Trust Montana is a new statewide Community Land Trust that invites other Montana conservationists, preservationists and affordable housing advocates to join together for the well-being of all Montanans. Trust Montana encourages productive social investment to permanently remove some lands from the speculative market for farmland, open space, historic preservation, affordable housing, and conservation -- thereby strengthening residential neighborhoods, livable small communities and local self-reliance. According to the New Economics Institute, a CLT is a form of common land ownership with a charter based on the principles of sustainable and ecologically-sound stewardship and use. The land in a CLT is held in trust by a democratically-governed non-profit corporation. Through an inheritable and renewable long-term lease, the trust removes land from the speculative market and facilitates multiple uses such as affordable housing, village improvement, commercial space, agriculture, recreation, and open space preservation. Individual leaseholders own the buildings and other improvements on the land created by their labor and investment, but do not own the land itself. Resale agreements on the buildings ensure that the land value of a site is not included in future sales, but rather held in perpetuity on behalf of the regional community.