Montana Association of Land Trusts

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

News and Reports

Date: 12/30/2016
Title: Cinnabar Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Program
Summary: The Cinnabar Foundation's 2017 Challenge Grant application period opens on January 2, 2017. Please use the link to learn more about application details.
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Date: 12/29/2016
Title: Cooperative Partnership Helps Complete Lazy Burnt Fork Conservation Easement
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust, the NRCS, the Ravalli County Open Lands Program and Steve and Catherine Peckinpaugh recently completed a 333-acre conservation easement on the Lazy Burnt Fork Ranch near Stevensville. In addition to the ranch's contribution to the agricultural economy, the Peckinpaugh Ranch also provides habitat for wintering and calving elk and mule deer, spawning and rearing habitat for cutthroat trout, and a diversity of habitats for migratory songbirds, upland birds and raptors.
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Date: 12/28/2016
Title: TNC - BLM Expand Blackfoot Recreation Corridor
Summary: The Nature Conservancy has sold about 5,500 acres of former Plum Creek timberlands to the Bureau of Land Management in a deal that expands and maintains Blackfoot area access and recreation opportunities. The Missoulian reported on Dec. 26 the 5,500 acres, part of the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project, includes Belmont Creek and lands north of the Blackfoot River and west of Clearwater Junction. “We wanted to take a step back and understand how folks who live and work in that place use it,“ TNC land protection director Chris Bryant said of the Belmont Creek Tract. “Adding to the Blackfoot recreation corridor made the most sense.“ TNC purchased the property from Plum Creek Timber Co. as part of a 117,000-acre sale of lands in the Gold Creek and Belmont Creek drainages northeast of Missoula.
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Date: 12/27/2016
Title: Iverson, Wolfe Receive Missoula Conservation Roundtable Awards
Summary: Big shoutouts to Gary Wolfe and Denny Iverson, two private land conservation leaders who recently received Missoula 2016 Conservation Roundtable Awards.
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Date: 12/26/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Among Whitefish Trail Partners
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is among a group of partners working with Whitefish Legacy Partners to complete an impressive network of trails around Whitefish Lake.
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Date: 12/23/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Writes About Value of Wildlife Habitat
Summary: Gusty Clarke of The Montana Land Reliance writes about the value of wildlife habitat and private land conservation in the Montana Wildlife Federation Winter 2017 Newsletter (page 9).
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Date: 12/21/2016
Title: Lewis and Clark County Approves $600,000 for Conservation Easement
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission voted to approve $600,000 of county open land program funding to purchase a conservation easement on the Shoco Ranch, located along the Rocky Mountain Front. The $600,000 was not the full requested amount, and the outcome of the proposal is uncertain.
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Date: 12/20/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust: Protect What You Love
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust's end-of-the "Protect What You Love" campaign is generating plenty of interest and support.
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Date: 12/19/2016
Title: MALT Premiers Film On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation
Summary: The MALT 21-minute film celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement made its debut with showings to the MALT membership on Dec. 7 and to the Blackfoot Challenge on Dec. 14. The film, titled On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation, was filmed by photographer Eric Ian, with partial funding from the Montana Department of Commerce. MALT's members will be scheduling additional viewings for the public in early 2017.
 
Date: 12/18/2016
Title: Ravalli County Open Land Program: Conserving Ag Lands
Summary: The Ravalli County Open ballot measure was passed by voters in 2006, and since its implementation has been a model of efficiency and success. The focus has been conserving Bitterroot Valley farms and ranches, and after funding 19 conservation easements that have protected over 5,000 acres, the program "is just now hitting its stride."
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Date: 12/16/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust 2016 Conservation Leadership Award Goes to BJ and Milt Carlson
Summary: FROM FLATHEAD LAND TRUST: The incredible conservation leadership, service and dedication of Milt and B.J. Carlson was honored at our holiday party and annual meeting on Thursday, December 1st as the couple accepted the third annual FLT Conservation Leadership Award. After arriving in the Flathead in the late 1980's, both Milt and B.J. began getting very involved in conservation and community service. The Carlson's set a great example to others by donating a conservation easement on 19 acres of their property along the Stillwater River just north of the hospital in 1990. They conserved another 7 acres of the uplands of the property in 1998. Milt joined the FLT board in 1991 and was involved as a board of director or advisory board member until 2007 - a total of over 17 years! Milt and B.J. have given so much back to this community through their tireless volunteerism and activism. This includes founding members of Citizens for a Better Flathead, members of North 93 Neighbors, City-County Planning Board, and the Glacier Symphony and Chorale board to name a few. They are also generous philanthropic supporters to FLT and many organizations doing good work in the Flathead. Susan How, former FLT executive director said “Both Milt and B.J. have always personified grace and goodwill under pressure. Their shared sense of the values of community, conservation, and caring mark the true north of a compass that guides us all to do our best.“ Thank you Milt and B.J. for all that you've helped to accomplish and have made possible. Our Flathead land, water and community owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
 
Date: 12/14/2016
Title: Blackfoot River Community Park Project Finalized
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission unanimously voted to approve slightly over $18,000 in transaction costs to Five Valley Land Trust in a final county approval step of the Blackfoot River Community Park project. FVLT purchased land along the Blackfoot River in Lincoln to create a local park and provide community residents access to the river. MALT and Montana land trusts thank the county commissioners and the county open land program for their support of this valuable community project.
 
Date: 12/13/2016
Title: Elk Foundation Releases Specimen Creek Video
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has released a video documenting the importance of conservation partnerships and the value of the Specimen Creek conservation project. RMEF worked with a variety of partners, including Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Lewis and Clark County Open Space Program and the Cinnabar Foundation, to permanently protect and open access to 720 acres of wildlife habitat while also improving access to more than 5,000 acres of nearby public lands. RMEF purchased the two tracts from Stimson Lumber and immediately conveyed them at no cost to FWP which added the acreage to expand the Canyon Creek Wildlife Management Area.
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Date: 12/12/2016
Title: Watch Bozeman Grow...and Grow
Summary: Check out a Google Earth very brief timelapse video to see the amazing growth of the Gallatin Valley and Big Sky areas over the past few decades. Agriculture land disappears and new roads flourish.
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Date: 12/9/2016
Title: 2,888-Acre Helena Valley Ranch Conserved
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust and the Gehring family have teamed up with the Lewis and Clark County Open Land Program and others to conserve the 2,888-acre 150-year-old Gehring Ranch. Travelers for Open Land contributed to the project.
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Date: 12/7/2016
Title: Lewis and Clark County Commission Sets Dec. 13 to Consider Proposals
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission has set Dec. 13 as a meeting date to consider final county open land program funding for the Blackfoot River Community Park and Shoco Ranch conservation easement proposals.
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Date: 12/6/2016
Title: New York Magazine Touts Out West as Great Gift Idea
Summary: New York Magazine has included the John Mayer/The Laundress products OUT WEST as a terrific holiday gift idea. Half the income from OUT WEST goes to Montana private land conservation.
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Date: 12/5/2016
Title: MALT Meets Dec. 7 at Montana Wild Education Center
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts will meet on Dec. 7 at the Montana Wild Education Center in Helena. The meeting agenda contains a full day of action items including the premier of a MALT film commemorating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement and 40 years of Montana private land conservation excellence.
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Date: 12/2/2016
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Combines Conservation, Art and Holiday Spirit
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust and five local artists are teaming up to celebrate local land conservation, area artwork and the holiday season on Dec. 9 - 10 in Hamilton. The Ravalli Republic reports the artists will be showcasing their artistic talents at the BRLT office, and a portion of the sales proceeds will benefit the land trust. “The land trust gives back to us,“ artist Karen Savory said. “They really support the arts and look for these types of partnerships.“
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Date: 12/1/2016
Title: Out West Videos Feature MALT - John Mayer
Summary: Two new videos on The Laundress Facebook page highlight the Out West products, including John Mayer saying: MALT is a great organization is in Montana. The two videos are titled The OUT WEST Launch Party with John Mayer and How To Handwash Like A Rockstar. 50 percent of the income generated from Out West goes to Montana land trusts and Montana private land conservation.
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Date: 11/28/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Salutes Volunteers on Dec. 6
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is holding its annual PPLT Volunteer Appreciation Party on Tuesday, Dec. 6, starting at 5:30 PM at The Hub in downtown Helena. Volunteers and family members are welcome to attend. RSVP by calling PPLT at 442-0490 or email peggy@pricklypearlt.org.
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Date: 11/27/2016
Title: Missoula Open Land Bond is a Huge Success Story
Summary: A Missoulian article (under the headline After 20 Years, 1995 Open Space Bond Legacy Strong in Missoula, Northwest) documents the support and value of open land to the Missoula community.
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Date: 11/25/2016
Title: RMEF Founder Selected for Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame
Summary: Bob Munson, who in 1984 helped create the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, will be one of the inductees into the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame during a Dec. 3 ceremony in Helena.
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Date: 11/23/2016
Title: Great Falls Tribune Reports on MSGOT Sage Grouse Funding
Summary: David Murray of the Great Falls Tribune has written an article highlighting the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team's actions to fund a conservation easement in north central Montana. The 18,000 acre 44 Ranch is in core sage grouse habitat and the easement will be held by The Montana Land Reliance.
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Date: 11/22/2016
Title: John Mayer Out West Cyber Sale On Now
Summary: The Laundress and John Mayer Out West is "a collection that celebrates our mutual affection for the laundry experience with the spirit of the American West, benefiting the Montana Association of Land Trusts. Better yet, Out West is 25 percent off through Cyber Week. Makes a great Montana gift!
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Date: 11/21/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Working for Sandhill Crane Conservation
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is seeking donations to secure a conservation easement on 400 acres of land vital for many birds, especially sandhill cranes
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Date: 11/20/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Obtains State Sage Grouse Conservation Funding
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team on Nov. 18 approved state sage grouse stewardship funding for two conservation projects involving two MALT members. The Montana Land Reliance's 44 Ranch conservation easement and The Nature Conservancy's Hansen Ranch conservation easement were both approved, and both projects work with landowners to conserve sage grouse habitat and populations.
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Date: 11/18/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party Set for Dec. 2
Summary: The Five Valleys Land Trust annual holiday party is coming up on Friday, Dec. 2. Don't miss out on an evening of fun, community and celebrating a year of conservation success stories. The FVLT holiday party is a part of Missoula's monthly First Friday activities and is open to the public, so bring your friends! Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. When: Friday, December 2nd, 2016; 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Where: The Five Valleys office, 120 Hickory Street, Suite B, Missoula. Questions? Contact Lena at lena@fvlt.org or at (406) 549-0755 x 212
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Date: 11/17/2016
Title: Bozeman Chronicle: Story Park Will Be Community Centerpiece
Summary: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Nov. 15 editorial strongly endorses the Trust for Public Land's work and the Story Mill Community Park master plan. From the editorial: TPL, in particular, is owed a debt of gratitude for all the work it has done to make this land public and the work it will be doing to develop the park over the next couple of years.
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Date: 11/16/2016
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Celebration of Thanks on Nov. 20
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust is inviting supporters and others to join them in a Celebration of Thanks event on Sunday, Nov.20, at the Wild Mare Restaurant, located in Corvallis. The event runs 4-7:00 PM. RSVP by contacting Emy Royce by Nov. 17 at 375-0956 or emy.royce@bitterrootlandtrust.org.
 
