By Jennifer Schoonen
Blackfoot Challenge 

Creating a working landscape for all

A Place for All


September 15, 2022

Brad Weltzien, Blackfoot Challenge

Just outside Ovando, the Blackfoot Community Conservation Area is a diverse resource for visitors and community members.

As passersby take in the Blackfoot watershed's forests, waterways and wildlife, many have no idea that a unique concept to benefit all community members came to life in the heart of the watershed – with the creation of a community forest known as the Blackfoot Community Conservation Area (BCCA).

Back in 2003, recognizing the increasing potential for habitat fragmentation, the Blackfoot Challenge and The Nature Conservancy initiated a large-scale land acquisition effort known as the Blackfoot Community Project to purchase up to 89,215 acres of Plum Creek Timber Company lands. As part of t...

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