Year: 2010
Acres: 80
Ecosystem: Northern Continental Divide (NCDE)
Location: MT – Swan Valley
Project Type: Conservation Easements (two)


A healthy population of mountain lady slippers grows on the Windfall Creek properties. Inset photo: The extensive potholes and riparian areas on the properties provide excellent habitat for amphibians, such as this Columbia spotted frog.

At the end of 2010, Vital Ground accepted generous donations from the second- and third-generation owners of two properties on Windfall Creek. The properties sit adjacent to Flathead National Forest lands and to other private lands that were protected earlier by conservation easements.

Totaling 80 acres, the two newest Windfall Creek conservation easements encompass numerous glacial potholes, as well as mixed forest and streamside habitat along Windfall Creek, all of which provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife from deer, elk and moose to pine marten, flying squirrels, waterfowl and songbirds.

Read more about this project in the Spring 2011 issue of Vital News.