Date: 11/15/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Video Promotes West Valley Wetlands Project
Summary: Do you know how important Flathead Valley wetlands are to sandhill crane migration? Flathead Land Trust's new video does an excellent job of showing the value of the West Valley Wetlands Project.
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Date: 11/14/2016
Title: Blackfoot River Community Park Receives County Open Land Program Funding
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission on Nov. 10 approved $85,000 in county open land program funding for Blackfoot River Community Park. Five Valleys Land Trust is working with landowner Paul Roos, the community of Lincoln and Prickly Pear Land Trust to create the 9.5-acre community park and help provide community access to the Blackfoot River. Under the proposal, FVLT would own and manage the property, and the project enjoys broad support throughout the Lincoln and Blackfoot area. The commissioners also decided to schedule a discussion on Nov. 29 to consider FVLT's request for the county's open land program fund $17,887 in project transaction fees.
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Date: 11/13/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Working to Help Conserve Rocky Mountain Front Ranch
Summary: A 30-day comment period has started on the Shoco Ranch/Rocky Mountain Front conservation easement proposal. The Montana Land Reliance, project partners and landowner seek Lewis and Clark County open land funds to help conserve 836-acre ranch.
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Date: 11/11/2016
Title: Mount Jumbo - It's Now and Forever
Summary: Noted writer and Five Valleys Land Trust board member Greg Tollefson explores the significance - and the backstory - of community efforts to conserve Missoula's Mount Jumbo.
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Date: 11/8/2016
Title: Story Mill Community Park Master Plan Receives Unanimous Approval
Summary: "God, this is a great park." Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman receives enthusiastic approval.
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Date: 11/7/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust and Missoula Celebrate Mount Jumbo Anniversary
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust, other land trusts and conservation groups, Missoula local government and many others celebrated the 20th anniversary of conserving Mount Jumbo with the Run Wild Missoula 15K Elk Ramble on Oct. 25. Mount Jumbo is one of the signature Missoula area open land program conservation projects.
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Date: 11/6/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust's Raz Featured in Helena IR Article
Summary: Robert (Raz) Rasmussen, trails coordinator for Prickly Pear Land Trust, was featured in the Helena Independent Record Nov. 6 Making Your Mark series. Congrats, Raz.
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Date: 11/4/2016
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Takes a Thoughtful Look at Windmills
Summary: Peter Brown, stewardship director at Gallatin Valley Land Trust, writes about the evolution of landowners' use of wind as a source of energy.
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Date: 11/3/2016
Title: FWP Video Touts Conservation Easement Success
Summary: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks video series highlights value of conservation easements to Montana's wildlife, outdoor recreation, agriculture and culture.
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Date: 11/2/2016
Title: Montana Outdoors Magazine Explores Value of Conservation Easements
Summary: The Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Montana Outdoors Magazine makes a case for conservation easements in an article titled "Saving the Best Forever."
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Date: 10/31/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Helps Conserve Bighorn Sheep Habitat
Summary: Montana's first conservation easement in 1976 conserved open land and wildlife habitat in the Blackfoot Valley. Montana's newest conservation easement, bordering the Blackfoot River west of that 1976 easement, accomplishes the same goals. Five Valleys Land Trust, the Wisherd family, Missoula County open lands program and the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation partnered to complete a 304-acre easement near Bonner that conserves important bighorn sheep habitat.
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Date: 10/30/2016
Title: MALT Voices Support for ALE Program
Summary: Montana Association of Land Trusts executive director Glenn Marx was a panelist on Sen. Jon Tester's 2018 Farm Bill listening session in Missoula on Oct. 28 and voiced support for the NRCS Agriculture Land Easement (ALE) program. Marx was one of eight participants who addressed conservation titles within the Farm Bill, and he expressed support for the NRCS, landowner and land trust commitment to ALE. He also touted the program's benefits to Montana agriculture, local communities, the state's economy, open space and wildlife habitat. MALT sincerely thanks Sen. Tester and his staff for their Farm Bill efforts and for inviting MALT to participate.
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Date: 10/27/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Easement Receives Support, Funding
Summary: The Missoula County Commission and Missoula City Commission voted unanimously to tap open land program funding to conserve a 575-acre Grass Valley ranch. The Montana Land Reliance will hold the easement on the ranch owned by Charlie and Nancy Deschamps.
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Date: 10/26/2016
Title: Flathead Forest Health Tour Features Spring Hill Ranch
Summary: The annual Flathead Timber Tour featured landowner Jim Watson and the Spring Brook Ranch last week, and focused on forest management and forest health. Jim has been active in private land conservation, local trails and recreation, and other community efforts.
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Date: 10/25/2016
Title: Made in Montana: Weddings for Open Land
Summary: Your wedding is about love, celebration, and people...not stuff.
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Date: 10/24/2016
Title: MALT To Participate in Sen. Tester 2018 Farm Bill Discussion
Summary: Montana Senator Jon Tester is kicking off discussions of the 2018 Farm Bill with a series of “Barnstormin' Farm Bill Listening Sessions“ that will focus on specific portions of the Farm Bill. A Tester Farm Bill listening session last week in Billings focused on livestock, pulse crops and grain production. A listening session on Friday, Oct. 28, will feature Farm Bill conservation titles and forestry components. MALT executive director Glenn Marx, Blackfoot Challenge executive director Gary Burnett and Challenge president Jim Stone are among those scheduled to participate. The event is set for 8:30 - 10:30 AM and will take place at Room 106 in the Gallagher Business Building on the UM Campus.
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Date: 10/23/2016
Title: What's the Future of Ag Open Land in the Gallatin Valley
Summary: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle takes a look at the challenges at maintaining a viable agriculture economy in the Gallatin Valley. Conservation easements are one option that helps landowners and local government address development pressures.
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Date: 10/21/2016
Title: Lewis and Clark County Open Land Program Considering Three Proposals
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Open Land Program is currently reviewing three proposals to tap the county open land program's funding. In addition to the two proposals in this Helena IR article, the county commission is also expected to take action on the Lincoln Community Park proposal next week.
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Date: 10/20/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trusts Seeks to Conserve Local Farm Land
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is proposing tap local open land bond funding programs to conserve 75 acres of farm land near Missoula.
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Date: 10/19/2016
Title: MALT Membership Meets Dec 7
Summary: The membership of the Montana Association of Land Trusts will meet on Dec. 7, 10:00 am, at Montana Wild in Helena. Please contact Glenn at montanamalt@q.com if you'd like info about MALT or the meeting.
 
Date: 10/18/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Helps Conserve Big Hole Valley Property
Summary: A 2,500-acre ranch along the Big Hole River was recently permanently protected from development through a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance.
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Date: 10/17/2016
Title: Elk Foundation Funding Bolsters Wildlife Habitat, Research
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation announced this week it has awarded $461,660 in grant funding to help carry out 37 habitat stewardship, research and hunting heritage projects across the state of Montana. “Montana boasts some prime elk habitat but some areas are badly overgrown with vegetation that blocks the sun from reaching the forest floor thus limiting needed forage. Thinning, prescribed burning and aspen restoration projects will help reverse that,“ said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “We also awarded funding for an ongoing, multi-year brucellosis study and predator management research.“
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Date: 10/16/2016
Title: GQ Magazine Labels Out West a 'Must Have' Product
Summary: Among GQ Magazine's 19 international "must have" menswear items...Out West, with proceeds going to Montana private land conservation. Pretty amazing.
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Date: 10/14/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Helps Conserve 5,800 Acres in Sapphire Mountains
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust proudly announces the completion of a 5,800-acre conservation easement in the northern Sapphire Mountains, thanks to a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and MPG Ranch. The conservation easement protects a key portion of a threatened wildlife corridor that connects iconic North American ecosystems.
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Date: 10/12/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Helps Conserve Big Hole Property
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance and the Gainey Foundation have worked together to conserve a 2,500-acre ranch along the Big Hole River. In 2011, the Gainey Foundation approached the land reliance group to permanently conserve its ranch with a conservation easement. In 2013, the Gainey Foundation worked with the National Resources Conservation Service to create a Wetland Reserve Easement on its wetland and adjacent acres. In 2016, with support from NRCS and private donors, MLR successfully met the sale price and recorded the easement in Madison County.
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Date: 10/11/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust: How It All Began
Summary: As Prickly Pear Land Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary, the land trust's first executive director recounts the formation and early days of PPLT.
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Date: 10/10/2016
Title: Coffee and Wine Sales Help Vital Ground and Grizzly Bears
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation is partnering with Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery in Missoula and Montana Coffee Traders in Whitefish to conserve grizzly bear habitat. Vital Ground's Business Partners in Conservation program provides critical support for the organization's work and a unique opportunity for businesses to align themselves with conservation values. Ten Spoon and Montana Coffee Traders are two of the program's most recognizable participants, thanks to their affiliated products, Prairie Thunder wine and Grizzly Blend coffee. Each time a consumer purchases a pound of Grizzly Blend or a bottle of Prairie Thunder, they contribute $1 to Vital Ground and its mission of protecting and restoring healthy grizzly populations for future generations.
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Date: 10/7/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Conserves Madison Valley Ranch
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance and Jack Reints have worked to secure a conservation easement on Reints' 12-acre Madison Valley Ranch. The Reints Ranch is a 120-acre contiguous parcel of agricultural land adjacent to Ennis and Jeffers. Both the Madison River and O'Dell Spring Creek flow through the property, and it's located within 1 mile of six other protected MLR easement properties. The addition of Reints' ranch to this group contributes to and ensures perpetual habitat connectivity, open space, and agricultural preservation in this area of the Madison Valley. Travelers for Open Land was one of the funders that supported the effort.
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Date: 10/6/2016
Title: Two Conservation Easements Advance In Lewis & Clark County Open Land Bond Program
Summary: Two conservation easement proposals - one by Prickly Pear Land Trust and one from The Montana Land Reliance - received unanimous recommendation from the Lewis and Clark County Open Land Bond Citizen Advisory Council. Next step is consideration from the county commissioners.
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Date: 10/5/2016
Title: Missoula City and County Commissioners Approve South Hills Spur Proposal
Summary: From the Missoula Current: The city's network of open space grew by 83 acres on Monday night after the Missoula City Council and Board of County Commissioners voted to protect a prominent knoll in the South Hills from future development. Passed unanimously by both governing bodies, the vote conserves the South Hills Spur and clears the way for several other proposed land acquisitions - each part of a larger effort to protect nearly 4,000 acres across the South Hills in perpetuity. “The South Hills Spur builds on the work of our predecessors,“ said Pelah Hoyt, lands director for Five Valleys Land Trust. “This ring of conservation around Missoula improves the lives of our citizens. It forms the foundation for the modern economy we're trying to build here.“
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Date: 10/4/2016
Title: TPL Celebrates Story Mill Park Restoration
Summary: The Trust for Public Land and its project partners have completed key riverbank restoration activities within Story Mill Park in Bozeman. Story Mill Park is a true community asset and a great example of community conservation.
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Date: 10/3/2016
Title: Out West Wth John Mayer on MTV Website
Summary: The Out West collaboration with John Mayer, The Laundress and MALT was featured on the MTV website after the Sept. 29-30 product launch. Half the proceeds from Out West sales go to MALT and Montana private land conservation. Thank you, John Mayer and The Laundress.
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Date: 10/2/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Rock Creek Property is Perfect Classroom
Summary: Fifth grade students from Missoula's Lowell Elementary School conducted a recent field trip to the confluence of the Clark Fork River and Rock Creek to experience the essence of Montana. The property is owned and managed by Five Valleys Land Trust, and Missoula Current reports on the field trip as well as the importance of the property.
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Date: 9/30/2016
Title: John Mayer, MALT, The Laundress Product Sales Go Live
Summary: Sept. 30 marks the official kickoff of Out West, the laundry products designed by The Laundress and musician John Mayer, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to MALT and Montana private land conservation. Great products. On sale now. For a great cause. Check it out.
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Date: 9/29/2016
Title: GVLT's Trailtember Fest and Pedal Parade Rides Tonight
Summary: As Gallatin Valley Land Trust says, September means one last hurrah before the warm weather fades away. Let's celebrate an amazing season on the trails with a fun-time pedal parade through town, followed by a rockin' party, food, booze, and live music. Dress up in your best neon costume, bring your ride, and get ready to close the summer down in style. The pedal parade starts at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the GVLT office at 212 S. Wallace and the fun for the non-riders starts at 5:30 at the East Gallatin Recreation Area.
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Date: 9/28/2016
Title: MLR Flathead Ag Forum Set for Oct. 6
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance 2016 Flathead Regional Agricultural Forum will be held on October 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. The forum starts at 8:30 AM and features a broad discussion about GMOs.
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Date: 9/26/2016
Title: Heart of the Rockies Meets Sept. 26-27 In East Helena
Summary: The Heart of the Rockies Initiative will meet Sept. 26-27 at the Kleffner Ranch in East Helena. The agenda includes discussions about community conservation and a tour of the Prickly Pear Land Trust Peaks to Creeks Project, landscape conservation and more.
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Date: 9/23/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust and Big Sky Brewing Phenomenal Partnership
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and Big Sky Brewing Co. teamed up to raise $100,000 during the Big Sky Concert Series this summer. FVLT helped provide the volunteers to pour beer, Big Sky Brewing provided the brews and venue, and Missoula area open land and trails are the beneficiaries.
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Date: 9/22/2016
Title: Helena's Happy Trails and Open Space
Summary: Helena writer Tom Palmer's guest column recognizes the pioneers and visionaries who led creation of the Helena community trails and open space initiatives back in the mid 1990s.
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Date: 9/21/2016
Title: Vital Ground Acquires Key Inholding
Summary: An important inholding on a southern spur of the Cabinet Mountains will remain undeveloped ‒ preserving the integrity of a U.S. Forest Service inventoried roadless area and a portion of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone ‒ thanks to Vital Ground's acquisition of a 43-acre parcel on the west side of the Weber Gulch drainage near Thompson Falls.
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Date: 9/20/2016
Title: MLR Greater Yellowstone Agricultural Forum Set for Nov. 3
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance will hold its second annual Greater Yellowstone Agricultural Forum on Nov. 3, 8:00 AM, in Three Forks. See PDF for details.
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Date: 9/19/2016
Title: Congressional Hearing Set on Alex Diekmann Peak Proposal
Summary: The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the Alex Diekmann Designation Act of 2016 next Thursday, Sept. 22. The bill would name an unnamed peak in the Madison Mountain Range after Alex Diekmann, who worked for 16 years as a project manager for the Trust for Public Land. Diekmann died of cancer earlier this year. Diekmann negotiated land swaps and conservation easements across the West, working on more than 55 projects covering more than 100,000 acres.
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Date: 9/18/2016
Title: John Mayer, The Laundress and MALT Featured on People Magazine Website
Summary: The partnership with The Laundress, John Mayer and MALT to support Montana private land conservation was recently featured on the People Magazine website.
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Date: 9/16/2016
Title: MT Congressional Delegation Helps Obtain Whitefish Watershed Project Funding
Summary: Montana's Congressional Delegation announced that it has worked to obtain $2 million in LWCF funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project. "Thank you to Senator Tester, Senator Daines, and Congressman Zinke for their continued support of conservation efforts in Montana. This $2 million grant will help further the large scale, partnership-based conservation efforts being undertaken by the Montana Department of Natural Resources. The grant will help support Montana's incredible natural heritage for future generations and contribute to conservation of Canada lynx, bull trout, grizzly bears and other federally-listed species.“ said Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 
Date: 9/15/2016
Title: GVLT Salutes Departing Kelly Pohl on Sept. 15
Summary: After ten years at Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Kelly Pohl is taking her skills to new opportunities at Headwaters Economics. Before she departs, however, the folks at GVLT and Bozeman are holding a "Toast and Roast" for Kelly today, Sept. 15. The event takes place at Beall Park Center at 415. N. Bozeman. MALT will participate in the festivities, and we extend a sincere thank you to Kelly for her support and efforts within the MALT Farm Bill Team, her excellent Bozeman Chronicle Column and multiple other efforts to support MALT and its mission.
 
