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Two Ravalli parcels move closer to permanent open space


Curdy Farm easement recieves unanimous approval



Curdy Farm hopes to conserve farm and agricultural heritage




Tour of the Bitterroot set for July 16



Community pitches in at Steve Powell Park

Sign installation at Steve Powell Park



Bitter Root Land Trust celebrates 20th Anniversary




Burnt Fork Spring Ride

Farm to Fork Ride in the Bitterroot



Bitter Root Land Trust hosts film night

Bitter Root Land Trust Dan and Brody Severson



Saving History: Conservation easement preserves family farm

Weber Conservation Easement



Ravalli County Open Lands Program hits 10 year mark

Lazy J Cross Ranch




Celebrate art, conservation with Bitter Root Land Trust

Karen Savory, Jen Ogden, Emy Royce and Gavin Ricklefs



Land Trust hosts bike ride fundraiser Sunday July 17, 2016



Passing the torch: conservation easement helps transfer ag land to a new generation


Saving trees, growing lives: Hamilton Christian Academy students participate in service learning project

Saving trees, growing lives: Hamilton Christian Academy students participate in service learning project


Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association donates $8,000  to Bitter Root Land Trust



Open Lands Bond Program to celebrate 10th year of existence

Preserving the land



Promises Kept: Corvallis family places farm in conservation

Promises kept Corvallis family places farm in conservation easement


Five Years In: Big Creek Coffee Roasters to celebrate success by giving back


Ravalli County Open Lands Program sees success

Jim Ellingson


Preserving Lands: Lazy J Cross Ranch conservation easement completed

Preserving lands Lazy J Cross Ranch conservation easement completed


Tour of the Bitterroot--community bike ride fundraiser read HERE


GSK Employees volunteer in a BIG way at Steve Powell Park read HERE


Park Dedication--named in honor of Steve Powell, BRLT founding member read HERE


Hamilton's new Steve Powell Park gets a walking bridge read HERE


Bitter Root Land Trust donates 22 acres park along the Bitterroot River to City of Hamilton read HERE

Photo: Kyle Barber


Legacy of Lost Horse Bend--KBK Ranch Conserved read HERE

Photo: Kyle Barber


Preserving Burnt Fork: Conservation easement protects 244-acre family ranch

photo: Perry Backus - Ravalli Republic



Bitter Root Land Trust joins elite company



Bitter Root Land Trust Applies for Accreditation September, 2012 

The Land Trust Accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Bitter Root Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Bitter Root Land Trust is undergoing a strict, highly detailed series of checks and balances in order to ensure we uphold the Standards and Practices set forth by the Land Trust Alliance, and perpetuate these policies and procedures that strengthen our role as a model conservation organization. Accreditation is an integral part of this organization’s growth and maturation as a leader in sound conservation work in Montana. Upholding LTA’s Standards and Practices and attaining Accreditation provides a solid foundation for BRLT to continue to produce sound conservation work protecting the water resources, wildlife habitat, and working lands of the Bitterroot Valley.
The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Bitter Root Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see:
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183: (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on Bitter Root Land Trust’s application will be most useful by October 28, 2012. 


Homestead preserved: Popham family adds 185-acre property to open lands program

photo: Perry Backus - Ravalli Republic



Ravallli County commissioners approve 99-acre conservation easement in Middle Burnt Fork

photo: Perry Backus - Ravalli Republic

Ravalli County event helps land trust
by Laura Wilson - KPAX

watch video here

Area residents had the chance to help conserve land simply by drinking beer on Sunday. The Bitter Root Brewery hosted a fundraiser today that encouraged customers to "save an acre" by "drinking a pint". The brewery donated 50 cents of every beer purchased to the Bitter Root Land Trust. The Bitter Root Land Trust assists property owners who help to conserve clean water, open spaces, and wildlife habitats on their land. Customers also had a chance to donate money to the fundraiser by bidding on silent auction items and purchasing "split the pot" tickets. The fundraiser was a way for people of all ages to celebrate a good, local cause. "We've just celebrated our biggest year for conservation in the Bitterroot, which gives us a good opportunity to tell people about the acreage we've conserved over the last year," explained Bitter Root Land Trust Program Manager Robin Pruitt. "So, it's a good avenue for us to not only raise money, but tell people about the work that we're doing." Sunday's event featured a live musical performance by the Big Sky Mudflaps.


Creating a Family Legacy

Carrie and Joe Grover have agreed to preserve their 840-acre Sawtooth Ranch under a conservation easement funded by Ravalli County’s Open Lands Bond program

photo: Perry Backus - Ravalli Republic


Protecting the land

The Ravalli County Commission approved a conservation easement on the Lost Horse Creek Ranch, costing the county $409,000, saving open lands, long-distance views and tons of wildlife habitat.

photo: Perry Backus - Ravalli Republic



Preserving the land

Bitter Root Land Trust Executive Director Gavin Ricklefs and cattle rancher Reed Trexler look over the Wood family ranch north of Corvallis. The ranch is the first property to be protected by a conservation easement under the county’s Open Lands bond program

photo: Will Moss - Ravalli Republic