/20/2015
Title: Sept. 22 Announcement Expected on Sage Grouse
Summary: Major announcement expected Tuesday on sage grouse management. Should be good news for Montana, sage grouse, open land and private land conservation.
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Date: 9/18/2015
Title: MALT Will Attend Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team Meeting
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts will attend and participate in today's inaugural meeting of the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT). MSGOT will oversee creation of Montana's sage grouse management plan, including implementation of a $10 million stewardship fund to create voluntary, incentive-based proposals for sage grouse conservation on private lands.
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Date: 9/17/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Hosts Bird Tour, River Float
Summary: Folks in the Flathead are planning some outdoor fun this weekend. Flathead Land Trust has got a Bike and Bird Sandhill Crane Tour on Sept. 19 and a Flathead RIver Float Tour on Sept. 20.
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Date: 9/15/2015
Title: Revive and Thrive! In the Blackfoot on Sept. 20
Summary: Folks in the Blackfoot are going to have some fun on Sunday, Sept. 20, and you're invited to join them. Revive and Thrive! The Nature Conservancy is throwing a free, family-friendly work party and barbecue at Primm Meadows with their friends from Five Valleys Land Trust and the Blackfoot Challenge. Check out the link for details.
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Date: 9/14/2015
Title: RMEF Co-Founders Will Lead Habitat Council
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has announced that RMEF co-founders Bob Munson and Charlie Decker, and their spouses, will co-chair the Elk Foundation's Habitat Council starting in 2016.
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Date: 9/14/2015
Title: State Legislator Leading Sept. 18 Bike Ride
Summary: From the Ravalli Republic: State Rep. Ed Greef has invited a host of state officials to take a bike ride with him on the path from Florence to Lolo on Sept. 18 so they can see for themselves how badly the area's bike paths have deteriorated. The bike ride isn't just for dignitaries. Everybody is invited. Greef, a Republican who represents House District 88 at the Montana Legislature, said his goal is to have a fun ride and experience the wonderful benefit that a paved path provides to a community. But it's also about raising awareness to the need for a source of money to pay for maintenance of the paths, as the Legislature has not stepped up so far.
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Date: 9/11/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Enjoying Busy and Successful 2015
Summary: The Missoulian reports Five Valleys Land Trust is working on several private land conservation projects - including using Missoula County Open Land Bond Program funding - in a year that has led to as many active projects as FVLT has ever had.
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Date: 9/10/2015
Title: LWCF Helps Montana Be Montana
Summary: The land trust community, people who enjoy the outdoors and people who appreciate recreational access are fully aware of the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Montana. And now, thanks to a package of articles from Helena Independent Record reporter Tom Kuglin, many other Montanans are aware of the LWCF's value to Montana.
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Date: 9/9/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Helps Landowners With Forest Health
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman recently published an article for the Land Trust Alliance about GVLT's efforts to assist forest landowners manage forests during drier, warmer conditions.
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Date: 9/3/2015
Title: Vital Ground Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Style
Summary: MALT was one of the many partners attending The Vital Ground Foundation's 25th anniversary celebration in Missoula last night. The event featured a tribute to long-time former executive director Gary Wolfe and the debut of a new Vital Ground film highlighting the organization's 25 years of conserving grizzly bear habitat. Visit the Montana Open Land Month Facebook page for a photo from the event. Congrats, Vital Ground.
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Date: 9/2/2015
Title: Swan Release, Resource Stewardship Fair, Set for Sept. 11 in Blackfoot Valley
Summary: The Blackfoot Challenge has set Friday, Sept. 11, to release trumpeter swans and to hold the Blackfoot Resource Stewardship Fair. The swan release is scheduled for the morning and the stewardship fair is in the afternoon. Both events are in or near Ovando.
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Date: 9/1/2015
Title: Kalispell Newspaper Praises TPL, Plum Creek Whitefish Lake Proposal
Summary: Kalispell Daily Inter Lake has got lots of nice things to say about Plum Creek and Trust for Public Land partnership on Whitefish Lake.
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Date: 8/31/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Celebrates With Sept. 26 Barn Bash
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is celebrating its three decades of conservation with a Barn Bash on Sept. 26 at the Diamond B Ranch along the Flathead River. The Bash kicks off at 5:30 PM and includes tours and stories, an auction that includes historic Flathead Valley memorabilia, music and much more. Call FLT at 406-752-8293 for ticket information.
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Date: 8/28/2015
Title: RMEF Conserves Habitat and Access Near Beartooth Wildlife Management Area
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family and a group of partners to permanently protect and conserve 2,810 acres of elk habitat in the Big Belt Mountains of west-central Montana. RMEF conveyed the land to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) which added it to the adjacent Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (WMA), expanding the game range by nearly nine percent.
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Date: 8/27/2015
Title: Montana Celebrates North Fork Conservation
Summary: From the Flathead Beacon August 26 news article: A coalition of unlikely bedfellows gathered on the banks of the North Fork, just north of Columbia Falls, to commemorate a historic measure to protect the sparkling river that rolled beside them. Energy executives mingled among fish biologists, while land managers, business champions, community boosters, tree huggers, and tree cutters all milled about the rock-strewn shore for a single unifying reason - the North Fork Watershed Protect Act
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Date: 8/26/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Part of Allstate Community Competition
Summary: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena has received $5,000 from Allstate Insurance after winning this year's “Cash for Your Community“ competition in Helena. As a responsive corporate citizen and active community partner, Allstate recognizes the importance that nonprofits play in the communities in which we live and work. This is why local Allstate agents selected nine nonprofit organizations in Helena to participate in the competition: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena, Boy Scouts of America Montana Council, Helena Food Share, Helena Kiwanis, Helena Youth Soccer Association Inc., Holter Museum of Art, Myrna Loy Center, Prickly Pear Land Trust and YMCA of Helena.
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Date: 8/25/2015
Title: Plum Creek, The Trust for Public Land Working on Whitefish Forest Conservation Project
Summary: Plum Creek Timber and The Trust for Public Land are working on a 15,000 acre forest conservation project that has gained strong local support.
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Date: 8/25/2015
Title: Senator Daines Talks Private Land Conservation in Ennis
Summary: Thanks to Senator Steve Daines for supporting voluntary, collaborative private land conservation in the High Divide.
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Date: 8/25/2015
Title: Tester and Land Trusts Rally Support for LWCF
Summary: Montana Senator Jon Tester, Missoula Mayor John Engen, other public officials and several land trusts rallied support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in Missoula yesterday.
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Date: 8/24/2015
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Thanks Congressman Ryan Zinke
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust executive director Gavin Ricklefs and board member Gary MacLaren thank Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke for his efforts on the Lazy J Cross Ranch conservation easement.
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Date: 8/23/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Helps Make Helena Top Biking Destination
Summary: Congratulations,City of Helena and Prickly Pear Land Trust. Helena is one of the top mountain biking destinations on earth!
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Date: 8/22/2015
Title: Dress Warm for Tonight's Evening on the Land Event
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Evening on the Land, set for 5:30 PM on Saturday, August 22, is sold out. It's going to be a chilly evening in the Gallatin Valley so please dress warm. From the GVLT website: Experience the natural splendor of a privately conserved property and join GVLT as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and the importance of our open lands. This year's event will be hosted by Mark and Nanette Kehke on recently conserved land along the banks of the East Gallatin River. The night will feature a meal crafted with locally sourced ingredients by renowned chef, Daniel Wendell. Enjoy unique experiential live auction packages, lively music from DJ Missy O'Malley, and dancing under the stars of the big sky. Attire: Montana Semi-Formal. This event is outdoors so please wear appropriate footwear and bring a warm layer for the evening.
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Date: 8/11/2015
Title: MALT Welcomes Montana's Sage Grouse Coordinator
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts membership congratulates and welcomes Carolyn Sime, who yesterday was named Montana's first Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program Manager. Carolyn will start Sept. 8 at the Montana DNRC and MALT looks forward to working with her on sage grouse conservation projects and actions.
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Date: 8/10/2015
Title: Montana TNC's Photo of the Month Series
Summary: Check out the August 2015 photo (and the all other photos) from the Montana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy's Photo of the Month collection.
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Date: 8/7/2015
Title: Community Trails Help Make Everything Better
Summary: Community trails systems make life, and the local economy, better. Great Falls Tribune touts those "exciting to see" benefits of community trails systems. That's Emmett Prucell on the bike in the photo.
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Date: 8/6/2015
Title: Land Conservation and Ranch Restoration in the Gallatin Valley
Summary: Billings Gazette Outdoor Reporter Brett French takes a look at ranch restoration and private land conservation in the Gallatin Valley. Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the Montana Association of Land Trusts are both referenced in the article.
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Date: 8/6/2015
Title: LWCF + Funding = More Recreational Access
Summary: Thanks to Senator Steve Daines and the Montana Congressional Delegation for supporting permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 8/4/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Photo Blitz Prize Winners
Summary: Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Montana Open Land Month photo blitz! Selected prize winners for the month: Robert Mullen, Connie Herberg, Nicholas Parker, Joel Thomson, Alana Hastings, cee_haas, zcoccoli, and Eric Ian. Congratulations! Check out the Travelers for Open Land blog for photo samples.
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Date: 8/3/2015
Title: Elk Foundation Conserves Habitat and Expands Access
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works to conserve elk habitat and expand recreational access in the Elkhorn Mountains.
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Date: 8/3/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Leader Named One of Helena's Top 20 Under 40
Summary: Congratulations to Prickly Pear Land Trust's new executive director Mary Hollow, who was just named one of Helena's Top 20 Under 40. Great to see the recognition for her and her work.
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Date: 8/2/2015
Title: Ravalli County Open Lands Bond Program Continues to Impress
Summary: The Ravalli County Open Lands Bond Program continues to produce impressive results. Congratulations to Bitter Root Land Trust and all involved. Travelers for Open Land helped fund the Lazy J Cross Ranch conservation easement
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Date: 7/31/2015
Title: 25 Reasons Why Montana's Open Space is Better Than Outer Space
Summary: Montana Open Land Month is celebrating the final day of July with a little fun. The creative and insightful Katherine Boyk salutes Montana with "25 Reasons Why Montana's Open Space is Better Than Outer Space." Thank you, Katherine.
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Date: 7/30/2015
Title: Land Trusts Hold Open Land Month Events Today
Summary: Two fun Open Land Month events today, July 30. At noon Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Discovery Walks series features the Story Mill History in Bozeman. And Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena will help dedicate an exciting new fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek at 5:30 PM.
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Date: 7/30/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust and Volunteers Expand Trails System
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust and a group volunteers, led by Walter Evans as part of his Eagle Scout project, have built a link between two popular South Hills trails.
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Date: 7/29/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Releases Newest Video - Wild Montana
Summary: Montana. Big Sky. Open Land. "This is as good as it gets," notes Ryan Chapin. We couldn't agree more! Thank you all for celebrating Montana Open Land - this month and every month! See the newest Open Land Month video, and all the Montana Open Month videos, here.
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Date: 7/27/2015
Title: Western Media Summit Discusses Value of Open Land
Summary: The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's Western Media Summit starts today in Bozeman. An array of journalists will learn about the economic importance of tourism, Montana's outdoor recreation industry, recreational access, private land conservation, Montana Open Land Month and more. Tuesday morning, July 28, Gallatin Valley Land Trust will lead a tour of the Oyler Conservation Easement.
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Date: 7/26/2015
Title: Montan Open Land Month at Red Ants Pants Festival
Summary: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band closes Red Ant Pants tonight. Swing by our booth to say howdy to the Montana Open Land Month crew and pick up a collectible bandana. Click here to see a photo.
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Date: 7/24/2015
Title: Big Weekend for Montana Open Land Month Events
Summary: Major huge open land weekend of events: Dancing at Red Ants Pants, fishing at Big Sky Fishing Festival, land trust morning walk in Bozeman, exploring and fun at Lewis & Clark Caverns, hiking to Little Spar Lake, plein air art in Helena, and more. Check it out at the Montana Open Land Month Website Calendar.
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Date: 7/23/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Has Booth at Red Ants Pants Music Festival
Summary: The Red Ants Pants Music Festival street dance kicks off tonight, and the big three-day festival starts tomorrow. Montana Open Land Month has a booth at the festival so swing by to pick up a cool bandana and tells us why open land is important to you.
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Date: 7/23/2015
Title: Montana Senators Lead LWCF Reauthorization Efforts
Summary: From Senator Jon Tester: Senator Jon Tester today announced his bill to increase public access to public lands was included in a comprehensive energy bill. Tester's Making Public Lands Public Act requires at least 1.5 percent or $10 million of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) every year be used to secure rights of way and easements that open up access to existing public lands. “In Montana, our public lands drive our economy, inspire folks to live and work here, and preserve our outdoor way of life,“ Tester said. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today announced the details of a comprehensive energy bill that includes permanent reauthorization of LWCF. Tester is also a cosponsor of a bill to fully fund LWCF. From Senator Steve Daines: Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that will permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund: “As Montana's sole member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I'm pleased that the Committee has reached a bipartisan solution to permanently reauthorize LWCF. LWCF is an important program for Montana that helps expand access to our public lands. I'm excited to finally take this significant step forward to ensure that this critical program remains in place for generations to come.“ Daines is a cosponsor of S.338 bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to secure a permanent solution for LWCF. Daines is only the Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to cosponsor S.338. Daines has been actively working to secure funding for LWCF. Daines successfully included an amendment in this year's Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
 
