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Morris Family, Oxbow Ranch, Receive Missoula County Land Stewardship Award

Wendy and Bart Morris and their Oxbow Ranch are being recognized for their innovative and pragmatic ranch management as recipients of the 2019 Missoula County Land Stewardship Award. The award reflects successful commitment to and adoption of stewardship and conservation practices, and the Morrises are richly deserving of the award. Five Valleys Land Trust, the Morrises, and the NRCS ALE Program recently partnered to establish a conservation easement on the Oxbow Ranch. From the August 8 Missoulian article: Vickie Edwards with the Five Valleys Land Trust added that the Morrises set the standard for stewardship, including how they raise their cattle, using them to help restore the land. “I appreciate their connection to the land,“ Edwards said. “They are thoughtful about how they affect this landscape and how what they do will affect the future of the land. That thoughtfulness makes them the perfect individuals for the stewardship award. And they grow great grass for delicious cows.”

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