The Bitter Root Land Trust is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that works to protect the water, wildlife, working farms and ranches, and access to recreational lands that connect people to the beautiful open lands of the Bitterroot Valley, Montana by partnering with willing landowners to implement voluntary conservation easements on privately owned property.

Since 1996, the Bitter Root Land Trust has been working closely with landowners, farming and ranching families, partner organizations, local businesses, and community members to protect the extraordinary rural landscape and open lands that make this region of western Montana so special.

This includes:

  • Farms and ranches that feed our families with fresh produce and beef
  • Timbered forests that provide critical wildlife habitat
  • The Bitterroot River that provides endless recreational opportunities – inviting outdoor adventure and connecting generations, young and old, to the land

We don't do this work alone.

Below are just some of the ways the Bitter Root Land Trust is able to carry out our mission:


By working with landowners, we can protect these special places that define the rural way of life we all love and keep this corner of Montana intact for future generations.

Conservation can be a useful tool to protect working farms and ranches, mountain streams and wetlands, forests and open rolling hills.


There are many ways to get involved with us in conservation.

Whether you’re supporting BRLT with a financial donation, volunteering for trail work, attending an event or program, or getting friends together in your backyard to learn about BRLT, we are here to work with you to serve the communities of the Bitterroot Valley.


As our community grows and changes, so do the needs of the people that make this beautiful valley their home.

As part of our mission to conserve the waters, wildlife habitat, and family farms and ranches of the Bitterroot, we also strive to safeguard natural open lands like Skalkaho Bend Park and Steve Powell Park for the people of today and for generations to come.


Conservation has real staying-power when we team up. To learn how your business or organization can help to connect our community to the land we love, please contact our office at 406-375-0956.