HELENA, Mont. (September 29, 2022) – The Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) is seeking historic photos or documents from ranchers that tell the more than 80 year story of Montana grazing districts. MASGD has recently launched a preservation project after being awarded a grant from the Montana History Foundation (MHF) and the Montana Memory Project.
“Of all the western states, Montana alone has a statutory network of state grazing districts that allows for the greatest use of range forage while conserving our natural resources. It is exciting to have this opportunity to preserve the rich history of our association and its grazing district members.”shared MASGD President Kevin Elias.
Ideal items include photographs, handwritten meeting/event minutes, notes, rosters, letters, or other items of historic significance to grazing district history. It is important to note, this project is in partnership with the Montana Memory Project (MMP) and items will be accessible to the public once the project is complete. The MMP is an online source for digital collections relating to Montana’s cultural heritage. The collection will be available at www.mtmemory.org.
If you are interested in contributing artifacts to the project, please contact Raylee Honeycutt at [email protected] or 406-442-3420. Be prepared to share a description of the items and the number of items. MASGD will need access to the items by October 10, 2022.
The Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) consists of twenty-six grazing districts spanning across the eastern side of Montana and includes rancher and farmer members who raise livestock. These cooperative grazing areas include federal grazing lands mingled with state, county and private lands-encompassing more than 10 million acres and allows for the greatest use of range forage, while conserving limited natural resources.
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