In The Media

‘The sky’s the limit’: Helena nonprofit celebrates 20 years of building trails, increasing open space

Originating as a backyard idea among some conservation minded Helenans, on Feb. 29, 1996, Prickly Pear Land Trust’s board of directors met for the first time. Read the complete article »

County offers $228K to save York-area land from development

The Lewis and Clark County Commission has agreed to use $228,000 of the county’s open space bond fund toward protecting 125 acres near York. Read the complete article »

Piano duel raises money for local charities

Entrepreneurs Jena and Andy Sabatini adored going to dueling piano bars in their travels so much the couple decided to bring the fun times home to Helena. Read the complete article »

An IR View: Helena’s open space treasure of community

When we tally up the reasons we love living in Helena, the open spaces of Mount Ascension and Mount Helena are at the top of the list. Read the complete article »

A link unbroken: City land acquisitions mean Mount Ascension won’t be developed

Rising high above the state Capitol dome is another prominent landmark in Helena’s southern skyline. Read the complete article »

LWCF gets temporary reauthorization and funding

The congressional budget deal reached Wednesday will temporarily revive the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Read the complete article »

‘It feels great’: Family donates second lot to Mount Helena City Park

It was always the hope of Ellen and Eric Feaver to one day donate the final lot they owned on Mount Helena to the city.   Read the complete article »

Open Space Bond funding requested for 110 acres in South Hills

The Lewis and Clark County Commission has scheduled a hearing and is taking public comment on a request to use county open space bond funding toward a 110-acre expansion of the Mount Ascension Natural Park.  Read the complete article »

Improving a ‘hidden gem’: Scouts make wetlands more accessible, comfortable

Two East Helena Boy Scouts led a project over the weekend to improve recreational use of wetlands along the Interstate 15 frontage road just south of Sierra Road.   Read the complete article »

Land and Water Conservation Fund likely to sunset without support

Without a late amendment to the U.S. Senate’s continuing resolution to fund the government through December, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will not be reauthorized for the first time in its 50-year history.   Read the complete article »

LWCF to expire unless Congress acts; fund has far-reaching impacts in Montana

It may be in a city park, access along a river or a favorite hunting spot or the uninterrupted view from a highway, but it is difficult to go anywhere in Lewis and Clark County or anywhere in Montana and not see the effects of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.   Read the complete article »

South Hills Trail Map now available on app

Prickly Pear Land Trust launched a new, digital version of Helena’s South Hills Trail Map.   Read the complete article »

Land Trust gets unique auction item: old “Welcome to Montana” highway sign

Attendees to Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Harvest Moon Banquet next month will be able to bid on a pretty unique item.   Read the complete article »

Helena makes its mark as a mountain biking destination

There’s something special about the dirt in Helena.  Read the complete article »

20 Under 40 : Prickly Pear Land Trust Executive Director does not shy away from challenges

With more than 500 pairs of eyes fixed on her on May 9 at the finish line of the 2015 Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run, Mary Hollow accepted the executive director position at Prickly Pear Land Trust.  Read the complete article »

Volunteers complete new Mt. Ascension trail

A group of volunteers organized by Walter Evans as his Eagle Scout project completed a new trail southeast of Mount Ascension last Saturday.                                                                                           Read the complete article »

Little wetlands get a big boost

Charles van Hook City Park grows by 1.49 acres.
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County taps bond fund to preserve open space on Little Prickly Pear Creek

The Lewis and Clark County Commission agreed to a $324,000 conservation easement on 507 acres on Tuesday.
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Longtime executive director of Prickly Pear Land Trust leaving

After nearly 14 years with Prickly Pear Land Trust, Executive Director Andy Baur will leave his post this spring to take a position with a national land conservation organization.
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30 in 30: Local painter’s project to benefit land trust

Artist Carolyn Caldwell is using her vibrant and vivid landscape paintings as a way to give back to Prickly Pear Land Trust for protecting area lands and access to them.
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FWP to Proceed with Prickly Pear Creek Fishing Access Site

Property acquired through Prickly Pear Land Trust, and donations.
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Prickly Pear Greenway expansion being considered

Trails would connect Montana City to airport land.
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Helena National Forest grows by 400 acres near York

Various nonprofits went to work to acquire access.
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Joint Land Use Study nears completion

Plan aimed at minimizing conflicts between military training and civilian life.
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Lay of the Open Lands

Conservation easements see new interest and debate.
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County to resume consideration of easement

Lewis and Clark County commissioners are scheduled to resume consideration of a $324,000 conservation easement on 507 acres north of Helena.
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Spare change

Parking meter art aims to help raise funds for organizations.
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New fishing access proposed

Prickly Pear Creek Land Trust donated 36 acres to Montana FWP.
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Riding the Waterline

