Conserving water, wildlife, and working lands


Only $50,000 Left to Go! The Campaign to "Keep It Bitterroot"

The Bitter Root Land Trust has launched the “Keep It Bitterroot” campaign with the goal to raise $600,000 to increase the pace of conservation in the Bitterroot Valley, before it’s too late.

For more information about the campaign, and to learn how you can help, visit the Keep It Bitterroot page on our website.

Plein Aire Under the Big Sky

BRLT partnered with Art Focus once again to bring art and conservation together for the second annual Plein Air Under the Big Sky Paint Out on August 20th – 22nd, 2021.

Artists from all over the state had the opportunity to participate in a paint-out at Severson’s Flying E Ranch, located east of Stevensville in the Burnt Fork. This historic cattle ranch was conserved in 2011 by Dan and Debbie Severson in partnership with the Bitter Root Land Trust. Scenic views of the Bitterroot Mountains can be seen from the hayfields that both cattle and wildlife call home.

The paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the Art Focus gallery in downtown Hamilton from September 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021, with a percentage of art sales donated to BRLT.

To see a sneak peak of the many wonderful paintings from the event, visit the Art Focus website.

Inspired by the Bounty of the Bitterroot Valley

We are currently planning 2021 virtual events. Stay up to date by signing up for our eNews.

The Homegrown series of events were designed to make you feel right at home, in the Bitterroot Valley.  Virtual events include an outdoor miles challenge, Bitterroot inspired picnic baskets, uniquely Bitterroot experiences for small groups, and a virtual music concert on a conservation easement.

Each event connects you to the beauty and lifestyle of the Bitterroot.  From hiking outdoors, to picnicking with local food, to watching live music at a ranch you helped conserve from your favorite device–they all bring conservation and this wonderful community together.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.  And the more people connect with nature and open lands, the more we all benefit.

When you participate, more conservation happens, and more people have more meaningful experiences, so their quality of life, health and social well-being improve and in turn Bitterroot communities become stronger and more sustainable.

Conservation Conversations

We held a staff Q & A and project preview with our newest team member, Melissa Odell, and Gavin Ricklefs, BRLT’s Executive Director in April 2021. If you would like to watch a replay, please contact the office!

We hope to host another Q & A this fall, please sign up for our eNews below so you will be the first to find out when the next one will be held.

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Would you like to volunteer?

Are you interested in helping events run smoothly and meeting new people? Volunteering for an event could be the right fit. Fill out our handy online form and we will get back to you! If you have a question, don't hesitate to call the office at 406-375-0956.

Why I Care

“I volunteer to honor my dad and his love of the land.  He’s the reason why I love and care for the land.”

Kathie Messer