GVLT Mission

Gallatin Valley Land Trust connects people, communities, and open lands through conservation of working farms and ranches, healthy rivers, and wildlife habitat, and the creation of trails in the Montana headwaters of the Missouri and Upper Yellowstone Rivers.

Since our founding in 1990 we have helped conserve over 67 square miles of land in Gallatin Valley and the surrounding communities through partnerships with private landowners, sustaining stewardship of family lands using voluntary conservation agreements. Through public and private partnerships GVLT has helped expand the Main Street to the Mountains trail system to over 80 miles in length, providing recreation, transportation and a connection to nature.

GVLT is your community land trust and is a member-supported, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing the communities we serve.

GVLT Highlights

Wesbite Highlight
GVLT and Partners Secure $3.7 Million for Conservation

In January GVLT and partners were awarded over $3.7 million for on the ground conservation in the Gallatin Valley through the new NRCS funding program, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). These funds will all go toward conservation easements with a focus on soil health, water quality, and water quantity in the Missouri Headwaters and Lower Gallatin Basin. Read more>>

Three River Properties Conserved

The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) worked with private landowners to close on three conservation easements in 2014.  The projects are all on or near major rivers and total more than 450 acres. Two of the projects are partially funded by the Gallatin County Open Space Bond.  Read more>>

25 website highlight
GVLT Celebrates 25 Years

Wow. We can hardly believe we’re already kicking off our 25th year as an organization. Time flies when you’re having fun (and making a difference). 2015 is a big year for GVLT. It marks 25 years of creating community trails and getting people outside. 25 years of preserving scenic landscapes and working with farming and ranching families. 25 years of protecting the character of Southwest Montana. Read more >>