Mission: Preserves and protects western montana's natural legacy - our river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and scenic open spaces through conservation easements and long-term stewardship of the protected land.
Programs: Five valleys land trust is a not-for-profit, community-supported organization dedicated to protecting scenic open spaces, wildlife habitat, clean water, and agricultural lands throughout western montana. We work directly with willing landowners and other partners to craft unique collaborative solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. We believe that protecting western montana's natural legacy benefits our community now and in the future; and that preserving these places will create a permanent legacy that benefits all living things. 2014 accomplishmentsfive valleys acquired 140 acres along fish creek in the alberton gorge that protects important bull trout habitat. Five valleys will facilitate the transfer to montana fish wildlife and parks in 2015 to permanently protect the important fishery. After 20 years, the rattlesnake land trust (rlt) disbanded and five valleys assumed responsibility of all of its conservation easements in the rattlesnake valley. These easements protect many beloved community places. If you've ever hiked in the north hills, picnicked on mt. Jumbo, or taken a drive along flynn lane, then you've enjoyed land protected by the rlt. Our route of the olympian saltese project acquired a 4-acre property enabling a six-mile extension of the route of the olympian bicycle path east from saltese toward haugan, mt. Ownership of the property will be transferred to the us forest service, helping establish a 31-mile trail connection to the popular route of the hiawatha trail. Five valleys continued significant habitat restoration work, non-motorized trail development, and improved river access at the confluence of rock creek and the clark fork river. These efforts are expanding educational partnerships with partners like the university of montana and missoula college. Five valleys hosted five hands on the lands volunteer work days on protected lands in our service area, including a day at rock creek attended by more than 80 volunteers. Five valleys worked to secure dedicated legal public access that formalized and permanently established one of missoula's most popular trailheads on water works hill. Five valleys monitored all of its existing conservation easements and conducted monitoring work under contract with missoula county on conservation easements they hold. Five valleys completed a five-year strategic plan that will guide our efforts going forward. The plan was created based on input from all of our stakeholders including members of the communities within our service area.
Five Valleys Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Five Valleys Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Five Valleys Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.
I have worked with Five Valleys Land Trust for many years as a Board Member and Audubon Society partner. It has been rewarding and even exciting to see how their capable, dedicated and enthusiastic staff makes conservation of natural resources a reality on the land. Their ability to work with private land owners in a friendly, professional way to protect agriculture, wildlife and open space values for people now and into the future is truly impressive. They are widely respected for their successful track record guided by a focused vision and strategy for accomplishing conservation.