Testimonials

Northern Plains is a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montanans to protect our water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life. 

Northern Plains believes people working together can make a difference.

Emily Petrik and Joel Harris
“Some of our dear friends were Northern Plains staff and member leaders. For us, it was a no-brainer to become members. Northern Plains uses a truly grassroots model, more so than any other conservation group in Montana. It’s not all about lawyers or ‘experts.’ And [Northern Plains] is effective – we really get stuff done. In a world where many people feel isolated and disconnected, the way we do our work brings people together and makes us all feel like we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves.”
Emily Petrik and Joel Harris , Billings
Deb Muth
“As a young mother, my children were experiencing health issues and I struggled to understand why, until I discovered they were related to toxins in our well water. It turned out that an out-of-date landfill was leaching into the ground water downstream, and illnesses were pandemic in our area. Cancers of all kinds… young children too! That landfill became a designated Superfund site, but the damage will still linger for lifetimes. We know better now, about how to safely clean up toxic waste dumps! Membership in Northern Plains has helped me stand up for myself, my family, and my community and fight against special interests that would sacrifice our unique quality of life for short term profits! I am proud to have worked with Northern Plains for the past 22 years to protect our clean watersheds, creeks and rivers, clean air quality, and our precious soil, the land we call home!”
Deb Muth
Emma Kerr-Carpenter
“My involvement with Northern Plains began when my local affiliate started a new committee to work on local issues such as city planning, zoning, and parks. I began to see that if I worked together with my friends and neighbors we could build a healthy, sustainable, inviting community that works for everyone.   I am a member of Northern Plains because there are very few other conservation groups in MT that are so grassroots. Through the incredible leadership of our members and the support of our staff we hold decision-makers accountable and organize to improve the quality of life of everyday Montanans.”
Emma Kerr-Carpenter
Ed Gulick
“I love Northern Plains and take great pleasure in devoting my time and treasure as a member to further our collective vision. Montana is not going to become a more just, equitable and environmentally sustainable place by itself. It takes a committed group of organized citizens, working together to bring issues forward, educate the public on alternatives, and work through the various governing processes to create lasting change in our communities. Northern Plains is that organizing vehicle for me. I get to spend time with such committed and capable members and staff. And through our methodical, grassroots democratic process, we are incredibly effective, accomplishing more with investments of time and resources than anywhere else. Join us!”
Ed Gulick
Sue Beug
“I became actively involved with Northern Plains when there were rumors of expanding oil and gas development in Carbon County. I became an advocate for demanding development be done according to existing regulations and worked to increase protections where they didn’t exist. [This] has taught me how to be an effective activist for our environment and conservation. Because of the support, knowledge and guidance provided by Northern Plains staff I have gained confidence and developed the ability to effectively speak out on issues of importance to me."
Sue Beug
Joel Anderson
“I was introduced to Northern Plains when their office, the Home on the Range building in Billings, had just been built. I got a tour and learned about all the sustainable building strategies used. To me it said, ‘let’s not just talk about it, let’s do something’ and that really energized me. Environmental responsibility is a key value both in my own work (as an architect) and in my company’s work – I like to build things that have a low impact on resources and try to solve similar problems for my clients. And when I see an organizing group that’s based locally and doing good work, I’ve got to support it.”
Joel Anderson
Mary Fitzpatrick
"I've included Northern Plains in my will for the same reason I volunteer and support our efforts financially now: I know Northern Plains is effective in advocacy and in turning citizens into activists for air, land, water, and the betterment of our shared life… the really important things. I especially respect our commitment to democracy and to fact-based advocacy"
Mary Fitzpatrick
Katelyn Weldon
"As a 6th generation Montanan, protecting our beautiful state has always been a priority of mine. It has always been important for me to advocate for what I believe in, and support organizations that do the same. Because of this, it is my absolute pleasure to be a monthly donor to Northern Plains. I’m overjoyed to be a part of an organization that supports clean, renewable energy, keeps our water clean, and takes action on climate change"
Katelyn Weldon
Janet McMillan
"I have been a longtime loyal supporter of Northern Plains and all the work we do. I am a monthly contributor first and foremost because I believe so firmly in our mission and our work. And, of course, because as a board member, I am very much aware of how important it is for our organization to be able to count on as regular an income as possible. Finally, if I just put it on my monthly bill paying list, it always happens"
Janet McMillan
Kate French
“I’m consistently impressed with the tenacity, resourcefulness, and creativity of the entire Northern Plains team. In fact, we never think of our gift as a donation, but as an investment in Montana’s future — one we are happy to make.”
Kate French
Connie Keogh
Our monthly donors play a very important role in keeping our doors open by providing a consistent stream of income year-round, I know that my monthly donation is put to good work in supporting Northern Plains’ statewide campaign efforts. Plus, my membership is always current!
Connie Keogh
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