Couple preserves piece of local ag heritage

ARTICLE Kalispell, Mont. (June 21, 2016) - Out past the hummingbirds and house finches lingering near the feeders on the porch, Clifford and Shirley Brenneman look east through their kitchen window at emerald green fields of grain rolling toward the wall of mountains rising from the valley floor. New hotels, subdivisions and chain restaurants are announced with increasing frequency in Flathead County, home to Montana’s second fastest-growing population and a booming recreation industry built on its surrounding rivers, lakes and thickly forested mountains. (more…)
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Unique river easement OK’d by Fish and Wildlife Commission

ARTICLE Billings, Mont. (February 12, 2016) - The Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a first-of-its-kind channel migration easement allowing the Yellowstone River to roam, though concerns of how it may affect a downstream user almost stalled the proposal. (more…)
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After 15 years, conservation easement tax incentives become permanent

ARTICLE Helena, Mont. (January 7, 2016) - It was nearly 17 years ago that a pair of conservation-minded Montanans began a quest to help working ranchers and farmers keep their land in agriculture. In the recently passed federal budget bill, the initiative Rock Ringling and Bill Long spearheaded became a permanent part of conservation law. (more…)
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