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Clark-Blue Mountain Conservation Easement

Located south of Missoula, just off Highway 93 lies an unassuming ten-acre parcel. But this property, owned by David and Diana Clark, will protect not only scenic views from the nearby Blue Mountain Recreation Area, but important wildlife habitat and historic Native Peoples artifacts in perpetuity. 

The property is comprised of rolling ponderosa pine and Douglas fir hills, and is bordered on two sides by protected open space, making it prime habitat for elk, deer, fox, woodpeckers, owls and Cassin’s finch, a Montana Species of Concern. 

A male Cassin’s finch, a Montana Species of Concern. Photo by Simon Wray, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A male Cassin’s finch, a Montana Species of Concern. Photo by Simon Wray, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Most notably, several ponderosa pines on the property bear scars from where Salish peoples harvested pitch or bark, and a few large earthen rings were found that may have been gathering or communal pit houses. 

This Ponderosa Pine bears scars from use by native peoples. Photo by FIve Valleys staff.
This Ponderosa Pine bears scars from use by native peoples. Photo by Five Valleys staff.

The project, which closed in December 2017, was made possible with donations from the landowner, and will protect not only our current landscape, but also its history, for the next generation. Thank you to the landowners!

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