Blackfoot Challenge

The Blackfoot Challenge is a landowner-based group that coordinates management of the Blackfoot River, its tributaries, and adjacent lands. It is organized locally and known nationally as a model for preserving the rural character and natural beauty of a watershed. Although its charter dates to 1993, Blackfoot landowners have played an instrumental stewardship role since the late 1970s—bringing conservation easement legislation, walk-in hunting areas and recreation corridor management to Montana. 

The Mission of The Blackfoot Challenge is to coordinate efforts that will enhance, conserve and protect the natural resources and rural lifestyles of the Blackfoot River Valley for present and future generations. We support environmentally responsible resource stewardship through cooperation of private and public interests. Private landowners, federal and state land managers, local government officials, and corporate landowners compose the informal membership. All share a common vision of how the Challenge operates in the Blackfoot watershed and believe that we can achieve success by building trust, partnerships, and working together.

Contact Blackfoot Challenge

Contact Blackfoot Challenge

Gary Burnett
Executive Director
405 Main St
PO Box 103
Ovando, Montana  59854
Phone: 406-793-3900


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Montana

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Blackfoot Challenge
A diverse array of partners coalesced around watershed-wide, citizen-based efforts to protect a river famous for its scenic and recreational values.