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The Nature Conservancy Grasslands Conservation Vision Involves Landowners

Brian Martin, grasslands conservation director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, wrote a recent guest opinion for the Billings Gazette in which he articulated the success of TNC’s grassland banking programs in places like north central Montana. The TNC Matador Ranch (featured in MALT’s 2016 film “On the Shoulders of Giants) “touches more than 350,000 acres and 25 ranch families,“ Brian writes in his op-ed. The articles ends with: We trust that local owners who have expertise, passion, and commitment to the land are the best way forward for conservation and this is also the best way for their communities to thrive. In a world where both trust and vision can often seem in short supply, these partnerships are proving that they still exist, sometimes with the most unlikely of allies.

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