PRICKLY PEAR LAND TRUST

Connecting Land and People

aka PPLT   |   Helena, MT   |  www.pricklypearlt.org

Mission

Prickly Pear Land Trust's mission is to inspire connections to the landscapes, water, wildlife, recreation and agricultural heritage of west-central Montana through conservation, now and for future generations.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Mary Hollow

Main address

PO Box 892

Helena, MT 59624 USA

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EIN

81-0506868

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Prickly Pear Land Trust is committed to the belief that open space is essential to the well-being of all communities. Spacious views, abundant wildlife, and recreational opportunities renew and revitalize our spirits. Maintaining traditional agricultural lands preserves Montana’s cultural heritage. At Prickly Pear Land Trust, we seek to preserve and protect the rural character of the Prickly Pear Valley and adjoining lands in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater and Powell counties through voluntary and cooperative means. Further, we strive to connect people to their natural surroundings though trails and access to public lands.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Private Lands Conservation

Completed private lands conservation projects have protected 7,214 acres.  Our strategic plan for the next three years focuses on protecting lands critical to wildlife habitat and working farms and ranches and

Population(s) Served
Adults

PPLT works to maintain and secure trail access to more than 75 miles of single track that begin steps from downtown.  We acquire critical parcels and transfer them to the City of Helena, with deed restrictions, for inclusion in Helen's open space system. We are pleased to report that PPLT has achieved its goal of securing all parcels identified in Phase One of the Backdrop Initiative – protecting scenic open space, recreational access and habitat in the hills framing the state’s capital and increasing Mount Ascension by 80%.

PPLT continues to refine and expand its work on the Helena South Hills Trails System, considered one of the finest in the nation. Last year, PPLT hosted 18 trail work events enlisting over 350 volunteers – saving the public more than $18,000 in trail maintenance costs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community Conservation focuses on bringing a broader subset of the population and nontraditional partners into the conservation realm through a project or acquisition that positively impacts their lives.

PPLT's Peaks to Creeks Initiative, a 558-acre acquisition at the west urban boundary of Helena, MT, has been identified by the national Land Trust Alliance as one of the best examples of Community Conservation in the nation. This project creates recreation opportunities for people of all abilities in a neighborhood currently without, brings public access to Tenmile Creek, the area's main water source, restores 2.2 miles of Sevenmile Creek and protects the land in perpetuity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2012

Land Trust Alliance 2017

Land Trust Alliance 2017

Awards

Accreditation 2012

Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Prickly Pear Land Trust is a nationally recognized organization committed to responding to the growing needs of the communities it serves. PPLT is very well-positioned to cultivate partnerships, provide hope, and stand together as we look to the future.

For nearly 25 years, PPLT has been deliberate about setting and achieving ambitious strategic goals for both its programs and operational capacity. PPLT’s service area resides where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, including a 7,500 square-mile service area in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater and Powell counties. PPLT was among the initial ten percent of land trusts in the U.S. to gain national land trust accreditation and has maintained that accreditation since 2012.

Since the organization’s inception, PPLT has been led by a vision to improve the ability of all members of the community to engage with conservation, recreation, and the outdoors no matter their social background, economic standing, or physical ability. By working together with many public and private organizations we can create a more “equitable, sustainable and resilient” community now and for future generations.

In addition to land protection and conservation easements, PPLT manages multi-use trails, park lands, and a stream restoration project entering its final phase in 2020 at Sevenmile Creek. And to better address the challenges of the 21st century, in 2019 PPLT piloted educational programs for youth. High Stakes support of PPLT and the service to our community we have provided, highlights that with foresight, diligence, creativity, and a commitment to community needs, together we can move mountains.

In one example, the success of PPLT’s education program is made possible through the incredible community partnerships we have in place at the local, state, and federal levels. The range and diversity of education partners means that PPLT can reach every subset of the Helena community. Within this large range of students, the program is mainly focused on engaging “at-risk” youth and filling gaps in outdoor and science education for high-school age students.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PRICKLY PEAR LAND TRUST

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Utterback

Sarah Jaeger

Dawn North

LeRoy Schramm

Paula Jacques

Jane Kollmeyer

John Beaver

Tyrrell Hibbard

Chris Hunter

Erin Woodrow

Ed Santos

Dennis Milburn

Jonathan Krauss

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No