Date: 9/14/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust's Harvest Moon Banquet Tickets On Sale Now
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust's annual Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction is set for Sept. 24 at the Helena Civic Center. The event will help mark PPLT's 20th anniversary and a theme of the banquet is "PPLT - 20 Years and Rising." The event is sure to sell out and tickets are on sale now. The festivities start with a 5:00 PM cocktail hour and silent auction, with dinner and live auction to follow.
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Date: 9/13/2016
Title: Is a Wedding in Your Future?
Summary: Weddings for Open Land is a Montana-made program for Montana weddings that helps conserve the essence of Montana and helps give added meaning to your wedding.
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Date: 9/12/2016
Title: Growing Interest in Community Forests
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation and project partners helped create the Alvord Lake Community Forest. The High Country News takes a look at the interest in and promise of community forest management.
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Date: 9/10/2016
Title: The Laundress and John Mayer Team Up for Montana Conservation
Summary: The Laundress and musician John Mayer are launching a new product with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for the Montana Association of Land Trusts and land conservation. From The Laundress: Introducing The Laundress X John Mayer, a collaboration inspired by a mutual passion for fashion, a collective devotion to the care and preservation of clothing, and a love for the personal experience of laundry that we share with John Mayer. Together we've created a collection benefiting the Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT) with 50% of proceeds from sales going towards MALT's land conservation efforts. Find out more about The Laundress X John Mayer on the blog.
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Date: 9/9/2016
Title: Montana Congressional Delegation Requests Hearings on Alex Diekmann Peak Proposal
Summary: A united Montana Congressional Delegation has requested Congress hold hearings on the proposal to name a Madison Range Peak after Alex Diekmann. MALT is also united in its support for the proposal and the hearings.
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Date: 9/8/2016
Title: GVLT's Kelly Pohl Celebrates Two Milestones
Summary: Kelly Pohl's Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column commemorates two milestones, one national and one local...the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 100th conserved property by Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
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Date: 9/7/2016
Title: Missoula Celebrates Open Land Bond Anniversary Tomorrow
Summary: The city and county of Missoula will celebrate the 10th anniversary of passage of the 2006 open space bond measure with an event at Silver Park starting at 5:00 PM on Thursday, Sept. 8. From the Missoulian: Since Missoula County voters passed a $10 million open space bond in 2006, nearly 29,000 acres - 7,500 acres larger than the island of Manhattan - have been protected in perpetuity. The areas chosen protect working agricultural fields, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation opportunities, river corridors and scenic vistas. On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands Program and the City of Missoula's Open Space Program will host a party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the county's first open space bond and its accomplishments.
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Date: 8/30/2016
Title: Alliance Offers Community Conservation Webinar
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance is offering a webinar on Sept. 14 at noon MST that will feature a presentation about community conservation. From the Alliance: Have you heard about ambassador lands? They're lands held and managed by land trusts that are more for engaging people than for conserving their environmental value. They are a way land trusts are increasing community passion for land and building long-term support while making their communities healthier. For those interested in creating an ambassador land, we offer this webinar.
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Date: 8/29/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Barn Bash Set for Sept. 17
Summary: The Second Annual Flathead Land Trust Barn Bash is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Diamond B Ranch near the Flathead River with the Swan Mountain Range as a scenic backdrop. The Barn Bash will include live music by Rob and Halladay Quist, a locally sourced farm-to-table BBQ dinner, local craft brews and distilled spirits, an exciting auction, and much more. Purchase tickets at www.flatheadlandtrust.org or call 406-752-8293. Don't wait -- seating is limited.
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Date: 8/26/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance, Audubon Team Up for Bird Walk
Summary: This Sept. 3 (7:45 am start time) trip will explore the Kelly Ranch along the Gallatin River west of Bozeman. The ranch includes wet meadow, cottonwood gallery forest, and dry juniper habitats. We will be looking for early fall migrants and some lingering birds along the Gallatin River corridor. Kathryn Kelly, ranch owner and Greater Yellowstone Manager for the Montana Land Reliance will join the group to discuss a bit of history of the ranch, and the process and benefits of creating conservation easements, one of the most powerful tools to accomplish habitat protection, for birds and other wildlife. This 4-5 hour trip will require 1-2 miles of easy walking. Call John Parker at 406-586-5863 to reserve a spot.
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Date: 8/25/2016
Title: Website Offers Studies Detailing Benefits of Trails
Summary: Headwaters Economics has a neat website page that lets you look up the value of trails by Benefit, by Use, by Year and by Region. There have been an impressive amount of studies conducted that outline the value of community trails.
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Date: 8/24/2016
Title: Missoula County Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Open Land Bond
Summary: Join Missoula County and the City of Missoula to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first County-wide Open Space Bond. Recognize the accomplishments it made possible and the countless landowners and partners who have helped conserve more than 29,000 acres across the county. We will have free ice cream, refreshments, folf and other kid's activities sponsored by Missoula Parks and Recreation. Local leaders will share their stories working with the bond and all those associated who have made this such a success. There will be raffle drawings from KettleHouse Brewing Company. The event takes place Sept. 8, starting at 5:00 PM, at Silver Park in Missoula.
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Date: 8/23/2016
Title: Billings Named America's Best Town of 2016
Summary: Billings is named “America's Best Town of 2016“ according to results from the final round of an online tournament-style voting competition organized by Outside Magazine. One reason why is the expanding outdoor recreation opportunities in the area... opportunities highlighted in this MALT 2016 video.
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Date: 8/22/2016
Title: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Surpasses 10,000 Conservation Projects
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has surpassed a major milestone: 10,000 conservation projects. From RMEF: RMEF's first habitat stewardship project was a 1986 prescribed burn in a place fittingly named Elk Creek on the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. The backcountry burn encompassed more than 1,000 acres of prime elk habitat where shrubs had become overgrown or decadent. “We are grateful to our many partners who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in making meaningful conservation work a reality. We vow to accelerate our conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,“ said RMEF president and CEO David Allen. To date, RMEF completed 10,198 lifetime conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in 49 states that permanently protected or enhanced 6,883,479 acres of vital elk habitat.
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Date: 8/21/2016
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Sponsors Weathering the Elements Run
Summary: Do you enjoy getting in the thick of putting on events? KLT needs YOU! Connect with us to join Weathering the Elements 5K Walk/Run Team and have a blast creating this unique event for Sandpoint. For more information on how to get involved contact Suzanne @ 208.304.0477
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Date: 8/19/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Ag Forum Set for Oct. 6
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance annual Agricultural Forum is set for Oct. 6, starting at 8:00 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. This year's program will feature a discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Dr. William Dyer from Montana State University College of Agriculture will begin with a scientific review of GMOs and explain how they are presently used in agriculture. Next, speaking on the pros and cons of GMOS, will follow presentations from James Curry, a representative from Monsanto Company and Becky Weed, an organic sheep/wool producer. The program will conclude with an expert panel discussion accepting questions from the audience. Contact MLR's Mark Schiltz at 406-837-2178 or at mark@mtlandreliance.org for details.
 
