Five Valleys Land Trust Logo that is an image of a hand integrated with a river shape.
Photo: Mark Mensenko


For the past 50 years, Five Valleys Land Trust has helped shape and conserve the scenic viewsheds, wildlife corridors, agricultural livelihoods, and community open spaces that connect people to the western Montana way of life.

While we celebrate this anniversary and express our gratitude for five decades of community support, the time to accelerate our work is now.

Our home is growing and changing at an unprecedented rate. With expanded investment at this watershed moment, Five Valleys will be poised to meet our community's greatest conservation challenges.

With strategic support now we can ensure that the best of Montana is protected and passed down to future generations. Together, we can ensure that the western Montana of today remains this way forever.

Join us in this effort to protect this special place we call home. Please consider making a meaningful gift to accelerate our work at this important time.

Photo: Athena Lonsdale


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    BOLSTER capacity to accelerate the pace of land conservation in critically pressured areas. Success here will protect 20,000 acres of wildlife habitat and the working lands that support them, increasing our total acres protected by 20%.
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    EXPAND equitable access to open lands through new community open space projects and increased investment in the Lincoln Community River Park and Rock Creek Confluence property.
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    INVEST in climate adaptation and resilience opportunities using tools such as protecting grasslands that sequester carbon, promoting climate resilient stewardship practices, and building partnerships to advance climate-focused projects throughout the communities we serve.
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    CULTIVATE our planned giving program to ensure our ability to perpetually steward and defend the conservation values of each property on which Five Valleys holds a conservation easement.
Photo: Iverson Family


  • STRENGTHEN annual stewardship monitoring practices for our nearly 200 conservation easements by aligning the latest science with landowner needs.

  • LEVERAGE a $3.7M USDA Farm Bill Regional Conservation Partnership Program award to protect key agricultural lands and wildlife habitat in the Flint Creek Valley.

  • CONNECT more people to the land by bringing innovation, equity, and investment in partnerships into community open space projects and
    long-term public access management plans.

  • ADVANCE high-priority conservation projects by focusing resources, diversifying revenue, and partnering with committed landowners.


The Montana Forever campaign aims to strengthen our community support by growing our annual campaign to $1.2M by 2024. Alongside this effort, a $4.5M investment now will ensure Five Valleys is able to meet the most pressing conservation opportunities and long-term stewardship commitments.


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Since 1972, Five Valleys Land Trust has been at the forefront of conservation and stewardship in western Montana. What began as the Five Valleys River Park Association has grown into an organization with a legacy of nearly 100,000 acres protected across ten counties. This includes 80,700+ acres of privately-owned lands we continue to steward in perpetuity with our partnering landowners and beloved community open spaces such as:

  • Mount Jumbo
  • Waterworks Hill
  • Kim Williams Trail
  • Route of the Hiawatha
  • Alberton Gorge
  • Rock Creek Confluence
  • Mount Sentinel
  • Mount Dean Stone
  • Marshall Mountain
  • Missoula's River Parks
  • Lincoln Community River Park
  • Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area

Together with our landowners, partners, and supporters, we look forward to serving western Montana far into the future by protecting more of the lands and waters that make us who we are.

Photo: Montana River Photography
Five Valleys Land Trust Logo that is an image of a hand integrated with a river shape.

To protect for future generations western Montana’s natural legacy—our river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, and community open spaces.

120 Hickory Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59801 406.549.0755