Mission, Vision, and History


The Montana Land Reliance (MLR) partners with private landowners to permanently protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space.


The immediate accomplishments of MLR’s conservation work are measured in miles of streambanks and acres of land and habitat protected. The lasting benefits of MLR’s work are the perpetuation of a lifestyle and an economy that rely on responsibly managed private land and increasingly valuable Montana open spaces that will continue to nourish the spirit of future generations.


The Montana Land Reliance Was founded in 1978 by Barb Rusmore and Christine Torgrimson. Its original mission was to establish a renewable and equitable agricultural way of life in Montana. It completed its first easement on 321 acres in the Blackfoot Valley. Since, it has conserved over 1,000,000 acres through voluntary easement agreements across the state of Montana. The organization and its employees have also been instrumental in policy decisions regarding private land conservation, and have a meaningful presence in the national land conservation community.