Date: 7/22/2015
Title: Open Land Is Good for Business
Summary: Open Land is good for business. Check out this latest video from talented EricIanPhotography. Thanks to Marne Haynes, Business for Montana Outdoors, and Dropstone Outfitters for your hard work and Montana-grown insights.
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Date: 7/21/2015
Title: What's Open Land Mean to You? Freedom
Summary: Montana Open Land Month had a booth at the Moods of the Madison Music Festival and we encouraged folks to swing by the booth and tell us what open land meant to them. Here are a couple photos. Pretty cool. Open Land means Freedom. Yes, it does. Thanks to all who helped make these photos happen.
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Date: 7/20/2015
Title: Buck's T-4 Lodge Supports Montana's Great Outdoors
Summary: Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky is part of Round It Up America, and Buck's has designated Travelers for Open Land to receive donated funds through the Round It Up program. Thanks to Buck's co-owners David O'Connor and Chuck Schommer and the Buck's T-4 staff for supporting Montana's great outdoors.
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Date: 7/18/2015
Title: Senator Daines, DNRC, Talk Forest Management During Open Land Month
Summary: Open land is forest land, and Senator Steve Daines, DNRC's Forest Division, and others talked about the value of Montana forests during a Montana Open Land Month discussion yesterday in Bozeman.
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Date: 7/17/2015
Title: Big Sky Promoting Round Up for Open Land
Summary: Big Sky's Mike Scholz took the stage last night during the Big Sky concert to let folks know about the Round Up for Open Land program and Montana Open Land Month. Thanks, Mike, and thanks to all the Big Sky businesses participating in Round Up for Open Land.
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Date: 7/16/2015
Title: Denny Iverson School of Conservation Graduates Another Class
Summary: Potomac area rancher Denny Iverson took time out from haying last week to host 24 land managers who are participants in the University of Montana Wilderness Institute's annual International Seminar on Protected Area Management. Iverson, former Five Valleys Land Trust board member, leader within the Blackfoot Challenge, logger and rancher, has a FVLT conservation easement on the ranch. From the Missoulian article: Members of the group also came from India, Palestine, Georgia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moldova, Brazil, Guyana, Israel, Zambia, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Gabon, Ecuador and Nepal. In some cases, land managers in other countries don't have any other colleagues to help them in their job to protect the landscape. They deal with poaching and human encroachment, and Jenny Tollefson of FVLT said the U.S. already has dealt with similar problems.
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Date: 7/16/2015
Title: Tour of the Bitterroot Rides on July 19
Summary: Want to see some of the prettiest places the Bitterroot has to offer? Check out the Tour of the Bitterroot bike ride on Sunday, July 19.
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Date: 7/15/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Celebrating 30th Anniversary
Summary: Flathead Land Trust celebrates its 30th anniversary during Montana Open Land Month, thanks to folks like David and Haydi Sowerwine. Congratulations to FLT, its staff, board, members and supporters.
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Date: 7/14/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Has Booth at Moods of the Madison Music Festival
Summary: Moods of the Madison Music Festival is ready to roll July 17-18 in Ennis, and Montana Open Land Month will be there. Stop by our booth and visit with Stephanie, Meredith, Joe or Kelly, and (for a small donation) pick up one of our Montana Open Land Month cool bandanas.
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Date: 7/14/2015
Title: Senator Daines Voices Support for LWCF
Summary: Great to see Sen. Daines' support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF has provided major benefits to Montana's great outdoors and economy.
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Date: 7/13/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Video Captures Agricultural Heritage
Summary: This great new Montana Open Land Month video by Eric Ian captures Montana's agricultural heritage and its ties to our future. The stewardship commitment expressed by Rick Berg and Jim Cusker is impressive and inspirational.
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Date: 7/12/2015
Title: In Montana, Outdoor Fun is Family Fun
Summary: Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column: Open Land Has a Big Role in Our Montana. Wonderful column written by Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
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Date: 7/11/2015
Title: RMEF Event Speakers Salute Tenderfoot Project, LWCF, Montana Open Land Month
Summary: RMEF board president Chuck Roady, Senator Steve Daines, Wayne Hirsch, Governor Steve Bullock and USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie were among the dignitaries speaking at the Tenderfoot Project Ceremony, held July 10 in the Montana Capitol. Many of the speakers at the Tenderfoot - LWCF ceremony saluted Montana Open Land Month and the value of Montana land conservation efforts.
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Date: 7/10/2015
Title: Office of Tourism Helps Promote Montana Open Land Month
Summary: Here's a shout out to the Montana Office of Tourism for helping promote July 2015 Montana Open Land Month. Great job, and thank you very much.
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Date: 7/9/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Celebrates Rock Creek, Montana Open Land Month
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and Governor Steve Bullock celebrated the Rock Creek Confluence Project with project partners, Rock Creek community members, local legislators and county commissioners and more during a Montana Open Land Month event on July 8. At a separate Montana Open Land Month event later that night at Marshall Mountain, Five Valleys honored The Montana Nature Conservancy and Missoula Mayor John Engen during an "old fashioned hoedown." The Marshall Mountain party featured local food and brews, kids games, music and more. A crowd of over 250 attended. Five Valleys saluted Montana TNC and Mayor Engen for their support of local open land conservation efforts.
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Date: 7/9/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Featured on FWP Video and Magazine
Summary: Thanks to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for helping spread the word about Montana Open Land Month. Open Land Month was featured in an FWP video that aired on television and got a nice mention in the July/August 2015 edition of Montana Outdoors.
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Date: 7/8/2015
Title: Big Day for Montana Open Land Month in Missoula
Summary: Governor Bullock visits the Confluence Property at Rock Creek today at 2:00 PM as part of Montana Open Land Month. Five Valleys Land Trust and the Governor will tour the property, and FVLT will thank Governor Bullock for his supportive role in the project. Five Valleys Land Trust is also throwing a hoedown on Marshall Mountain at 5:00 PM to celebrate Montana Open Land Month. And today the Missoula County Commission will proclaim July 2015 as Montana Open Land Month.
 
