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Montana Private Land Conservation: It All Starts With People Around a Kitchen Table

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Eric Ian

Land Lindbergh (left) and Hank Goetz photographed at the Lindbergh cabin.

It all started at a kitchen table in the Blackfoot Valley. Back around 1970. Local folks like us, including our good friend and neighbor Bill Potter. Worried about increasing recreational pressure on the river, our property and the lands surrounding ours.

We knew what we wanted to do but we weren't sure how to do it. We knew we wanted to engage the public. They had a stake in the river and the land that surrounded it. So we got together...some landowners, river users, hunters, agency see what kind of options or solutions we could come up with.

What we wanted to do was find a way...

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