Those who fish the Missouri River from Craig — 154,582 individuals each year according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks — know well the spectacular land that fronts the river’s west bank for the first five miles. PPLT and the owners of the Canyon Cattle Co. have begun the process of protecting the newest and one of the largest conservation easements in west-central Montana. No doubt, this property is also one of the most visible. However, PPLT needs the public to raise their voices in support to get the project over the finish line.
We’ve come a long way since the founders of PPLT met for the fist time in a living room at the base of Mount Ascension in 1996. In those 24 years, our supporters and partners have helped us with a wide range of projects. And we are planning even more for the future.
The Greenway will be a corridor located along Prickly Pear Creek from Montana City downstream, through East Helena. PPLT is working with local, State, and Federal agencies to piece together the corridor as well as develop quality access and trails along the creek.
Just Northwest of Helena, PPLT owns and manages 358 acres of grasslands and rolling hills along 2.2 miles of Sevenmile Creek. PPLT is working with a host of public and private partners to reestablish the project area as a functioning floodplain, helping this gem reach its full potential for wildlife, water, and education alike.
Tenmile Creek Park, owned and managed by PPLT, is a 180 acre property with 3 miles of trail where people’s connection to the land comes first. We are working hard to make the park’s trails and creek accessible and convenient for everyone in our community.
Over a ten-year period, PPLT, aided by local government, businesses, and individuals secured Mount Ascension and all its trails for public use. Due to this concerted, cooperative effort, Elk can still be seen from Montana’s Capitol building.
Through a creative partnership with the U.S. military, PPLT brought conservation from the mountains to where folks live, acquiring and protecting two sizeable pieces of property on Helena’s western edge.
In 2012, PPLT took a ranch in the Helena Valley, slated to become a 435-unit subdivision, and instead created a refuge for wildlife, a space for agriculture to thrive, and the first fishing access site on Prickly Pear Creek.