In addition to operating as a land trust in the northern Rocky Mountains, The Vital Ground Foundation also funds conservation partners that work to reduce conflicts between bears and people. Last year, Vital Ground’s Conservation Partners Grant Program was extended to Mission, Madison and Big Hole valleys.
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.
Done deal: Five Valleys Land Trust, NRCS and its ALE program, and the Open Cross Ranch partner-up to conserve 5,000 acres of prime ranch ground in the Flint Creek Valley.
Dillon ranch family, The Nature Conservancy in Montana, and the NRCS team up for agriculture conservation and ranch operation stability.
The Land Trust Alliance has scheduled a broad array of webinars to start the new year, with 30 webinars scheduled starting on Jan. 11. The complete 2018 Alliance webinar schedule is available online on the Alliance’s website and a downloadable PDF is also available. The six-month webinar schedule (January through June) examines a multitude of private land conservation issues and topics, including risk management, appraisals, farmland conservation, organizational succession planning, conservation messaging, mergers, rebranding, and more. In addition, a series of complimentary webinars is also available on topics such as federal funding appraisals, Farm Bill funding, congressional advocacy, and federal funding for landscape conservation. MALT’s newsletters will provide periodic information on Alliance webinars but full and complete information and contact information is available on the Alliance’s website.
The Trust for Public Land and Stimson Lumber strengthen recreational access and improve public land management with Lolo National Forest acquisition.
The Nature Conservancy in Montana has posted its top five conservation highlights in 2017, which range from grasslands and river conservation to forest and wildlife projects