Guest column: Gallatin Valley is better together By EJ Porth, Gallatin Valley Land Trust Associate Director May 15, 2024 We have an organizational value at the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) that we call “Better Together,” humbly recognizing that our ability to successfully complete our mission depends on the passion, expertise, and perspective of our partners. Nothing embodies this value … Read More

Gallatin Valley Land Trust: Building partnerships that work Explore Big Sky April 30, 2024 By Benjamin Alva Polley Editor’s note: In the coming weeks, Explore Big Sky will highlight three local nonprofits devoted to protecting our local lands and waterways who have partnered with our publisher, Outlaw Partners on this summer’s Wildlands Festival. Meet our first, Gallatin Valley Land Trust. For … Read More

Guest column: What makes a ‘livable’ community? March 21, 2024 By Matthew Madsen, Research Associate II at the Western Transportation Institute That answer may be different for just about everyone. A “livable” community could be access to health care and education, or a community that embraces differences and makes space for all. It could be access to affordable housing, or … Read More

Guest column: Regional growth challenges require teamwork and the entire toolbox By Jeff Ott, Gallatin Valley Land Trust Board Chair February 1, 2024 If you spend 30 years focused on any particular task, you would assume it would become easy. Yet, even with three decades of experience conserving private land in Southwest Montana, Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) is finding … Read More

Guest column: Land conservation is forever work By Chet Work, Gallatin Valley Land Trust Executive Director December 7, 2023 Amidst the rapid growth and development in southwest Montana, land conservation has become increasingly important. At the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), we are proud to play a central role in protecting our region’s natural and agricultural resources and are grateful … Read More

County takes first step in facilitating conservation of 3,000 acres Laurenz Busch Bozeman Daily Chronicle Staff Writer December 5, 2023 County commissioners granted initial approval for the use of almost $3 million of public funds for two conservation easements on Tuesday, marking an important step for the protection of over 3,000 agricultural acres near Gallatin Gateway and Three Forks. The … Read More

Guest column: A lasting legacy requires big dreams and determination By Chet Work, Gallatin Valley Land Trust Executive Director October 19, 2023 Inspired by the brilliant colors and snowy peaks of another incredible Montana fall, I recently headed up Drinking Horse Mountain Trail to take in the views—Bridger Canyon to the east, the Gallatin Range to the south, and the … Read More

Guest column: The second phase of Peets Hill improvements By Chet Work, Gallatin Valley Land Trust Executive Director, and Mitch Overton, City of Bozeman Director of Parks & Recreation August 31, 2023 Peets Hill. It is about as iconic Bozeman as you can get. Whether you’ve lived here since childhood or are new to town, Peets Hill (also known as … Read More

Arthur Blank partners with GVLT to conserve Paradise Valley Ranch AMB West Chairman and Owner Arthur Blank purchased Paradise Valley Ranch (PVR) in 2019, at which time he pledged to preserve the ranching traditions, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty of the property. On April 19, Blank made his commitment to the community official when he established a conservation easement on … Read More

How protecting lands can boost community well-being Guest Column for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle May 18, 2023 Great communities have both incredible amenities and world class services. While these assets don’t necessarily need to be close to one another, when they can be, it creates a wonderful synergy. Nearly a decade ago, two local nonprofit groups, Gallatin Valley Land Trust … Read More