Honoring the conservation legacy of George Hirschenberger

The Blackfoot Challenge lost a great friend, ardent conservationist, and longtime board member with the recent passing of George Hirschenberger. An active participant in the Challenge for more than 30 years, George brought humor, humility, passion, and an exceptional ability to collaborate with a broad spectrum of people to the Blackfoot watershed’s conservation efforts. His […]

Regenerative Ranching in the Blackfoot: An Evening with the Mannix Family Ranch

The Mannix Family has lived and ranched in the Blackfoot watershed’s Helmville Valley for five (going on six) generations. Join us for an evening with members of the Mannix Family as they share how they approach managing land and livestock in such a way that both their operation and the ecosystem can flourish. Family members […]

Winter Drought Resilience Webinar Series​

This winter, please join us for a series of Webinars on Drought Resiliency in Ranching. It is no secret that 2021 was a devastating drought across the state of Montana. It is also inevitable that we will see other drought seasons of this magnitude in the coming years. Presentations this winter will focus on measures […]

49th Annual Powell County Livestock Seminar this Saturday

Featuring a discussion on electric fence and drive-over mats by Blackfoot Challenge Board Chair Jim Stone and Wildlife Coordinator Eric Graham. The event is free and concludes with a social at Mount Powell Tap Room from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Seminar participants receive $1 off pints. For more information, contact NRCS District Conservationist and Blackfoot […]

Blackfoot River Recreation Use Study

In 2020, FWP continued and expanded a 14-year program of monitoring recreation use on the Blackfoot River. 2020 was a unique year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Record numbers of vehicles, people, and boats were recorded. In-person surveys were not conducted due to safety protocols and COVID-19. The basis of monitoring efforts included traffic counters […]

BCCA Council seeking applicants for 2022-2024 term

2022 BCCA COUNCIL MEMBER APPLICATION INFORMATIONClosing Date: November 30, 2021 The Blackfoot Community Conservation Area (BCCA) Council is responsible for managing, on behalf of the community, the 5,609-acre Core area of the BCCA. To represent the diversity of community interests, the Council is comprised of 15 people, from three different categories, including: 1) Stakeholders, private […]

Seeking Communications Intern

Motivated, thoughtful and detail-oriented individuals interested in conservation communications are encouraged to apply. The Blackfoot Challenge is a non-profit, community-based organization that coordinates a variety of collaborative conservation initiatives in the Blackfoot River watershed. We are seeking a communications intern for the 2021-2022 academic year. This individual will have the opportunity to learn about – […]

Responding to the fatal grizzly bear incident in Ovando

The recent death of Leah Lokan from a grizzly bear mauling while camping in Ovando, MT on July 6th has reinforced the need to maintain and enhance efforts to protect human safety and to prevent conflicts with grizzly bears in our communities. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and the Blackfoot Challenge Board of […]

DNA confirms euthanized bear responsible for Ovando attack

DNA results received Wednesday confirmed the bear killed by wildlife officials last Friday was the same bear who fatally attacked a camper in Ovando early on the morning of July 6. Click here for the full press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Officials kill grizzly bear near Ovando

Wildlife officials shot and killed a grizzly bear early Friday morning less than two miles from Ovando, where a woman was killed in a grizzly bear attack early Tuesday morning. Click here for the full press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.