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Montana Land Reliance Conserves Eastern Montana Grasslands

Some of the most prolific, intact grasslands in Montana can be found along Highway 200 between Jordan and Circle. This prairie landscape is home to a rich tradition of ranching, as well as abundant wildlife, including the greater sage grouse, pronghorn, Baird’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit, McCown’s longspur, and lark bunting to name a few.
MLR is proud to have partnered with Soda Creek Ranch to protect 13,000 acres of exceptional sagebrush and grassland habitat in McCone County. The easement ensures that this critical area of habitat in eastern Montana will remain available for ranching and wildlife habitat forever. Special thanks to the work of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program in helping to conserve agricultural land across Montana.