Date: 7/7/2015
Title: Open Land Defines Who, What We Are
Summary: "Close your eyes, imagine the word 'Montana,' and visualize an image. It doesn't matter if you're retired and looking back or young and looking ahead: the image in your mind is almost certainly inspired by open land." Thanks to the Montana Standard in Butte for publishing Ron Marcoux's and Bromley Maharg's open land guest column.
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Date: 7/6/2015
Title: Montanans Help Celebrate First Ever Montana Open Land Month
Summary: A Helena Independent Record article provide some background information on Montana Open Land Month and Montana private land conservation.
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Date: 7/6/2015
Title: Second Montana Open Land Month Video Released
Summary: Just released: Eric Ian's second Montana Open Land Month video, titled "Outdoor Value." Enjoy! Thank you, Eric Ian.
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Date: 7/2/2015
Title: FIve Valleys Land Trust Throwing Open Land Month Hoedown
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is throwing an open land party at Marshall Mountain on July 8, and you're invited.
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Date: 7/2/2015
Title: Round Up for Open Land at Big Sky
Summary: Thanks to Big Sky Resort and all the Big Sky businesses participating in Round Up for Open Land. Funds help conserve land, water and trails. http://openlandmt.org/round-up/
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Date: 7/1/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month and Goodnight Big Sky
Summary: It's a full moon tonight, perfect for a Montana-made bedtime tale titled "Goodnight Big Sky." It's a Montana open land version of "Goodnight Moon," written, illustrated and produced by Katherine Boyk. Enjoy!
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Date: 6/30/2015
Title: Land Trusts Talk LWCF With Senator Steve Daines
Summary: Thanks to Sen. Steve Daines for his support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and for his interest in working with Montana conservation organizations as Congress considers reauthorization of the program. Full and permanent LWCF funding would greatly benefit Montana. Montana land trusts, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trust for Public Land and Gallatin Valley Land Trust, participated in the meeting and voiced support for LWCF reauthorization without administrative changes.
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Date: 6/30/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Begins July 1
Summary: Montana Open Land Month kicks off on July 1. Thanks to Eric Ian for this great (brief) introductory video to what Montana Open Land Month is all about. MALT is the lead organization for Montana Open Land Month.
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Date: 6/28/2015
Title: NorthWestern Energy Helps Sponsor Montana Open Land Month
Summary: The members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts thank NorthWestern Energy for helping to sponsor Montana Open Land Month. July 2015 has been recognized by Governor Bullock as Montana Open Land Month. Visit the Montana Open Land Month website to learn how you can help celebrate and participate in saluting the importance of open land.
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Date: 6/25/2015
Title: Montana TNC Featuring Montana Photo of the Month
Summary: Check out the Montana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy's Montana Photo of the Month for some great Montana photographs.
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Date: 6/24/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Sees Support for Pattee Canyon Proposal
Summary: More exciting private land conservation in the works for Missoula. Five Valleys Land Trust is working with landowner and the city for Pattee Canyon open land.
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Date: 6/23/2015
Title: RMEF Lands Director Named One of Missoula's Top 20 Under 40
Summary: Congratulations to Jennifer Doherty, Director of Lands at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, for being named one of the top 20 professionals under age 40 in Missoula.
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Date: 6/22/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Celebrates With Barn Bash
Summary: Tickets are on sale for the Sept. 26 Flathead Barn Bash, celebrating 30 years of conservation with Flathead Land Trust. Info is available at FLT website.
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Date: 6/21/2015
Title: GVLT Helps Riders Celebrate Longest Day of Trails
Summary: Bozeman bike riders hit the trails from dawn to dusk yesterday during the annual Longest Day of Trails event. Gallatin Valley Land Trust is a sponsor of the event.
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Date: 6/19/2015
Title: Montana Senators Help Fund LWCF
Summary: More work left to do, but some positive news on the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thanks to Montana Senators Tester and Daines for their support on this important Montana program. Congressman Zinke also supports LWCF, but yesterday's action was in the Senate.
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Date: 6/18/2015
Title: Longest Day of Trails Coming up June 20
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the community of Bozeman will celebrate the Longest Day of Trails on Saturday, June 20. The event take places Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will include guided bike rides for all abilities and ages through the Main Street to the Mountains trail system.
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Date: 6/17/2015
Title: Montana Land Reliance Website Features Testimonials
Summary: The recently redesigned Montana Land Reliance website features three brief videos of landowners discussing the benefits of conservation easements.
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Date: 6/16/2015
Title: Duckworth Helps Sponsor Montana Open Land Month
Summary: Thanks to Duckworth (based in Bozeman) for helping to sponsor Montana Open Land Month. We appreciate your support of our project and of Montana open land. The Montana Association of Land Trusts is leading the Montana Open Land Month effort.
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Date: 6/15/2015
Title: Steve Powell Park Receives Volunteer TLC
Summary: GSK employees in Hamilton volunteer time, energy and TLC to improve Stave Powell Park. The park is one of the projects funded by Travelers for Open Land. Steve Powell Park is one of Bitter Root Land Trust's signature projects and named after Bitterroot Valley conservation pioneer and leader Steve Powell.
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Date: 6/12/2015
Title: Apsen Trails Celebration Set for July 30
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust, project partners and the Helena community will celebrate the opening of the Aspen Trails Fishing Access Site on Thursday, July 30. Aspen Trails is a great example of a land trust and community partners working to improve outdoor recreation and access, conserve open land and clean water, and improve local quality of life. Stay tuned for more details.
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Date: 6/10/2015
Title: Nonresidents Spent $3.9 Billion in Montana in 2014
Summary: The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana estimates 10.9 million nonresident travelers spent $3.9 billion in Montana in 2014. The visitors directly supported more than 38,000 Montana jobs and indirectly supported an additional $1.9 billion of economic activity and 15,000 more jobs, according to the study.
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Date: 6/9/2015
Title: TNC's Work on Prairie Grasslands and Sandhill Cranes Applauded
Summary: Butte resident Vince Fischer admires The Nature Conservancy's prairie grasslands and sandhill crane efforts.
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Date: 6/7/2015
Title: Conservation Outcome for Proposed North Shore Development?
Summary: The North Shore Ranch on Flathead Lake is back in the news. The owner of the 367-acre property wants to sell, and a possibility is to conserve the unique north shore landscape and retain its open land attributes.
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Date: 6/5/2015
Title: Bozeman Discovery Walks Provide Trail Insights and Helpful Info
Summary: Discovery Walks in Bozeman offer insights and helpful information about the 80 miles of Bozeman-area trails. Gallatin Valley Land Trust has organized the Discovery Walks program.
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Date: 6/5/2015
Title: Montana Open Land Month Featured on Commerce Department Website
Summary: This is pretty cool. Montana Open Land Month is a new feature on the Montana Department of Commerce website home page. The website offers a series of photos promoting Montana programs and activities, and Open Land Month is in the mix. Thanks Governor Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce!
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Date: 6/4/2015
Title: Tour of the Bitterroot on July 19
Summary: Tour of the Bitterroot, one of Montana's premier biking events, is set for Sunday, July 19. The Tour is sponsored by Bitter Root Land Trust and features the Skalaho Mountain Tour ride through the Bitterroot National Forest. Registration is now open.
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Date: 6/2/2015
Title: June 6 is National Trails Day
Summary: June 6 is National Trails Day...great time to volunteer or get out and have some fun, or both. Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust writes in a Bozeman Chronicle guest column that "There is no way to quantify trails' value in our lives, but we do know the many ways trails benefit our communities.They encourage free, accessible fitness for all ages and abilities, draw tourism that spurs our economy, give kids access to the natural world, and provide safe alternative transportation routes."
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Date: 6/1/2015
Title: How Will You Celebrate Montana Open Land Month?
Summary: Montana's inaugural Open Land Month starts in 30 days. July 2015 is officially recognized as Montana Open Land Month...how are you planning to help celebrate Montana's open lands?
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Date: 5/31/2015
Title: Happy Trails Andy Baur
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust and friends will be wishing Andy Baur Happy Trails during a community gathering at the Spring Meadow State Park Pavilion in Helena starting at 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 4. Drop by and wish Andy luck in his new adventure with the Western Conservation Project. From PPLT: Please join us for a community picnic to celebrate Andy's legacy with PPLT! We'll gather at the Spring Meadow Lake pavilion next Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and PPLT will provide burgers and hot dogs (while they last), beer, lemonade and live music. Rumor has it that "Andy and the Trailbreakers" will be playing. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share! Hope to see you there!
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Date: 5/29/2015
Title: Open Land Is In Our Blood
Summary: Ron Marcoux and granddaughter Bromley Maharg treasure Montana open land. "Montana open land: it defines who we are and what we are. We - the authors of this article - are connected by blood, a grandfather and granddaughter, and we are connected to Montana's great outdoors through affection, appreciation and admiration."
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Date: 5/28/2015
Title: Report Outlines Value of LWCF to Montana
Summary: From Montana Public Radio: A new report released by a broad array of Montana conservation, timber and recreation groups details the economic and conservation benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal program that takes fees paid by offshore oil and gas drilling companies and uses the money to buy or preserve natural areas for public benefit. LWCF has been used in Montana to buy and upgrade many of the state's fishing access sites. The LWCF has been the center of debate before, and the program will end unless it's re-authorized by Congress by September.
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Date: 5/27/2015
Title: DU Receives Wetlands Award on May 28
Summary: Congratulations to Ducks Unlimited, recipient of the Montana 2015 Wetland Stewardship Award. DU has been active in Montana wetlands conservation for over 30 years and has helped conserve over 70,000 acres of wetlands and associated grasslands. DU and other Montana Wetland Council award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in the Montana State Capitol on May 28 at 11:00 am.
 
