The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee identified land patterns as a priority in recognition of the rapid rate of development throughout the area and its potential impact on public lands and resources.
The GYCC developed “A Toolkit to Protect the Integrity of Greater Yellowstone Area Landscapes” to provide information to agency staff on voluntary land conservation tools and participation as a stakeholder in local planning discussions regarding the effects growth decisions may have on public lands and resources.
The toolkit includes a list of federal, state, local and private financial sources for voluntary land conservation, a list of land trusts and conservation organizations working in the Greater Yellowstone region, brief case study summaries, an overview of the land use laws of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and planning department contact information for twenty Greater Yellowstone area counties.
A Toolkit to Protect the Integrity of Greater Yellowstone Area Landscapes
Title Page, Table of Contents and Introduction (160 kB pdf)
Land Ownership Status Maps (1.7 MB pdf)
Land Adjustment Overview (129 kB pdf)
Participation in Local Land Use (215 kB pdf)
Sample Forest Service Comment Letter Montana (124 kB pdf)
Sample Forest Service Comment Letter Idaho (115 kB pdf)
Case Studies (361 kB pdf)
Conservation Buyers in the Greater Yellowstone Area (102 kB pdf)
Financial Sources for Land Aquisitions and Easements (964 kB pdf)
Stewardship Sources (311 kB pdf)
If you would like a hard copy, or for more information, please contact GYCC Coordinator.
Forest Service Publications
Forest Service Open Space Conservation Strategy (1.3 MB pdf)
National Forests on the Edge (6.2 MB pdf)
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