Montana Association of Land Trusts

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Glenn Marx
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Helena, MT 59624
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News and Reports

Date: 2/13/2019
Title: Senate Passes Permanent LWCF Reauthorization 92-8
Summary: The US Senate voted 92-8 yesterday to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. That's historically important bipartisan support for conservation and outdoor recreation. Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines helped lead passage of S. 47 and are strong and consistent LWCF advocates. The measure now goes to the US House for passage and then to the President for his signature.
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Date: 2/11/2019
Title: Two Land Trusts Apply for FWP Trails Grants
Summary: Bitter Root Land Trust, continuing to expand its conservation and outdoor recreation service to Ravalli County, is seeking a $98,985 Montana Recreation Trails Program grant to help build trails at the proposed new Skalkaho Bend Park in Hamilton. The Ravalli Republic reported BRLT is one of three Ravalli County entities applying for funding within the program. Over $3.5 million of requests have been submitted for $1.5 million in available funding. Another Montana land trust applying for FWP trails funding in 2019 is Five Valleys Land Trust, which is seeking an $80,540 grant to expand trails at the Mount Dean Stone project.
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Date: 2/7/2019
Title: LWCF Advances in US Senate
Summary: Good day yesterday for the LWCF in the US Senate. Strong bipartisan majority of Senators votes to deny two amendments hostile to the LWCF. There's still more work to do, but thanks to Senators Daines and Tester for their votes in support of the LWCF. The land trust community developed a guest column that details the incredible value of LWCF to Montana.
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Date: 2/6/2019
Title: US Senate Procedural Vote Okays LWCF Reauthorization 99-1
Summary: An important first step was taken Feb. 5 when the US Senate approved a procedural vote that advanced a public lands package of legislation that included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill passed 99-1, was led by Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and while additional congressional action is needed this first vote by the Senate is positive start in this Congress.
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Date: 2/4/2019
Title: Land Trust Stewards Hold Retreat at Pine Butte Guest Ranch
Summary: Montana land trust and agency stewardship staff have set Feb. 21-22 for a 2019 Stewardship Staff Retreat at The Nature Conservancy in Montana's Pine Butte Guest Ranch along the Rocky Mountain Front. A 2018 stewardship retreat had been held at the Five Valleys Land Trust Rock Creek Confluence Property. Ryan Hunter at Flathead Land Trust is helping organize the 2019 retreat, which starts at 11:30 AM on Feb. 21 and wraps up after breakfast on Feb. 22. The agenda includes Case Study Presentations, an Open Floor Q&A, a Potluck Dinner and opportunities for other informal discussions.
 
Date: 2/1/2019
Title: US Senate Schedules LWCF Floor Discussion Next Week
Summary: Great news: The US Senate will take a key first step toward reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund next week. Thanks to Senator Daines and Senator Tester for their commitment on this. If you hike, hunt, float, ride, enjoy the outdoors, enjoy parks and playgrounds, or like seeing open land and wildlife, you have benefited by the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Date: 1/30/2019
Title: Work Continues in 2019 at Mount Dean Stone, Missoula's Once In a Lifetime Opportunity
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust is partnering with several local organizations as the Mount Dean Stone forest management and recreational access project continues.
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Date: 1/28/2019
Title: Prickly Pear Land Trust Works Toward Greenway Approval
Summary: Prickly Pear Land Trust is working with the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program on a draft Restoration Plan for East Helena that includes a PPLT proposed Prickly Pear Creek Greenway project. The preferred alternative of the draft Restoration Plan for East Helena contains $3.2 million for the proposed greenway.
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Date: 1/26/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Trust for Public Land
Summary: Day 12: 12 Land Trusts/12 Phrases - The Trust for Public Land: Alex Diekmann Peak. Story Mill Park. Haskill Basin. Parks and land for people. Public lands. Taylor Fork. Trumbull Creek. ParkScore Index. Stillwater State Forest. O'Dell Creek. Beavertail to Bearmouth. Oliffe Ranch. The Trust for Public Land is a national conservation organization with a regional office in Bozeman. We've saluted each of the 12 Montana Association of Land Trusts members in our 12 Land Trusts / 12 Phrases / 12 Days series. Thanks to the Montana land trust community for their contributions to Montana's economy, landscape, outdoor recreation and quality of life.
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Date: 1/25/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Flathead Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: Flathead Land Trust - River to Lake. Sandhill cranes. Wetlands. Clean water. Agricultural heritage. Flathead River. Prime farmland. North Shore. Wildlife habitat. 1885 homestead. Heart of the Flathead Valley. Partnerships. Flathead Land Trust is based in Kalispell and works throughout the Flathead Valley
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Date: 1/24/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Five Valleys Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: Five Valleys Land Trust - Western Montana. Mount Dean Stone. Rock Creek Confluence Property. Flint Creek Valley. Mount Jumbo. Community. Family Farms and Ranches. Lincoln Community River Park. Alberton Gorge. Wildlife Habitat. Missoula. Protect What You Love.
