Friday, July 31, 2015

25 Reasons Why Montana's Open Space is Better Than Outer Space

Montana Open Land Month is celebrating the final day of July with a little fun. The creative and insightful Katherine Boyk salutes Montana with "25 Reasons Why Montana's Open Space is Better Than Outer Space." Thank you, Katherine.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Open Land Month Events Roll Today in Bozeman, Helena

Two fun Open Land Month events today, July 30. At noon Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Discovery Walks series features the Story Mill History in Bozeman. And Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena will help dedicate an exciting new fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek at 5:30 PM.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Montana Open Land Month Releases Newest Video - Wild Montana

Montana. Big Sky. Open Land. "This is as good as it gets," notes Ryan Chapin.
We couldn't agree more! Thank you all for celebrating Montana Open Land - this month and every month! See the newest Open Land Month video, and all the Montana Open Month videos, here.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Western Media Summit Discusses Value of Open Land

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's Western Media Summit starts today in Bozeman. An array of journalists will learn about the economic importance of tourism, Montana's outdoor recreation industry, recreational access, private land conservation, Montana Open Land Month and more. Tuesday morning, July 28, Gallatin Valley Land Trust will lead a tour of the Oyler Conservation Easement (seen here).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Montana Open Land Month at Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band closes Red Ant Pants tonight. Swing by our booth to say howdy to the Montana Open Land Month crew and pick up a cool blue bandana.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Big Weekend for Montana Open Land Month Even

Major huge open land weekend of events: Dancing at Red Ants Pants, fishing at Big Sky Fishing Festival, land trust morning walk in Bozeman, exploring and fun at Lewis & Clark Caverns, hiking to Little Spar Lake, plein air art in Helena, and more. Check it out at the Montana Open Land Month Website Calendar.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Open Land Is Good for Business

Open Land is good for business. Check out this latest video from talented EricIanPhotography. Thanks to Marne Haynes, Business for Montana Outdoors, and Dropstone Outfitters for your hard work and Montana-grown insights.…/0BymrpoFHbeE6NUdFbkU3UVA0MkU/view

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What's Open Land Mean to You? Freedom

Montana Open Land Month had a booth at the Moods of the Madison Music Festival and we encouraged folks to swing by the booth and tell us what open land meant to them. Here are a couple photos. Pretty cool. Open Land means Freedom. Yes, it does. Thanks to all who helped make these photos happen.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Buck's T-4 Supports Montana's Great Outdoors

Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky is part of Round It Up America, and Buck's has designated Travelers for Open Land to receive donated funds through the Round It Up program. Thanks to David O'Connor and Buck's T-4 for supporting Montana's great outdoors.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Daines, DNRC Talk Forest Management During Open Land Month

Open land is forest land, and Senator Steve Daines, DNRC's Forest Division, and others talked about the value of Montana forests during a Montana Open Land Month discussion yesterday in Bozeman. Read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle article here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Round Up for Open Land

Big Sky's Mike Scholz took the stage last night during the Big Sky concert to let folks know about the Round Up for Open Land program and Montana Open Land Month. Thanks, Mike, and thanks to all the Big Sky businesses participating in Round Up for Open Land.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tour of the Bitterroot Rides on Sunday, July 19

Want to see some of the prettiest places the Bitterroot has to offer? Check out the Tour of the Bitterroot bike ride on Sunday, July 19.…/article_8e36dc7c-2b4d-11e5-9f4…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Flathead Land Trust Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Flathead Land Trust celebrates its 30th anniversary during Montana Open Land Month, thanks to folks like David and Haydi Sowerwine. Congratulations to FLT, its staff, board, members and supporters. Read the Flathead Beacon article for more information about the Sowerwines, Flathead Land Trust  and land conservation in the Flathead Valley. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Senator Steve Daines Voices Support for LWCF

Great to see Sen. Daines' support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF has provided major benefits to Montana's great outdoors and economy.…/article_2b2d49f2-059…

Monday, July 13, 2015

Open Land Month Video Captures Agricultural Heritage

This great new Montana Open Land Month video by Eric Ian captures Montana's agricultural heritage and its ties to our future. The stewardship commitment expressed by Rick Berg and Jim Cusker is impressive and inspirational. (Montana Land Reliance Photo)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In Montana, Outdoor Fun is Family Fun

Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column: Open Land Has a Big Role in Our Montana. Wonderful column written by Kelly Pohl of Gallatin Valley Land Trust.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

RMEF Event Speakers Salute Tenderfoot Project, LWCF, Montana Open Land Month

Chuck Roady, RMEF board president, at the Tenderfoot Project Ceremony, held July 10 in the Montana Capitol. Senator Steve Daines, Wayne Hirsch, Governor Steve Bullock and USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie are behind Chuck. Many of the speakers at the Tenderfoot - LWCF ceremony saluted Montana Open Land Month and the value of Montana land conservation efforts.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Montana Office of Tourism Helps Promote Montana Open Land Month

Here's a shout out to the Montana Office of Tourism for helping promote July 2015 Montana Open Land Month. Great job, and thank you very much.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Five Valleys Land Trust Honors Supporters During Montana Open Land Month Event

Five Valleys Land Trust Board President Amber Sherrill, FVLT Executive Director Grant Kier (right) honor The Nature Conservancy and Richard Jeo (second from right) and Missoula Mayor John Engen at a July 8 Montana Open Land Month event at Marshall Mountain. Over 250 people turned out for the FVLT community event, which featured local food and brews, games for kids, music and more. Both Jeo/TNC and Engen were honored for their support of Missoula area open land conservation.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Big Day for Montana Open Land Month In Missoula County

Governor Bullock visits the Confluence Property at Rock Creek today at 2:00 PM as part of Montana Open Land Month. Five Valleys Land Trust and the Governor will tour the property, and FVLT will thank Governor Bullock for his supportive role in the project. Five Valleys Land Trust is also throwing a hoedown on Marshall Mountain at 5:00 PM to celebrate Montana Open Land Month. And today the Missoula County Commission will proclaim July 2015 as Montana Open Land Month.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Open Land Defines Who, What We Are

"Close your eyes, imagine the word 'Montana,' and visualize an image. It doesn’t matter if you’re retired and looking back or young and looking ahead: the image in your mind is almost certainly inspired by open land." Thanks to the Montana Standard in Butte for publishing Ron Marcoux's and Bromley Maharg's open land guest column.…/article_0dde2679-65cc-513e-8559-f03…

Monday, July 6, 2015

Second Montana Open Land Month Video Released

Just released: Eric Ian's second Montana Open Land Month video, titled "Outdoor Value." Enjoy! 
July is Open Land Month, and that means recognizing and appreciating the tangible as well as the intangible benefits of open land -- how it allows us to easi...

Montanans Help Celebrate First Ever Montana Open Land Month

A Helena Independent Record article provide some background information on Montana Open Land Month and Montana private land conservation.…/article_4df399f6-fcf3-5562-bb07-5f1c4…

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five Valleys Land Trust Throwing Open Land Month Hoedown

Five Valleys Land Trust is throwing an open land party at Marshall Mountain on July 8, and you're invited.…/article_02639943-0bce-546f-aaf4-655…

Round Up for Open Land at Big Sky

Thanks to Big Sky Resort and all the Big Sky businesses participating in Round Up for Open Land. Funds help conserve land, water and trails.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Montana Open Land Month Features "Goodnight Big Sky"

It's a full moon tonight, perfect for a Montana-made bedtime tale titled "Goodnight Big Sky." It's a Montana open land version of "Goodnight Moon," written, illustrated and produced by Katherine Boyk. Enjoy!