Montana Association of Land Trusts
Private Land Conservation
PO Box 892
Helena, MT 59624
The Montana Association of Land Trusts, created in 2005, is a group of 12 separate nonprofit land trust organizations working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout the state of Montana.
The Montana Association of Land Trusts, headquartered in Helena, helps to coordinate association membership to achieve legislative, administrative, communications and policy goals.
The Montana Association of Land Trusts is comprised of these 12 private, nonprofit members:
Land trusts work with private landowners to maintain working farms and ranches, protect water quality, protect wildlife habitat, preserve open lands and retain the values that make Montana such an attractive place to live, work and recreate.
Montana has a strong tradition of land trust and land conservation excellence. The members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts comply with Land Trust Standards and Practices as a condition of membership. Land Trust Standards and Practices are rigorous national standards that assure land trusts operate with professional integrity and quality. Nine MALT members - Five Valleys Land Trust, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, The Montana Land Reliance, Prickly Pear Land Trust, Flathead Land Trust, Bitter Root Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Vital Ground Foundation and The Conservation Fund - have all received accreditation and earned national recognition as an accredited land trust from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Formal accreditation is private land conservation’s highest certification.
Land trusts negotiate voluntary agreements with landowners that limit commercial development and residential subdivision of the property. In essence, land trusts acquire, and then retire, development rights of the property. Conservation easements have potential federal estate tax and federal income tax benefits for landowners. Many land trusts work with local, county and federal programs that provide public funding for land conservation. Other land trusts have active trails and outdoor recreation programs.
Montana land trusts, public agencies and landowners have worked to conserve over two million acres of private land since 1976, and the current pace of land conservation continues to be strong in Montana.