The Nature Conservancy ended 2012 with three superb additions to conservation in Montana -- a total of 23,641 acres within the lush Swan Valley, the sweeping Northern Prairie, and the sagebrush of Southwest Montana. We're grateful to our partners, supporters, and staff who made these tremendous contributions possible.
Here are the details on our latest successes.
Declining grassland birds, pronghorn, and swift fox are among the animals being protected by a new, 7,004 acre easement on the Carroll property on Montana’s Northern Prairie. The easement adjoins one of Montana’s largest proposed prairie wilderness areas. Learn more
Steel Creek Ranch
These 2,013 acres encompass a mosaic of habitat that supports a stunning diversity of wildlife ranging from moose and wolves to Greater Sage-grouse and Arctic grayling. On the ranch, sagebrush steppe is interspersed with wetlands and freshwater streams. Learn more
Swan River State Forest
The Swan River State Forest expanded by 14,624 acres with the Conservancy’s sale of the land to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The land is covered by a conservation easement, held by the state department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, assuring its permanent protection from development. Learn more