Date: 5/21/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Helps Improve River Riparian Health
Summary: A group of volunteers including Flathead Land Trust is helping improve the riparian health of the Flathead River. The effort is part of the Flathead River to Lake Initiative.
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Date: 5/20/2015
Title: Helena Salutes PPLT Leader Andy Baur
Summary: Helena celebrated Andy Baur Day on May 18, to salute the former Prickly Pear Land Trust leader.
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Date: 5/19/2015
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Offers Trail Run Series
Summary: Kaniksu Land Trust, in partnership with Outdoor Experience, hosts the 2015 KLT Trail Run Series at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch featuring a 5k on May 19, a 10k on June 16, and a 15k on July 28. Registration begins April 14 at Outdoor Experience in downtown Sandpoint. - Start time is 6 p.m. - Registration for a single race is $25; registration for the three race series is $60. - Sign up for the series by May 19th in order to receive an event T-shirt. - Registration is limited to 200 per day. - Day of race registration begins at 5 p.m. at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch (directions). No T's will be available for day of race registration.
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Date: 5/17/2015
Title: MSGA Accepting Stewardship Award Applications
Summary: The Montana Stockgrowers Association is accepting applications for the MSGA Montana Environmental Stewardship Award. Do you know a Montana rancher who is a leader in stewardship and sustainability, implementing conservation practices to ensure the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of their operation? Applications are due June 30.
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Date: 5/15/2015
Title: Vital Ground Foundation Names Ryan Lutey New Executive Director
Summary: Congratulations to Ryan Lutey, new executive director of The Vital Ground Foundation.
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Date: 5/14/2015
Title: Aerial View of Missoula South Hills Spur Proposal
Summary: Here's a drone's-eye view of the Five Valleys Land Trust exciting South Hills Spur project near Missoula.
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Date: 5/11/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Officially Launches Missoula South Hills Spur Project
Summary: Here's an exciting new conservation and trails opportunity in the South Hills near Missoula. One of the major announcements - and key fundraising touchstones - at the Five Valleys Land Trust banquet on May 9 was a potential breakthrough on a project FVLT has been working on for over a decade. From the Missoulian article on May 10: Years of negotiations may bring a crucial spur of Dean Stone Mountain into Missoula's network of conservation lands. That could open a trail to a unique vista over the valley from the city's otherwise highly privatized South Hills.
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Date: 5/10/2015
Title: 'Welcome to Montana' Highway Signs Help Fundraise for Open Land
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula held its annual spring banquet and auction on May 9 and had a fabulous night. Thanks to the great community support, FVLT had (by far) its best fundraising banquet ever. And two 'Welcome to Montana' highway signs sold for $10,500 each, with all proceeds earmarked for Montana private land conservation.
 
