Excellent article detailing the many ways in which the LWCF makes Montana a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. It is Montana’s week in the national LWCF spotlight, part of a 52-week campaign to highlight the need to fund and reauthorize the LWCF program.
Photographer Louise Johns has taken some stunning photos to capture the relationship between ranchers and wildlife – including predators – in the Yellowstone area. Tom Kuglin of the Helena Independent Record writes an article that explains the fragile nature of the relationship.
The Gallatin Valley is known for its postcard views, agricultural heritage, and vast recreational opportunities. These are just a few of the myriad of characteristics that make this place so special. Since 1990, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust has worked with willing landowners in order to protect those qualities. This spring, GVLT is hosting an inaugural Open Lands Bike Tour, starting with registration at 9:30 AM on May 19. The event kicks off at Sacajawea Middle School, 3525 S 3rd Avenue.
A guest column written by people involved in Gallatin County agriculture explains why the June 5 open space mill levy in so important to the area’s farm and ranch community, legacy and future.
A 45-acre conservation easement will protect open land and wildlife habitat that provides refuge for some 229 migratory waterbirds, thanks to Flathead Land Trust, landowners David and Linda Kurfess and project funders.
The May 12 Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run drew a record 997 runners and excellent weather to Helena’s South Hills trails and open lands. The race is sponsored and organized by Prickly Pear Land Trust.
Congratulations to Carol and Don Roberts, recipients of the William F. Long Award from The Montana Land Reliance. The award recognizes the conservation stewardship commitment demonstrated by the Roberts’ on their eastern Montana property. The award specifically salutes landowners who have worked to permanently protect significant bird habitat.
Back by popular demand, Flathead Land Trust is partnering with the Flathead Lakers to offer a boat tour on the Far West on Thursday, June 28, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Participants will be able to spend an evening celebrating the incredible conservation of the North Shore of Flathead Lake, and help with a new conservation project with a live on-boat fundraiser. The tour will offer complimentary appetizers from Somers Bay Cafe and a no host bar.
Bitter Root Land Trust is having a barn dance. From BRLT’s website: “Bitter Root Land Trust welcomes you to Lazy Burnt Fork Ranch in Stevensville! Come celebrate the local conservation you’re making possible at Lazy Burnt Fork Ranch on Saturday, June 30th. See for yourself what it means to conserve a ranch, for generations to come. At the Barn Dance you’ll find curious cows, friendly horses, green pastures and meet a wonderful couple who believe in the positive impact that conservation has on our community. Steve and Catherine Peckinpaugh are delighted to welcome you to Lazy Burnt Fork Ranch in Stevensville. Tour the recently conserved Lazy Burnt Fork Ranch, grab an ice-cold drink and venture down the kids’ fishing hole on the creek at this family-friendly casual community event.” Tickets are on sale now.
A new poll shows 76 percent of Montanans support the Land and Water Conservation Fund, while only 13 percent oppose the program. The poll, conducted in mid-April 2018, shows strong bipartisan support for the LWCF and for overall Montana conservation initiatives. The LWCF funds outdoor recreation, forest management, agricultural conservation, wildlife habitat protection and more.