November 2013 Member Update

November 20, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

page 1 brochure

Member Update – November 2013

Greetings Members of Trust Montana,

Thank you for taking the time to check out what we’re up to.  This past year, we have continued to lay the groundwork for our land stewardship work, worked on building the coalition, and will soon close the deal on Trust Montana’s first piece of property to be protected in perpetuity.

We thank you all for your crucial support in this nascent phase.  We believe that Trust Montana will grow to be an important voice for land stewardship and a beacon of cooperation among conservationists, ag land preservationists, historical preservationists, and affordable housing advocates.

As we move forward, we ask for your continued support.  Coalition building is a challenge, especially across fields as diverse as those we seek for this collaboration.  If you know of a group or have a colleague who may be interested in what we are doing, let us know.  If you are interested in becoming more involved and helping shape Trust Montana as it continues to grow, please get in touch about joining as a board member.


Jerry Petasek
President, Trust Montana Board of Directors

red lodge

Trust Montana will soon acquire its first piece of land as a Community Land Trust in Red Lodge, MT.

Trust Montana is preparing to receive a land transfer from Habitat for Humanity of Carbon County.  TM will hold the land in perpetuity in service of its mission and the mission of Habitat for Humanity – and ensure the permanent affordability of the home that sits on the land.  We are also exploring the possibility of acquiring the land under the Red Lodge Boys and Girls Club facility from the City of Red Lodge in order to ensure the facility will always be affordable and accessible to the BGC.

Non-Profit 501(C)(3) Status

Trust Montana, Inc. originally submitted our 501(c)(3) application to the IRS in June of 2012.  This past spring, we received a request for additional information from the IRS.  The information request was completed by NMCDC staff and sent back to our contact in mid-October.  As we await our IRS determination, we will continue to function under the fiscal sponsorship of NeighborWorks Montana.

coalitionBuilding a Coalition is tough work.Can you help?

Do you know of any organizations or individual land stewards who may be interested Trust Montana?  Email, and we’ll send them more information.






Copyright © 2013 Trust Montana, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of Trust Montana.

Our mailing address is:
Trust Montana

c/o NeighborWorks Montana
509 First Ave South

Great Falls, MT 59401


Trust Montana

February 18, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

“Our current status as a place where beautiful wildlands surround healthy villages and a dynamic culture is something that has been bequeathed to us through the accident of history.  Ours is not a task of preserving a pastoral relic, but of recognizing the present balance and figuring out how to make our own accommodations within the flux.”

-John Elder, at a Vermont Land Trust annual meeting, 1996.