Mountain Hi Ranch

Photo credit: Alex Diekmann

Mountain Hi Ranch is located in Gallatin County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. In July 2017, The Trust for Public Land purchased a conservation easement on the 2,370-acre ranch, guaranteeing that a piece of Montana’s unique agricultural heritage is protected. The land will continue to be owned and operated by the family-run Mountain Hi Ranch Corporation, using traditional dryland farming techniques and no-till soil management practices. Local ranches like this create jobs, protect water quality and wildlife habitat, and preserve the culture and history of the region.

The Montana Land Reliance will hold title to the easement, monitor its implementation, and oversee the terms of the permanent conservation easement Funding for the conservation easement was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program and the Gallatin County Open Lands Program, which contributed $1.1 million toward the project. The county program was established by voters in 2000 and reauthorized in 2004, and has played a critical role in protecting the lands and waters throughout Gallatin County.

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