The report produced by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT), and Heart of the Rockies Initiative (HOTR) shows Farm Bill dollars allocated to Montana producers through the Agricultural Land Easement program go directly into producer options to strengthen the operational stability of family farms and ranches.
Bob and Laurie Sutherlin, the NRCS, Bitter Root Land Trust, the Farm Bill Agricultural Land Easement program, and the Ravalli County Open Land Program partner to keep 377 prime acres of farmland in production.
Montana’s newest state park Somers Beach State Park on the north shore of Flathead Lake is open after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 12.
The event included comments from Gov. Greg Gianforte, Montana Fish, Parks and Wildlife leaders, leaders from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Flathead Land Trust, and the Sliter family.
FLT’s Paul Travis and Laura Katzman are in the far right of the photo.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT), and the Heart of the Rockies Initiative (HOTR) have partnered to produce a 20-page report analyzing the economic impact of conservation easements in Montana. The report concludes that since it was created in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program has produced a $182 million economic benefit to Montana agricultural producers, rural main streets, rural economies, and the state’s overall economy.
Page 8 of the report focuses on Montana’s Northern Great Plains. The full report is available on the MALT website home page.
Flathead Land Trust has received a $75,000 grant from the Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program to advance the Bigfork-Harrrell Forest Community Trails Project. Other major partners in the project are The Trust for Public Land and The Montana Land Reliance.
The Farm Bill’s Agricultural Land Easement program is producing dynamic economic benefits for Montana farm and ranch families, local economies, rural main streets and Montana’s agriculture industry. A new report titled “Working for Montana Agriculture: Economic Benefits of Conservation Easements for Montana’s Farms, Ranches, and Communities” highlights the program’s positive impacts in Montana.
A photo series in the Helena Independent Record shows Prickly Pear Land Trust staff and volunteers continuing to restore and enhance the Sevenmile Creek property west of Helena. Volunteers planted 400 trees and 100 wild rye grass starts along the banks of the creek. More information about the Sevenmile Creek project is available on the PPLT website.
Since 2016, The Laundress has donated 50% of proceeds from its Out West collection to the Montana Association of Land Trusts, helping protect over 3 million acres of private land in Montana. Thanks to The Laundress partnership with MALT and The Laundress customer support, The Laundress voices pride in donating $180,000 to date to keep the West wide open and full of possibility, adventure, and endless natural beauty.
Gallatin Valley Land Trust approaches land conservation one thoughtful decision at a time. Read the guest column, written by GVLT executive director Chet Work, here.
“The real strength of our conservation tool is its longevity and the power woven into the positive working relationship between our stewardship team and the visionary landowners who have made a commitment to protect the land they love. Without such generous partners — the thoughtful stewards of the habitat, soils, heritage, clean water, and open scenic lands that define this place — and the trusting, supportive community that sustains GVLT, none of this would be possible.”