Date: 5/10/2015
Title: Mary Hollow Takes Reins at Prickly Pear Land Trust
Summary: Congratulations to Mary Hollow and Prickly Pear Land Trust, as PPLT announces Mary will take over as executive director on June 1. Mary brings tremendous experience, skills and conservation passion to PPLT. Best wishes to Andy Baur, who led PPLT to new heights and focused on projects that truly served the greater Helena area community.
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Date: 5/8/2015
Title: MALT Thanks Zinke for Federal Lands Support
Summary: Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke took a strong stand against the transfer of federal lands last week in a vote against a proposed House budget resolution.  "In Montana, our land is our way of life," Zinke told the Great Falls Tribune. "Our public lands support local economies and provide generations of Montanans with world-class opportunities in hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreation. And, our land provides us with vast natural resources and unrivaled energy potential. Montana is not for sale." Thank you, Congressman Zinke.
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Date: 5/8/2015
Title: New Funding Will Help Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Stewardship Act, SB 261, will provide $10 million for private land conservation efforts to help protect sage sage grouse habitat and populations. The Governor signed the bill into law on May 7. MALT was one of the lead organizations advocating for passage of the bill.
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Date: 5/7/2015
Title: Don't Fence Me In Trail Run Takes Off on May 9
Summary: One of Montana's best trail runs is set for Saturday, May 9.
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Date: 5/6/2015
Title: Welcome to Montana Highway Signs Auctioned for Conservation
Summary: Remember the old blue "Welcome to Montana" highway signs? They welcomed home a generation of Montanans, as well as welcomed a generation of visitors to Montana. These signs have been decommissioned, but you have a special opportunity to purchase one of these rare Montana treasures. Proceeds from the sale of the sign will fund open land conservation and Travelers for Open Land. Check out the Five Valleys Land Trust May 9 Banquet and Action.
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Date: 5/5/2015
Title: Bullock Vetoes Federal Land Study Bill
Summary: Governor Steve Bullock has vetoed HB 496, state legislation that proposed to study federal land management in Montana. The Governor is quoted as saying he believed a purpose of the bill was to assist in the transfer of federal lands to state or private authority. “A careful reading of the bill .. reveals that the transfer of public lands is still very much in the sights of the task force,“ Bullock's veto letter says. “My position on this issue is crystal clear: I do not support any effort that jeopardizes or calls into question the future of our public lands heritage.“
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Date: 5/4/2015
Title: Enjoy a Flathead Bike and Bird Trip May 16
Summary: Join Flathead Land Trust on a bike and bird trip in the Smith Valley on Saturday, May 16, from 9:00 AM to noon. Other hosts are Flathead Audubon, Rails to Trails, Bike Saturdays and the Flathead River to Lake Initiative. The bike route is about 8.5 miles around the Smith Lake Waterfowl Production Area highlighting conservation projects that expand the protection of the wetland complex and important migratory bird habitat. For trip details contact Please Laura Katzman of Flathead Land Trust at 752-8293 or lkatzman@bigsky.net.
 
