CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

Troy Farmers’ Market Apple Festival

Celebrating nature’s bounty while promoting respect for the wildlife with which we share it.

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Trail camera photo of sow grizzly and two cubs at a hair corral study site in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem

Photo by Wayne Kasworm

Clark Fork River and mountains
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Troy Farmers’ Market Apple Festival PROJECT BRIEF

In September, folks in northwest Montana gather for the Troy Farmers’ Market annual Apple Festival. Enjoying the crisp fall weather and all things apple, the town of Troy also uses the opportunity to promote bear-aware practices, such as attractant removal through fruit gleaning and cider pressing.

Located near the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, which is home to a population of about 25 grizzlies and one of six U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Zones for the species, preventing conflicts around Troy is especially important. Bears moving between the larger population that resides in and around Glacier National Park and the Cabinet-Yaaks are crucial to bolstering the genetic diversity of the smaller population. We were honored to support this community effort on behalf of wildlife for the first time in 2022 and again in 2023, while collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service on a habitat protection project nearby. 

Troy Farmers' Market at a glance

  • Promoting fruit gleaning efforts
  • Raising awareness for grizzlies in the Cabinet-Yaak
  • Preventing conflicts through community education
  • Using collected apples for cider