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Conservation Easements
Open Lands Board
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The Gallatin County Open Space Bond was passed by the voters in the fall of 2000. The bond, in the amount of $10 million, is for the purpose of preserving open space in Gallatin County by purchasing land and conservation easements from willing landowners for the following purposes: managing growth, preserving ranches and farms, protecting wildlife habitat and water quality of streams and rivers, providing parks and recreation areas. The Gallatin County Commission has appointed a 15-member citizens' advisory committee, (Gallatin County Open Lands Board) to oversee the grant program. The Open Lands Board reviews all applications and makes project funding recommendations to the county commissioners who have the authority to spend the bond money.
By resolution, commissioners must appoint a majority of ranchers and farmers to serve on the Open Lands Board. The mission statement of the Open Lands Board is to work with the citizens of Gallatin County to preserve natural lands and encourage the economic viability of agriculturally productive lands. This is accomplished through voluntary programs that ensure the protection of open-space lands, either in perpetuity or for a term of years; and through the identification or establishment of funding sources, tax measures and other incentives. By law the county commissioners must hold public hearings explaining what projects have been recommended for funding from the bond money. This process allows full public disclosure and input.


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Oyler
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Schmidt
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Shaplow
Dyk
Skinner
Fay
Visser
Gillam
 
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