The Blackfoot Community Conservation Area (BCCA) encompasses 41,000 acres of mixed public and private ownership in the heart of the Blackfoot watershed. A 5,600-acre “core” is owned by the Blackfoot Challenge and managed by a 15-member community council. These lands provide critical wildlife habitat, and for generations have been used for livestock grazing, timber production, and recreation.
The vision for the BCCA Core is to develop a working landscape that balances ecological diversity with local economic sustainability for the benefit of the Blackfoot watershed community.
Header and inset photos: Brad Weltzien
When Plum Creek Timber Company proposed selling many of the lands they owned in the Blackfoot watershed, residents suggested that the area south of Ovando Mountain — long used and beloved by many — continue to serve the watershed community. Read about how the BCCA came to be.