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Forest Legacy Program

Success Stories

"Swan Valley Montana"



Swan Ecosystem Center

Plum Creek’s decision to sell most of its holdings in the valley mobilized several groups to rally around conservation efforts. The result was a multi-year community-driven, science-based conservation strategy advanced by The Trust for Public Land, Swan Ecosystem Center, Plumb Creek and various landowners, foundatPicture of DuCharm Colors Cliffions, regional and national conservation organizations, local citizens, and the State of Montana. The conservation strategy identified key parcels which helped the group focus its efforts on the most important lands in order to create a mosaic of protected lands with multiple uses . Some protected areas are placed in public ownership as state or federal lands, some are protected with conservation easements held by land trusts. The objectives of this collaborative effort include the preservation and restoration of the valley's ecological integrity, the maintenance of local forest-based economies, and to maintain public access and recreational opportunities.

Swan Ecosystem Center

This coalition of partners, working together to identify and protect crucial linkages in the valley is an outstanding example of how partnerships create conservation opportunities that would otherwise not bePicture of a cold water stream in Montana possible. Forest Legacy funding often helps leverage funding and expertise from several other sources to bring critical resources to the table. The landscape level, partnership driven conservation work in the Swan Valley represents the type of efforts the Forest Legacy Program is striving to support.



Swan Ecosystem Center

For more information about the Swan Valley Conservation
Partnership please visit their website at For more information about the Trust for Public Land, please visit their website at


Strategic Prioirites of the Forest Legacy Program

1.) Promote the strategic conservation of private forests;

2.) Conserve private forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits to people and communites;

3.) Slow the conversion and fragmentation of environmentally and economically significant forests; and

4.) Continually improve FLP business practices.



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