By Bebe Crouse
The Nature Conservancy 

A new vision for Montana forests


January 23, 2020

© Kenton Rowe

Land purchased in 2015 as part of the Clearwater-Blackfoot Project. 

Imagine trying to hike, bike or ride a snowmobile in your local mountains only to encounter a fence and no trespassing sign every mile or so. That could have been the future for hundreds of thousands of acres in the Blackfoot and Swan Valleys...and beyond. That was also a big reason that The Nature Conservancy took a real leap of faith when it began buying land from Plum Creek Timber more than 20 years ago. Over time, we bought more than half a million acres of this former industrial timber land. But we never planned to hold onto it forever.

Our vision was always to see this land conserved...

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