Ecosystem: Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem
Location: MT – Clark Fork Valley near Missoula, Montana
Project Type: Conservation Easement
Father-daughter team Dave and Tina Petrig partnered to permanently protect 240 acres of wildlife habitat at the confluence of the Ninemile and Clark Fork valleys of western Montana.
Tina Petrig of Decatur, Ga., worked with Vital Ground to certify her father’s original vision of protecting the property for quiet enjoyment and specifically to provide habitat for the myriad wildlife species that inhabit or visit it each year.
This conservation easement serves as important grizzly bear linkage and also secures winter and seasonal habitat for elk, deer and other ungulates.
Similar to many rural areas in western Montana, subdivision and development is a growing threat to wildlife habitat, open space, and forest and agricultural resources. Conservation easements like this one help secure important winter and seasonal habitat for elk, deer and other ungulates, and may carry significant tax benefits for participating landowners.
According to Missoula County’s Community and Planning Services Department, this project represents the County’s landmark 200th conservation easement of record.