Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation

Equipping coexistence specialists in Montana’s fast-growing Flathead Region.


Photo by Lance Schelvan

Young Grizzly Crossing Trail

Photo by Jim Cole

Flathead-R-Missions-Lance-Schelvan-web Young Grizzly Crossing Trail

Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation PROJECT BRIEF

One of Montana’s fastest-growing areas is the Flathead Region, home to the communities of Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork and Columbia Falls. Increasingly dense residential development backs up to the largest grizzly bear recovery zone in the country, the Glacier-Bob Marshall area’s Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

Increased coexistence efforts are a must if these humans and grizzlies are to share the landscape, which is why we were eager to support Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation’s work to provide new technical equipment for bear specialists working in the Flathead. These funds will support the experts working in close contact with both landowners and wildlife.

Montana's Outdoor Legacy Foundation

  • Nonprofit partner working closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • New project providing improved equipment for bear specialists in Flathead Region
  • Vital coexistence area in one of Montana's fastest-growing regions
  • New residential development borders largest grizzly population in the Lower 48