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Rangeland Conservation Programs in Montana

Montana is known as the “Last Best Place” because of its abundant natural resources. These resources do more than provide scenic beauty; they also provide economic support for many families and rural communities in the state.

The Rangeland Conservation Programs in Montana menu was first created in 2016 to provide landowners with a list of conservation programs provided through federal, state, local, and private sources to help meet management and conservation objectives on their land.

This second edition is updated with new programs and contact information as well as scenarios for landowners exploring different program options. We hope that the options within this booklet will empower you to select the program that best fits your need.

The Montana Grass Conservation Commission (MGCC) is a governor-appointed board whose mission is to conserve, protect, restore, and facilitate the proper utilization of grass, forage, and range resources in the state of Montana. The MGCC does this by organizing and administering the state grazing districts and promoting cooperation between agencies and the state grazing districts.


In the Classroom

The Rangeland Resources Program in coordination with the Montana Department of Agriculture has created education projects.

Projects contain posters, visual aids and a lesson plans written to Montana Office of Public Instruction standards.


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Named in honor of Aldo Leopold, Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award makes an impact by publicly recognizing extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners representing millions of acres, and influences the general public’s understanding of the importance of private working land in conservation.

The award is presented by the Sand County Foundation in partnership with Governor Greg Gianforte's Office and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Rangeland Resources Committee.

Annual finalists receive $10,000 cash and a commemorative crystal award.


Barney Creek Livestock

2022 Award Watch Video

Barney Creek Livestock | Livingston, MT 


 Hidden Hollow Guest Ranch Pic

2021 Award | Watch Video

Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle and Guest Ranch | Townsend, MT 


2020 Award Watch Video

C Lazy J Livestock | Malta, MT 


2019 LCA Milton Ranch

2019 Award Watch Video

Milton Ranch | Roundup, MT