Conservation can stand the test of time

When you make a gift to Bitter Root Land Trust, you’re making an investment in the community we all deeply care about.

We work with landowners to voluntarily conserve their land, whether it is farmland, woodlands, wetlands, streams and rivers, or wildlife habitat. The Bitterroot Valley is no exception in Montana.  Population growth and development pressures lessen the ability of these lands to function economically, as well as for wildlife and recreation.

With kids spending more and more time on their electronics, the time is now to get them outside and finding fun, interesting, and challenging experiences. We know from research that today’s youth develop a great deal of their conservation ethic at a young age.

To help with this we provide free programs and walks, and partner with area schools, youth groups, and community organizations to ensure that conservation stands the test of time.

Our financial success rests upon the generosity of individuals as well as foundations, businesses and community groups. We receive most of our annual support from people like you.

If you have questions, please email Gavin Ricklefs, Executive Director, at or give him a call at (406) 375-0956.

“My main reason for being involved with the Land Trust is that it offers members of this community an opportunity to come together to preserve the best of the Bitterroot – its beauty, open space, wildlife habitat, and heritage. That’s the heart of why we all live here and love it so much.”

Gail Goheen, Board Member

As a local nonprofit organization, we believe that our financials should be completely transparent and open to the public.


Cicrle graph that shows the varied sources of income for Bitter Root Land Trustconservation project funds
individual donations
private foundations



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