Our Commitment to Transparency

For decades Five Valleys has successfully protected western Montana's natural legacy through the generosity of our supporters, the confidence of our community, and the trust of our partners. By maintaining a commitment to transparently conducting our work we believe we best honor those who contribute to our success. Here are few ways we do that.


In 2008  Five Valleys Land Trust was among the nation's first land trusts accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.  This independent third party ensures the credibility and integrity of land trusts throughout the country.  If you're considering working with a land trust, look for the accreditation seal.

Annual Independent Financial Audit

Five Valleys Land Trust annually undergoes an independent financial audit that is presented directly to our Finance Committee and board of directors.  The information derived from this audit is summarized in our annual report and presented in detail in our annual IRS Form 990 report. You can view a public copy of our IRS Form 990 via Guide Star.

Conservation Easement Reporting

In accordance with Montana law, Five Valleys reports all of our new conservation easements to the County Clerk and Recorder. That information is then passed on to the State, becoming part of the publicly accessible CADASTRAL geographic information database. Note that there can be a delay of up to one year before new conservation easements are incorporated into this database.

Recognizing our Supporters

Five Valleys provides a list of our annual financial supporters in our Annual Report.

Donor Bill of Rights

Please read our Donor Bill of Rights.

Fast Facts

A major focus area of our work is Rock Creek—a beloved, blue ribbon trout fishery. >>

News & Events

Announcing our next big Missoula Co. Open Space project: Mount Dean Stone! >>

Thank you for making our 22nd Annual Banquet a Success! >>