Just last week, Prickly Pear Land Trust Executive Director Mary Hollow accompanied Montana’s Adjutant General Quinn and Colonel Hesterberg to the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes to receive a 2019 Army Community Partnership Award. The award, only given to a handful of partnerships nationwide, is designed to highlight examples of exceptional cooperation and diligence between Army facilities and community programs. The awardees represent partnerships that have improved readiness, driven modernization and contributed to reform initiatives throughout the Army, and, in PPLT’s case, improved soldier, family, and community life.
The Montana Army National Guard (MTARNG) and PPLT were recognized for our “Peaks to Creeks” initiative, which allowed MTARNG to reduce encroachment threats to Fort Harrison while creating public access for veterans and civilians alike to 558 acres along the banks of the Tenmile Creek and Sevenmile Creek waterways. The partnership has also resulted in the addition of 90 acres of open space to the Mount Helena City Park, creating new public access to recreational opportunities along the LeGrande Cannon Trail.