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The Flathead River Conservation Project

Published on August 22, 2018 under News

Thank you to Wings in Nature for donating their time and expertise in making this amazing video for us – BJ Worth (film director and videographer), Sara Worth (technical director), Kameron Barge (editor and drone footage), Jamie Malmquist (original music).  Also, thank you to @Torrance.Summits for additional drone footage.

We Did It! You Helped Us Conserve the Heart of the Flathead Valley!

We now have the funding needed to complete the Flathead River Conservation Project!!! Over the past year we have been fundraising to obtain $128,250 in non-Federal match needed to keep a $513,000 grant received from the Natural Resource Conservation Service Agricultural Land Easement Program in order to bring this important project to fruition. Thanks so much to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Conoco Phillips Spirit of Conservation Program, Cinnabar Foundation, Horne Family Foundation, Charlotte Martin Foundation, Vital Ground Foundation, Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited, the Flathead Lakers, our Flathead River to Lake Initiative partners, community supporters, and all of you for making this project possible. We want to give a special thanks to a Flathead Lakers member for a large donation given this month to complete the funding needed for the project. We will now begin our due diligence on the project and hope to close on it next summer to permanently protect the 155-acre property.

This conservation project will help protect open space in the heart of our valley and water quality of the Flathead River and Flathead Lake. The Flathead River and Flathead Lake are rare gems unmatched anywhere else in the western United States and you can help us to keep them that way.

This project will add protection to a critical puzzle piece that is adjacent to 725 acres and near 2,350 acres of land that is already conserved, securing a much larger connected piece of our landscape along the lower Flathead River.

A plethora of wildlife use the project property and threatened bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, a species of special concern, use waters adjacent to the project property. Thousands of waterfowl use not only the river and wetlands on the project property, but also its farmland to feed and refuel on their migration. The project would keep rich soils identified as “prime farmland” or “farmland of statewide importance” by the Natural Resource Conservation Service in agriculture. The family has been farming and stewarding this wildlife-rich land for almost 100 years.

We have received a large grant for $513,000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the “Flathead River Conservation” project pending we raise $128,250 in non-federal matching funds. The landowners are donating over a third of the project’s estimated value in a bargain sale.  We have already raised a significant amount towards the match, but we need your help to do the rest.  Any donation amount makes a difference!

Together, we can conserve the heart of the Flathead Valley, connecting key wildlife habitats, retain our beautiful open spaces, and preserve our exceptional water quality.  Thank you for donating to make this important conservation project possible.

For more details, contact us at 406-752-8293 or lkatzman@flatheadlandtrust.org.