Equity And Inclusion On Our Open Lands

The work of Five Valleys Land Trust has always been about community. And right now, our community, and communities across our nation, are hurting.

We believe that the landscapes of western Montana are fundamental to the well-being of everyone in our community. They offer us places to find respite, nurture our physical and mental health, and foster a connection with each other and the natural world.

Community open spaces aim to be spaces for everyone. Equity and inclusion in how we engage with, protect, and steward our open lands is a core value at Five Valleys Land Trust. While we hold this core value close we know that we still have a lot to learn about the obstacles and inequalities that many people in our community face.

The needs of the land and the needs of western Montanans go hand in hand. We are dedicated to listening, learning and improving how we do our work, so that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from connection to the land.

We know we can do better, and we ask that you join with us as we begin to grow in more inclusive ways, together. That’s what community conservation is all about.

Yours in conservation,

Whitney Schwab,

Executive Director

Photo by Brian Williams


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