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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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Rangeland Resource Program

About the Rangeland Resources Program

RRP Purple Flower Cover

The Rangeland Resource Program has four major areas of emphasis:

  • working with county range committees, conservation districts, and producer groups to foster sound rangeland management;
  • encouraging coordination and cooperation between private, state, and federal entities involved in range management;
  • administering the Rangeland Improvement Loan Program; and
  • co-sponsoring the Montana Range Tour and Montana Youth Range Camp.


The program receives guidance from the Rangeland Resource Committee, which is composed of six ranchers located across the state and appointed by the governor. Members include:

  • John Hollenback, Gold Creek, Chair
  • Steve Hedstrom, Vice Chair, Raynesford
  • Diane Ahlgren, Winnett
  • Noel Keogh, Nye
  • Connie Iversen, Culbertson
  • Sigurd Jensen, Elmo

In addition, an ad hoc committee of agency and organization personnel serves in an advisory capacity to the executive committee.

Conservation District Bureau staff work to strengthen local grazing management programs by helping sponsor workshops, tours, and demonstration projects. Examples of these activities include the Montana Range Tour and Montana Youth Range Camp.


Rangeland Resources Program Coordinator


Leopold Conservation Award

Call for Applications.

Award The Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes agricultural landowners actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the prestigious honor, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal award, in settings that showcase the landowners’ achievements among their peers. To apply click on

Rangeland Conservation Programs

Rangeland Conservation Programs (pdf)

Education Projects

The Rangeland Resources Program coordinated with the Montana Department of Agriculture to create these education projects. Each project contains a poster, visual aids and lesson plans written to Montana Office of Public Instruction standards. To request a copy of these projects please contact the Ag in Classroom Program at the  Montana Department of Agriculture.

Rangeland Puzzle Poster and Lesson Plans

Montana Pollinator Education Project

Montana Noxious Weed Education

Rangeland Resource Committee

Meeting Agendas

9-3-19 Meeting

Meeting Minutes