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Flathead Land Trust Receives 2013 Wildlife Conservation Award

(Sent via Email, Monday 3/4/2013, by Flathead Land Trust)

Flathead Land Trust has received the Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s 2013 Wildlife Conservation Award.

FLT Wildlife award

FLT staff with some of the people who nominated FLT for the 2013 Wildlife Conservation Award. Pictured from left to right: Gael Bissell, Art Soukkala, Laura Katzman, Marilyn Wood, Alan Wood, and Ryan Hunter.

Flathead Land Trust was the recipient of the 2013 Wildlife Conservation Award for its 27 years of conservation success in and around Flathead County.

With the support of its members and partners, Flathead Land Trust has worked with landowners to establish 51 conservation easements protecting over 10,459 acres and has played an integral role in helping other organizations protect an additional 2,231 acres.

The award was also in recognition of our work to help form and steer the Flathead River-To-Lake Initiative that has focused funding and conservation efforts on the mainstem Flathead River and north shore of Flathead Lake. This landscape includes thousands of acres of wetlands and riparian areas, and the most productive agricultural and forest lands in the valley.

In presenting the award, Alan Wood, Wildlife Program Officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and member of The Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society, said that, “Given these outstanding achievements and demonstrated conservation leadership that benefits the wildlife resources to which The Wildlife Society is so dedicated, what better way to acknowledge their contributions than to award the Flathead Land Trust with The Wildlife Society’s 2013 Wildlife Conservation Award.

Marilyn Wood, Executive Director of the Flathead Land Trust, said, “It’s an honor to receive this year’s Wildlife Conservation Award. We work really hard with our partners to find conservation solutions that benefit private landowners and helps preserve what we all love about our rural landscape, clean water and abundant wildlife, so we appreciate when that work gets recognized.”

The Wildlife Society represents and serves the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and its habitats worldwide.

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