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Program Information

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Rangeland Resources Program

The work of the Rangeland Resources Program will help assure sustainable rangelands that support people, wildlife, recreation, clean water, and the nature scenic beauty of Montana.  The program will foster understanding by creating collaborative partnerships to sustain healthy rangelands. 

  • To increase public understanding that Montana’s rangelands are a renewable source of important consumer products and environmental values.
  • To provide, coordinate, and disseminate information about economic and ecological aspects of rangeland management practices.
  • To promote public support for livestock grazing on Montana’s rangelands.
  • To promote responsible rangeland stewardship.
  • To advocate balanced use of rangeland resources.

Rangelands Resource Program provides opportunities to bring together people who care to learn from one another and collaborate on common goals.  The program will serve as a credible source of information, unbiased, trusted, honest, and non-political as well as welcoming to everyone who cares about rangeland.  The program will focus on building relationships with diverse groups and share perspectives and ideas while creating positive relationships proactively working together with other groups. 

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


Rangeland Resources Program Coordinator


Leopold Conservation Award

Montana Leopold Conservation Award Finalists Video

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