Land Trust News

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Prickly Pear Land Trust Sponsors Casual Stroll at Tenmile Creek

Prickly Pear Land Trust is sponsoring a “laid-back walk“ at the Tenmile Creek Park on Thursday, Sept. 11, starting at 5:30 PM. Contact PPLT at 442-0490 for more info. From a PPLT Facebook Post: Interested in the park, PPLT, or the local environment? Wanna just get outside for a moment with some company? Join Prickly Pear Land Trust for a laid-back walk in the park, September 11th, at 5:30. We’ll start at Tenmile Creek Park’s parking lot.

Montana TNC Enrolls First Landowner in Grasslands CCAA

The Nature Conservancy in Montana and the US Fish & Wildlife Service worked to finalize a Greater Sage-Grouse and Declining Songbirds Programatic Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) in early 2018 and TNC announced last week it enrolled its first landowner within this CCAA program. The agreement with the landowner covers 11,000 acres of mostly sagebrush habitat in north central Montana and the property sits in sage grouse core habitat and the habitat of four key grasslands songbirds.

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MALT Film Shown as Part of Montana Conservation Film Fest

The Madison Conservation District will show a series of short films – including MALT’s “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation” – on August 31 as part of the Montana Conservation Film Fest during the Ennis Fly Fishing and Outdoor Festival. The films will be shown at the Madison Theatre in Ennis starting at 2:30 PM.

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On Display: Diverse Benefits of the LWCF

The film Saving the Land and Water Conservation Fund does a good job within its nine-minute running time of showcasing the diverse benefits produced by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The film stars Ed Arnett of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, who wanders in and around Missoula within the film, talking with people like Land Tawny, Pelah Hoyt, Jim Stone, David Mannix, Missoula Mayor John Engen and others. The film explores the economic, local business, conservation, agricultural, parks and trails, outdoor recreation and access benefits Montana directly derives from the LWCF. Public lands. Family farms and ranches. City parks. Wildlife habitat. Open space. Scenic areas. Access and recreation. All are on display. Unless the program is reauthorized, the LWCF will expire in about five weeks.

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Montana Land Trusts Participate in Congressional Forum

At the invitation of Montana Senator Steve Daines, the Montana land trust community was front and center during the August 17 Western Congressional Foundation’s Summer Western Policy Roundtable discussion in Bozeman. Mark Lambrecht of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mark Aagenes of The Nature Conservancy in Montana, and Glenn Marx of the Montana Association of Land Trusts, all had the opportunity to weigh in on a variety of national natural resource and agricultural policy matters. Other agricultural, timber, mining, federal agency, and conservation voices highlighted natural resource issues, problems, and recommendations. Senator Daines, a co-chair of the congressional Western Caucus Foundation, together with Foundation co-chair Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ), led the discussion. Mark at RMEF focused his remarks on elk habitat and forest management, Mark at TNC discussed forest health and creative ways to generate new and expand markets for wood products, and Glenn at MALT focused on the importance of the ALE Program and more specifically on the problems with ALE Management Plans. We appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Roundtable and engage in policy discussions with Caucus members.

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