Land Trust News

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NRCS Sage Grouse Conservation Story Map Shows Partnerships and Success

The NRCS has produced comprehensive maps and information illustrating the abundant sage grouse conservation easement projects throughout the Montana. The information is presented in visually creative ways and shows how the NRCS and its partners – which include land trusts, the Montana sage grouse program and others – are working to conserve sage grouse populations and habitat.

Landowner, NRCS, Land Trust Partner in Stillwater County

The Key O Ranch, operated by the Keogh family, has been working with NRCS for decades to improve their rangeland health through grazing management to produce healthy cattle, clean water, and wildlife habitat. The Keoghs, Montana NRCS, and The Montana Land Reliance also teamed up in 2019 to place a conservation easement on the property, using the 2018 Farm Bill’s Agricultural Land Easement program.