Sacajawea Audubon

December Program – Conservation in the Gallatin Valley

Penelope Pierce, Executive Director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), will present a program on Conservation in the Gallatin Valley at the Sacajawea Audubon Society's meeting on December 12. She will cover conservation accomplishments to date, including recent work performed at the trailhead and in the watershed at Sourdough Canyon, and opportunities for the future. GVLT is enthusiastic about collaborative efforts to maintain or enhance the quality of land, water and wildlife in the region. This program is an opportunity to learn about habitat protection and environmental stewardship for community-based conservation efforts.

Founded in 1990, Gallatin Valley Land Trust has had a role in preserving more than 56 square miles of land in the valley and neighboring communities. Using voluntary conservation easements, GVLT works with landowners and other interested parties to arrange conservation agreements. All efforts are collaborative, and all resulting easements are voluntary.  Penelope Pierce became executive director of the GVLT in the fall of 2010. Previously she had been the U.S. Regional Director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and before that an land-use attorney in Seattle. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Environmental Law Center.

The Sacajawea Audubon Society meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th), Bozeman. Audubon invites the public to attend its meetings and participate in its field trips, listed on the chapter's website at

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