There is something moving about seeing mountains, river valleys, and our Big Sky right outside our doors. More than anything, it is land that connects us to the people and wildlife we share this place with.
It was that same thread of connection that brought a group of diverse community members together to form what would become Five Valleys Land Trust 50 years ago. Five decades later, that legacy lives on in the nearly 100,000 acres Five Valleys has protected across our region.
But the work doesn't stop here. Five Valleys is working to ensure that as Western Montana grows, the lands we depend on are conserved and stewarded for future generations.
Two generous families have challenged us to raise $30,000 through our year-end fundraising campaign. Please help us meet this challenge, and double your impact, my making a donation today.
Whether you prefer to give a one-time donation, become a monthly recurring donor, or by making Five Valleys a beneficiary of your will or trust, there are so many ways to support our work. Interested in making a pledge of support or a gift of stock? Contact Ramey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported Five Valleys this season.
Conserving Wildlife Habitat and Working Lands
Western Montana’s working farms and ranchlands are central to life in Western Montana. Near Evaro, we recently protected 90 acres of grazing and timberland that connects wildlife habitat across to State, Tribal and federal lands. In the Flint Creek Valley, we are poised to protect 1,800+ acres of a key working cattle ranch near Philipsburg that supports important wildlife habitat connectivity across the larger landscape.
Providing Equitable Access to Community Open Spaces
In June, Five Valleys and our partners opened the newest trail on Mount Dean Stone: the 4.6-mile House of Sky Trail. On the south side of the mountain, Five Valleys on the cusp of creating Missoula Valley’s first Community Forest, a place where the needs of the community, wildlife, and the land can all be met, together.
At the Rock Creek Confluence, Lincoln Community River Park, and Marshall Mountain we are developing universal public access and interpretation, restoring the land, and educating the next generation in collaboration with our nearly 30 partnering organizations.
Stewarding for Perpetuity
The work of Five Valleys comes with a promise of perpetuity. Our stewardship program ensures that the nearly 81,000 acres under conservation easement with Five Valleys remain whole even as the land passes from one owner to the next. This year saw innovations in remote monitoring and GIS mapping analysis technologies. We also hosted multiple Hands on the Land events that connected community members and landowners in support of private conservation lands.
Header photo of working lands near Deer Lodge by Mark Mesenko
Mission View easement property photo by Five Valleys staff
Mount Dean Stone photo by Five Valleys staff
Next generation land stewards, courtesy of the Iverson Family