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Protect What You Love

What makes western Montana so exceptional? The scenic vistas, community open spaces where we can relax and recreate, healthy wildlife populations, and agricultural lands that root us in our traditions.

For nearly 50 years, our community has trusted Five Valleys Land Trust to conserve and steward the lands and values that unite and sustain us. As our region rapidly grows, that mission is more essential than ever.

Our open lands and values are essential for our rich quality of life, connection to the land, and thriving local economy. Please join us in this effort to protect and care for this special place we call home by making a year-end donation.

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 ramey@fvlt.org.

Thank you to everyone who has already supported us this season.

See how your support is impacting open lands and communities across western Montana:

Expanding Access to Community Open Spaces

Over the last year, open spaces have provided havens for fostering health, finding respite, and connecting with friends and family. In Missoula, we transferred 350 acres of open space and a new 5-mile trail on Mount Dean Stone into public ownership. Over the summer, 100+ volunteers helped build the connecting 4.6-mile House of Sky Trail. Together these projects are thoughtfully and sustainably expanding open space access for our growing community.

On the properties we own at the Rock Creek Confluence and Lincoln Community River Park, we’re providing a place for hundreds of visitors of all ages and abilities to connect with the land and enjoy the outdoors while also providing a classroom for students, researchers, partners, and volunteers. On Marshall Mountain, we’re helping the City of Missoula and other partners develop a vision for the future of this unique, collaborative community open space.

Protecting Wildlife Habitat and Working Lands

Protection of the agricultural lands that are stewarded by our ranching and Tribal families is vital for connecting wildlife habitat across the landscape. In the Flint Creek Valley, we secured a landmark $3.7M USDA Farm Bill funding award which will enable us to protect 15,000+ acres of family-owned ranchlands in a key wildlife movement corridor over the next five years.

In the Blackfoot Valley we protected 120 acres of prime wildlife habitat by expanding an existing conservation easement near Lincoln. Thanks to the generosity of the landowners and the support of our community, a total of 436 acres will stay open for wildlife in perpetuity.

Looking Ahead to the Next 50 Years of Conservation

Next year’s 50th anniversary is not only a reason to celebrate. It is also an opportunity to position Five Valleys for the challenges ahead. Already, we are working to ensure that our programs help make our region more resilient to a changing climate, that our Stewardship program is connecting the latest science with landowner needs, and that our organization is ready for the future by focusing on concepts of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, sound financials, and a professional staff.

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Header photo of snowy Western larch in the Seeley-Swan Valley by Montana River Photography

House of Sky trailbuilding by Five Valleys staff

Elk and calf by Jason Savage Photography

Easement holder Anna Marie Hayes-Harrison thinning timber by Cathrine L Walters

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