Date: 4/30/2015
Title: Ducks Unlimited Will Receive Wetlands Award
Summary: Congratulations to Ducks Unlimited, recipient of the Montana 2015 Wetland Stewardship Award. DU has been active in Montana wetlands conservation for over 30 years and has helped conserve over 70,000 acres of wetlands and associated grasslands. DU and other Montana Wetland Council award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in the Montana State Capitol on May 28 at 11:00 am.
 
Date: 4/29/2015
Title: Whitefish Voters Approve Haskill Basin Funding
Summary: Whitefish voters overwhelmingly voted to approve funding for a conservation easement at Haskill Basin that will protect the city's water supply, maintain recreational access and continue active forest stewardship.
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Date: 4/28/2015
Title: Montana Legislature Approves $10 Million for Sage Grouse Conservation
Summary: The 2015 Montana Legislature adjourned today, and one of its accomplishments was passage of SB 261, which created the Montana Sage Grouse Stewardship Act. SB 261, carried by Sen. Brad Hamlett, authorizes rule-making by the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team and appropriates $10 million for voluntary, incentive-based measures to conserve sage grouse habitat and sage grouse populations.
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Date: 4/19/2015
Title: Steve Powell Park Dedication Set for April 22
Summary: A great community project to honor a land conservation pioneer. Travelers for Open Land helped fund this project.
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Date: 4/17/2015
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Working With County on Conservation Easements
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and Missoula County are working toward an agreement on stewardship of four conservation easements.
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Date: 4/14/2015
Title: MALT Signs LWCF Support Letter
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts has signed onto a national letter of support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The letter urges full funding and permanent reauthorization for LWCF. The program will expire in 2015 without reauthorization. The LWCF Coalition is rallying support for the important program in advance of an April 22 hearing in the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The LWCF has been instrumental in Montana in creating parks and playgrounds, conserving wildlife habitat, helping natural resource management and much more.
 
Date: 4/11/2015
Title: Steve Powell Park Dedication Set for April 22
Summary: Congratulations to the City of Hamilton. Hamilton and Bitter Root Land Trust will dedicate the opening of Steve Powell Park at 5:00 PM on April 22. The dedication ceremonies include tours, special guests and presentations honoring the people and organizations that made the new city park possible. Call Emy at 406-375-0956 for more info.
 
Date: 4/8/2015
Title: MALT Testifies In Support of Trails Bill
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts testified yesterday in support of state legislation that would create a funding source for shared-trails safety education and trail maintenance. HB 604 is introduced by Rep. Ed Greef (R-Florence).
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Date: 4/6/2015
Title: TNC Helps Conserve Cottonwoods in Northeast Montana
Summary: The Billings Gazette reports that The Nature Conservancy has purchased a 256-acre conservation easement on the Cornwell ranch, west of Glasgow, that includes some of the largest blocks of cottonwood forest on the Milk River.
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Date: 4/3/2015
Title: Elk Foundation, DU and Others Fight for Montana Sportsmen
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and other Montana outdoor organizations have called on the Montana Legislature to restore FWP funds that have been inexplicably withheld within FWP's budget. Over $12 million in spending authority for FWP conservation and habitat protection funding is being withheld by the Legislature. Programs include Habitat Montana ($10.7 million), Upland Game Bird Program ($849,000), Fishing Access Site Program ($345,000) and more. Funds in the accounts still exist, and the funds cannot be used for any other purpose than the statutory programs as created. The Legislature's current actions deny FWP the ability to spend sportsmen's dollars as prescribed by law. “This does not make sense,“ said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “In essence, the Legislature is both jeopardizing crucial access and habitat funding while also turning its collective back on Montana's sportsmen who have long fought for better access to public lands and improved wildlife conservation and management. It is sportsmen and women who funded these programs for the betterment of wildlife in the state.“
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Date: 4/2/2015
Title: Whitefish Vote on Haskill Basin Proposal Starts April 8
Summary: Whitefish residents will be soon be voting on a proposal to conserve Haskill Basin and the city's major water supply. From the article: If Whitefish were to lose access to Haskill Basin water, it would force the alternative of pumping and treating water from Whitefish Lake, costing an additional $500,000 annually, according to Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld. Last year, Stoltze and the nonprofit Trust for Public Lands (TPL) reached a deal that would keep the land permanently protected for water, wildlife and recreation uses, while still allowing Stoltze's sustainable timber management to continue.
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Date: 3/31/2015
Title: Bozeman Group Studies Value of Trails
Summary: What is the value of trails? Quite a bit, actually.
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Date: 3/30/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Helps Celebrate Fishing Pond Expansion
Summary: Flathead Land Trust and project partners will be celebrating the expansion of the Pine Grove Pond Family Fishing Access Site on April 11. The expansion nearly doubles the size of the fishing area, and free hot dogs and lemonade will be part of the celebration. Call FLT at 752-8293 or email flt@bigsky.net for more details.
 
