Conserving Land
Stewarding for the Future

2020 Annual Report

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A message from the board president

Jeff Roth, Board President

Five Valleys Land Trust has always planned for the long term. That’s why I had few doubts that Five Valleys would rise to the challenges of 2020, continue to support our community’s needs, and still accomplish significant conservation and stewardship projects across western Montana. As you will see in this 2020 Annual Report we met these challenges.

More than ever, the pandemic demonstrated the value of open lands for people to relax and connect—so in 2020 we built a new trail and welcomed new open space into public ownership. We ensured the perpetuity of the lands under our care even with the challenges of visiting with landowners during a pandemic. We protected family agriculture in Potomac. We held virtual events for the first time, and in doing so, connected with more people from more places than ever before.

Your belief in our work made these successes possible. As we reflect on last year and look to the opportunities ahead, your trust sustains and inspires us in our mission to protect our natural legacy.

-Jeff Roth, President, Board of Directors

FVLT's 2020 impact measures


Core Values

To protect for future generations western Montana’s natural legacy – our river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, and community open spaces.
Vision — We believe in taking a long term, strategic approach to enhancing our community through conservation.

Excellence — We strive to develop and maintain outstanding volunteers and staff and to build sound and efficient systems that deliver quality conservation work.

Integrity — We are principled, ethical, and transparent in our approach to delivering meaningful and tangible benefits to our community.

Cooperation — Excellence requires focus on our strengths; to be versatile we build strong complimentary teams that can accomplish more than one focused person or organization could.

Patience — We know that great outcomes for enduring conservation might take time and we willingly make that investment.

2020 Lands Protected

FVLT's 2020 lands protected map

In 2020, we helped to protect working lands and wildlife habitat in Potomac, moved 350 acres of open space and a new trail into public ownership, and brought diverse voices together around a theme that unites us all: equitable access to our open lands and trails.

Left: Conservation easement lands in upper Rock Creek. Right: Conservation easement landowner Mary Shaffer on her property, by Five Valleys staff.

Community Open Spaces We Own

In addition to our private conservation easements, Five Valleys owns and stewards three properties for public access or future community open space. Learn more about these special properties that are providing places for people to recreate, learn, and connect with land and each other:

Pizza & Conservation Night

Photo collage of Biga Pizza & Conservation night
Our tastiest event of the year! In partnership with Biga Pizza, we brought together nearly 300 people from across western Montana and the country to toss dough, and raise dough, in support of conservation. Check out our Pizza & Conservation broadcast on our Youtube channel.

2020 Financial Report

FVLT 2020 Financial Report charts
In 2020 Five Valleys’ annual operating expenses totaled $1,225,363 and our operating income totaled $1,512,224.

Additional expenditures were made for purchases of land, conservation easements, or investments in improvements that enhanced habitat or public access to conserved lands. The allocation of all funds used is shown in the chart titled 2020 Use of Funds.

The total assets of Five Valleys are shown on the left in the chart titled 2020 Assets by Purpose. Conservation lands are those lands held for short term durations to accomplish a conservation outcome. Examples include lands that we have purchased and are holding as part of our Mount Dean Stone project, as well as Marshall Mountain. Stewardship lands are those lands held and managed for long term purposes to create access or habitat, or educational experiences in the communities we serve. Examples include the Rock Creek Confluence and Lincoln Community River Park.

Five Valleys has an additional endowment that is held and managed by the Montana Community Foundation. The balance of that endowment at year end was $339,616.

Five Valleys annually undergoes an independent financial audit. For additional details please see our IRS Form 990 which is available on our website via

*Numbers presented are unaudited.
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Thank you to the supporters who help us Protect western Montana's Natural Legacy