Montana

Story Mill Connecter Trail, Bozeman, MTPhoto credit: Christi Cooper-Kuhn

People in Montana love the outdoors. Our vast and dramatic landscapes humble us, inspire us, and support us. We live in them, work in them, and play in them. And whether we are running a backhoe or running a river, we share a direct and intimate connection with the land.

The Trust for Public Land has been at the forefront of preserving the places that Montana communities care about most—that support our livelihoods and outdoor way of life. Working from regional offices in Bozeman, Montana, and Jackson, Wyoming, our conservation and park experts bring local knowledge and expertise to our "Parks for People" and "Our Land and Water" initiatives.

Local offices

1007 E Main, Suite 300 | Bozeman, Montana  59715
Phone: (406) 522-7450 | Email Address: montana@tpl.org

Explore Our Work

 

Montana projects

Highlighted Projects:

Haskill Basin, near Whitefish, Montana

Montana's Haskill Basin provides nearly 75 percent of the water supply for the town of Whitefish, located near Glacier National Park. Any development on 3,000 acres of the basin near the Whitefish Mountain Resort and Iron Horse golf community would put the town's water supply and rural character at risk.

The Montana Legacy Project

With the purchase of more than 310,000 acres of private forest land from the Plum Creek Timber Company, The Trust for Public Land helped to safeguard the future of the Crown of the Continent.

We're bringing together neighbors, planners, and community groups to transform this historic landmark into a unique city park for hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring local history.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

View of Lee Metcalf Wilderness from the proposed Alex Diekman Peak

On February 1, 2016, we lost our beloved friend and colleague, Alex Diekmann, to cancer at the untimely age of 52. Sportsmen, conservationists, civic and agency leaders, and friends from all across Montana are working together to honor his 100,000+-acre conservation legacy through the naming of Madison Valley’s unnamed peak # 9,765 in his memory.

Anderson Ranch, Montana

In 2005, The Trust for Public Land protected the 1,760-acre Anderson Ranch in Gallatin County.

Bozeman Pass, Montana

In 2009, following a decade of work, The Trust for Public Land created public access to the Chestnut Mountain trailhead, gateway to Bozeman Pass

Crown of the Continent, Montana

The Crown of the Continent is the largest intact eco-system in the lower 48 states. To safeguard this unique habitat from fragmentation, The Trust for Public Land and its partners are working to consolidate “checkerboard” ownership patterns into an uninterrupted network of conserved lands.

This 120-acre property within the boundaries of Glacier National Park has a colorful history.  It was originally settled by Dan Doody,  a prospector, outfitter, and one of the park's first rangers, who was later fired for excessive poaching of the park's wildlife.

Garnet Ghost Town, Montana

In 1987 The Trust for Public Land protected Garnet Ghost Town, Montana's best-preserved ghost town, offering a window into life at the end of the 19th century.

Gecho Ranch, MT

The Gecho Ranch in the heart of the Madison Valley has 1,406 acres of grazing land, wildlife habitat, and is in an area that is considered one of the most ecologically intact corners of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Montana Ecosytem

The Trust for Public Land has been working in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 2001 and is focusing efforts on key landscapes within the area around Yellowstone National Park.

Half Circle Ranch, Montana

In 2009, the Trust for Public Land secured a conservation easement on the Half Circle cattle ranch, permanently protecting the ranch from development.

Haskill Basin, near Whitefish, Montana

Montana's Haskill Basin provides nearly 75 percent of the water supply for the town of Whitefish, located near Glacier National Park. Any development on 3,000 acres of the basin near the Whitefish Mountain Resort and Iron Horse golf community would put the town's water supply and rural character at risk.

Ice House Park, Bozeman, MT

Nestled between the Gallagator Trail and Bozeman Creek, this peaceful, lush pocket park known as Ice House Park acts as a natural buffer for the popular trail, which is enjoyed by more than 50,000 visitors each year.

Troy / Stimson Lumber Co., Montana

Deep in the far northwest corner of Montana near the City of Troy sits 28,000 acres containing some of the state's best fisheries and wildlife habitat, and a highly productive working forest.

Lindbergh Lake, Montana

The serenity of this pristine mountain lake captured the attention of Charles Lindbergh after his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight of 1927. Just 60 miles from Missoula to the south and Glacier National Park to the north, Lindbergh Lake offers visitors awe-inspiring views of the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges.

Little Big Horn, Montana

In 1986, The Trust for Public Land protected Little Big Horn, which sits at the center of the Crow Nation's 4 million acre reservation.

The Montana Legacy Project

With the purchase of more than 310,000 acres of private forest land from the Plum Creek Timber Company, The Trust for Public Land helped to safeguard the future of the Crown of the Continent.

Mount Sentinel, Montana

In 2003, The Trust for Public Land protected a 475-acre parcel on the south slope Mount Sentinel, consolidating publicly owned land and creating a new link to the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area.

The Trust for Public Land's O'Dell Creek Headwaters and Wetlands Restoration Project is a multi-year effort to restore one of the most significant wetlands complexes in Montana.

Olliffe Ranch, Montana

In 2006, The Trust for Public Land placed a conservation easement over 1,521 acres of Olliffe ranch.

In Montana, TPL's Parks for People program works with local communities to help them plan trail systems, design community parks, and protect nature close to home, offering opportunities for all residents to explore the great outdoors.

In 2010, after some 10 years of negotiation, and with the help of The Trust for Public Land, nearly 1,500 acres of privately owned mining claims in the New World Mining District just outside Yellowstone National Park were protected.

A mountain biker rides on a trail

This past summer, in partnership with Montana Conservation Corps and the U.S. Forest Service, we hosted two AmeriCorps interns in Seeley Lake to complete a trails survey to help inform future trail efforts in the area.

We're bringing together neighbors, planners, and community groups to transform this historic landmark into a unique city park for hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring local history.

Sun Ranch, Montana

In 2008 The Trust for Public Land protected 11,000 acres of Sun ranch, located between the Madison River and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area

Swan Valley, Montana

Located between the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain Wilderness Areas, the Swan Valley is one of the most ecologically diverse areas within the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Until recently, land ownership here formed a checkerboard pattern—one square mile sections alternating in private and public ownership.

Taylor Fork, Montana

In July 2003, The Trust for Public Land completed protected close to 3,400 acres of checkerboard land in the famous Taylor Fork drainage, northwest of Yellowstone National Park.

Three Dollar Bridge, Montana

Protecting Olliffe Ranch in Madison Valley opened the opportunity for TPL to put Three Dollar Bridge—a near-legendary location for anglers—under permanent protection with direct public access.