Friday, January 30, 2015

Montanans Rally in Capitol on Feb.16 for Public Lands

On President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 16, Montanans will rally in the Capitol rotunda at noon in support of federal lands. Buses will be transporting people from various cities to attend the rally, and additional rally information is available here at the Public Lands in Public Hands Facebook page.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Land Trust and Tribes Collaborate on Conservation

Five Valleys Land Trust and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes received recognition on the Land Trust Alliance website for their collaborative conservation efforts on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Monday, January 19, 2015

TFOL Says Thanks to the Magpie Guest House in Bozeman

Travelers for Open Land thanks the Magpie Guest House in Bozeman for collecting donations from their guests to support our program. Kathy and Jeff at the Magpie Guest House have been strong participants in Travelers for Open Land and have helped the program raise over $200,000 to conserve Montana open land. Thank You!

Travelers for Open Land Awards Grant to Conserve Ag Soils

Travelers for Open Land has awarded Gallatin Valley Land Trust a $5,000 grant to help conserve 712 acres of farmland in the Gallatin Valley. The grant will enable GVLT and the landowner to protect important agricultural soils, local agricultural production and iconic open space.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gallatin Valley Land Trust Receives $3.7 Million Grant

Congratulations to Gallatin Valley Land Trust for its Regional Conservation Partnership Program award. This is great news for GVLT and great news for the Gallatin Valley. (Alex Diekmann Photo)

Travelers for Open Land Helps Conserve Historic Ranch

Travelers for Open Land has awarded a $5,000 grant to Bitter Root Land Trust to help conserve 209 acres featuring important agricultural soils plus elk and mule deer habitat, on an historic ranch in Ravalli County. The Bailey Farm conservation easement has strong local support and will assist an NRCS Farm Bill program.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 is "The Year of Open Land"

Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust writes in the Bozeman Chronicle that 2015 "is the year of open land."

Travelers for Open Land Helps Fund Ellis Mountain Area Conservation Easement

The Vital Ground Foundation in Missoula has received a $4,000 Travelers for Open Land grant to help fund a conservation easement to conserve important wildlife habitat near the convergence of the Ninemile and Clark Fork Valleys, by Ellis Mountain. The property provides important habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife species. (Lance Schelvan Photo)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Travelers for Open Land Helps Protect Recreational Property

Travelers for Open Land has awarded Five Valleys Land Trust a $4,000 grant to help fund acquisition of the Marshall Mountain recreational property near Missoula. The goal is to maintain and perhaps expand the mountain bike racing and other outdoor recreation opportunities at Marshall Mountain.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Travelers for Open Land Helps Fund Clark Fork Valley Conservation Easement

Travelers for Open Land has awarded Kaniksu Land Trust a $3,500 grant to help fund a 90-acre Clark Fork Valley conservation easement that will conserve open land, local farmland and a wildlife connectivity area. Kaniksu Land Trust is based in Sandpoint, ID and works in Idaho and western Montana.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Travelers for Open Land Awards $21,350 in Grants

Travelers for Open Land awarded five grants totaling $21,350 today. The grants will help conserve ranch and agricultural lands, outdoor access and recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, open lands and more. Since 2009 Travelers for Open Land has awarded over $200,000 to help fund 30 land conservation projects. We'll highlight one grant award each day for five days, starting tomorrow. Thanks to everyone - participating businesses and contributors - for making TFOL such a valuable program.