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Two conferences are taking place over the next couple of days in Missoula, the Northwest Land Trust Conference and an affordable housing conference called "The Price of Paradise: Affordable Housing in Montana." The 12th edition of the Northwest Land Trust Conference is Thursday through Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel and features over 200 land trust practitioners from the Northwest. The conference, put on by Land Trust Alliance, is co-hosted by Five Valleys Land Trust, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and The Vital Ground Foundation. Among the event's dozens of speakers, seminars, workshops and field trips, keynote speaker Steven Running talks about climate trends Friday morning beginning at 9:15, and Governor Schweitzer speaks at a lunch plenary Friday beginning at 12:00. You can register at the door; $50 for a day pass. Click here for the full conference agenda. "The Price of Paradise," hosted by the Burton K. Wheeler Center, kicks off Thursday night at the Holiday Inn Parkside with a keynote from Anne McCulloch, Fannie Mae's senior vice president of housing and community development, titled Buying That Home on the Range - Discouraging Words? George Masnick of Harvard University speaks Friday morning at 8:30 followed by a full day of panel discussions. Tickets cost $75 at the door. Click here for the schedule.

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