Land Stewardship Award

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Landowners and residents throughout Missoula County take stewardship of land and water seriously. Many embark on projects and practices that make a difference.  We aim to celebrate these  exemplary stewards in our annual Land Stewardship Award program. This program is a part of the Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee's efforts. 

Do you know a friend or neighbor who’s doing work to restore, protect, or enhance land, water, and other natural resources? Consider nominating them for the 2021 Land Stewardship Award! Tune in here in spring 2021 for the application. 

Click here to download an application to nominate someone for the 2020 Land Stewardship Award.

Nominations are DUE by JUNE 1, 2020. 


2019 Land Stewardship Award Recipients

The Missoula County Commissioners are pleased to announce that Bart and Wendy Morris are the recipients of the 2019 Land Stewardship Award. They received their award at a ceremony on August 7th at their Oxbow Cattle Company ranch in Miller Creek. 

This year’s award honors the Morrises for their all-encompassing philosophy that focuses comprehensively on stewarding for land, community and animals, both wildlife and domestic. As a business, Oxbow aims to provide customers with the highest quality beef, improve ecological integrity of the land through good stewardship and contribute to the community. Their high standards for land management and stewardship practices on their ranch, as well as on the private and public lands they lease, reflect this goal. Head here to read more.

Click here to see a list of previous recipients of the Land Stewardship Award. 


Learn about the Land Stewardship Awardees and their Stewardship Practices

Click on the interactive map below (it will open in a new page), which contains stories of each awardee as well as specific tools and techniques they used.

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Land Stewardship StoryMap


Some Resources Available to Land Stewards

In many ways the land stewardship awardees' success was built on assistance from local organizations for financial and technical support -- see the list below to learn more about how these organizations may be able to help you as well! 

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