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Flathead Land Trust Seeks to Conserve A Portion of The Heart of the Flathead Valley

The Fall 2018 Flathead Land Trust Newsletter contains an article about a proposed Flathead River Conservation Project that would help conserve 155 acres of prime agriculture lands along the Flathead River in “The Heart of the Flathead Valley.“ From the newsletter: This project would add protection to a critical puzzle piece that is adjacent to 725 acres and near 2,350 acres of land that is already conserved, securing a much larger connected piece of our landscape along the lower Flathead River. A plethora of wildlife use the project property and threatened bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, a species of special concern, use waters adjacent to the project property. Thousands of waterfowl use not only the river and wetlands on the project property, but also its farmland to feed and refuel on their migration. The project would keep rich soils identified as “prime farmland“ or “farmland of statewide importance“ by the Natural Resource Conservation Service in agriculture. The family has been farming and stewarding this wildlife-rich land for almost 100 years”. FLT has obtained funding from the NRCS but still requires additional matching funds.

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