Thank you 2019 Great Fish Donors!
October 16, 2019

The 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge was a HUGE success for Whitefish Legacy Partners, Whitefish Community Foundation, and all 53 participating non-profit organizations. The community raised a record $2,824,355 in support of our amazing local non-profit organizations. This year, 260 donors gave $91,465 to support new trail construction at Smith Lake, outdoor education programs, important… Read more »

WLP wins Cinnabar Foundation Grant!
June 12, 2019

Whitefish Legacy Partners has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Cinnabar Foundation to support private land conservation work in the Smith Lake drainage. “These south-facing, mid-slope elevations are important winter range for rocky mountain elk and mule deer and provide a critical migration corridor for grizzly bears, mountain lions, and Canadian lynx. Neighboring private… Read more »

Smith Lake Open House
May 29, 2019

Join Whitefish Legacy Partners and the City of Whitefish to learn about upcoming conservation and recreation opportunities at Smith Lake. We have the opportunity to permanently protect 800 acres of local open land for a Whitefish Trail connection to Hellroaring Basin, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, public access, and sustainable forest management. We need your input… Read more »

Trail Challenge Party at Bonsai
May 23, 2019

After a busy month on the Whitefish Trail, join us for a cold beer to celebrate the finale of our first annual Hit the Trail! Challenge! We’ll announce the community’s total miles logged during the month of May, give individual participation awards, announce the top Workplace Team, and give out some sweet raffle prizes. Bonsai… Read more »

2018 Annual Community Report
May 16, 2019

Our 2018 Annual Community Report is hot off the press! Read about how your 2018 donations and volunteer hours worked for more conservation, education, and recreation opportunities on our local lands and hear about new and exciting projects for 2019. 2018 Annual Community Report >>

Whitefish Trail wins 2019 RTP Grant!
May 1, 2019

Montana’s Recreational Trails Program has been a strong and consistent funding source for the Whitefish Trail since 2011. This year, the City and WLP applied for funding to help with several important maintenance projects on the Whitefish Trail, especially at areas of highest use. The $17,500 grant will fund tread repair at Lion Mountain, replacement of damaged… Read more »

We did it! 20,000 miles in May
April 1, 2019

20,000 miles = $20,000! We did it! The community logged 20,000+ miles on the Whitefish Trail during the month of May, raising $20,000 in support of our local trail and protected lands! A HUGE thanks to everyone for participating. It was so fun to see how many of you went the ‘extra mile’ on the… Read more »

We’re hiring a Whitefish Trail Coordinator!
February 19, 2019

WLP is hiring a Whitefish Trail Coordinator! This seasonal part-time position will plan and carry out trail maintenance projects on the 42-mile Whitefish Trail. Learn more here.

DNRC Environmental Assessment approves Smith Lake conservation!
January 25, 2019

DNRC GIVES POSITIVE REVIEW OF TRAIL PROJECT January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am | By Heidi Desch The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has given a green light to one of the final segments of the Whitefish Trail loop and a conservation easement around Smith Lake. The Stillwater State Forest of the DNRC last… Read more »

WLP and City win $20k Tourism Grant!
January 22, 2019

       Whitefish Legacy Partners teamed up with the City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department to win a grant from the Montana Office of Tourism. The $20,000 award will pay for new recreational wayfinding signs throughout town. New vehicular Whitefish Trail signs will be installed directing visitors and locals to Whitefish Trail trailheads,… Read more »

Whitefish Trail Photo Contest Winners!
December 10, 2018

Congratulations to this year’s Whitefish Trail Photo Contest Winners! Kids Division: Winner- Madeleine MacLean, age 11                   Honorable Mention- Sage Boyes, age 11                               Honorable Mention- Isaac Gibbs          … Read more »

WLP Awarded Applied Materials Grant
October 31, 2018

WLP has recently been awarded $10,000 from the Applied Materials Foundation to support WLP’s education programs! In 2018, WLP launched Community Hikes and Bikes to further connect our community to our local conservation lands. This year, we partnered with community groups such as Cancer Support Community Kalispell, Kalispell Veteran Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s Journey to Wellness Program, and North… Read more »

Reservoir Trailhead Opens!
May 16, 2018

The Reservoir Trailhead is officially open! Enjoy access to the new Whitefish Trail in Haskill and explore the park-like trailhead complete with benches, picnic areas, and an ADA interpretive trail. The trailhead is the site of a historic homestead, and you can learn about artifacts recovered during construction and view a historic outdoor chimney used… Read more »

Economic Impact of the Whitefish Trail
May 3, 2018

We are excited to announce the results of our recent economic impact study of local outdoor recreation and the Whitefish Trail! The community’s investment in conservation, recreation, and education opportunities on our local lands is paying off in a big way. This research study was produced by Headwaters Economics in partnership with Whitefish Legacy Partners and the… Read more »

WLP Wins Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Grant
April 4, 2018

Whitefish Legacy Partners has been awarded $3,000 from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative to support protecting Smith Lake and connecting areas of community conservation with managed recreation. Thank you Y2Y for investing in the future of the Crown of the Continent! Read an except from our grant application below:    “The Close the Loop Project… Read more »

DNRC Releases Close the Loop Draft EA
April 3, 2018

Anytime a project is proposed on State Trust Lands, the DNRC must adhere to the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and complete an extensive environmental review. Experts in soils, hydrology, wildlife, safety, and economics review each proposal and determine the cumulative effects and impacts of No Action and Action alternatives. The City of Whitefish formally… Read more »