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 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

A new face in conservation: Intern Tayler Templin

If you've visited Nature Conservancy land in the Seeley-Swan area in the past few months, there's a good chance that you've run into Tayler Templin. An avid camper, hiker, angler and photographer,...

 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Montana's vital conservation fund reauthorized

In late February, the U.S. House of Representatives moved to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), approving a sweeping package of public lands bills that includes a measure to permanently reauthorize the program for the first time in...

 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Shared problem solving on The Nature Conservancy land

Thanks to public meetings, growing partnerships and many conversations with local residents and business, The Nature Conservancy has learned a great deal in the four years since acquiring 117,000 acres of land in the Seeley-Swan area. Time and time...


A Hopeful Future for Our Forests

Last week, The Nature Conservancy staff from Washington state joined Montana staff to look at the forests burned this summer by the Liberty Fire, which affected roughly 7,000 acres of the land recently acquired by the Conservancy. Dozens of local...

 By Erin Hendel    Opinion    July 14, 2016

Community Solutions for Former Timber Land

When The Nature Conservancy (TNC) invested in its Clearwater Blackfoot Project, we were looking to the future. But not just the future of the forest as a haven for wildlife and important waterways. We were also investing in the future of the...


40 Years of Community Conservation in the Blackfoot

Propelled to fame by Norman MacLean’s “A River Runs Through It,” few Montana landscapes are as beloved as the Blackfoot River watershed. Those who are fortunate enough to live here come to know the forested valleys, hidden streams and elusive...


Learning, Conserving and Restoring – The Blackfoot Clearwater Project

When The Nature Conservancy acquired the 117,152-acre Clearwater Blackfoot Project in January, we knew that it would take some time on the ground to truly assess the condition of the property. We also knew that restoration and determining a...


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