BLACKFOOT COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AREA
The Blackfoot Community Conservation Area (BCCA) is an innovative effort involving community ownership and cooperative ecosystem management across 41,000 acres of public and private land in the heart of the Blackfoot watershed. Formerly owned by Plum Creek Timber Company, the BCCA encompasses an important transition zone between wilderness, national forest, and productive private valley bottoms, with lush riparian and wetland areas and important wildlife habitat. Historic uses include livestock grazing, timber harvest, and recreational activities like hunting, trapping, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, and skiing.
A 15-member community council oversees management of the 5,609-acre “Core” of the BCCA, composed of private landowners, user groups, and public agencies owning land within the greater BCCA. 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