Land Trust News

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Forest Stewardship Workshop Coming Up April 9-11

Land trust field staff field staff (land trust stewardship and agency field staff) who work with private forest land owners are invited to register for a Forest Stewardship Workshop for Professionals, set for April 9-11 at the UM Lumbrecht Experimental Forest. The bulk of the seminar will focus on familiarizing attendees with the elements of stewardship plans and reviewing the skills needed to produce one. Ryan Lutey of The Vital Ground Foundation will be discussing how Vital Ground integrates forest stewardship/management in its easements, specifically emphasizing the function and utility of forest stewardship plans in the long-term process of monitoring and enforcing easements. See the brochure for more details. The three-day workshop is provided at a pretty amazing rate of $110 thanks to significant underwriting from The Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and MSU Extension.

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Montana TNC Serves on New Parks in Focus Commission

Governor Steve Bullock announced the formation of a new Parks in Focus Commission, a group tasked with strengthening and funding Montana’s State Parks system. The effort will involve some members of the land trust community: Mark Aagenes, director of external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in Montana will serve on the commission, and Deb Love (former Trust for Public Land director) is an advisor and coordinator for the effort.

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On the Shoulders of Giants Now Available Online

The Montana Association of Land Trusts film “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation” is now broadly available for online viewing. The MALT film, produced in 2016, tells the story of Montana’s private land conservation pioneers and leaders, and about the value and benefits that flow to Montana’s economy, outdoor recreation, conservation, agriculture, and way of life from the work of Montana’s land trusts and landowners. The Eric Ian film has been widely acclaimed after showings throughout Montana and across the country.

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RMEF Wildlife Leadership Awards Open Through March 1

The application window for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2018 Wildlife Leadership Award (WLA) scholarships is now open through March 1. The WLA scholarship program was established in 1991 to “recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals.” The scholarships are awarded to undergraduate wildlife students, and carry a $3,000 scholarship and one-year membership to RMEF. All qualifications and application procedures are outlined on the RMEF website.

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Montana Land Reliance Greater Yellowstone Ag Forum Set for Feb. 7

The Montana Land Reliance is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Greater Yellowstone Agricultural Forum on Feb. 7, with doors opening at 9:00 AM, at The Gathering Place at the Lewis & Clark in Three Forks. Forum topics include invasive species, biocontrol of weeds, use of livestock to control weeds, and more. Additional speakers will provide information about their programs and services. For more information contact Kathryn Kelly of MLR at 579-5481 or kathryn@mtlandreliance.org.

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Alex Diekmann Peak Legislation Passes House Committee

Another major step toward the creation of Alex Diekmann Peak: The House Natural Resources Committee passed the Alex Diekmann Designation Act of 2017 on Jan. 10, and the bill will be headed to the House floor for action. The bill, sponsored by Senator Steve Daines and strongly supported by Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte, has already passed the Senate. A Bozeman Chronicle article reports on passage of the bill and contains quotes of support from all three members of the Montana Congressional Delegation.

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