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Date: 1/23/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Kaniksu Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts/12 Phrases: Kaniksu Land Trust - Bull River Valley. Pine Street Woods. Protecting forests and farms. Camp Kaniksu. Play in nature. Sasquatch. WildCrafting. Healthy land, healthy communities. StoryWalk. Outdoor education. Community conservation. #outside7b. Kaniksu Land Trust is based in Sandpoint, ID, and also works in Montana's Sanders County.
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Date: 1/22/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Conservation Fund
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: The Conservation Fund - Rocky Mountain Front. Traveler's Rest. Circle R Ranch. Conservation that works. Garrity Mountain. Conservation revolving loans. Grasslands. Meeteetse Spires. Elkhorn Mountains. Greater Yellowstone. Montana Homegrown Wood. Foys to Blacktail.
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Date: 1/21/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Montana Land Reliance
Summary: 12 Montana Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: The Montana Land Reliance: One million acres. Cows not Condos. Madison Valley. Agriculture. Leadership. Sage grouse. Legacy. Ruby Habitat Foundation. President's Award. Trout Route. Open spaces. Nourish the spirit of future generations.
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Date: 1/20/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Phrases: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Kitchen table in Troy, MT. Hunting heritage. Habitat. Team Elk. Hunting is conservation. Elk Camp. Land protection. Public access. Falls Creek. Mineral Hill. 234,982 RMEF members. Tenderfoot Creek. Bugle.
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Date: 1/20/2019
Title: MALT Endorses Charitable Conservation Easement Integrity Act
Summary: The Jan. 18 headline of "Daines Bill Would Block Conservation Easement Abuse" was accurate, but would perhaps also benefit by a brief explanation. Senator Daines and the Land Trust Alliance have worked together to introduce the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019. This effort and this bill support traditional conservation easements with farm and ranch families, and the bill is introduced with strong support from the Montana land trust community. The MALT membership is appreciative of the efforts by Senator Daines and the Alliance on this issue.
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Date: 1/19/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Bitter Root Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts in 12 Days: Bitter Root Land Trust - Farm and ranch legacies. Sold out barn dances. Steve Powell Park. Agriculture. Burnt Fork. Bitterroot River. Open Lands. Art and conservation. Rural heritage. Future generations. Winter Eagle Study. Skalkaho Bend. Community.
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Date: 1/19/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Prickly Pear Land Trust
Summary: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Days: Prickly Pear Land Trust - Connecting Land and People. Sevenmile. Don't Fence Me In. South Hills. Tenmile. Community Conservation. Harvest Moon. Trails. Gehring Ranch. Mount Ascension. Emmett. Peaks to Creeks.
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Date: 1/18/2019
Title: MALT Applauds Sen. Daines Introduction of Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts applauds and endorses the introduction of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019 by Montana Senator Steve Daines. The bill seeks to eliminate the ability of partnership investors to profit from the donation of a conservation easement on land held for a short time. Like legislation first introduced during the previous Congress, this bill's language makes clear that conservation easement donations, like other charitable donations, are not intended to be profit opportunities. Montana is a national leader in private land conservation, and land trusts have been working with Montana landowners to voluntarily create traditional conservation easements for over 40 years, conserving land and water and helping maintain the essence and character of Montana.
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Date: 1/17/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Vital Ground Foundation
Summary: The Vital Ground Foundation - Protecting grizzly habitat. Preventing conflicts between bears and people. Ninemile linkage. Wild River Grizzly Project. Glen Willow. Alvord Lake Community Forest. The Right Places. Connecting Landscapes. Bart the Bear. Doug Seus. Grizzly Conservation.
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Date: 1/17/2019
Title: Two Land Trust Leaders Appointed to GO-MT Advisory Council
Summary: Two land trust community members have been appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to serve on the GetOutdoors Montana (GO-MT) Advisory Council, an advisory wing for the Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation. Jennifer Doherty, director of lands for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Kendall Van Dyk, managing director for The Montana Land Reliance, were appointed as part of the 12-member advisory council on Jan. 11. Congratulations to Kendall and Jennifer, and thank you for volunteering to serve on the council. A complete list of GO-MT advisory council appointments is available on the Governor's website
 
Date: 1/16/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Summary: Day 2 of 12 Land Trusts in 12 Phrases in 12 Days: Gallatin Valley Land Trust - Trails and Conservation. Outside is in. Take the long view. Main Street to the Mountains. Working Farms and Ranches. Peets Hill. Rocky Creek Farm. Local Food. Summer Trails Challenge. Bozeman Pass. NextGen. Open spaces for future generations.
