Posts Categorized: News & Publications

WLP Wins Two WT Program Grants

We have been busy this spring applying for grants to support our programs and are excited to receive two major grants this year. Applied Materials Foundation WLP has been awarded $10,000 from the Applied Materials Foundation to support our ever-changing education programs this year. They understand the challenges we are facing during Covid-19 and support the quick… Read more »

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Upload your photos here or email them to If your family would like to work together, you’re welcome to submit one set of photos for multiple kids.  Just be sure to list each kids’ name when you submit so we know how many prizes to send!

DNRC Scoping – Swift Creek/Smith Lake Salvage and Timber Sale

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is seeking public comment on a proposed salvage and timber harvest at Swift Creek and Smith Lake. On March 14, 2020, a significant wind event occurred and blew down 300 acres of mature timber. The primary objectives of the 3,350-acre proposed project are: Salvage and capture the… Read more »

Independent Field Trips & Live-Streamed Learning

Spring is usually the time when we are busy with busloads of students arriving for field trips on the Whitefish Trail. With schools closed and students learning from home, we’re looking for new ways to engage youth with nature. We have prepared independent field trips for grades K-2 and 3-5 for families to complete while… Read more »

Call for Smith Lake Stories

Why is Smith Lake important to you? WLP and the City of Whitefish are working hard to permanently protect Smith Lake to secure public access, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and our community’s views FOREVER. The lands at the head of Whitefish Lake are important community lands that could be sold for development, and we are… Read more »

WLP May Lose WT Specialty License Plate

The State of Montana has set a new threshold of 400 plates for an organization to keep their specialty license plates. WLP and other participating organizations have three months to meet the new threshold, and WLP currently has 177 dedicated drivers with WT specialty plates. Unless 223 new WT plates are registered in the next… Read more »

City Adopts New WT Easements!

Three private landowners have generously donated trail easements to support a proposed future connection of the Whitefish Trail between the WT Big Mountain Trailhead and the Flathead National Forest in Hellroaring Basin. We would like to sincerely thank Elk Highlands Homeowners Association and Montana Land Reliance, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and Michael and Michelle Episcope for… Read more »

Beaver to Boyle Timber Sale 

  The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the DNRC’s upcoming timber sale in Beaver Lakes has been released and will be sent to the MT Land Board for approval on February 18, 2020. WLP and the City of Whitefish have been working with the DNRC in hopes of ensuring that existing and future recreation opportunities are… Read more »

Thank you 2019 Great Fish Donors!

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!

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 »

2018 Annual Community Report

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!

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

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!

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!

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!

       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!

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

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!

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

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 »