Conserving a Flathead Valley Ecological and Community Treasure

Published on October 10, 2016 under News
Conserving a Flathead Valley Ecological and Community Treasure

THANK YOU to everyone that have helped us raise over $100,000 from October, 2016 through July, 2017 for the West Valley Wetlands project.

We now have 99% of the funding needed for the $1.4 million project – we need only $2,000 to bring the project to fruition.

We have a rare opportunity to conserve almost 400 acres of rich farmland with an exceptional 45 acre pothole wetland that is part of an ecologically important area for birds and wildlife in the West Valley just northwest of Kalispell.  But, we need just a little more help to make it happen!  Make sure to let us know your gift is designated for the West Valley wetlands project in the comments section.


Once we raise the required non federal match to complete this extraordinary project, we still need to raise funding for the public bird viewing area.   Right now, through September 15, your designated contributions to Flathead Land Trust through the Whitefish Community Foundation Great Fish Challenge will help fund educational programs and the long-term stewardship of the West Valley Wetlands bird viewing area.

Find out more and donate to make the bird viewing area available for educational programs and local schools by CLICKING HERE.

The West Valley includes a complex of wetlands in agricultural fields that support some of the highest numbers and diversity of wetland birds in the Flathead Valley.  This includes the only known staging area for sandhill cranes in the Flathead Valley where hundreds of these magnificent birds can be viewed during their annual migration.

For more information about this incredible conservation opportunity and to learn how you can help, click here.

Flathead Beacon news article – Working to Conserve the West Valley wetlands. 

fundraising-appeal-flyer-3“The pothole wetland and surrounding agricultural land of this 400 acre project is critical for tens of thousands of migratory waterfowl, twenty species of shorebirds, and is part of a vital staging area for hundreds of sandhill cranes.”

Dan Casey, Bird Expert and Biologist for Ducks Unlimited, and formerly of American Bird Conservancy and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.