The Montana Land Reliance has been working with landowners since 1978 to protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space. Since its establishment, it has protected over 1,000,000 acres of private land in Montana.
Today, Montana loses over 1,500 acres of open space every month to inappropriate development. Nearly 60,000,000 acres of land in Montana is privately owned. As the state faces increasing development pressures, private land conservation will become among few preventative measures to permanently protect the character of the state’s landscape and agricultural economy. Though Montana’s landscape is defined by some as its National Parks and public lands, its wide open agricultural lands define its open space, and are those most susceptible to degradation.