On the Shoulders of Giants

by Inga Yandell

‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ is a short film by Eric Ian about the value of conservation to Montana’s landscape, economy, and way of life.

The documentary was produced in association with the Montana Association of Land Trusts, and marks the 40th anniversary of Montana’s first conservation easement and the state’s four decades of dynamic private land conservation achievement.

Since 1976, Montana landowners have partnered with land trusts and agencies to conserve 2.4 million acres of private land throughout the state, and given ongoing economic and population trends the role of Montana private land conservation will become even more important in the future.

The precedent set by the people of Montana provides a strong example for community conservation for the rest of the world—both as a measure of environmental preservation and economic prosperity. Land trusts which establish much needed wildlife corridors allow animals like Grizzly bears to freely roam and connect to vital foraging grounds. As a strategy for cohabitation this mitigates human conflicts largely caused by encroachment and fragmentation of a species natural range, striking a good balance for the ecosystem and the economy—a healthy landscape attracting tourists who seek the thrill of adventure and the sanctuary of wild places.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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