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The Flathead River Conservation Project

Published on August 22, 2018 under News
The Flathead River Conservation Project

Help Us Conserve the Heart of the Flathead Valley!

We have an opportunity to conserve 155 acres of rich farmland with valuable riparian wetland habitat vital for birds, fish and wildlife that is part of a network of critical lands in the core of the Flathead Valley. This exceptional land is an essential part of our natural landscape along the lower Flathead River, and is at risk of being lost to development.

With your donation to the Flathead River Conservation Project, together we can permanently protect it for future generations.

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 would 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.

Important: When making an online donation, make sure to designate your gift to the Flathead River Conservation Project Fund in the Comments section.

You can also donate via check by sending to: PO Box 1913, Kalispell, MT 59903.  Designate for Flathead River Conservation Project Fund.


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