THE NEWSLETTER OF PRICKLY PEAR LAND TRUST Connecting land and people SUMMER 2009
Our mission is to protect the natural
diversity and rural character of the Prickly
Pear Valley and adjoining lands through
voluntary and cooperative means. The
Land Trust is dedicated to perpetuating the
recreational, wildlife, scenic, agricultural
and historic values of the land.
On The Rise!
Are you ready to celebrate? growing membership base, a Tickets are only $65 and go on
We are fortunate to have much to robust private lands conservation sale August 21. We sold out in
be thankful for already this year, program and our expanding, first- two weeks last year, so be sure
and we’re planning one big party rate trail system. We’ll serve up a to get your tickets early! Visit
on September 26! Mark your hearty dose of Montana hospitality pricklypearlt.org or call us at
calendar and save the date for our with great food, fabulous items 406-442-0490 to ensure you’re a
mark your calendar
much-anticipated Harvest Moon on the block and friends galore! part of this wonderful celebration
and save the date
Banquet and Auction. We’re (See the list of generous sponsors of what makes Helena such an
On The Rise this year, with a on page 4.) amazing place to call home.
Trail Workdays Prove Popular
Despite the Weather
The wet and cold spring month working in service to the an old jeep road, and although it by snow(!). On June 22, a big crew
weather took its toll on community. We are grateful to Matt was not steep, it still followed the came out to begin work on a new
a couple of our early and the congregation to donating fall line of the slope. During heavy trail connection to PPLT’s newest
volunteer trail workdays. their time to PPLT and our trails. spring runoff, the water had acquisition: the Porter Parcel on
But when the clouds cleared and When the nowhere to go the front side of Mt. Ascension.
the sun returned, we had perfect weather broke on The next Trail Walk is except right down The new trail connects the 2006
conditions for building and main- May 18 we had a August 18. Meet at the trail, creating Trail along the base of the cliffs to
huge contingent of
taining our fantastic trail system. 7:00 PM at the Arrowroot an un-walkable the east flank of the mountain.
On a blustery Sunday in early hearty volunteers ditch. The re- From here trail users can ascend
Trailhead to explore
May, members of the Headwaters come out to routed trail now to the summit creating a loop trail
repair a severely
recent PPLT purchases crosses the slope back to the 2006 Trail. Montana
Covenant Church gathered on Nob
Hill to help revegetate the old four eroded trail on the on Mt. Ascension. diagonally, allowing Conservation Corps crews are
wheel drive routes that scarred the lower flanks of water to fall off to putting the final touches on this
hill. The Church, led by Pastor Mt. Helena. Re-routing this trail the side of the trail preventing route at press time.
Matt Randall, is committed to is a testament to building trails future erosion. In July, the crazy weather
public service and spends one of its sustainably in the first place. The Our June trail workday was continued but the skies parted to
regular Sunday gatherings every lower Daisy Hill Trail followed once again postponed—this time allow a contingent of trail workers
to begin building another new trail
connection on the east side. This
project is on another new piece of
open space made possible by a land
exchange with Tom and Linda
Zderick. (See accompanying article
on page 2). This trail will connect
Crystal Drive (off of east Gold Rush)
to South Hills Drive allowing a better
connection to the Eddye McClure
Trail for east side residents. In
addition, a small loop trail will
highlight this parcel’s forested
seclusion. We want to thank Tom
and Linda Zderick and the City
of Helena for making the land
exchange and this new trail possible.
Trail events include: the
2nd Annual High Divide Trails
Jamboree (August 8–9) and another
trail workday on September 14
(project TBD). Check our website:
pricklypearlt.org for the most
up to date information.
Don’t forget about the
Trolley To Trails every Saturday!
for the schedule.
July trail workday on the new Zderick land exchange.
Land Exchange Makes New Trail Possible
IN A SECLUDED GULLY on Helena’s
Eastside sits a fantastic and seldom-
viewed example of an important
monument to our history—a huge
stone limekiln. Up until several
weeks ago, this beautiful artifact
sat on private property. Working in
partnership with the landowners,
Tom and Linda Zderick, and the
City of Helena, PPLT led the effort
to exchange this parcel with a piece
of existing public land in order for
this great amenity to
become public. The
parcel that the City To get there:
traded away was steep Go east on Gold Rush and then
and less conducive to south on Crystal Drive.
building a sustainable Follow the trail up the gully.
trail and had little As of this writing, the trail
connectivity to the is still being constructed.
rest of the system Please stay on the trail as there
is private property in the area.
but provided an
opportunity to create
a small buffer for the
landowners in that area.
