Habitat Project:

Falls Creek

Protecting key grizzly habitat and public access on the edge of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

Photo of grizzly bear and aspens in fall color
Photo of grizzly bear and aspens in fall color
Cattle with mountain background
Cattle with mountain background


Public recreation access and one of the Lower 48’s smallest recovering grizzly bear populations have the chance to benefit greatly from Vital Ground’s latest collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service in northwestern Montana. The Falls Creek project aims to secure federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) support to protect 160 key acres in the Cabinet Mountains near Troy, Mont.

With Vital Ground serving as a land trust partner, the project would add the undeveloped acreage to surrounding Kootenai National Forest lands. With a history as private timberlands, the property is now owned by conservation-minded individuals looking to transfer ownership but keep the land as open space with public access. The project’s landscape includes a hiking trail to one of the area’s largest waterfalls, a popular recreation site, as well as the larger Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area. Access to these destinations could be permanently protected with the acreage under public management. Read more…

Falls Creek at a Glance

  • Collaborative project with U.S. Forest Service in northwestern Montana
  • Seeking to protect 160 acres with Land and Water Conservation Fund support
  • Project area provides key wildlife habitat and public recreation access to Cabinet Mountains
  • Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population is the Lower 48's smallest at an estimated 50 bears