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We are blessed with abundant wildlife. One expects to wake up on a winter morning and see elk on Mt. Jumbo or drive up Rock Creek and spot bighorn sheep scattered along a bare ridgeline. At Five Valleys Land Trust, we work to keep it that way by identifying and protecting vital habitat for winter range and migration corridors. That habitat may be publicly accessible or it may be a rancher’s high pasture, but if it’s vital to wildlife, it’s important to our way of life.Become a Member
To date, we’ve protected more than 60,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat through conservation easements and land exchanges. Without our members, that number would be zero.
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Through our Hands on the Land stewardship projects we directly improved more than 150 miles of streams. These are fun, family-friendly events that help perpetuate clean water.
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Whether it’s the bull moose foraging on the mossy cobbles beneath the crystal clear waters of Rock Creek, the great grizzly bears that graze in the forests of the Blackfoot Valley, or the Sandhill Cranes who call eerily from our marshy native grasslands, all of the animals that captured the imagination of Lewis and Clark over 200 years ago survive in western Montana today. They’re here because during much of those 200 hundred years things in Montana changed slowly. Now conversion and fragmentation of open lands threaten the survival of many of our native plants and animals.
From birders to big game hunters, anglers to entomologists Montanans have long valued and sought to protect our abundant and diverse wildlife. Five Valleys Land Trust honors this tradition through our work with private landowners to protect, restore, and enhance native wildlife habitat. We use a science-based plan to prioritize critical habitat and spatial continuity of protected lands. We apply this approach to our work at the scale of individual parcels and across whole landscapes.
Sundance Ranch rests at the foot of the Scapegoat Wilderness. Here, tributaries to theBig Blackfoot River meander through cobblestones and glacial erratic in a place called Kleinschmidt Flat. In the property was approved for a 33 unit subdivision. A conservation minded landowner purchased the ranch and worked with Five Valleys Land Trust to create a conservation easement that allowed for continued ranching on the property but eliminated 33 individual parcels and committed to restoration along the streams. Today, the ranch is still in use and enjoyed not only by the family, but by regular visitors including grizzly bears, mountain lion, elk, deer, bull trout,
cutthroat trout, and many others.
Examples of Five Valleys' commitment to wildlife habitat include: