On October 12, 2018, the Land Trust Alliance conferred its President’s Award, the highest honor awarded by the land trust community, upon The Montana Land Reliance. The Land Trust Alliance’s President’s Award is given on a selective basis to an individual or organization “whose leadership has enriched the land conservation movement and whose contributions encourage commitment and action throughout the land trust community and private landowner community.” MLR received the award for its “impact on conservation in Montana, across the West and the entire nation. It has conserved more than 1 million acres and serves as a prominent advocate for federal conservation-friendly policy.”
The Alliance represents 1,200 land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. Since its establishment in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance has bestowed the President’s Award only four other times.
We at MLR may have been on stage to accept the award, but MLR’s past, present, and future successes ride on the commitment of Montana’s landowners to protecting their favorite landscapes. We so appreciate the opportunity to work in Montana, and so look forward to seeing what the future holds.