As the snow falls outside our office, we at Five Valleys can’t help but look back at what a wonderful year for conservation it’s been. From continued restoration efforts at our Rock Creek Confluence Property to exciting headway on the Lincoln Community River Park to protecting irreplaceable wildlife habitat in the Mission-Jocko, we’ve been busier than ever.
At our 22nd Annual Banquet we unveiled our most ambitious signature open space project yet, Mount Dean Stone, and the enthusiasm and support around it has continued to build. Thank you to you—our community—for your curiosity, engagement and support.
In July, we celebrated our work, our successes, and Montana Open Land Month at the Line Ranch. Many thanks to the Line Family for generously sharing their ranch and amazing vista with us. And a big thank you to Big Sky Brewing Company for generously donating the beer!
As we look towards the close of 2016 and what the spirit of 2017 will bring, we are thrilled to know that Lincoln’s kids will have access to the Blackfoot River from the center of town for the first time, that agriculture in the Grass Valley will continue to be protected, and that our efforts to create new recreational opportunities on Missoula’s south side will also protect critical wildlife habitat, helping to safeguard the vital link between two largest wilderness areas in the lower 48—the Bob Marshall and the Frank Church River of No Return Wildernesses.
Your support, whether that be in gifts of time, promotion or money, is what keeps our efforts to protect and preserve western Montana’s natural legacy alive for the next generation. Thank you for being a part of the Five Valleys Land Trust community.
Top image: Young conservationists enjoy the vista from the Line Ranch. Photo by Aaron Teasdale.