Bart and Wendy Morris operate Oxbow Cattle Company just outside Missoula, Montana. They raise all-natural, grass-finished beef on about 5,000 acres of owned and leased land. The company worked with the NRCS through the Agricultural Land Easement and Enviromental Quality Incentives Programs.
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Charlie and Sarah DeVoe work with NRCS and Bitter Root Land Trust to preserve wildlife habitats and open space grasslands on their family land.
NRCS, the Montana Land Reliance, Ducks Unlimited, and the Bill Murdock family came together to protect 4,000 acres of waterfowl habitat and working agricultural lands along Cottonwood Creek north of Malta.
Landowner Jake Yoder practices rotational grazing, an effective way of rejuvenating depleted soil. Yoder Angus Ranch rests on valuable agricultural ground and is home to a cow-calf operation. The operation is now protected by a conservation easement.
Glenn and Arnold Foust explain the history of their family property, why they chose to enroll a portion of it in the Wetland Reserve Easement program, and how they relied on NRCS throughout the wetland restoration process.
The Visser Farm was recently protected from development by a conservation easement in partnership with the family, Gallatin County Open Lands Program, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Leep Family Farm has recently been protected from development by a partnership between the family, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, NRCS, and the Gallatin County Open Lands Program.
The Soda Creek Ranch conservation easement marks the culmination of a multi-year collaborative effort that included the Hinnaland family, MLR, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Dan and Janet Doornbos and Kristy Sauerbier (Sauerbier Ranch) recently permanently protected their 8,000-acre ranch located near Alder, Mont., and in the Sweetwater area of Beaverhead and Madison Counties.
In March, landowners Larry and Sheilah Melsness celebrated completion of the South Burnt Fork Ranch project with Bitter Root Land Trust, which conserved 301-acres in the Bitterroot Valley.