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“On the Shoulders of Giants” screens at the Emerson Cultural Center

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The community is invited to a free film on March 21 that celebrates the legacy of private land conservation across Montana. “On The Shoulders of Giants” was produced by Bozeman filmmaker and photographer Eric Ian to mark the 40th anniversary of the first conservation easement secured in Montana.

The film includes interviews with pioneers of private land conservation in Montana like Hank Goetz, Land Lindbergh, Rock Ringling and Dave Carr. The cinematography gives viewers a breathtaking overview of conservation projects around the state—from the Blackfoot Valley to the grasslands of eastern Montana—and highlights the partnerships responsible for the conservation of 2.4 million acres of private land in the state.

The film will be accompanied by remarks from Ian, who will share his experience creating the film, as well as Doug Mitchell, deputy director of the Montana Department of Commerce and former managing director of Montana Land Reliance. Mitchell will talk about why the Department of Commerce is committed to recognizing and advancing private lands conservation.

The Montana Association of Land Trusts, an organization composed of 12 non-profit land trusts from around Montana, will screen ”On the Shoulder of Giants” on March 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Weaver Room of Bozeman’s Emerson Cultural Center.

For more information, call the Gallatin Valley Land Trust at (406) 587-8404, ext. 8.

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