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Date: 1/15/2019
Title: 12 Land Trusts / 12 Words or Phrases / 12 Days: The Nature Conservancy in Montana
Summary: The Montana Association of Land Trusts and others are beginning a brief series of social media posts highlighting 12 land trusts in 12 words or phrases over 12 days. The series starts today with The Nature Conservancy in Montana: Science. People and Nature. Freshwater. Matador Grassbank. Montana Forests. Iconic Wildlife. Local Partnerships. Innovation. Crown of the Continent. Northern Great Plains. High Divide Headwaters. More Montana.
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Date: 1/14/2019
Title: Bitter Root Land Trust Working on New Hamilton City Park
Summary: KPAX television news recently checked in with the mayor of Hamilton, the Ravalli County Commission and Bitter Root Land Trust and produced a news segment on the proposed new city park in Hamilton, a 70-acre project that will be a gem for the Bitterroot Valley. The proposed park is firmly placed on Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf's 2019 “to-do“ list, and the news segment termed the new park a “major accomplishment for generations to come.“
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Date: 1/14/2019
Title: Flathead Land Trust Helps Conserve North Fork Forestland
Summary: Flathead Land Trust and landowner Molly Shepherd work to conserve 78 acres of North Fork of the Flathead forestland that is home to over 80 migratory bird species and other wildlife. The American Forest Foundation certified the property as a Family Forest in 2014.
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Date: 1/10/2019
Title: Montana Senators Push LWCF Reauthorization
Summary: Some good news yesterday from Congress on the LWCF. Despite ongoing controversies in DC the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a policy priority. It has been 100 days since the LWCF expired. The LWCF is incredibly important to Montana outdoor recreation, conservation, forest management, and economy.
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Date: 1/9/2019
Title: Peaks to Creaks Project Near Helena Receives County Open Space Funding
Summary: The Lewis and Clark County Commission approved allocating $340,000 of county open space program funding on Jan. 8 to Prickly Pear Land Trust's Peaks to Creeks Initiative west of Helena near Fort Harrison. PPLT purchased two properties totaling 534 acres near the Fort in 2016. PPLT's project benefits the community by restoring riparian areas, wetlands and streamflows on Sevenmile Creek, and by essentially creating a new public park and trails system along Tenmile Creek.
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Date: 1/9/2019
Title: RMEF Seeks Funds for Falls Creek Access Project
Summary: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation made a request to the Lewis and Clark County Commission on Jan. 8 for county open space program funding to help complete the Falls Creek recreational access project near Augusta. RMEF's Mike Mueller presented the project to the commission, which entails purchasing 442 acres from the Barrett Ranch to open up access to more than 26,000 acres of additional public lands. The project was recommended for approval by the open space program's citizens advisory committee. The county commission voiced support for the proposal and opened up a public comment period on the project.
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Date: 1/8/2019
Title: Land Trust Alliance Upcoming Webinars
Summary: The Land Trust Alliance 2019 schedule for webinars is available on the Alliance's website, and the webinars start on Jan. 15 with two sessions; one on Advanced Risk Management and one on Conservation Easement Monitoring. The Alliance website provides the times and dates for the full 2019 webinar sessions, and information about payments, including a 2019 All-Access Pass.
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Date: 1/7/2019
Title: Flathead Land Trust 2018 Conservation Leadership Awards
Summary: Flathead Land Trust's annual FLT Conservation Leadership Awards were presented to Walt Bahr and Don Hauth at a year-end gathering in the Flathead. Bahr served as an early FLT board member and monitoring volunteer. Hauth is also a former FLT board member and monitoring volunteer, and has a conservation easement on his property.
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Date: 1/4/2019
Title: MTFWP Closes Easements That Produce Access and Conservation
Summary: Open space conserved, hunting opportunities expanded, ranch families and ag production maintained. Seems like a pretty good deal.
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Date: 1/3/2019
Title: Five Valleys Land Trust, MTFWP, Work on Access and Conservation
Summary: Five Valleys Land Trust and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks are partnering on a 1,200-acre ranch proposed conservation easement near Philipsburg that includes a recreational access component managed by MTFWP. A hearing on the proposed project is set for Jan. 8 in Drummond and the public can comment on the proposal until Jan. 18.
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Date: 1/2/2019
Title: Land Trusts Part of Flathead Lake North Shore Plan
Summary: Conservation projects by the Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust are part of the proposed North Shore Wildlife Management Area. The new plan identifies objectives for wildlife habitat, weed management, infrastructure, and public recreation throughout the 427-acre the North Shore Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell. The plan also lists proposed management actions that would help achieve those objectives. The WMA is traditional farmland that features a mix of cultivated grain fields, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wooded uplands along Flathead Lake. Owned and managed by FWP, the property abuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 1,887-acre North Shore Waterfowl Production Area, which includes conservation easements held on private land by Montana Land Reliance and Flathead Land Trust.
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