Date: 3/26/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust, Local Landowners and Partners Conserve Small Wetlands
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust, landowners, and a group of partners helped conserve a small wetland home to 111 different species of birds.
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Date: 3/25/2015
Title: Don't Fence Me In Trail Run Coming Up May 9
Summary: Helena's Don't Fence Me In Trail Run is set for May 9. Registration is open now. The race is sponsored by Prickly Pear Land Trust.
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Date: 3/24/2015
Title: Great Day in Montana's Capitol
Summary: Great day in the Montana Capitol yesterday with Land Trust Day in the Capitol. Thanks to land trust staff, board members and landowners who participated in the event, thanks to the 250 or so folks who joined us for lunch in the Capitol rotunda, thanks to Prickly Pear Land Trust for organizing the lunch, thanks to Governor Steve Bullock, Sen. Fred Thomas and Rep. Hunter for visiting with the land trust community and thanks to Martha Williams and the UN Law Clinic students for joining us.
 
Date: 3/22/2015
Title: Former Whitefish Mayor Supports Haskill Basin Proposal
Summary: Former Whitefish Mayor Mike Jenson is supporting the Haskill Basin proposal. From his letter to the editor: There are ancillary benefits to this ballot measure to be sure. Some of these are property tax relief, recreation, viewshed, wildlife habitat, as well as continued timber jobs through FH Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. I do not want to make light of these - they are very important. Make no mistake however: the overriding issue before us is water. This is our opportunity to permanently protect our water source in Haskill Basin.
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Date: 3/20/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust: Trails and Conservation
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust encourages you to Take a Deep Breath. Watch their new video here.
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Date: 3/19/2015
Title: Great Showing in Montana Capitol for National Ag Day
Summary: Great showing yesterday in the Montana Capitol for National Ag Day. Montana's farmers and ranchers are great land stewards.
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Date: 3/18/2015
Title: March 23 is Land Trust Day in the Capitol
Summary: March 23 is Land Trust Day in the Capitol during Montana's legislative session. The land trust and landowner participants will be greeted by Sen. Fred Thomas, meet with House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, visit with Governor Bullock, host a luncheon in the Capitol rotunda and visit with legislators. Thanks to all who are participating.
 
Date: 3/16/2015
Title: What is Nature Worth? Studies Help Show Value
Summary: What's the local economic value of the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the Missouri River? At least $120 million annually.
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Date: 3/15/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust and Trail Ambassadors Improve Trail Experiences
Summary: Trail "Ambassadors" and Gallatin Valley Land Trust are helping make the Bozeman trails an even better experience. “Gallatin County is the fastest growing county in Montana,“ said GVLT associate director Kelly Pohl. “We are seeing continued use on our trails, and we anticipate more growth and use of the trail system in the future. We thought it would be good to put some smiling faces out there to share knowledge of the trail system and trail etiquette.“
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Date: 3/12/2015
Title: Why I Conserved My East Gallatin Ranch
Summary: A well-written guest column in the Bozeman Chronicle explains why a Gallatin Valley couple conserved their ranch. Mark Kehke writes, "we feel we are being good stewards of this land and at the same time leaving a legacy not only for our grandchildren, but for the citizens of the Gallatin Valley and all Montanans."
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Date: 3/11/2015
Title: Zinke Supports LWCF
Summary: Thanks to Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke for signing on to a letter of support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF has helped fund a broad array of natural resource, recreational and land management benefits in Montana.
 
