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Flathead Land Trust Planning Future Conservation Efforts

Nonprofit organization updating plan for community, habitat conservation projects

Flathead Land Trust invites the public to help plan future conservation efforts at a meeting Oct. 15 at The Museum at Central School in Kalispell.

Flathead Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that negotiates voluntary conservation agreements with private landowners ensuring that the opens space, wetlands, wildlife habitat and other conservation values of the private land are maintained in perpetuity.

Flathead Land Trust is in the process of updating its conservation plan that will establish the organization’s strategic conservation goals and guide its future conservation efforts. Anyone with an interest in protecting special places in the Flathead is encouraged to attend the meeting.

Flathead Land Trust is currently operating under a conservation plan that was developed in 2006 and which focuses the organization’s efforts on the Flathead River to Lake Initiative, a collaborative effort to protect the most critical open space lands along the Flathead River and north shore of Flathead Lake. The initiative has been successful in permanently protecting over 5,000 acres over the past decade.

While the Flathead River to Lake Initiative will continue to be a major focus of the organization, three additional focus areas are being explored by Flathead Land Trust for the new plan. These include community projects such as trails and other popular community projects, habitat conservation projects including conserving migratory bird habitat, and agricultural conservation projects to conserve the Flathead Valley’s rich farm soils. Doors will open for the event at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Complimentary light snacks and beverages will be provided.

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