Date: 8/18/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Seeking Improved Blackfoot River Access
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is working with a group of project partners and the Lewis & Clark County Open Space Program to purchase land along the Blackfoot River near the town of Lincoln to create a new park.
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Date: 8/17/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust and Peaks to Creeks Featured by Land Trust Alliance
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance is featuring Prickly Pear Land Trust and the Peaks to Creeks project in eNews and on the Alliance web. The Peaks to Creeks proposal ties in trails, outdoor education, open land and helps protect the mission of Helena's Fort harrison.
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Date: 8/16/2016
Title: MALT, Land Trusts, Participate in August 17 Conservation Easement Workshop
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust, The Montana Land Reliance, and the Montana Association of Land Trusts will join the NRCS and others in Helena for a Conservation Easement Workshop. The workshop takes place on Wednesday, August 17, starting at 9:00 am at the Forest Service office (2880 Skyway Drive). Contact Abby Dresser at 406-544-6445 for details.
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Date: 8/15/2016
Title: GVLT Receives Round of Applause from Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Summary: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle August 12 editorial gives Gallatin Valley Land Trust a tip of the hat for GVLT's work to conserve open land and expand the community trails system.
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Date: 8/11/2016
Title: Governor Bullock Talks Trails With Prickly Pear Land Trust and Work Crews
Summary: Governor Bullock talks trails and stewardship with Prickly Pear Land Trust and Montana Conservation Corps on the new Andy (Baur) Trail. From the Helena IR article: The new section of trail, called the “Andy Trail“ for former Prickly Pear executive director Andy Baur, creates a loop above the Old Chevy from the Ambrose Trail making for a gentler climb. The project is being funded through the land trust and the city.
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Date: 8/9/2016
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Reaches 100 Conservation Easement Milestone
Summary: Congratulations to Gallatin Valley Land Trust for reaching the impressive milestone of 100 conservation easements. These conservation easements produce economic, outdoor recreation and quality of life benefits for the community and the landscape. Congratulations also to the landowners who helped make this accomplishment possible.
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Date: 8/8/2016
Title: TNC, Blackfoot Challenge Set Community Meetings
Summary: The Nature Conservancy and Blackfoot Challenge are hosting community meetings this week to gather insights and information about management options and outcomes for the 117,000-acre Clearwater / Blackfoot property. From the Blackfoot Challenge: Last year, The Nature Conservancy purchased 117,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber land in the Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys. Over the next few years, they would like to identify permanent conservation owners that will support the surrounding communities' uses and values of this landscape. In order to do this, they need to hear from you. How and where do you use this landscape? What are the historical, recreation, wildlife and conservation values you would like to see protected? Join us at one of the following meetings to share your thoughts: Monday, August 8: 6-8pm, St Ann Catholic Church, Bonner, Co-hosted with Bonner Milltown History Center & Museum. Wednesday, August 10: 6-8pm, Seeley Lake Community Hall. Thursday, August 11: 6-8pm, Lubrecht Conference Center, Greenough.
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Date: 8/5/2016
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust Receives Grant From REI
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust was one of four local nonprofit organizations that received a $5,000 grant from the Bozeman REI store. Gallatin Valley Land Trust will put the money toward trail construction, a trailhead sign and natural playground at Bozeman Pond Park.
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Date: 8/4/2016
Title: Artist Paul Tunkis is Montana Open Land Month Prize Winner
Summary: Congratulations to Paul Tunkis, winner of Montana Open Land Month's randomly selected 2016 Artist Drawing. And thanks to Duckworth - we're delighted to award one of your Montana-wool products to our winning artist! In 2015, Tunkis was awarded Artist-in-Residence by the Bureau of Land Management for the Wild & Scenic Missouri Breaks National Monument.
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Date: 8/2/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance and Partners Work on Frenchtown Area Conservation
Summary: Deschamps family, Montana Land Reliance and partners work to conserve ag land near Frenchtown that contains a "mysterious geological feature."
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Date: 8/1/2016
Title: Thank You for Montana Open Land Month
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts extends a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make Montana Open Land Month such a fun success. Open Land Month was bigger and better than ever before, thanks to Open Land Month's sponsors, partners and participants. Thanks again to Governor Bullock for officially recognizing July as Montana Open Land Month, and remember....keep treasuring Montana Open Land.
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Date: 7/29/2016
Title: New MALT Video Features Rocky Mountain Front Conservation
Summary: Montana's Rocky Mountain Front: untilled land from Canada to the Missouri River, a biologically unrivaled transition from mountains to plains. Thanks to the people - ranchers, non-profit organizations & leaders - working to steward and conserve this incredible landscape.
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Date: 7/28/2016
Title: Elk Foundation Conserves History and Habitat
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and partners have conserved a 320-acre property near Dillon that benefits wildlife, improves access and protects the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.
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Date: 7/27/2016
Title: Open Land and Montana Dreams
Summary: Writes Montana Land Reliance southwest manager Jessie Wiese, "There is a single thread running through all aspects of our state and our experiences in it: open land." Jessie's guest column appeared in Explore Big Sky.
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Date: 7/25/2016
Title: Hey Kids, Get Outside and Have Fun During Montana Open Land Month
Summary: From a Montana Outdoor Science School guest column in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: So, “what is the connection between kids, open land, and outdoor education?“ It is vital. The availability of access to open land is fundamental to this means of teaching. July is Open Land Month, so get out there and enjoy it!
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Date: 7/24/2016
Title: Reviving and Thriving in the Clearwater/Blackfoot
Summary: The Montana TNC Revive and Thrive celebration at Tupper's Lake featured trail building, installing a Beaver Deceiver, some local brews, food and more. Five Valleys Land Trust and the Blackfoot Challenge also sponsored the Montana Open Land Month event.
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Date: 7/22/2016
Title: Montana Elegant: Weddings for Open Land Video
Summary: The Weddings for Open Land video filmed by Eric Ian and produced by Kate Wright, Tori Pintar and MALT is elegant and informative, and does a fabulous job presenting this new program.
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Date: 7/21/2016
Title: GVLT Hosts Montana Open Land Month Tour
Summary: Gallatin Valley Land Trust is celebrating Montana Open Land Month with a tour of the Oyler Conservation Easement the evening of July 21. From GVLT: Join GVLT for a tour of a conserved property near Manhattan, MT on the Gallatin River. The Oyler Conservation Easement contains portions of the West Gallatin River, Baker Creek and Randall Creek. The land is used for agriculture and cattle grazing. Recently, the Elligs, who currently own the property, have completed a number of restoration projects. Come hear from GVLT Stewardship Manager, Peter Brown, and the landowner about the ranch, the conservation project, and recent restoration.
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Date: 7/20/2016
Title: Great Idea: Weddings for Open Land
Summary: Weddings for Open Land is now officially launched, thanks to the hard work of photographer Tori Pintar and organizer Kate Burnaby Wright. The concept behind Weddings for Open Land is basically this: Why give truffles or towels when you can give the gift of Montana? Great idea wonderfully delivered.
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Date: 7/19/2016
Title: Time to Revive and Thrive
Summary: The Nature Conservancy, Blackfoot Challenge and Five Valleys Land Trust are sponsoring Revive and Thrive, a fun family day at Tupper's Lake on Sunday, July 24. Tupper's Lake is two miles from Seeley Lake. The Blackfoot-Clearwater Project events features free food, music and other fun stuff starting at noon, with forest clean-up and other work project activities beginning at 10:00 AM.
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Date: 7/18/2016
Title: Scout Works With Prickly Pear Land Trust on Trail Improvements
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Daniel Leas of Helena gathered donors and volunteers to help him earn the rank of Eagle Scout, and to help Prickly Pear Land Trust maintain the Pinchot Trail.
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Date: 7/17/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Can Help Heal
Summary: Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation guest column salutes the value of open land to heal: July is Montana Open Land month, a nonpartisan celebration of what makes Montana feel like Montana. Montana's landscapes are invaluable to our work they are healing. On behalf of those we “serve,“ we are grateful to those who manage and preserve the public and private lands on which we take warriors, the best professional guides in the business, and the outdoor recreation industry.
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Date: 7/15/2016
Title: Alex Diekmann Peak Legislation Introduced
Summary: All three members of Montana's Congressional Delegation are united in support of legislation to name a Madison Range peak after Alex Diekmann. There is broad support and lots of energy behind this proposal.
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Date: 7/14/2016
Title: Haskill Basin Celebration on July 16
Summary: The Trust for Public Land is bringing together the partners who successfully protected 3,020 acres of land in the Haskill Creek watershed east of Whitefish for a community celebration on July 16. Speakers at the celebration will include the landowner, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company General Manager Chuck Roady, members of the Montana Congressional Delegation, state and federal government officials, and Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld.
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Date: 7/13/2016
Title: Trust for Public Land Makes Progress at Story Mill
Summary: The Trust for Public Land is continuing to work on the Story Mill Community Park proposal to add an affordable housing component. "The hope, TPL's Maddy Pope said, is for the Bridger View redevelopment project to provide workforce housing able to meet the city's pressing need for modestly priced housing, while also using sustainable, durable building practices and developing a project that's compatible with the adjacent park."
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Date: 7/11/2016
Title: Conservation and Kitchen Tables
Summary: An interesting guest column authored by Land Lindbergh and Hank Goetz has been published in several Montana newspapers, including the Billings Gazette. The column does a wonderful job articulating the early vision of Montana private land conservation and contains this stunning thought: When you allow a conservation easement on your property it comes with a responsibility. Not so much a legal responsibility but a personal pledge to continue to carry on what you treasure about the property. You need to look beyond immediate financial gain or loss or what you can personally make from the property to help make a better life for others still to come. What we do in our lifetime for the generations still to come is far more important than any gain we might have as an individual in our lifetime.
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Date: 7/10/2016
Title: Montana Natural History Center Video Celebrates Open Land
Summary: A new video from the Montana Natural History Center celebrates open land. From the Center: The Montana Natural History Center would not be able to do the things we are doing if it were not for the open lands we utilize. Getting outdoors absolutely spurs on the education of the natural world in all ages! Now, go get outside!
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Date: 7/9/2016
Title: Open Land Adds to Montana's Economic Strength
Summary: Open land helps strengthen and diversity Montana's economy. Dan Rice, owner of the Bozeman Reel Company, makes compelling points about value of Montana open land.
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Date: 7/6/2016
Title: FVLT Throws Montana Open Land Month Party
Summary: It ain't nothin' but an Open Land Month party. You're invited. July 7, Line Ranch, Missoula. Music, brews, local food and a lot more.
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Date: 7/5/2016
Title: Montana Open Lands Define Our Culture
Summary: Kelly Pohl's (Gallatin Valley Land Trust associate director) guest column in the Bozeman Chronicle details the value of open land to Montana, America and the world. Kelly writes...Our open lands aren't just empty spaces that are pretty to look at. They define our culture - our agricultural heritage, our outdoor lifestyle, our rural western ethics; and they are the foundation for our thriving economy - from agriculture to forestry to tourism.
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Date: 7/4/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust and Landowner Conserve Bird Habitat and Ag Soils
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and sheep rancher Brad Isbell are working together to conserve 75 acres in the Grass valley west of Missoula to maintain wildlife habitat and ag production.
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Date: 7/1/2016
Title: July 1: Time to Celebrate Montana Open Land!
Summary: July 1 officially kicks off Montana Open Land Month, a celebration of open land led by MALT and project partners. Visit the Montana Open Land Month website to learn more about Open Land Month events, Open Land Month Photo Gallery, Open Land Month Art Gallery, media and videos and so much more.
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Date: 6/30/2016
Title: Chronicle Endorses Alex Diekmann Peak Proposal
Summary: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has endorsed the proposal to name a Madison Mountain Range peak after Alex Diekmann. Under the headline DIEKMANN'S WORK MERITS PERMANENT RECOGNITION the Chronicle wrote - All indications are that Diekmann's devotion to the cause of land preservation merits this honor...Sixteen years devoted to the successful preservation of public lands merits recognition. And the effort should succeed with the naming of Diekmann Peak for perpetuity.
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Date: 6/28/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Month: Montana's Trailhead
Summary: The newest Montana Open Land Month video showcases mountain biking and Billings trails. Billings bills itself as Montana's Trailhead and the new short video by Eric Ian highlights the economic and fun recreational benefits of open land and outdoor recreation.
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Date: 6/27/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Releases New Conservation Plan
Summary: Flathead Land Trust built and released a comprehensive new conservation plan subtitled Protecting Northwest Montana's Spectacular Land and Water Legacy Through Community-Based Conservation. The new plan is based upon an answer to the question, “What will the Flathead Valley look like in 2050?" Check out the Flathead Beacon feature article.
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Date: 6/26/2016
Title: Gallatin County Pondering Open Land Bond SItuation
Summary: As the Gallatin Valley population continues to grow, local land trusts and officials are considering the need for a new open land bond to conserve open land and maintain local agriculture.
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Date: 6/24/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Celebrates Open Land Month on July 7
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is celebrating Montana Open Land Month and the 20th Anniversary of Mount Jumbo during a July 7 party at The Line Ranch. The event features local foods, beverages and treats, music by the Whizpops, kids activities and much more. The event runs 5:30 - 8:30 at The Line Ranch, 1135 Whitaker Drive in Missoula. Call Lena at FVLT for details - 406-549-0755. July has been officially recognized by Governor Bullock as Montana Open Land Month.
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Date: 6/23/2016
Title: Alex Diekmann Peak Proposal Gaining Momentum
Summary: The Bozeman Chronicle reports the proposal to name a currently unnamed Madison Mountain Range peak after Alex Diekmann is gaining support. Alex was a Trust for Public Land conservation projects director who made a remarkable impact on Montana's landscape. He passed away earlier this year.
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Date: 6/23/2016
Title: MALT Letter Endorses Alex Diekmann Peak Proposal
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts membership has unanimously and strongly endorsed the proposal to name a Madison Mountain Range peak after Alex Diekmann.
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Date: 6/22/2016
Title: MLR, Landowner, Team Up to Conserve Flathead Ag Lands
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance and Clifford and Shirley Brenneman have partnered to conserve 155 acres of Flathead Valley farm ground.
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Date: 6/21/2016
Title: TNC Obtains Prairie Grasslands Conservation Easement
Summary: The Nature Conservancy and landowner Sterling Carroll conserve 16,000 acres of prairie grasslands near Glasgow. Stewardship and conservation benefit ag operations, grassland birds and other wildlife. “I'm proud to be a part of preserving this land,“ Carroll said. “It's in a large tract and it really should stay that way. I'm just glad to be able to work with The Nature Conservancy to accomplish it.“
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Date: 6/20/2016
Title: County Teams Up With RMEF To Improve Access
Summary: Lewis and Clark County will tap its open lands bond for $260,000 to help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation purchase 729 acres that will be donated to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
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Date: 6/17/2016
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Featured on Alliance Website
Summary: Regan Plumb of Kaniksu Land Trust published on the Land Trust Alliance website titled "A new spin on the web of life" highlights the healing effects of nature. From the blog post: Introduce a group of troubled children to the healing effects of nature. Do so in a safe environment with adults they can trust. Let them be touched by the wonder of the woods on their own terms. You will have planted a tiny seed of compassion and familiarity, one that will serve as a reminder of the significance of that place and that will grow throughout their lives.
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Date: 6/16/2016
Title: NRCS - MALT Improve Cooperation
Summary: The US Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Montana Association of Land Trusts have signed an MOU to create and manage a shared position to assist landowners and the Agriculture Land Easement Program in Montana.
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Date: 6/15/2016
Title: Revive and Thrive Set for July 24
Summary: The Second Annual Revive and Thrive Work Party and Celebration is ready to go on Sunday, July 24, at Tupper's Lake in the Clearwater Valley (2.5 miles from Seeley Lake, 2 miles north of Lake Placid). The Montana Open Land Month event is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, Five Valleys Land Trust and the Blackfoot Challenge.
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Date: 6/14/2016
Title: Montana Welcomes Land Trust Alliance President Andrew Bowman
Summary: The President of the Land Trust Alliance will be in Montana the week of June 13 visiting with land trusts and others. Andrew Bowman will be meeting with members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts the afternoon of June 14 in Bozeman, then attending a land trust reception that evening in the Gallatin Valley. He will spend some time June 15 introducing himself to a few Montana trout before meeting with other land trust folks later in the week.
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Date: 6/13/2016
Title: Billings Gazette: Elected Officials Should Heed Montana's Conservationist Majority
Summary: Billings Gazette editorial touts Montana's strong support for public land and national parks, and hits key point in recent poll: 75 percent of Montanans identify themselves as conservationists.
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Date: 6/10/2016
Title: Montana's Wendy Ninteman Among Ladies of the Land
Summary: Wendy Ninteman, Land Trust Alliance Western Program Director based in Missoula, is featured in a BigLife Magazine article titled Ladies of the Land. The article profiles women leaders involved in western private land conservation.
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Date: 6/9/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Sets July 14 Flathead Lake Boat Tour
Summary: Celebrate Montana Open Land month and the incredible conservation of the north shore of Flathead Lake by joining Flathead Land Trust and the Flathead River to Lake Initiative partners for a charter boat tour on the Far West from 6-8 pm. Learn what makes the north shore so unique and the community supported conservation vision that is working to protect it for future generations. Tickets may be purchased for $20 each. Contact FLT for more details or to reserve your spot at 752-8293
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Date: 6/8/2016
Title: MALT Strongly Supports Naming of Alex Diekmann Peak
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts membership on June 6 unanimously endorsed a proposal to name a currently unnamed peak in the Madison Range in honor of Alex Diekmann. Alex, a conservation manager for the Trust for Public Land in Montana, passed away earlier this year. MALT will work with the Montana Congressional Delegation and others to pass federal legislation. More to come on this Alex Diekmann Peak proposal.
 
