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            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.




            Harvest Moon:
            On The Rise!
            Are you ready to celebrate?            growing membership base, a             Tickets are only $65 and go on




                                                                                                                                                                                  ©KentonRowePhotography.com
            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
                                                                                                                                           September 26:
            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
Andy Baur




                                                                                                                                   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!
                                                                                                                                   Visit downtownhelena.com
                                                                                                                                   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.




                                                                                                                                                                             Andy Baur
    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




                                                                                                                                                                        Tom Likens
    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
                                                                                                                        Robert Peccia
    instructed the group on weed          By Peggy Likens of the Membership                                             & Associates           The Windbag
    recognition and explained various     & Outreach Committee


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    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
                                                                                                                                    THANK YOU
    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
                                                                                                                                      Mulvaney
                                                                                                                                                               Maribeth Goodrich
                                                                                                                                                               Thomas Regan
                                                                                                                                    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



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You’ll need your Preferred Savings       going to mention both money and             take care of the rest!
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
                                            Dale Livezey’s painting of               store yet, be sure to do so soon.
                                            Mt. Helena and makes a great             You’ll find great items from house
                                            present for any occasion. All            wares to outdoor gear!
                                            proceeds go directly to PPLT so                                                       Anderson ZurMuehlen
                                            not only will you be giving a
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                                              Come get yours today!                     shopping dollars to PPLT!                  Sussex Construction
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