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Land Stewardship Award Program


Landowners and residents throughout Missoula County are taking stewardship of land and water seriously and embarking on projects and practices that make a difference—for their land, for water, for fish, for wildlife, and for our communities.

Missoula County would like to thank those outstanding stewards and, more importantly, learn from them. We are always looking for exemplary stewards to be recognized in our annual award program. Do you know a neighbor who’s doing great work restoring, protecting, or enhancing land and natural resources? Could other landowners, residents, organizations, and agencies learn from their work?

Let our Stewardship Selection Committee know!

The Stewardship Selection Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Stewardship Award. Click on the Nomination Form link below for nomination information.

Nomination Form FAQs & Criteria Stewardship Selection
Committee Members
Committee Meeting Minutes and Agendas Past Award Recipients

NEW! 2014 Land Stewardship Award Program Recipient Announced!

Missoula County Commissioners are pleased to announce Bud Moore of the Swan Valley as posthumous recipient of the 2014 Land Stewardship Award. The County Commissioners presented the award to Bud’s family at the opening reception for the Bud Moore papers. The event was on Thursday, August 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Mansfield Library’s Theta Rho Room on Level 4.

Upon retiring from a long career as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service, Bud and his wife purchased an 80 acre piece of land he called “Coyote Forest.” Bud spent the next thirty-some years restoring a once-degraded forest while also harvesting timber in a manner that maintained the ecological integrity of the land. These practices were a part of the ecosystem management plan he wrote for Coyote Forest and the surrounding area. Bud Moore’s legacy is built not only on the thoughtful stewardship he practiced, but also his work with youth, foresters, neighbors, and landowners teaching about the importance of ecosystem management and conservation.



The Missoula County Stewardship Award Program is guided and endorsed by the Missoula County Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee.

The Program is also endorsed by the Missoula County Board of Commissioners.

Last updated: August 8, 2014