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‘Honoring the Idea’ of Open Land in Gallatin Gateway

A conservation easement in Gallatin Gateway has been donated to Gallatin Valley Land Trust that seeks to honor a person – Sydney Kurland – and his idea (and ideal) of open land.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle article captures the commitment of Kurland (a former teacher at Montana State University) and Emily Gadd, current owner of the property, to conserve the 30 acres that sits “at end of a dirt road in Gallatin Gateway.”
From the article:
I feel like I’m honoring his idea of what he wanted this place to be,” Gadd said. “He always wanted to do an easement. He wouldn’t have wanted to see this place developed like all the other places around here.”
…“The beauty of this place is it’s at the end of a dirt road, it’s really private and it’s right on the river,” she said. “We need to protect these places, and I wish more people would think about conservation because God knows this place is getting chopped up.”…“Gallatin County is rapidly growing and experiencing urban sprawl, so having people like Emily (Gadd) place conservation easements on their land protects agricultural areas, preserves wildlife and maintains important migration corridors,” said Chad Klinkenborg of Gallatin Valley Land Trust. “It is also an opportunity for landowners to preserve what they love about their property forever.”

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