Bikers should use caution as trail nears completion.
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Weeding Out the Weeds

Despite storms, record turnout reported for event and barbecue.
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Bike shop owner, trailblazer sells store

Eric Grove of Great Divide Cyclery discusses the growth of Helena’s trail system, and Prickly Pear Land Trust’s role.
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Thumbs: Helena has trails, adventurers, new principals

Helena Independent Record editorial lauds how the work of Prickly Pear Land Trust will continue to enhance this amazing outdoor recreational asset we have here in Helena.
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Helena’s Trails

Trails survey will help define the people who bike and hike in the South Hills.
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Crews to extend popular trail, connect to another

Prickly Pear Land Trust plans to link up some of its most popular trails up Oro Fino Gulch this summer.
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Mt. Helena’s Ambrose Trail rerouted, reopened

Blocked by fence, popular route now bypasses private property.
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From the ruins of Bob Morgan’s boyhood home, Al Swanson crafts functional art for the next century

Handcrafted piece will be available at the Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction, with the funds going toward the group’s efforts to preserve open space in the area.
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County moves on York Gulch purchase

Lewis and Clark County is moving ahead to assist in the purchase of former mining claims in York Gulch as part of an agreement that provides for the land to be given to the Forest Service.
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Prickly Pear Land Trust gets national accreditation

The Prickly Pear Land Trust is now an accredited land trust, a status conferred by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission on only 158 out of 1,700 land trusts nationwide.
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FWP accepting comments on proposed donation of 36 acres on Prickly Pear Creek

About 36 acres along Prickly Pear Creek in the Helena Valley could become public property under a proposal from a nonprofit group to give the land to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
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Run for fun; raise money to boot

Sarah Groves explains why Prickly Pear Land Trust is one of her favorite nonprofits.
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Prickly Pear Land Trust announces T-shirt contest winner

Helena fourth-grader Natalia Kelly’s design will appear on Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Don’t Fence Me In t-shirts.
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New trail coming to land off Cabernet Drive

Those who walk a 36-acre tract of open space on Helena’s southeast side for exercise and to enjoy a bit of respite from the city will have a trail to use there by later this summer.
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Bike shop owner, trailblazer sells store

Eric Grove of Great Divide Cyclery discusses the growth of Helena’s trail system, and Prickly Pear Land Trust’s role.
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Fundraiser bring in almost $17K for two local nonprofits

The Lewis and Clark Humane Society raised $9,856, and the Prickly Pear Land Trust raised $7,021 at the “Dueling Pianos” fundraiser in January.
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Land trust completes major conservation project in Helena Valley

Prickly Pear Land Trust worked toward maintaining the agricultural use of the land and protecting the riparian habitat of the creek.
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FWP gives initial OK to new fishing access site in the Helena valley

Prickly Pear Land Trust is establishing a conservation easement on the 266-acre parcel of farmland, which will prohibit its subdivision for residential purchases and encourages the current agricultural use to continue.
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City gets $220,000 grant to protect 62 acres on Mount Ascension

The effort to protect the open space backdrop to the city of Helena got a $220,000 boost Tuesday with the announcement of a U.S. Forest Service grant.
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Protecting a piece of the Valley

Helena Independent Record editorial explaining that open space is important everywhere, not just in the South Hills, applauding Prickly Pear Land Trust’s recent turn of its attention northward into the Helena Valley.
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Failed subdivision may see new life as public park

The site of a failed “sustainable” subdivision in the Helena Valley may become a new 30-acre public park, with agricultural operations continuing under a conservation easement covering the rest of the 266-acre parcel.
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Anti-‘social’

The Helena Forest Service, Prickly Pear Land Trust and the city of Helena all say social trails are detrimental to the progression of the current trail system.
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Protected for all time

About 270 acres of wetlands and native grasslands near Birdseye are now protected under an agreement with Dennis and Deborah Milburn and the Prickly Pear Land Trust.
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Helena’s trails attract attention

For proof that Helena’s impressive and extensive trail system is garnering the attention of visitors from far beyond the Queen City, look no further than to a pair of events held last weekend.
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Trail groups win grants

Two local organizations are among 52 statewide to receive grants this week in support of local recreational trails, Montana State Parks recently announced.
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Prickly Pear Land Trust conveys another 20 acres to Helena

From Mount Helena to the extensive South Hills trail system, the City of Helena manages over 1,700 acres of open, undeveloped parkland. Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT) Executive Director Andy Baur says ensuring Helena residents maintain access to that open space is a top priority for his organization.
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Epic Trails & Epic Rides

Prickly Pear Land Trust’s trail designers have helped create Helena’s mountain biking Mecca.
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