Introducing the Future Montana Committee

MLR is excited to introduce its Future Montana Committee! The Committee is comprised of young professionals across Montana and the United States who represent the future of conservation in Montana. Each member is a leader in his or her field, and together, represent a cross-section of Montana's future land use stakeholders. The Committee is dedicated to protecting Montana's open spaces and character for future generations. They will advance MLR's conservation work and mission by expanding MLR's network of landowners and donors, by advising staff in their respective areas of expertise, a...

The Conservation Easement Process

Board President, George Olsen, Managing Director, Lois Delger-DeMars, and Board Member and easement donor, Phil Rostad, sign the Rostad's easement, which gave MLR its millionth acre of conserved land.
The fourth quarter of the year is always the busiest for MLR's staff and landowners. This is right about the time when the majority of conservation easements are finalized, signed, and sent to counties for review. This home stretch follows a sometimes years-long process of meeting with landowners to discuss their intentions, and to memorialize those good intentions in conservation easement agreements tailored specifically to fit their needs. Though each easement agreement is different, MLR's easement process is always the same! The Voluntary Private Land Conservation Easement Proces...

Conservation Easements and Taxes

From a land conservation perspective, conservation easements are the only tool with the capacity to perpetually prevent inappropriate development on private lands containing some of the richest habitat and soils in the state. These lands are integral parts of ecosystems spanning both public and private land, and provide critical resources and habitat connectivity for Montana’s fish and wildlife. Like all other types of easements, conservation easements are governed under Montana real property law, but federal tax law determines whether the donation of a conservation easement qualifies a...

On Overview of Conservation Easements in Montana

Montana is a special place. What makes it special to each of us varies, but I would bet that many of you moved here to enjoy the wildlife, clean water and scenic views. Land trusts throughout Montana help preserve these unique regional qualities through their work on voluntary conservation easements, and have been successful in doing so, protecting over 2.5 million acres of open space in Montana. However, with the U.S. losing more than an acre of farmland every minute, and Montana losing 1,500 acres of open space to development each month, this is important work and there is more of it to ...

5 reasons why you should #GiveOnTuesday

Donate   After a day of thankfulness with friends and family, and days of shopping big, small, and online, tomorrow, November 29, is #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is social media-fueled, worldwide day of philanthropy designed for people to easily give back to their communities, and to kick off the giving season! Tomorrow, we would love your support, and have a few reasons why you might consider contributing to The Montana Land Reliance!   1. Because you'd much rather see cows, not condos   2. Because you want to preserve Montana's agricultural herit...

Sage Grouse Oversight Team Approves Funding for 44 Ranch

PRESS RELEASE November 18, 2016 (Helena, Mont.) - Montana’s Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) gave final approval today to grant funds to The Montana Land Reliance (MLR) to purchase a conservation easement on the 44 Ranch near Winnett. The 18,033-acre conservation easement will be purchased with funds from the Montana Sage Grouse Stewardship Fund and a private grant from The Conservation Fund. The Delaney family, owners of the 44 Ranch will also donate significant easement value to complete the project. The 44 Ranch conservation easement is the first of its kind to be approved under th...

Five-year project protects ranch along the Big Hole

October 4, 2016|  On September 29, 2016, the Gainey Foundation permanently protected their ranch through a conservation easement with The Montana Land Reliance (MLR). The 2,500-acre property is located in the Big Hole Valley north of Glen, between Butte and Dillion, and is bounded on one side by three miles of the Big Hole River and by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land on the to the north. The easement completes a block of permanently protected land along the Big Hole River and in the Highland Mountains. In 2011, the Gainey Foundation approached MLR to permanently conserve its ranch wit...