Conservation easements are critical to forest management, wildlife, water and access

By Chuck Roady, retired GM, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber
The Independent Record
February 6, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Chuck Roady

MONTANA — I believe Montanans want our kids to have the same opportunities we’ve enjoyed. To hunt, fish, hike the forests and climb the same mountains we have. …We all want to do what’s best for the land, our citizens and our communities to pass on to future generations. We need to accomplish two things to make this vision a reality: we need continuous active management of our landscapes, while at the same time we need to provide access for our families to enjoy these lands long into the future. …We have developed excellent tools to provide for the continual access and active management of these lands. These include conservation easements, to preserve traditional uses of the lands while limiting development that otherwise might preclude opportunities for forest management and public access. …Today, every major timber land owner in Montana has conservation easements as part of their strategies.

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