Winnett ACES, Habitat Restoration and Heart Work

LTPBR or Low-Technology Process Based Restoration and the potential benefits cannot be understated. MWF is grateful to be apart of LTPBR work and have staff that can lend capacity support to the work through our partnership with National Wildlife Federation that yields support for landowner groups like Winnett ACES.

Check out the blog written by our Field Representative, Morgan Marks.

“We often don’t realize how much a landscape has changed over time unless we’ve witnessed it. Jay King, a local landowner and rancher who has benefitted from LTPBR work, expressed his sentiments about LTPBR when he shared the following:

“I like water and there’s a creek on the property that has seen dry years with no water – 6 years of drought. Moisture matters. When we irrigate even a half-acre, it’s more productive.”

Jay explained how his family ranch has experienced flooding some years, such as 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018 and his goal is to keep the water on the land for as long as possible. When the water table is higher, green patches occur which means the habitat and land are healthy. This process benefits Jay’s livestock and in turn, wildlife on his property.

Another local landowner and rancher, Brenda Brady, agreed with Jay, stressing that ranchers want to keep water on the land for as long as possible. More water means more forage, more forage means sustaining their way of life on the land.

Brenda said, “We want to preserve what we have and work to restore streams to what they once were.”


By MWF Field Representative, Morgan Marks.

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Jeff Lukas – MWF Elk Campaign Manager

Jeff Lukas

Elk Campaign Manager

Jeff Lukas is a passionate conservationist who has been fishing and hunting his entire life. Whether it’s floating a small stream chasing trout, pursuing elk in the high country, or waiting in a blind for ducks to set their wings, Jeff is always trying to bring more people afield to show them what we are trying to protect. He loves being in the arena, and he will never shy away from conversations about the beautiful and unique corners of Big Sky country.