Guest column: Don’t limit a tool that helps preserve Montana by Pat Bousliman, for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle February 4, 2023 Montana is known as the “Last Best Place” because of its vast grasslands and productive farms east of the Rockies; the clean, cold rivers of its western valleys; and its sweeping ranches, majestic peaks and ancient forests. It’s no … Read More

Guest column: Investment in conservation another reason to rejoice By Brendan Weiner, GVLT Conservation Director December 24, 2022 Our community can feel extra jolly this holiday season because earlier this week, four conservation projects — three submitted by Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) and one submitted by the Montana Land Reliance (MLR) — received approval for funding through the Gallatin … Read More

Keeping it open: Conservation easement program helping farmers stay on the land Jan 1, 2023 By Isabel Hicks for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle When Sherwin Leep was a boy, his family farmed in the vast open space that was Bozeman. The soils were rich, the water was plentiful, and nearly all his neighbors worked in agriculture, too. Fast forward 60 … Read More

Conservation easement protects 300-acre Gooch Hill property from development By Helena Dore, Bozeman Daily Chronicle Staff Writer September 22, 2022 The Gallatin Valley Land Trust has finalized its 122nd conservation easement with the Bos family, permanently protecting their 300-acre farm along Gooch Hill Road from future development. The agreement guarantees that the tract of land won’t get fragmented into smaller … Read More

Guest column: Setting the direction for our community’s future By Bill Cochran for Bozeman Daily Chronicle September 10, 2022 Our community’s rapid growth has highlighted the need for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust to evaluate our impact and to set a strategic direction for our future. The challenges our community faces are daunting but opportunities for new trails and conservation … Read More

Land trust plans advance for Peets Hill Development by Taylor Brandt for the MSU Exponent September 17, 2022 Last January, Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) and the City of Bozeman secured a $1.2 million purchase of 12 acres of land on the south end of Peets Hill. Now, these two organizations are working together to plan improvements to this new … Read More

Bringing your best self to our shared outdoor spaces By Nell Gehrke, guest columnist for Bozeman Daily Chronicle August 13, 2022 I recently hiked Hyalite Peak with my partner. It was a gorgeous day filled with paintbrush reds, biscuit root yellows, conifer greens, soft sky blues, and lupine purples. The soothing sounds of falling water and easy company made the … Read More

A CONTINUING OPEN SPACE SUCCESS STORY Bozeman Daily Chronicle Editorial Board August 16, 2022 Local property owners’ reluctance to tax themselves further has manifest itself in the rejection of bond issues to fund local courts and law enforcement buildings on several occasions in recent years. But when it comes to the area’s quality of life amenities — like preserving open … Read More

Guest column: Knowing what you’ve got before it’s gone July 16, 2022 By Chet Work for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle I once heard someone refer to the farms and ranches that make up our wide-open spaces around southwest Montana as “empty”. They believed that the highest and best use for private land is development, as if open land is somehow … Read More

The quiet, impactful side of GVLT’s conservation stewardship April 14, 2022 Bozeman Daily Chronicle Guest Column By Chet Work Throughout southwest Montana the landscape is emerging from winter and wildlife are bustling at the first signs of spring. Nesting eagles eye spawning trout in creeks and wobbling fawns wander through pastures alongside newly born calves. Just as you are excitedly … Read More