GVLT Conservation Landowners Recognized by MT Governor
What makes a good neighbor? At GVLT, we believe that landowners who steward their land and protect open space for the public are exemplifying what it means to be a good neighbor in Montana. We’re lucky to work with outstanding landowners who fit this description every day.
On March 22nd Tim and Kathy Crawford, who placed their Belgrade property into conservation easement with GVLT in 1996, were recognized by Governor Steve Bullock as winners of the Montana Neighbor Award. The award is given annually to showcase landowners who work together with their neighbors to enhance our state’s sense of community. Tim, Kathy, and their ranch manager Lane Quandt visited Helena on Tuesday with GVLT Director Penelope Pierce and Stewardship Manager Peter Brown to receive the award from Governor Bullock.
The Crawford property is 310 acres around the East Gallatin River, north of Belgrade. Since the Crawfords placed their land under easement 20 years ago, they have worked tirelessly to make the agricultural use of the land compatible with robust wildlife habitat and preservation of water quality. Tim and Kathy have restored wetland along the East Gallatin River to provide nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and planted upland vegetation to filter sediment and excess nutrients from the runoff from his fields. He rotates crops to improve soil health and productivity, and has reduced or eliminated livestock grazing in sensitive wetland areas. The Crawfords also believe in sharing their land with the public. They maintain a gate that allows fishing access across his property on the East Gallatin River.
GVLT is proud to have nominated these outstanding Montana neighbors for this important award. Congratulations to the Crawfords!