The Montana Land Reliance (MLR) has conserved more than 26,000 acres every year since we began work in 1978. The number is significant because by the end of 2016 it’s very possible that we will have protected our millionth acre. This would be 1,000,000 acres of private land in Big Sky Country—from the tall cedars of the northwestern rainforests, the sagebrush prairie at the edge of the Missouri Breaks, to the rich farmlands of our river valleys—that will never be subdivided, and will sustain agriculture, wildlife, and fisheries for generations to come. Preserving the Montana we know for future generations is and has always been one of MLR’s greatest ambitions.
Latest from the Land Reliance
"Here is a grandson of The Greatest Show on Earth, and still-wild Montana is his life’s work. That’s a pretty good performance." We at The Montana Land Reliance feel very lucky to count Rock Ringling among our Managing Directors! Thank you so...
We bet that with all this precipitation, we'll have a lot of grass growing this summer! 🌱 If you're in SW Montana, check out our conservation partner's event tomorrow night to learn how you can manage and mitigate your cheatgrass! Madison Con...
We know who our Valentine is...we love you, Montana! ❤️💐 #cowsnotcondos #openspace #BigSkyCountry
Want to help us protect open space in Montana? We're hiring! Visit our website to learn more! #cowsnotcondos
Check out this stunning central Montana footage, starring an MLR easement landowner and one heck of a good guy! #MTCrushMonday #wideopenspaces
"My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher, but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer." - Brenda Schoepp #whywework #BigSkyFriday #cowsnotcondos
Join our Southwest Manager, Jessie Wiese, and the The Big Sky Community Organization to learn about our work in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! Wildlife footage included! #cowsnotcondos #openspace
We don't know about you, but we're pretty excited about all the precipitation we're getting this winter! 💧❄️☃️ Check out this interactive map by the Natural Resources Conservation Service that shows how much snow Montana's Snow Telemet...
The Secretary-Treasurer of our board of directors, Phil Rostad, represented MLR at the 33rd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV this weekend! #cowsnotcondos
"In 2016, 12.3 million travelers from out of state visited the Big Sky state, which has a population of just over 1 million. That means there were 12 times as many tourists as locals here last year. And the main reason they’re coming here is be...
Six more weeks of #winter isn't so bad with views like this! ❄ #groundhogday #openspace #cownotcondos
Did you know that in 2015, #Montana was a top producer of pulse crops in the US? Pulse crops are crops such as Garbanzo Beans, Lentils, and Dry Edible Peas, and Montana produced nearly 616,000 tons! #AgFactFriday #whywework #cowsnotcondos Montana...
Can you count all the points on this #bull elk? #WildlifeWednesday #openspace #bigbullsloveopenspace
Were you lucky enough to grow up on a #Montana ranch or farm? Learn how we work with landowners to protect #agriculture for the next generation at mtlandreliance.org #cowsnotcondos
The sun is shining on another beautiful #BigSkyFriday! What does your weekend have in store? #openspace #mountainmorning #cowsnotcondos
Did you know that Montana is among few places in the US where there exists a permanent population of Bald Eagles? They must love our #openspace as much as we do! #WildlifeWednesday #cowsnotcondos #lovewhereyoulive 📷 Randy Smith
We'll see you there! #cowsnotcondos
Montana ranked 3rd in the nation for wheat sales in 2015, selling over $1.4 billion. Expansive open space and hardworking farmers and ranchers will do that to a place! #AgFactFriday #whywework #cowsnotcondos U.S. Department of Agriculture
Other #WildlifeWednesday activity from our sister organization, Ruby Habitat Foundation's, Woodson Ranch! #nightmoves
Did you know that there are over 130,000 elk in the state of Montana? ❄️ #WildlifeWednesday #elkonice #cowsnotcondos
Winter under the #bluebird Big Sky #openspace #cowsnotcondos #swmontana
This guy's looking for something, and we think it might be spring. Happy #WildlifeWednesday, folks, and stay warm out there! #snowdog #cowsnotcondos
According to an article published in Science Advances, a Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 80% of North Americans can no longer see the Milky Way because of light pollution, caused largely by development. Light po...