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.
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Thanks so much to the B Bar Ranch for hosting MLR's 2016 staff retreat! #cowsnotcondos #rainorshine #fallinfullswing
Our own Kathryn Kelly did a little outreach on an MLR easement property with Pat Straub and @Gallatin River Guides last weekend. Do you plan to fish your open space this weekend? #fishyfriday #tightlines #cowsnotcondos
Field notes from an easement donor! "We’ve had bear in the yard before but have never seen it, just have seen its “calling card”. We know there’s also a bear on the south part of the ranch, across the hayfield from the stone house. His “...
Montana's a pretty big deal. Learn how we're working to keep it wide open at mtlandreliance.org #cowsnotcondos #lovewhereyoulive #roomtoroam
Man's best co-worker in the Last Best Place on an MLR easement property. Does it get any better? #MTcrushMonday #cowsnotcondos #openspace Alexis Bonogofsky
Did you know that Northwest Montana's Grizzly Bears average a 48 to 300 square mile home range? Though they like their #openspace, they'll say hi to an occasional game camera #WildlifeWednesday #BeBearAware
Thank you Sweetgrass Conservation District for hosting a wonderful Range Tour! #cowsnotcondos #indrelandangus #bigskycountry
On our way to the 2016 Range Tour in Big Timber, MT! #MLRmobile #59starchief #cowsnotcondos
"Research showing the importance of private lands to wildlife movement and long-term population health has helped create a sense of urgency for large-scale conservation work in the High Divide. As its open spaces, public lands, and recreational op...
A snowy Labor Day in Montana! How did you spend your long weekend?
Sunrise over protected open space #cowsnotcondos #BigSkyFriday
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Happy (almost) bowhunting season! Good luck and enjoy all that Montana #openspace this weekend #WildlifeWednesday #cowsnotcondos #buckfever
Wondering what conservation groups like us are doing to protect the future of Montana's biggest rivers? Here is a primer on a revolutionary tool in private land conservation called a Channel Migration Easement by Tom Hinz of Montana Aquatic Resour...
MLR's golf team tees off at Montana Stockgrowers Association's 2016 T-bone Classic! #cowsnotcondos #openspace
Thank you for your contribution to our open space, Jack! And thank you to everyone who made last night's event at Willie's Distillery such a success #cowsnotcondos
A nice #cowsnotcondos Saturday here in eastern Montana.
Join us at Willie's Distillery, Inc. in Ennis, Montana from 4-6 this afternoon for a celebration of Montana's open space and to thank Jack Reints' for his contribution to it! There will be free live music, drinks by Willie's, and food trucks on s...
Happy 100th birthday to our National Park Service! We are so lucky to have so many beautiful examples of protected open space in our state #bestinthewest #MontanaMoments @nationalparkservice
Please join us this weekend for our end of summer bat walk!
Land trust accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance is a great tool for and by the land trust community to ensure a national standard of organizational and conservation best practices. Tip of the hat to The Montana Association of Land Trusts for b...
One rancher's right hand man admiring his #openspace #ranchdogsofinstagram #MTcrushmonday #cowsnotcondos
Outside magazine thinks Billings' protected open space, among other things, makes it the best palce to live. We do, too! #BigSkyFriday #bestinthewest #openspace #easternmontana
As much as we love open fields of gold, we really love open fields of green. Much needed, late summer showers hit SW Montana last night #thirstythursday #cowsnotcondos #openspace
25 reasons why Montana's open space is better than outer space #cowsnotspacecondos #becauseMontana #openspace