For 40 years, the Conservancy in Montana has worked in communities large and small across the state, protecting critical lands and waters on which all life depends. We and our partners have conserved 1 million acres—1 acre for every resident—using strong science and a collaborative approach.
Crown of the Continent
One of a handful of places on the planet where all the natural pieces are still in place.
- Clearwater-Blackfoot Project
Setting the standard for community-based conservation in the western Crown.
- The Rocky Mountain Front
Conserving habitat and ranching on the eastern Crown.
- The Montana Legacy Project
Reconnecting the pieces in the heart of the Crown.
- The North Fork
Stopping coal mining in the Flathead River headwaters.
High Divide Headwaters
- The Centennial Valley
Preserving the integrity of the land in a way that benefits wildlife and ranching.
- Big Hole Valley
A vital intersection of essential wildlife migration routes and home to the threatened Arctic grayling.
- Yellowstone River
The Conservancy is helping re-open the iconic river to rare native fish.
Northern Great Plains
This largest stretch of intact native grassland left in the Northern Great Plains.
- The Matador Ranch
A center of cooperative grassland research and testing.
- Matador Grassbank
Innovative, neighbor-to-neighbor grassland conservation.
- Swan River Oxbow Preserve
Hike through a wonderland of forest and wetlands. Look for the very rare plants that thrive here, including the lovely and delicate water Howellia.
- Centennial Sandhills Preserve
Combine a visit to the wild and rare sandhills with nearby Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for a day full of wonders!
- Comertown Pothole Prairie Preserve
This preserve is at its most exquisite when the wildflowers bloom and the small pothole lakes fill.
- Crown Butte Preserve
This butte rises like a ship on a sea of grass, just east of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.
- Pine Butte Swamp Preserve
The preserve is a paradise for grizzly bears and in order to protect them, public access is strictly limited.
- Safe Harbor Marsh Preserve
The preserve is a haven for birds and just a short trip from Flathead Lake.
- Dancing Prairie Preserve
An island of grass surrounded by mountains and forest.
Open Lands Policy
The Conservancy allows public access to most of the land that we own.