Community and Planning Services
Land Stewardship Award Program
Through this annual award program, Missoula County:
- Recognizes the critical role that private landowners and residents play in resource conservation through their stewardship activities. We acknowledge and thank people who are going the extra mile to engage in exemplary stewardship of land and water resources on and near their property.
- Captures the stories of their projects or efforts, the challenges and successes met along the way, key elements that led to success of projects, and the outcomes of projects. We showcase these stories for the educational benefit of other landowners and community members who may wish to engage in similar efforts.
- Showcases the successful voluntary stewardship efforts happening in Missoula County, and over time, will use these stories to highlight successful tools and programs that are being employed by landowners and residents in Missoula County for restoration, enhancement and protection of land and water resources.
Any Missoula County landowner or resident with outstanding stewardship practices, activities, or projects can be nominated for an award. We are looking for stewardship efforts that provide lasting benefits to the landscape including streams, riparian areas, forests, grasslands and other natural resources. Show us how your stewardship efforts also provide community benefits such as open space, cleaner water, healthy soils, or improved wildlife habitat. There are many ways to practice outstanding stewardship. We’d like to see creative and beneficial practices from which others can learn.
Anyone can nominate a steward by answering our simple Nomination Questionnaire. Send nominations to Missoula County Community and Planning Services, Stewardship Award Program, 200 West Broadway, Missoula MT 59802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Selection Committee uses the following criteria to guide their evaluation of nominations. Awardees do not necessarily have to show success in all criteria; stewardship that shows lasting benefits in any of the following criteria will be considered and weighed:
- Benefit to natural resources due to the nominee’s stewardship efforts
- Creativity and degree of success in overcoming stewardship challenges
- Community involvement and collaboration involved in stewardship activities
- Community benefits resulting from stewardship activities
- Overall conservation achievements from stewardship efforts
Nominations will go to our Stewardship Selection Committee, made up of rural landowners and resource professionals in Missoula County. The committee’s selections will be reviewed by the Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee before going to the Missoula County Commissioners for final review and selection of award winners.
Award recipients have the opportunity to present their stewardship
activities or projects during a fall field trip. The purpose of the
field trip is to showcase the efforts of the selected stewards and to
appreciate the natural resources benefiting from stewardship activities.
Selected stewards are presented with an award plaque and have
their names engraved on the publicly displayed Outstanding Steward Award
Board, which will ultimately record years of exemplary stewards in
Last updated: March 27, 2012