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JT Ranches Easement Conserves Prime Ag Soils

The ALE Program and Montana land trusts continue to close projects, and the Montana NRCS continues to salute the landowners, land trusts, federal program and significant efforts that made those projects possible. From the Montana NRCS website: “J T Ranches’ lands rolls across the valley and into the John Long Mountains foothills, varying from irrigated hay meadows to montane grasslands to timberlands. This scenery is visible from Philipsburg, and the diversity of habitats provides a home for elk, mountain lions, grizzlies, and a variety of birds. Over half of the property is made up of Prime or Important soils according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on which Joleen and Tim run cattle and raise hay.”

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