This exchange proved especially for adjusting boundary lines, which We want to thank the City of The land exchange opens
challenging to complete because made for a lengthy approval process. Helena and Tom and Linda Zderick this historical artifact to
it covered three jurisdictions: the In addition, the survey costs and for working through this process public access.
City, and both Lewis & Clark and associated fees were nearly $7,000. patiently. We now have a wonderful
Jefferson counties. Each one has its The City of Helena and PPLT shared new addition to the trail and open
own rules and approval processes those expenses. lands system.
Open Space Bond Committee Begins Work
AFTER A GRUELING CAMPAIGN Once this process is established,
to pass the $10 million Lewis & it is envisioned that landowners will
Clark County open space bond, team up with land trusts to develop
the real work now begins. In early projects to protect wildlife habitat,
2009 the County Commissioners agricultural land and open space.
appointed a 13-member committee The bond funds will go toward
to oversee the open space bond purchasing conservation easements
process. Since then, the committee on these parcels to protect their
has been getting up to speed on its essential values forever. The land
responsibilities and the technical trusts will be looking to sweeten
details of similar measures in other the pot by bringing other funding
communities. This included eight partners into these deals, thus
hours of training by one of the making the bond funds go farther.
nation’s experts on the subject, We at PPLT are excited that this
Sandra Tassel. In the coming incredible opportunity now exists to
months, the group will develop protect the rural heritage of Lewis
criteria and acceptance policies & Clark County’s amazingly diverse
with the goal of accepting its first landscape. Don’t Fence Me In
proposals by the end of the year.
Breaks Records in 2009
THIS WAS A BANNER YEAR for before, during and after the race
Weed, Seed, and Feed! Prickly Pear Land Trust’s annual to ensure it is safe and well-run.
trail run, Don’t Fence Me In! We In addition, we thank our
THE FIRST ANNUAL Noxious weed management strategies. saw participation increase more business sponsors who play
Weed Pull and BBQ Social brought Integrated weed management than 52% with runners coming a big role in making this event
together PPLT members and friends uses several different techniques, from seven states! Word must be a success. Please thank them
for some weed education and including spraying herbicide, out about our world-class trail next time you’re shopping to
integrated weed management at releasing beneficial insects, and ... system we’re so fortunate to enjoy let them know how much
the Old Archery Range Trailhead. pulling weeds! here in Helena. This event is only they mean to our work and
This event was a joint project of After the weed pull, participants possible thanks to the army of our greater community!
the Trails Committee gathered round for volunteers who come together,
and the Membership & We hope to see burgers, side dishes and
Outreach Committee. dessert prepared by
After a stormy
this annual event committee members,
afternoon, committee get bigger and plus wine and soft
chairs Dawn North and better every year. drinks, and lots of
Bob Person had faith good conversation.
that the skies would clear and that Thanks to all who attended and
conditions would be just right for the PPLT committees who made it Mast Family
weed pulling. They were right! The happen! A special thanks to Marilyn Dentistry
weather stayed pleasantly cool, and Grant for all her slicing and dicing
the ground had softened, making of hamburger fixings!
the pulling easy. Many bags of weeds We hope to see this annual event
were pulled, and disturbed ground get bigger and better every year.
was reseeded with native grass. Plan to attend next year and be
Keller, Reynolds, Mosaic The Placer Center
Greta Digge, Code Enforcement surprised by how much fun it can Drake, Johnson Architecture
Officer for the City of Helena, be to pull weeds with friends. Van’s Thriftway
& Gillespie, PC
instructed the group on weed By Peggy Likens of the Membership & Associates The Windbag
recognition and explained various & Outreach Committee
2 open views
Innovative Program Asks Travelers to P P LT B O A R D N E W S
New Board Member
Help Protect Montana’s Treasures Welcomed
Want to help Montana The response to the program thus TFOL is continuing to seek Prickly Pear Land
travelers protect open far has been outstanding. Close to new participating properties. Any Trust welcomes
land? Want to try a new 115 Montana lodging facilities and tourism-related or outdoor-related Jonathan
great-tasting pizza? outdoor-related business—hotels, business is eligible and welcome. Krauss as its
motels, bed and breakfasts, lodges, The goal is to expose travelers to newest board
The connection in the answers to dude ranches, outfitter and guide TFOL as often as possible, and member.
