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 neighbor who’s doing great work restoring, protecting, or enhancing land, water, and other natural resources? Could other landowners, residents, organizations and agencies learn from their work? Let us know by nominating them! Keep an eye out here for the nomination period which will occur sometime in winter/spring 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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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!
- The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
- Missoula County Weed District
- Trout Unlimited
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
- The University of Montana
- The Blackfoot Challenge
- Montana Tree Farmer Program
- Montana State University Cooperative Forest Stewardship Program
- Missoula County Conservation District
- Stewardship Incentive Program
- United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Swan Valley Connections
- The Vital Ground Foundation
- Montana Land Reliance
- Various state and county landowner training including Master Gardener and Invasive Plant Management classes.
- University of Montana’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest
- Clark Fork Coalition