Date: 6/7/2016
Title: Montana Conservation Corps and Land Trusts Partnership
Summary: Lee Gault, Director of Partnership for the Montana Conservation Corps, met with the MALT membership on June 6 in Hamilton to discuss ways to expand the successful partnership MCC has developed with the land trust community. In 2014/15 MCC crews worked on 19 land trust projects: building and maintaining trails, treating or removing weeds, installing signs, removing debris and improving forest health and more. MCC will also help MALT celebrate Montana Open Land Month in July.
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Date: 6/5/2016
Title: Aging of Ag Producers Causing Concerns
Summary: The age of Montana and US farmers and ranchers continues to climb, and many experts believe our food supply and open land could be jeopardized.
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Date: 6/4/2016
Title: There Are Sometimes Trials With Trail Use and Management
Summary: Montana trails managers meet in Missoula to explore ways to improve and expand Montana's great trails system. Land trust trail coordinators are participating in the discussions.
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Date: 6/3/2016
Title: Calling All Artists: Share the Big Sky Art Gallery
Summary: Artists have a unique ability to understand and portray the power of open land that makes Montana so incredible. To recognize artists' unique voices and contributions to our communities, Montana Open Land Month is launching a new "Share the Big Sky: Art Gallery". Portrayals of agricultural land, wild land, people in nature all welcome!" Check it out.
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Date: 6/2/2016
Title: Poll: Public Land is Job Creator in Montana
Summary: A recent statewide survey shows Montanans support public land and view public land as a job generator. “We found that support for national parks and conservation is about as popular and bipartisan an issue as you can find these days,“ UM geography professor Rick Graetz said Wednesday. “There's agreement in the state, on all sectors of politics.“
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Date: 6/1/2016
Title: RMEF Looking to Conserve Specimen Ridge Lands Near Lincoln
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is working with the Lewis & Clark County Open Land Bond Program and other partners to conserve 729 acres of forestland near Flesher Pass and also help open access to 4,400 acres of national forest land.
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Date: 5/31/2016
Title: PPLT's Emmett Purcell Takes Pride in Helena's Trails
Summary: Nice article about Emmett Purcell's heroic efforts to maintain, improve and expand the Helena trails system. From the Al Knauber Helena Independent Record article: Purcell figures he volunteers maybe 400 hours a year between helping groom ski trails on MacDonald Pass and building, maintaining or helping promote the city's roughly 75 miles of bicycling and hiking trails. One of the family lessons that guide him today is knowing that if you're going to do something, do it right, he said. “I still take some pride in doing it right,“ he said. “Trail work is definitely one of those things.“
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Date: 5/27/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Month Calling All Artists
Summary: From Montana Open Land Month to the artistic community: Do you love Montana? Does your art celebrate this incredible landscape, and the people who work and play here? Join the effort to showcase Montana artists inspired by our open land! Take a look at our CALL FOR ARTISTS at the Montana Open Land Month art gallery. Artists - in ways the rest of us rarely attain - understand and portray the power of the open lands that make Montana so incredible. To recognize artists' unique voices and contributions to our communities, Montana Open Land Month is preparing to launch a new "Share the Big Sky: Art Gallery". Please submit your work, and invite others to join you. Portrayals of agricultural land, wild land, people in nature all welcome!
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Date: 5/26/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Month Partners With Artist Mimi Matsuda
Summary: Montana Open Land Month is exited to partner with noted Montana artist Mimi Matsuda and her June 2 art show at 406 Brewing in Bozeman. The show runs from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
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Date: 5/25/2016
Title: $3.1 Million Okayed for State Sage Grouse Conservation
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team conditionally awarded $3.1 million in Sage Grouse Stewardship Grant Programs funds during MSGOT's May 24 meeting. Four sage grouse conservation easement proposals and one conifer encroachment proposal were conditionally funded pending a final grant agreement, and five other proposals were deferred to MSGOT's next meeting on August 29. Three of the successful applications were proposed by The Montana Land Reliance and two were from The Nature Conservancy.
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Date: 5/24/2016
Title: Check Out Montana Open Land Month's Goodnight Montana
Summary: In 2015, Katherine Boyk penned a playful Montana version of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon" during Montana Open Land Month. By popular demand, here it is again. Enjoy.
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Date: 5/23/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trusts Seeks to Double Missoula Conserved Land
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust Executive Director Grant Kier drew gasps of awe on Saturday night, May 21, when he announced at the sold-out FVLT Banquet and Auction that FVLT was working with partners (which include The Nature Conservancy) to conserve 4,200 additional acres through the Mount Dean Stone project. The Missoulian's front page Sunday article on May 22 also contained a bit of awe with the headline “New cornerstone: Dean Stone Mountain deal doubles Missoula open space.“
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Date: 5/20/2016
Title: Visit Big Sky Magazine: Private Land Conservation Key to Local Economy
Summary: A Kitty Clemens op-ed in Visit Big Sky Magazine touts the importance of open land and conservation to Big Sky's growing economy and population. The op-ed also singles out Montana Open Land Month and Travelers for Open Land for praise.
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Date: 5/19/2016
Title: Story Mill Receives $100,000 Grant
Summary: Story Mill Community Park, planning to open in 2018 in Bozeman, has received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Trust for Public Land plans to open 60 acres of land in northeast Bozeman for public recreation, nature sanctuary and educational space. Additionally, the grant will pay for wetland and wildlife habitat restoration in the area.
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Date: 5/18/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Month Releases New Video
Summary: Montana Open Land Month released a new Eric Ian video today demonstrating the importance of open land to Montana's year-around outdoor recreation. The video, funded in part through a Montana Department of Commerce grant, features winter video footage of Montana downhill and cross country skiers, snowmobilers and ice-climbers, and reports Montana's year-round recreation contributes $5.8 million to the state's economy.
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Date: 5/17/2016
Title: Check Out Montana Open Land Month Calendar of Events
Summary: Nearly 30 fun activities are now on the Montana Open Land Month Calendar, with more added all the time. July is Montana Open Land Month, a celebration of open land and its value to Montana's economy, landscape and way of life.
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Date: 5/16/2016
Title: Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team Will Consider Grants on May 24
Summary: The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team will meet in Room 172 in the Capitol on May 24 and is expected to consider sage grouse conservation grant requests during the meeting. Nine grant requests - eight from MALT members proposing habitat conservation projects - have been submitted for consideration.
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Date: 5/13/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Month Photo Gallery Adds New Outdoor Photos
Summary: What is Montana Open Land Month? Check out the Montana Open Land Month website for full info, and make sure to take a look at the Montana Open Land Month Photo Gallery for some great Montana outdoor photos.
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Date: 5/12/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Finalizes Legacy Conservation Easement
Summary: Flathead Land Trust and the Darrow Family have finalized a 200-acre conservation easement in the Flathead Valley that honors the legacy of George Darrow. “As an ongoing tribute to George Darrow, his children Roy, Karen and Reed Darrow are honored to finalize a conservation easement on the family farm near Bigfork, in conjunction with Flathead Land Trust,“ the family said in a statement. “We feel a conservation easement honors our father's endeavors to protect and conserve open space, offer wildlife habitat and encourage agricultural enterprise in the Flathead Valley.“
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Date: 5/11/2016
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Teams Up With Local School for Local Conservation
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust and the Hamilton Christian Academy have teamed up for some community service and conservation. The Ravalli Republic reported the Academy pledged a day of service to a community nonprofit, and a small group of six graders worked with BRLT on conservation projects at Middle Bear Farm. From the article: When they were done, Ayanna Triplett happily announced: “We're learning how to protect the environment.“ For a project hosted by the Bitter Root Land Trust, the words couldn't have rung truer.
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Date: 5/10/2016
Title: Letter to Editor Thanks Tester, Daines for LWCF Support
Summary: Angie Grove of Helena urged Montanans "give a big thanks" to Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines for their recent support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and for working to fund USFS trail projects.
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Date: 5/9/2016
Title: Vital Ground: Put a Bear on Your Car
Summary: From a guest column in the Seeley Swan newspaper: In recent years, many motorists have voted with their wallets by making statements on the vehicles they drive. How? By purchasing specialized license plates featuring the profile of the Great Bear. It happens like this: Whenever the time arrives for citizens to renew their vehicle registration at the local country treasurer's office, they can trade in their old generic Montana license plate for one featuring a bear painting by noted artist Monte Dolack. With the new plate cost of $35, $25 goes directly to The Vital Ground Foundation whose primary mission as a land trust is to protect bear habitat through conservation easements and land purchases and educating the public. Afterward, the entire $25 annual license plate renewal fee goes to Vital Ground.
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Date: 5/8/2016
Title: Don't Fence Me In Trail Run Was Biggest Ever
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust's annual Don't Fence Me In Trail Run was the biggest ever in the history of the event, with over 800 runners participating. The event took place May 7.
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Date: 5/6/2016
Title: Helena/PPLT Trails Featured; Trial Run is May 7
Summary: A Great Falls Tribune featured Outdoors article focused on running and biking in the Helena area, and highlighted Prickly Pear Land Trust's Don't Fence Me In Trail Run, set for Saturday, May 7, in Helena.
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Date: 5/5/2016
Title: Interior Secretary Visits Montana and Touts LWCF
Summary: Interior Secretary Sally Jewel and Senator Jon Tester touted the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund during an event along Houser Reservoir. The LWCF is among the nation's most important conservation programs and has helped fund conservation and outdoor recreation projects throughout Montana.
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Date: 5/4/2016
Title: MALT Participates in Conservation Easement Workshops
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts, The Nature Conservancy and The Montana Land Reliance are participating in a series of conservation easement workshops sponsored by the NRCS. A workshop was held May 3 in Roundup, will be held May 4 in Joliet and May 5 in Lewistown. More NRCS-sponsored conservation easement workshops for landowners are coming up in June and July. MALT thanks the NRCS and its partners for sponsoring the workshops.
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Date: 5/1/2016
Title: MALT Member Social Media Training Set for Bozeman
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts and land trust staff will convene in Bozeman on Monday, May 2, for a Social Media Training Session provided by Mercury CSC. About a dozen land trust communications staff will meet in the Gallatin Valley Land Trust conference room for a full day of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram training. MALT extends its appreciation to the Land Trust Alliance Western Western Program for funding that made this training session possible.
 
