Conservation Program

Upper Gallatin River Access & Habitat Restoration 


Over time, the number of users on the Gallatin River has dramatically increased. River access sites are overused and in need of repair, riverbeds and fish spawning areas are being disturbed, and the river’s banks are overly stressed. To address these issues, the Gallatin River Task Force and the Custer Gallatin National Forest have developed a long-term partnership to restore streambanks and improve river access in Gallatin Canyon. 

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West Fork Restoration 


The West Fork Restoration Project addresses increasing levels of harmful nitrogen found in the West Fork of the Gallatin River. Enhanced streamside vegetation with newly planted willows, act as filters for fertilizer and wastewater runoff into the West Fork along the Big Sky Golf Course. 

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Big Sky Water Conservation


Big Sky Water Conservation is one of only two municipal water conservation programs in Montana. Fresh, clean water is a limited resource and the amount of water each of us uses every day impacts our neighbors, local fisheries and wildlife, and downstream users. Through our program, we aim to reduce current water use and plan for a more efficient future use by incentivizing and awarding our community’s participation in efforts that prioritize water conservation.

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Upper Gallatin Drought & Water Supply Planning


The Task Forces facilitated a series of public meetings to engage the community about drought and water supply issues. Through a locally-driven, stakeholder-lead process the community discussed impacts and vulnerabilities to plan mitigation and response actions to build a more resilient community and watershed. This effort is part of a larger, basin-wide partnership between conservation districts, non-profits, federal agencies and other interested parties to forge resilience against the threats to water resources in the Upper Missouri Basin.

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Big Sky Community Storm Water Conservation Garden


The Community Storm Water Conservation Garden models landscaping practices that will improve water quality! Our garden, located along the west side of the entrance to Lone Peak High School, filters pollutants by collecting and slowing runoff from the parking lot and access road. Native plants fill the garden and require little or no irrigation water to thrive. We hope the garden inspires businesses and individuals in Big Sky to choose trout-friendly practices for their own landscapes.

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