The Bitter Root Land Trust has a unique place among the dozen land trusts working in Montana.

Founded in 1997 by a group of Bitterroot Valley residents, the Bitter Root Land Trust is a community supported organization, governed by a local volunteer board of directors. The founders saw the Bitterroot changing rapidly and vowed to create a proactive, collaborative, community-driven organization capable of protecting the valley’s open spaces, beauty, economic vitality, and quality of life. The Bitter Root Land Trust fulfills its land conservation mission by assisting private landowners with a variety of voluntary tools through which they can achieve their goals for the preservation and stewardship of their land.

Chief among these tools are conservation easements, which allow landowners to voluntarily enter into a legally binding agreement with a qualified land trust to permanently restrict some or all development of their property in order to preserve resource values of the land. Other tools include the implementation of stewardship projects on protected land and land donations of land.

The Bitter Root Land Trust is the only land trust focused on the needs and challenges of land conservation here in the Bitterroot Valley. Ravalli County has for many years been among the fastest growing counties in Montana. For a variety of historical reasons, the valley has a particularly fragmented pattern of land ownership, and landowners face a myriad of development pressures.

We live where we work. We’re members of our community and care. The staff and board of the Bitter Root Land Trust are dedicated to working with our friends and neighbors in the valley to realize their conservation aims on properties –-large or small–that have important natural resource, agricultural, and scenic values. We truly are a special land trust for a special place.

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