Date: 4/29/2016
Title: MALT Hiring ALE Program Coordinator
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT) is seeking to fill a unique position within the Montana land trust community working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Bill conservation programs. Through a “shared position“ proposal, MALT is hiring an employee who will work for MALT and its member land trusts and work specifically with NRCS local, state and national officials to successfully implement the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) Program in Montana. Funding for this position has been received for two years, with the potential of extending the funding/position longer, depending on results and other factors. See the "Jobs" page on the MALT website for complete information. The application deadline is Friday, May 20.
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Date: 4/27/2016
Title: RMEF, LWCF Conserve Elk Habitat
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its project partners have teamed up to tap the LWCF to conserve 800 acres of wildlife habitat along the Sapphire Mountains.
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Date: 4/26/2016
Title: MTNHP, Land Trust Webinar Today
Summary: MALT extends a sincere Thank You to Bryce Maxell and the Montana Natural Heritage Program for hosting today's land trusts webinar. The two-hour webinar will cove topics such as: Background on the Montana Natural Heritage Program, the Montana Field Guide website, Species Snapshot website and generating custom field guides for local areas, the Map Viewer website for wetland and riparian mapping/land cover/and land management summaries, predictive distribution models for species, NRIS GIS Data List and Data Bundler for GIS data downloads, and more.
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Date: 4/25/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust and Ales for Trails
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is teaming up with the Lewis and Clark Brewing Company for PPLT Ales for Trails Charity Night on Tuesday, April 26, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. $1 from every pint sold goes to PPLT conservation projects and trails.
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Date: 4/22/2016
Title: Congressman Zinke Makes a Case for Conservation
Summary: The opening of Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke's guest column: "Being a conservative and being a conservationist are not mutually exclusive. It's my conservative principles that drive my commitment to conservation. Whether one believes our Earth was created by God or not, nobody can argue the fact that it is the only one we have. It's our responsibility to be good stewards and ensure our children and grandchildren's children enjoy the same outdoor opportunities that we have." He has a welcome and strong message about the importance of conservation.
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Date: 4/21/2016
Title: Montana Senators Support LWCF Permanent Reauthorization
Summary: Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines yesterday helped pass Senate legislation that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The vote was 85-12 in favor of LWCF permanency, and both Sen. Daines and Sen. Tester have been consistent and strong in their support for the LWCF. The LWCF has been a key program in support of Montana outdoor recreation, open land conservation, agriculture, forest management, tourism and more. The full MALT membership extends a sincere thank you to Senators Tester and Daines.
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Date: 4/20/2016
Title: Key Ag Lands and Wildlife Habitat Conserved in Gallatin County
Summary: The Gallatin County Commission on April 19 unanimously approved tapping county open land bond money to conserve important wildlife habitat and local agricultural ground. The land is used for dry-land farming and livestock pasture. Gallatin Valley Land Trust, which holds the conservation easement, reports the land is also critical winter range for native plants and wildlife, including elk, mule deer, white tailed deer, and other species.
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Date: 4/19/2016
Title: Montana Land Reliance Opens New Big Sky Office
Summary: The Montana Land Reliance has opened a new office in the resort community of Big Sky, south of Bozeman. Jessie Wiese, the former executive director of Big Sky Community Corp., was hired as MLR's southwest manager on April 4, and will work from an office in Meadow Village which opened April 18.
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Date: 4/18/2016
Title: Local Support Strong for Bozeman - Belgrade Bike Path
Summary: Over 1,000 signatures have been gathered with more pouring in as officials consider a dedicated bike path between Bozeman and Belgrade. The proposed path would run between I-90 and the frontage road. More information about the pathway effort is available at frontagepathway.com, and a local transportation coordinating committee will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the city commission chamber at Bozeman city hall. Gallatin Valley Land Trust is involved in the proposal.
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Date: 4/17/2016
Title: Flathead Land Trust Sponsors Bike & Bird Tour on May 14
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is a sponsor of the Flathead Bike & Bird Tour on May 14. Here are some details from FLT: Join us for a bike and bird tour of McWenneger Slough and Fairview Marsh on Saturday, May 14, from 9 am to noon, hosted by Flathead Land Trust, Flathead Audubon, and the Flathead River to Lake Initiative. We will bike about 8 miles on a 412-acre Flathead Land Trust conservation easement that includes a large portion of McWenneger Slough and in the Fairview Marsh area. Pete Fisher, the conservation easement landowner and bird expert of Flathead Audubon will help lead this trip. We will meet for the trip at the Fisher residence at 390 Columbia Falls Stage Rd. Because we will be traveling on both paved and gravel roads we recommend mountain or fat tire bikes which can be rented from Wheaton's (Kalispell) or Glacier Cyclery (Whitefish) for the day. Wear a bike helmet and appropriate clothing and bring water and binoculars. Please RSVP to Laura Katzman of Flathead Land Trust at 752-8293 or lkatzman@bigsky.net.
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Date: 4/14/2016
Title: State Sage Grouse Grant Applications Available for Public Comment
Summary: Applications through the Montana Sage Grouse Stewardship Fund Grant Program are available for public review and comment on the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team website page. The comment period closes at 5:00 PM on April 29.
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Date: 4/13/2016
Title: Act Quick on Five Valleys Land Trust Banquet Tickets
Summary: The Five Valleys Land Trust 22nd Annual Banquet & Auction will be held on Saturday, May 21, the University of Montana's UC Ballroom, starting at 5:30 PM. If you want to get a ticket, act quick, because the banquet typically sells out well ahead of the event. For more information, including ticket information, menu items and more, visit the FVLT website.
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Date: 4/12/2016
Title: For Montana, The Sky's the Limit
Summary: The Sky's the Limit is Montana's newest tourist advertising campaign. “This campaign is all about personal connection, connection with the environment, connection with others and connection with our magical state,“ Montana Office of Tourism Jenny Pelej said.
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Date: 4/11/2016
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust, Hattie Farrell and Ranch Dreams
Summary: Hattie Farrell and Bitter Root Land Trust - with some help from a local banker - have completed a project that helps conserve Bitterroot Valley open land and made a young rancher's dream come true. A conservation easement will help allow Dan Kerslake and Sari Sundblom purchase Hattie's ranch, and the land will stay open and available for agriculture and the suite of open land benefits.
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Date: 4/10/2016
Title: Montana Land Trusts Salute Volunteers
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts salutes all Montana volunteers in recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. Volunteers are incredibly important to Montana private land conservation...volunteers not only make a difference, they make the impossible possible. Thank you for all you do.
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Date: 4/8/2016
Title: Schedule Event Using Montana Open Land Month Website Calendar
Summary: The Montana Open Land Month website calendar is live and available for organizations and others to post Open Land Month events during July. A user-friendly scheduling tool helps you post the event. The website also offers event planning tips.
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Date: 4/7/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Helps Brew Ales for Trails
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust and Blackfoot Brewing have teamed up for a “special brew for a special cause.“ E-Trail Pale Ale will return in May in support of PPLT's 16 Annual Don't Fence Me In Trail Run, set for May 7.
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Date: 4/6/2016
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust Helps Honor Family's Legacy
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust, the Barmeyer family and Missoula County have partnered on a 128-acre conservation easement that conserves open land, improves recreational access and honors the legacy of Dorothy and George Barmeyer.
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Date: 4/5/2016
Title: Forest Landowner Conference Set for April 15 in Helena
Summary: MALT and land trust staff will be attending the Seventh Annual Montana Forest Landowners Conference April 15 in Helena. The annual conference is also a Joint State Meeting of the Montana Society of American Foresters. Great work by Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation and Northwestern Management, Inc.
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Date: 4/4/2016
Title: MNHP Holding Land Trust Webinar on April 26
Summary: The Montana Natural Heritage Program webinar for land trusts will take place on April 26, from 9-11 AM. MNHP program coordinator Bryce Maxell had surveyed the land trust community and based on the response April 26 was the best date for the webinar. The webinar will cover several MNHP programs, including the Montana Field Guide, Species Snapshot and Map Viewer. Contact Bryce at bmaxell@mt.gov for more information.
 