both those questions is Travelers services, fly fishing shops and other the best way to do that is with Jonathan is an
for Open Land, a new program that businesses—have signed up for abundant participating properties. enthusiastic long-
seeks small voluntary contributions We want to educate the traveler time supporter of PPLT. He has done
from people—visitors and about the value of open land, then an incredible job as the chair of the
residents—traveling in Montana. motivate that traveler to contribute auction sub-committee for Harvest
Travelers for Open Land (TFOL) to open land protection. Moon and has agreed to be the event
is a new program and the only For more information about chair this year. Jonathan’s passion
statewide program of its type in the program, go online at for the trail system is reflected in his
the nation. TFOL is a partnership www.travelersforopenland.org work as a volunteer crew leader on
among the Montana Association of Look for the TFOL logo and or call Glenn Marx at 406-490-1659. the “Corps of Pulaski” and in assisting
Land Trusts (PPLT is a member), support businesses that Another important partner in staff by organizing trail workdays.
the Montana Innkeepers Association, support open lands. TFOL is MacKenzie River Pizza Jonathan is an assistant attorney
Travel Montana, the Montana (with a location in Helena). general in the Department of Justice.
Community Foundation, other the program. The Helena area has MacKenzie River created a new He has first-hand experience with
tourism-related businesses and been particularly supportive. pizza named the High Plains to help conservation easements and land use
the traveling public. Participating properties include: promote the Montana High Plains planning issues. We are delighted
Open land defines the Montana Best Western Great Northern, Red area (the central and eastern portion that Jonathan has joined the Board.
outdoor experience, and TFOL Lion Colonial Inn, Comfort Inn, Days of the state). Pizza ingredients
seeks small voluntary contributions Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, include pheasant sausage, red Service Honored
from those who enjoy and treasure Holiday Inn Express, Jorgenson’s, potatoes and sage. MacKenzie River PPLT Board member Dawn North
that outdoor experience. The PRO Outfitters, Sanders Bed & is donating one dollar from the sale
is always busy. But her schedule just
voluntary contributions are pooled Breakfast, Wingate Inn, Lawdog’s of each High Plains pizza to the
got a little clearer this month as she
into a fund that will provide grants Saloon over in Elliston, the Blacktail TFOL program for land conservation
finished her nearly six year term as
to land trusts to help acquire Ranch and Montana River Outfitters work in the High Plains area. Give
a member of the Helena Open Lands
conservation easements. TFOL in Wolf Creek and Missouri River the High Plains Pizza a try. It’s tasty.
Management Advisory Committee
allows Montana visitors the chance Cabins in Cascade. Land trusts very Travelers for Open Land has the
(HOLMAC). Dawn’s tenure on the
to “give back” to the people and much appreciate the participation potential to be of great value to
committee included a two year
landscape that made their travels and efforts of these businesses; Montana land trusts. The program
stint as chair during which she lead
and experience here so special. please let them know you can raise awareness about the value
HOLMAC to important decisions
It’s the same landscape all of us appreciate their support of private of open land and serve as a new
regarding Helena’s growing pine
appreciate because it makes land conservation and their source of funds to protect those lands.
bark beetle problem. Dawn was also
Montana such a terrific place to participation in the Travelers
By Glenn Marx, Executive Director of instrumental in drafting the HOLMAC
live, work and recreate. for Open Land program. the Montana Association of Land Trusts plan which still stands today as a
key living document guiding the
management of our precious open
Looking for Summer Reading? space system. Thanks, Dawn,
for all of your hard work!
THE CINNABAR FOUNDATION gave of their time and resources to Mystery Series. It’s available at
supports PPLT with a general keep Montana an uncommon place. Montana Book Company, who is
operations grant almost every year. Author Robin Tawney Nichols, with generously donating 20% of the
The Foundation was started by a contribution from Scott McMillion, purchase price to Prickly Pear Land to all who joined us so far in 2009!
