Land Trust News

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Bitter Root Land Trust Working on New Hamilton City Park

KPAX television news recently checked in with the mayor of Hamilton, the Ravalli County Commission and Bitter Root Land Trust and produced a news segment on the proposed new city park in Hamilton, a 70-acre project that will be a gem for the Bitterroot Valley. The proposed park is firmly placed on Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf’s 2019 “to-do“ list, and the news segment termed the new park a “major accomplishment for generations to come.”

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Peaks to Creaks Project Near Helena Receives County Open Space Funding

The Lewis and Clark County Commission approved allocating $340,000 of county open space program funding on Jan. 8 to Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Peaks to Creeks Initiative west of Helena near Fort Harrison. PPLT purchased two properties totaling 534 acres near the Fort in 2016. PPLT’s project benefits the community by restoring riparian areas, wetlands and streamflows on Sevenmile Creek, and by essentially creating a new public park and trails system along Tenmile Creek.

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RMEF Seeks Funds for Falls Creek Access Project

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation made a request to the Lewis and Clark County Commission on Jan. 8 for county open space program funding to help complete the Falls Creek recreational access project near Augusta. RMEF’s Mike Mueller presented the project to the commission, which entails purchasing 442 acres from the Barrett Ranch to open up access to more than 26,000 acres of additional public lands. The project was recommended for approval by the open space program’s citizens advisory committee. The county commission voiced support for the proposal and opened up a public comment period on the project.

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Land Trust Alliance Upcoming Webinars

The Land Trust Alliance 2019 schedule for webinars is available on the Alliance’s website, and the webinars start on Jan. 15 with two sessions; one on Advanced Risk Management and one on Conservation Easement Monitoring. The Alliance website provides the times and dates for the full 2019 webinar sessions, and information about payments, including a 2019 All-Access Pass.

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Land Trusts Part of Flathead Lake North Shore Plan

Conservation projects by the Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust are part of the proposed North Shore Wildlife Management Area. The new plan identifies objectives for wildlife habitat, weed management, infrastructure, and public recreation throughout the 427-acre the North Shore Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell. The plan also lists proposed management actions that would help achieve those objectives. The WMA is traditional farmland that features a mix of cultivated grain fields, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wooded uplands along Flathead Lake. Owned and managed by FWP, the property abuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 1,887-acre North Shore Waterfowl Production Area, which includes conservation easements held on private land by Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust.

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