Date: 4/3/2016
Title: Ties to the Land Workshop Set for April 16
Summary: The Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation, with some help from the Montana Association of Land Trusts, is sponsoring a Ties to the Land Workshop in Helena on Saturday, April 16. Ties to the Land is devoted to succession planning, and workshop instructors Madeline and Kirk David do a terrific job assisting workshop participants in identifying and contemplating important succession planning concepts, goals and outcomes. This workshop represents a great opportunity for land trusts to invite interested landowners.
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Date: 4/1/2016
Title: Great Montana Outdoor Photos at Open Land Month Website
Summary: Check out the great Montana wildlife, scenic, and outdoor recreation photos at the Montana Open Land Month website photo gallery. Some very talented photographers showcase some very amazing photos.
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Date: 3/31/2016
Title: Tour of the Bitterroot Bike Ride Registration Opens April 1
Summary: The Tour of Bitterroot Bike Ride is set for July 17 and registration for this Bitter Root Land Trust annual event opens on April 1. The Tour is one of the Bitterroot's featured summer events and a major fundraiser for BRLT. The Tour will also be promoted before and during July 2016 Montana Open Land Month. For more information about the Tour visit the BRLT website. From the website: Why Do We Ride? We ride to protect working farms and ranches of the Bitterroot Valley so they may stay working. We ride to keep the Bitterroot River flowing cold and clean--so that it may stay abundant with fish for catching. We ride so that the diverse wildlife of the Bitterroot Valley have open space to thrive alongside their human counterparts. We ride so that our water, wildlife, and working lands are here for generations to come.
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Date: 3/30/2016
Title: Don't Fence Me In Trail Run Set for May 7
Summary: Registration is now open for one of Montana's premier trail runs - the May 7 Don't Fence Me In Trail Run in Helena. Prickly Pear Land Trust leads the Don't Fence Me In Trail Run, and a host of associated events with the run have been scheduled for this year. The run features a 30K, 12K, 5K and dog walk, with price incentives for early registration. For more information contact Lanie White of PPLT at lanie@pricklypearlt.org or at 406-442-0490.
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Date: 3/29/2016
Title: Conservation Easement In SW Montana Conserves Habitat, Ag Land
Summary: Neat project in southwest Montana conserves 4,100 acres of wildlife habitat and ag ground. Thank you, Rulon and Pat Buhler, Montana TNC and Montana NRCS.
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Date: 3/23/2016
Title: Congratulations Montana Neighbor Award Recipients
Summary: Thank you to the landowners who practice sound stewardship, show community spirit, cooperate with neighbors and others and provide neighborly access. Thank you to everyone involved in the awards.
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Date: 3/22/2016
Title: Trust for Public Land Expands Story Mill Community Park
Summary: The Trust for Public Land has purchased a former Boys & Girls Club building that will be converted into a community center as part of Story Mill Park. The purchase makes an excellent city park project even better. From the Bozeman Chronicle article: “We really appreciate the Trust for Public Land,“ Quinn-Bucher said “We're really grateful that they purchased the land.“
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Date: 3/21/2016
Title: Tuesday Toasts With Flathead Land Trust on March 22
Summary: Flathead Land Trust is partnering with Flathead Lake Brewing Co. on Tuesday, March 22, for Tuesday Toasts.$1 from each brew sold between 5-8:00 PM goes to FLT.
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Date: 3/20/2016
Title: Community Engagement and Community Improvement
Summary: Kelly Pohl, associate director for Bozeman's Gallatin Valley Land Trust, writes in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column how each of us can help shape our community's future: Now is the time. Join the conversation. Attend public meetings to voice your opinion. Support the organizations that support your community. Vote. Volunteer. Join a citizen advisory board or your neighborhood group. All of us like the landscape in which we live are shaped by both significant events and routine processes, by the fast and the slow, by the dramatic and the mundane. By influencing the ordinary decisions made today, we can create the community we want to be in the future. We can move mountains.
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Date: 3/18/2016
Title: Corner to Corner: Montana is Vast and Impressive
Summary: Corner to corner, the Big Sky Country landscape is incredibly vast and diverse, as this Billings Gazette photo essay illustrates.
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Date: 3/17/2016
Title: TNC Explores Gold Creek Management Options
Summary: A feature article in the Missoulian takes an in depth look at management options and the wildlife biology behind identifying which species occupy which parts of the 117,000 block of land during which times of the year.
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Date: 3/16/2016
Title: Montana Neighbor Awards Ceremony is March 22
Summary: The Montana Neighbor Awards ceremony is set for Tuesday, March 22, 1:00, in the Governor's Reception Room at the Capitol in Helena. Congratulations to the award recipients, who will be announced soon. MALT and the Montana Nature Conservancy are Montana Neighbor Award Committee members.
 
Date: 3/15/2016
Title: Today is National Agriculture Day
Summary: Montana is proud to be many things, including an agriculture state and an open land state. On National Agriculture Day, Montana land trusts salute producers for their stewardship and contributions to Montana's economy, landscape, and quality of life.
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Date: 3/14/2016
Title: Happy National Agriculture Day, March 15
Summary: March 15 is National Agriculture Day, and the Montana Association of Land Trusts is saluting Montana's and America's ag producers. Check out MALT's and Montana Open Land Month social media and the Montana Open Land Month website.
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Date: 3/13/2016
Title: Thumbs Up For Peaks to Creeks
Summary: In its March 11 editorial the Helena Independent Record gave a Thumbs Up to the proposed Peaks to Creeks community conservation project proposed by Prickly Pear Land Trust.
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Date: 3/11/2016
Title: Montana Open Land Month Partners With Moods of the Madison Music Festival
Summary: Montana Open Land Month is partnering with Moods of the Madison Music Festival and will have a booth at the festival on July 15-16 in Ennis. We'll be able to showcase the importance of open land to concertgoers and listen to some great music at the same time.
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Date: 3/10/2016
Title: Ties to the Land Workshop Coming to Helena
Summary: The Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation, with some help from the Montana Association of Land Trusts, is sponsoring a Ties to the Land Workshop in Helena on Saturday, April 16. Ties to the Land is devoted to succession planning, and workshop instructors Madeline and Kirk David do a terrific job assisting workshop participants in identifying and contemplating important succession planning concepts, goals and outcomes. This workshop represents a great opportunity for land trusts to invite interested landowners.
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Date: 3/9/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Peaks to Creeks is Great Community Conservation
Summary: The Helena Independent Record wrote: Prickly Pear Land Trust recently acquired two parcels totaling 556 acres near Fort Harrison with plans to develop trails and restore lands impacted from years of grazing. One parcel will offer the first public access to Ten Mile Creek within Helena's urban area while the other provides more than one mile of access along Seven Mile Creek. “This project has literally something for everyone,“ said PPLT Executive Director Mary Hollow. “Prickly Pear Land Trust looks for projects that bring the community and conservation together, and this project has brought together so many diverse interests in one place.“
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Date: 3/8/2016
Title: Majestic Montana: Montana Open Land Month Photo Gallery
Summary: Check out the Montana Open Month Photo Gallery. And let us know if you'd like to share your open land photos
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Date: 3/7/2016
Title: The Nature Conservancy Ends Legacy Lands Timber Harvests
Summary: From the Flathead Beacon: The Nature Conservancy has canceled plans to harvest timber on a large chunk of forestland in the Swan Valley that is part of the Montana Legacy Project.
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Date: 3/6/2016
Title: Poll: Montanans Love Montana Open Land
Summary: Gallup poll shows Montanans love Montana. Why? Open land, reports the Flathead Beacon: "...that open space is why we stay and why others visit. It also keeps many of our residents employed."
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Date: 3/4/2016
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Receives Accreditation
Summary: Congratulations to Kaniksu Land Trust, MALT's newest accredited land trust. Accreditation is a major accomplishment and signifies land trust excellence.
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Date: 2/24/2016
Title: Ski for a Cause at Discovery on March 19
Summary: Come ski for Five Valleys Land Trust! Discovery Ski Area is featuring Five Valleys Land Trust as one of their Ski For a Cause recipients coming up on March 19th, 2016! $10 from every lift ticket will go back to Five Valleys, to support their conservation work in Western Montana. Lift tickets are reduced price on Ski For a Cause days! Ticket start at $32. For more information, visit Discovery Ski Area's website at www.skidiscovery.com
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Date: 2/22/2016
Title: FIve Valleys Land Trust Talks Conservation at Forestry MiniCollege
Summary: Pelah Hoyt, Lands Director at FIve Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, will be a course instructor at the MSU Extension Forestry annual Forestry MiniCollege. The event takes place on the campus of the University of Montana on Saturday, February 27th. Forestry MiniCollege is a one-day educational event for family forest landowners and forest practitioners and features a series of short classes on a variety of forestry topics and current issues.
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Date: 2/21/2016
Title: Sage Grouse Conservation Grant Program Advances
Summary: The Montana $10 million sage grouse conservation program grant program took a major step forward during the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team's Feb. 19 meeting. The grant program will begin accepting grant applications in April and on May 24 will meet to consider and possibly award grant funding.
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Date: 2/19/2016
Title: Haskill Basin Conservation Remarkable Achievement
Summary: Haskill Basin conservation is a "truly remarkable achievement." Great news for Whitefish, Stoltze Land & Lumber and Flathead Valley residents. The Trust for Public Land helped lead the effort.
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Date: 2/18/2016
Title: The Sky's the Limit for Prickly Pear Land Trust
Summary: The Helena Independent Record commemorates the 20th anniversary of Prickly Pear Land Trust with an article and slide show. PPLT started in February 1996 and has blossomed into a major asset to Helena's economy, landscape and quality of life.
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Date: 2/17/2016
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Celebrates 20th Anniversary on Feb. 18
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust will hold its annual meeting and start its 20th anniversary party on Thursday, Feb. 18. The event takes place at 5:30 PM, at Free Ceramics, located at 650 Logan Street in Helena. From PPLT: Please join us for our annual meeting this month to help celebrate what we have accomplished in our 20 years as your local land trust, and toast to the next 20 years of community, conservation, and recreation. Plan on exciting announcements regarding new community-driven projects and birthday cake!
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Date: 2/16/2016
Title: More Good News For GVLT and Bozeman Trails
Summary: The Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the city of Bozeman and Western Transportation Institute announced recently that they have pulled in some funding for improvements to the West Side Trail, which runs between Bozeman Pond Park and Gallatin County Regional Park. The three groups received $167,000 from the Transportation Alternatives Program, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration.
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Date: 2/15/2016
Title: Bozeman TOP and GVLT Benefit Community
Summary: Bozeman trails and open spaces are major community assets.
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Date: 2/14/2016
Title: Alex Diekmann and His Haskill Basin Legacy
Summary: Alex Diekmann's legacy in the Flathead is incredibly impressive and tremendously appreciated.
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Date: 2/12/2016
Title: Fish and Wildlife Commission Approves Channel Migration Easement
Summary: The Fish and Wildlife Commission on Feb. 11 unanimously approved a first-of-its-kind channel migration easement allowing the Yellowstone River to roam. The Montana Land Reliance will hold the easement. The Billings Gazette has story details.
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Date: 2/11/2016
Title: Alex Diekmann: An Unsung Hero
Summary: Columnist Todd Wilkinson's tribute to Alex Diekmann: "Diekmann the conservationist wasn't seeking immortality or accolades for his efforts. He believed in public lands and the public having access to them in perpetuity. He invited us to know and act upon the power of thinking beyond generations for the public good. He showed us what selfless perpetuity means."
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Date: 2/10/2016
Title: Land Trust Alliance Salutes Rock Ringling
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance recently honored Rock Ringling, The Montana Land Reliance, and others who helped make the enhanced conservation tax incentives permanent.
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Date: 2/9/2016
Title: GVLT's Make Tracks for Trails Set for Feb. 28
Summary: Check out Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Make Tracks for Trails, coming up Feb. 28. It's a fun, family event that includes the 21st Annual GVLT Ski-A-Thon.
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Date: 2/8/2016
Title: Conservation Cooperation in the Bitterroot Valley
Summary: The Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association has donated $8,000 to Bitter Root Land Trust to help with local open land conservation.
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Date: 2/7/2016
Title: Alex Diekmann 1963 - 2016
Summary: Alex Diekmann passed away last week but his Montana legacy will last forever. Alex was a conservation transaction genius who made Montana a better place to live, work and play.
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Date: 2/5/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Award Helps Fund Bitterroot Valley Conservation
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded a 2015 grant to Bitter Root Land Trust help fund a 467-acre conservation easement near Corvallis in Ravalli County. The ranch is adjacent to the Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area and provides exceptional wildlife habitat for a range of species, including songbirds and large predators. MALT helped create Travelers for Open Land, and since 2009 TFOL has awarded nearly $220,000 in funding to 35 outstanding Montana private land conservation projects.
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Date: 2/4/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Award Helps Fund Canyon Creek Conservation
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded a 2015 grant to Prickly Pear Land Trust to help fund a 3,000-acre conservation easement in the Canyon Creek area near Helena. The property has public access managed by FWP, has been in the same homestead family for generations, provides important habitat for a diverse array of wildlife, and the easement would help conserve riparian areas on two Helena Valley creeks. MALT helped create Travelers for Open Land, and since 2009 TFOL has awarded nearly $220,000 to help fund 35 dynamic private land conservation projects.
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Date: 2/3/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Award Helps Fund Madison Valley Conservation
Summary: Travelers for Open Land awarded The Montana Land Reliance a grant to help fund a 120-acre Madison Valley conservation easement. The property is comprised of wetlands, wildlife habitat and agricultural lands that include Madison River and O'Dell Spring Creek frontage. MALT helped create Travelers for Open Land and since 2009 TFOL has awarded nearly $220,000 to help fund 35 dynamic Montana conservation projects.
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Date: 2/3/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Awards Grant to Conserve Gallatin Valley Farm and Wildlife Habitat
Summary: Travelers for Open Land awarded a 2015 grant to Gallatin Valley Land Trust to help fund a 960-acre conservation easement on a farm near the Bridger Mountain foothills. Over 98 percent of the farm has soils designated as important, and the property also provides elk winter range habitat, plus contains wetlands and riparian areas associated with the East Gallatin River. MALT helped create TFOL in 2009, and since then TFOL has awarded nearly $220,000 to fund 35 outstanding private land conservation projects.
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Date: 2/2/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Grant Helps Fund Flathead Valley Conservation
Summary: Travelers for Open Land awarded $18,000 in 2015 to help fund Montana private land conservation efforts. One of those projects is two conservation easements totaling 671 acres on the well-known Darrow family properties near Bigfork. The projects feature conservation of the Swims Creek riparian area, wildlife winter range, forested habitat, private working agricultural lands, open land conservation, and scenic views, including prominent ridgelines and hilltops. MALT helped create Travelers for Open Land, and since 2009 TFOL has awarded nearly $220,000 in grants.
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Date: 2/1/2016
Title: Voluntary Land Conservation Important In Fast-Growing Gallatin
Summary: As the Gallatin Valley's population continues to expand - 2.8 percent annual growth - and residents plan for that growth, Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust writes in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column that voluntary private land conservation and open land grow in importance.
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Date: 1/31/2016
Title: Profiles in Montana Conservation: Gavin Ricklefs
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement. Since that first 1976 easement, Montana landowners, land trusts and public agencies have conserved over 2.4 million acres of private land. Montana is a nationally recognized leader in private land conservation, and Profiles in Montana Conservation is a feature designed to highlight the commitment and passion of the land trust professionals who have helped lead forty years of conservation excellence in Montana. Here's Gavin Ricklefs of Bitter Root Land Trust.
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Date: 1/31/2016
Title: Profiles in Montana Conservation: Gavin Ricklefs
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement. Since that first 1976 easement, Montana landowners, land trusts and public agencies have conserved over 2.4 million acres of private land. Montana is a nationally recognized leader in private land conservation, and Profiles in Montana Conservation is a feature designed to highlight the commitment and passion of the land trust professionals who have helped lead forty years of conservation excellence in Montana. Here's Gavin Ricklefs of Bitter Root Land Trust.
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Date: 1/31/2016
Title: Profiles in Montana Conservation: Penelope Pierce
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement. Since that first 1976 easement, Montana landowners, land trusts and public agencies have conserved over 2.4 million acres of private land. Montana is a nationally recognized leader in private land conservation, and Profiles in Montana Conservation is a feature designed to highlight the commitment and passion of the land trust professionals who have helped lead forty years of conservation excellence in Montana. We kick the series off with a profile of Penelope Pierce, executive director of Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
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Date: 1/31/2016
Title: Profiles in Montana Conservation: Rock Ringling
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement. Since that first 1976 easement, Montana landowners, land trusts and public agencies have conserved over 2.4 million acres of private land. Montana is a nationally recognized leader in private land conservation, and Profiles in Montana Conservation is a feature designed to highlight the commitment and passion of the land trust professionals who have helped lead forty years of conservation excellence in Montana. Here's Rock Ringling, managing director of The Montana Land Reliance.
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Date: 1/31/2016
Title: Profiles in Montana Conservation: Wendy Ninteman
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montana's first conservation easement. Since that first 1976 easement, Montana landowners, land trusts and public agencies have conserved over 2.4 million acres of private land. Montana is a nationally recognized leader in private land conservation, and Profiles in Montana Conservation is a feature designed to highlight the commitment and passion of the land trust professionals who have helped lead forty years of conservation excellence in Montana. Here's Wendy Ninteman of the Land Trust Alliance.
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Date: 1/29/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Awards $18,000 in Grants
Summary: Travelers for Open Land has awarded $18,000 in grants to five land trusts to fund dynamic conservation easement projects in the Madison, Flathead, Gallatin, Helena and Bitterroot valleys. Since 2009, Travelers for Open Land has awarded nearly $220,000 to help fund some of Montana's best conservation easement projects. MALT helped create the TFOL program. TFOL is also supported by the Montana Community Foundation, Montana Office of Tourism Promotion, and businesses that include outdoor recreation, industry, hospitality industry and more.
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Date: 1/28/2016
Title: Gallatin Valley Land Trust and Others Interested in Path Between Bozeman and Belgrade
Summary: A walking/biking path between Bozeman and Belgrade? Great idea.
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Date: 1/27/2016
Title: Hunters and Landowners Have Common Interests
Summary: A recent survey suggests hunters and landowners share more interests than you - and they - might think. This article takes both a narrow (Pennsylvania) and broader (including quotes from Montana) look at the situation. The survey was conducted by Migrate Outdoor and Farm Journal Media.
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Date: 1/25/2016
Title: Guest Column: Montanans Appreciate the Great Outdoors
Summary: Marne Hayes, director of Businesses for Montana's Outdoors, writes in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column that Montanans appreciate public land, Montanans love to hunt and fish, and that Montana outdoor recreation is a strong economic driver.
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Date: 1/25/2016
Title: MALT Submits State Sage Grouse Program Comments
Summary: MALT has submitted comments on the State of Montana sage grouse conservation program.
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Date: 1/24/2016
Title: Prickly Pear's Dueling Pianos Set for Jan. 30
Summary: Are you ready? January 30, Dueling Pianos at the Helena Gateway Center. Doors open at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm. Prickly Pear Land Trust and Lewis and Clark Humane Society will engage in a friendly battle. Come for a fun night of singing along, dancing, comedy, and outrageous piano playing to benefit two local charities. The two organizations will be facing off to see who can sell more tickets and raise the most in song requests to the dueling pianists. Each organization takes home the proceeds that their supporters donate. Tickets are $35 leading up to the event, based on availability. The event has sold out in the three previous years prior so get your tickets early. They are available at the PPLT office, Island Liquor, or L&C Humane Society.
 