Len & Sandy Sargent in 1983, and captured both the essence and Trust! Leonard Schonberg and his
works to foster environmental spirit of this exceptional couple. wife, Anne O’Leary, completed a Barbara LaRue Lawrence and
protection and wildlife conservation Copies are $9.95 and are available conservation easement on their Richard and Carol McEvoy
Nancy Tuber Tara Thompson
in Montana and the Greater at Mountain Press Publishing in property in the Elkhorn Mountains Harry Israel and Anna Miller &
Yellowstone ecosystem. The Missoula. Call 1-800-234-5308. in the late 1990’s. Blackfeet Eyes Mary Madison Lyle Manley
Cinnabar Foundation is pleased All proceeds go to the Cinnabar was published after his untimely Jim Munoz Mark Hall
to announce the publication of Foundation. death in November 2008. Anne Jim Wheelis Gregory Messenger
Ed and Rebecca Warner Ann Purcell
Len and Sandy Sargent: A is carrying on Leonard’s great Jerome and Fred Offenkrantz
Legacy of Activist Philanthropy. Leonard Schonberg’s new love of our landscape by using Therese Chart Joel Felix
This book reviews the groundwork book, Blackfeet Eyes, has been his great work to support ours. Linda and Daniel Kelly
that enabled Montana’s conservation published! This thriller, based on Montana Book Company is located Tom Hutchison Ann Kron
ethic to flourish, as it tells the story an Indian reservation in Montana, is at 331 Last Chance Gulch. Mike and Janice Day Liz Murray
Steph Knisley Staci Stolp
of two people who unflinchingly the first of three in the Blackfoot Joan D’ Aoust Karla Bachmeier
Charles Fricke Kerry & Laurie Neils
Carolyn and Donci Bardash
James Knuckles Darlene Edge
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival Roy & Cynthia
Joy Ritter Bill & Jan Lombardi
Judge John & Jerri Woodring
Prickly Pear Land Trust Just like PPLT, the SYRCL was skier, or just enjoy the beauty of the
Ethel Harrison James Gietzen
and The Base Camp are started by a group of concerned outdoors, you’ll be sure to leave this Carole Massman Pam Langve-Davis
co-hosting the Wild and citizens who did not like the way festival inspired and excited to help Krista and Jay Partridge Kim Kradolfer &
Scenic Environmental their environment was being altered. make a difference in the community. Terry and Sharon Rich Misplon
Film Festival. In their case, it was the proposal of Bring your family and friends and Copenhaver Collin Watters
Sue Hawthorne & Shannon and Tim Lewis
several dams along the Yuba River; join us on Friday, October 23, 2009 Adel Johnson James Carney
The WSEFF is a unique festival for PPLT it was the loss at Helena Middle Debby Brackman Chris Buslee &
with short films ranging from of open spaces in and School to celebrate Ralph and Linda Nelson Mary Maddox
adventure to conservation to wildlife around Helena. The the grandeur of our
protection. This film festival has WSEFF is a great way environment!
been on tour since 2004 and to get re-connected to Please visit our COMING THIS FALL
we are fortunate to be able to bring environmental issues website to find details IN OPEN VIEWS
it to Helena this year! that we face not about ticket sales In our next issue, we’ll
The South Yuba River Citizens only within our own as well as other address the Pine Beetle
League (SYRCL) in Nevada started community, but information as it infestation and what
the film festival to promote world-wide. becomes available. we’re doing to ensure safe
awareness of environmental issues Whether you are Friday, October 23, trails and healthy forests.
2009 at Helena
in the South Yuba community. an avid hiker, biker, Middle School
summer 2009 3
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This is a great way to support our
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Card number to make it easy. death in the same sentence. There,
Additionally, it’s important that your we did it. We want to remind you of The Common Market,
card is scanned every time you shop three truths: 1. We all die. 2. You can’t
to ensure your purchase is linked to take your money with you. 3. It goes
An Uncommon Way to Give
us, so be sure to take it with you. The Common Market, a new
one of three places: your heirs, the
This is an easy way for you to consignment store, has recently
IRS, or a charitable organization like
support your favorite land trust! opened at 326 Fuller Street. The
Prickly Pear Land Trust. Before
Happy shopping! owner of The Common Market,
you take that final hike, please
Bill Rule, has included PPLT in his
remember us in your will. Your
new venture. Any items that are not
great-grandchildren will thank you!
picked up in the allotted consignment
And so will we.
period are considered abandoned and
sold. Bill will then give 50% of these
Need A Gift? proceeds to PPLT! Bill also accepts
Support PPLT by giving a gift of a straight donations of items in which
hat, tote bag, or a beautiful poster 50% of the proceeds from selling
of Mt. Helena. This great poster, these items will also go to PPLT.
features a striking print of If you have not checked out this new
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