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

Introducing our New Strategic Plan November 28, 2022 The GVLT Board of Directors, Staff and NextGen Advisory Board spent much of 2022 developing a long-range strategic plan to guide the work of our organization through fiscal year 2028. After identifying the most pressing challenges for trails and conservation work in our community, we brainstormed tangible solutions drawing on our unique … Read More

A Community Investment November 18, 2022 The Gallatin County Open Lands Program (GCOLP) is approaching a quarter century of investing community dollars into the protection of our valley’s most productive and scenic open lands.  The Open Lands Program works with land trusts and landowners to conserve working farms and ranches, protect wildlife habitat, maintain scenic value, keep our rivers and … Read More

The Homestead Connector October 21, 2022 This past Wednesday afternoon, nearly 30 volunteers gathered on the northeastern side of the Highland Glen Nature Preserve to put the finishing touches on a new trail in partnership with Bozeman Health. This new trail is called “The Homestead Connector” and it completes a loop that connects from the Wellness Trail to the East … Read More

Jeff Raths: Let families manage their own properties October 21, 2022 Guest Opinion for the Billings Gazette With the primary elections in the rearview mirror, most of us have a good idea who’ll represent us in the Montana Legislature come January. A new legislature means new ideas and, of course, recycled ideas from past sessions. The only thing our citizen … Read More

Proactive Work Across the Valley September 22, 2022 Did you know that “Shoulder Season” is the perfect time to knock out important trail work? These chilly months bring moisture to the dirt, loosening up the soil while at the same time allowing it to easily bond back together. “In the warmer months, the ground becomes ‘bullet proof,’” said GVLT Trails … Read More

Montana Fresh Hops Festival Connects Agriculture and Beer September 23, 2022 Jake TeSelle, a fifth-generation farmer, co-founder of Crooked Yard Hops, and GVLT NextGen Advisory Board member, is gearing up for the third annual Montana Fresh Hop Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 15, at 4 pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, and Jake is anticipating a … 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