Date: 3/9/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Stories From the Land Video
Summary: Check out Flathead Land Trust's new Stories From the Land video. Nicely done.
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Date: 3/8/2015
Title: Montana Congressional Delegation Supports Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary: Thanks to all three members of the Montana Congressional Delegation for supporting the conservation tax incentives. Montana is the first state this year of have entire delegation in support of agricultural and conservation tax incentives.
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Date: 3/6/2015
Title: Montana Forest Landowner Conference Set for April 24
Summary: Check out the April 24 Montana Forest Landowner Conference in Helena. The conference theme is "Things That Live in the Forest" and a conference agenda and registration are available at the Northwest Management website. The sixth annual conference is sponsored by the Montana Forrest Stewardship Foundation.
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Date: 3/5/2015
Title: Sen. Tester Supports LWCF Permanent Reauthorization
Summary: Thanks to Senator Jon Tester for supporting permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 3/3/2015
Title: RMEF's Bugle Magazine Editor Stayed Committed to the Mission
Summary: Jan Brocci, editor of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Bugle magazine, helped a generation of students and outdoor writers and was "committed to the mission." http://helenair.com/
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Date: 3/1/2015
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Seeks Funding for Historic Sula Basin Conservation Easement
Summary: Great work on a great project by Bitter Root Land Trust to work with landowners and other project partners to conserve agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, riparian areas, recreational access and more.
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Date: 2/27/2015
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Project Receives Commission Approval
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust's proposed conservation easement on Little Prickly Pear Creek and Big Sheep Creek has been approved by the county's open land bond advisory council and the Lewis and Clark County Commission.
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Date: 2/24/2015
Title: Ties to the Land Workshop Brochure
Summary: Here's an electronic copy of the 2015 Ties to the Land Workshops brochure. Dates, times, locations, workshop content and contact information is provided.
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Date: 2/22/2015
Title: Haskill Basin Funding Proposal Goes to Whitehall Voters
Summary: The Whitefish City Council has voted 5-1 to allow local residents the opportunity to vote on Haskill Basin conservation funding. Stoltze Land and Lumber owns the property.
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Date: 2/19/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Says Make Tracks for Trails
Summary: Snow or no snow, the show - Make Tracks for Trails - will go on in Bozeman on Feb. 22. Check out Gallatin Valley Land Trust's website for details.
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Date: 2/18/2015
Title: Guest Column Voices Support for Tourism's Economic Contributions
Summary: Mike Scholz, who helped create Travelers for Open Land and is a leader within Montana's tourism industry, co-wrote a guest editorial in the Bozeman Chronicle voicing approval of legislation that supports Montana's "cultural, historical and recreational heritage."
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Date: 2/13/2015
Title: MALT, TNC Support State Sage Grouse Management
Summary: A broad range of conservation and agricultural organizations, industry groups and others offered legislative testimony in support of a new state sage grouse conservation proposal. The Montana Association of Land Trusts and The Nature Conservancy supported the sage grouse legislation.
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Date: 2/13/2015
Title: US House Passes Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary: The US House of Representatives passed the enhanced conservation tax incentives on Feb. 12 by a 279-137 vote, with Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke voting in favor. Bethany Erb of the Land Trust Alliance worked with Congressman Zinke, MALT, Flathead Land Trust and The Montana Land Reliance on a statement for Congressman Zinke to enter into the Congressional Record. The statement highlighted MLR and FLT conservation easement success stories. Thanks to the Alliance, FLT, MLR and Congressman Zinke. The enhanced conservation tax incentives were created in 2006 and expired at the end of 2014.
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Date: 2/12/2015
Title: Haskill Basin Vote Coming Up
Summary: The Whitefish City Council is expected to vote Feb. 17 on a proposal to help fund the Haskill Basin conservation proposal.
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Date: 2/10/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Says Thanks to Buck's T-4
Summary: Thanks to the guests, owners and staff at Buck's T-4 in Big Sky for your $1,025 contribution to Travelers for Open Land. Buck's has been a consistent supporter of Travelers for Open Land and we're very grateful for their participation in the program.
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Date: 2/9/2015
Title: Cinnabar Foundation Names Wolfe New Executive Director
Summary: Congratulations to Gary Wolfe, who'll take the helm of the Cinnabar Foundation in early March. Gary is currently executive director of The Vital Ground Foundation, a land trust in Missoula focusing on grizzly bear conservation.
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Date: 2/8/2015
Title: Montana Senators Remain Optimistic on LWCF
Summary: Montana Senators Tester and Daines still optimistic on LWCF reauthorization. The LWCF will expire on Sept. 30, 2015 unless Congress continues the program.
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Date: 2/4/2015
Title: Best Wishes to Andy Baur at Prickly Pear Land Trust
Summary: Best wishes to Andy Baur as he departs Prickly Pear Land Trust for a new venture with the Western Conservation Project. Andy's been a terrific leader and made a positive difference for PPLT and Helena.
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Date: 2/3/2015
Title: Flathead Land Trust Honors Conservation Leaders
Summary: Flathead Land Trust gave leadership awards to Ken Siderius and Bill Dakin, two Flathead pioneers and leaders in private land conservation.
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Date: 2/2/2015
Title: Blackfoot Challenge to Discuss Clearwater-Blackfoot Project
Summary: From the Blackfoot Challenge: Monday, February 2nd, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Lubrecht Conference Center, Greenough The Nature Conservancy of Montana just acquired 117,000 acres in the Blackfoot and Clearwater watersheds. Join us for the first of many conversations to discuss the transfer of these lands into public and private ownership. Coffee and tea will be served.
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Date: 1/30/2015
Title: Montanans Rally in the Capitol Feb. 16 for Public Land
Summary: On President's Day, Monday, Feb. 16, Montanans will rally in the Capitol rotunda at noon in support of federal lands. Buses will be transporting people from various cities to attend the rally, and additional rally information is available here at the Public Lands in Public Hands Facebook page.
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Date: 1/27/2015
Title: Northland Woodlands Publication Available
Summary: Forest management, forest health and forest sustainability are key issues for Montana forest owners. Northland Woodlands, a publication designed to provide forest landowners with forest management information, is available though a PDF here.
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Date: 1/23/2015
Title: Montana Land Trust and Tribes Collaborate on Conservation
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes received recognition on the Land Trust Alliance website for their collaborative conservation efforts on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
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Date: 1/19/2015
Title: Montana Forest Steward's Journal Available
Summary: Here's an electronic copy of The Forest Steward's Journal, a publication produced by the Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scientific and silviculture information to private forestland owners about healthy, sustainable forest management.
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Date: 1/19/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Awards Grant to Conserve Ag Soils
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded Gallatin Valley Land Trust a $5,000 grant to help conserve 712 acres of farmland in the Gallatin Valley. The grant will enable GVLT and the landowner to protect important agricultural soils, local agricultural production and iconic open space.
 
Date: 1/19/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Thanks Magpie Guest House
Summary: Travelers for Open Land thanks the Magpie Guest House in Bozeman for collecting donations from their guests to support our program. Kathy and Jeff at the Magpie Guest House have been strong participants in Travelers for Open Land and have helped the program raise over $200,000 to conserve Montana open land. Thank You!
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Date: 1/16/2015
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Receives $3.7 MIllion Grant
Summary: Congratulations to Gallatin Valley Land Trust for its Regional Conservation Partnership Program award. This is great news for GVLT and great news for the Gallatin Valley.
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Date: 1/16/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Helps Conserve Historic Ranch
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded a $5,000 grant to Bitter Root Land Trust to help conserve 209 acres featuring important agricultural soils plus elk and mule deer habitat, on an historic ranch in Ravalli County. The Bailey Farm conservation easement has strong local support and will assist an NRCS Farm Bill program.
 
Date: 1/15/2015
Title: 2015 Is The Year of Open Land
Summary: Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust writes in the Bozeman Chronicle that 2015 "is the year of open land."
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Date: 1/15/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Helps Fund Ellis Mountain Area Conservation Easement
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation in Missoula has received a $4,000 Travelers for Open Land grant to help fund a conservation easement to conserve important wildlife habitat near the convergence of the Ninemile and Clark Fork Valleys, by Ellis Mountain. The property provides important habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife species. (Lance Schelvan Photo)
 
Date: 1/14/2015
Title: MALT Signs Sage Grouse Letter to Legislators
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is one of the organizations that have signed a letter to the Montana Legislature urging continued state management of sage grouse and sage grouse habitat conservation.
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Date: 1/14/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Helps Protect Missoula Area Recreational Property
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded Five Valleys Land Trust a $4,000 grant to help fund acquisition of the Marshall Mountain recreational property near Missoula. The goal is to maintain and perhaps expand the mountain bike racing and other outdoor recreation opportunities at Marshall Mountain.
 
Date: 1/13/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Helps Fund Clark Fork Valley Conservation Easement
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded Kaniksu Land Trust a $3,500 grant to help fund a 90-acre Clark Fork Valley conservation easement that will conserve open land, local farmland and a wildlife connectivity area. Kaniksu Land Trust is based in Sandpoint, ID and works in Idaho and western Montana.
 
Date: 1/12/2015
Title: Travelers for Open Land Awards $21,350 in Grants
Summary: Travelers for Open Land awarded five grants totaling $21,350 today. The grants will help conserve ranch and agricultural lands, outdoor access and recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, open lands and more. Since 2009 Travelers for Open Land has awarded over $200,000 to help fund 30 land conservation projects. We'll highlight one grant award each day for five days, starting tomorrow. Thanks to everyone - participating businesses and contributors - for making TFOL such a valuable program.
 
Date: 1/5/2015
Title: Open Land Helps Drive Montana's Economy
Summary: Tourism is a major economic force in Montana, and Travelers for Open Land helps conserve an asset essential to tourism: open land.
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