Since 1978, The Montana Land Reliance has partnered with Montana’s landowners to permanently protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space.


  • 1,137,062 acres protected in perpetuity

  • 897 families partnered in stewardship

  • 1,829 miles of streambank protected

Helena, Mont. (May 11, 2020) – The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Montana Land Reliance is pleased to announce it is again applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how MLR complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards click here.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to [email protected]. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

MLR’s application is due June 10, 2020.

Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust like MLR that permanently limits the uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values.

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Forever Montana Society

At it’s heart, MLR is a family of individuals who have decided to make land conservation part of their legacy.The Forever Montana Society exists to honor those who have left a lasting legacy of conservation and to inspire others to do the same. With perpetuity in mind, the Forever Montana Society consists of all MLR’s easement donors and those who have provided for conservation in their overall financial and estate plans, sustaining agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space fore generations to come.

Ruby Habitat Foundation

The Ruby Habitat Foundation (RHF), a sister organization to MLR, is a non-profit working ranch in Southwest Montana dedicated to fulfilling the vision of it’s founders, Craig and Martha Woodson. RHF’s mission encourages balance between agriculture and wildlife while allowing managed access to the ranch for a wide range of activities, from fly fishing to bird watching.  Their educational outreach programs include field trips with local school kids, to wildlife speakers, and other educational workshops.

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