Date: 1/21/2016
Title: New Article HIghlights Value of Alvord Lake Project
Summary: The Flathead Beacon is the third newspaper to publish a feature story about The Vital Ground Foundation's Alvord Lake project near Troy, Montana.
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Date: 1/20/2016
Title: Enhanced Tax Incentives Fact Sheet
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance has a new website fact sheet with information about the permanent conservation tax incentives passed by Congress.
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Date: 1/19/2016
Title: Land Trust Alliance Webinar Examines Monitoring
Summary: A January 20 Land Trust Alliance webinar is titled "From Foot to Air: Easement Monitoring" and will examine "the nuts and bolts of monitoring from pre-monitoring preparation to post-monitoring work. Appropriate for land trust staff and volunteers, the webinar will include an overview of how to conduct a visit safely and effectively." Bonus: Learn how land trusts are using Google Earth and other aerial tools as a low-cost compliment to on-the-ground monitoring!
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Date: 1/18/2016
Title: Travelers for Open Land Grants Announced This Week
Summary: Travelers for Open Land, a program created by MALT and others in 2009, will announce grant funding to private land conservation projects later this week. Since TFOL's launch in 2009 it has awarded over $200,000 to help fund 30 Montana conservation efforts.
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Date: 1/17/2016
Title: Alvord Lake Features Unfettered Recreation Access
Summary: THe Kalispell Daily Inner Lake article on the Vital Ground Foundation's Alvord Lake lakeshore acquisition details the many benefits of the project.
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Date: 1/15/2016
Title: MT FWP Expands Three Wildlife Management Areas
Summary: The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted on Feb. 14 to expand three Montana Wildlife Management Areas in western Montana. The Missoulian article does a good job of identifying the areas and detailing the benefits of the expansions.
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Date: 1/14/2016
Title: Missoula County Commission Acts on Ag Soil Mitigation
Summary: The Missoula County Commission rejected proposed subdivision regulations on Jan. 13 that had been opposed by local ranchers and the land trust community. Five Valleys Land Trust had proposed more voluntary conservation options and will continue to work with the county and others on a cooperative solution to agricultural soil mitigation.
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Date: 1/11/2016
Title: The Many Virtues of Helena's Community Trails and Open Land
Summary: The Helena Independent Record Sunday, Jan. 10, editorial explored - and extolled - the value of open land. The editorial saluted Prickly Pear Land Trust's leadership of Andy Baur and Mary Hollow, and recognized the importance of Helena's marvelous trail system. The IR also paid tribute to the plain old value of something we tend to take for granted... open land. “When we tally up the reasons we love living in Helena, the open spaces of Mount Ascension and Mount Helena are at the top of the list. It's not only the trail system, which is one of the best in the country and recognized as such, but it is also the simple pleasure of knowing these areas are ours to hike and explore and will be that way forever,“ the IR writes. That's artfully stated, and thanks to Prickly Pear Land Trust and its partners, accurately realized.
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Date: 1/10/2016
Title: Land Trust Alliance Sets 2016 Webinar Schedule
Summary: Learn from top-level experts... with unmatched convenience and affordability. Webinars are live, interactive trainings you can take right at your desk, with low fees and no travel costs. Best of all, you can involve multiple team members and just pay one fee for the connection. Plus, your team can access the webinar recording for a whole year.
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Date: 1/9/2016
Title: Swan Valley Conservation Groups Merge
Summary: Northwest Montana has a new conservation organization after two longtime nonprofits in the Swan Valley announced a merger to kick off the new year. Swan Valley Connections announced itself last week as a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that combines the land stewardship-focused Swan Ecosystem Center with Northwest Connections, which had served primarily as an education organization
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Date: 1/8/2016
Title: Helena IR Features Tax Incentives, Montana Land Reliance
Summary: Very nice Helena Independent Record article about conservation tax incentives. Making these incentives permanent is great news for agriculture and for open land.
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Date: 1/5/2016
Title: Guest Column Says Make LWCF Permanent
Summary: Business owners Ron Hooper and Dan Vermillion, writing for Business for Montana Outdoors, make a case for making the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent.
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Date: 1/4/2016
Title: Kaniksu Land Trust Announces May 20-21 BioBlitz
Summary: From KLT: MARK YOUR CALENDARS! YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A VERY SPECIAL EVENT: On May 20-21 KLT will host a BIOBLITZ. A bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. A bioblitz is also known as a biological inventory or biological census. The primary goal of a bioblitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.Connect with us here on Facebook to let us know if you would like to participate...
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Date: 1/3/2016
Title: MALT To Attend State Land Trust Association Meeting in Portland
Summary: For the second time in three years the western state land trust associations will be gathering in Portland during a meeting facilitated by the Land Trust Alliance's Western Program. The meeting, set for Jan 11-13 at the Hotel Rose, will center on a couple important land trust topics: strategic communications and community conservation. MALT Executive Director Glenn Marx will be attending the meeting, as will MALT Board President (and Bitter Root Land Trust Executive Director) Gavin Ricklefs, along with land trust state association representatives from Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.
 
Date: 1/2/2016
Title: TPL Top 2015 Projects Include Two From Montana
Summary: The Trust for Public Land's top national 2015 conservation projects include two from Montana - Haskill Basin in the Flathead and Story Mill in Bozeman.
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