Theodore Roosevelt once said "Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance."
Here at Firehole Ranch, ensuring the preservation of open space and healthy ecosystems is an integral part of our social responsibility and business model. We exemplify this commitment through our catch and release culture, in-house sustainability program, and donations to our Montana Conservation Partners. Guests are invited to join us in these endeavors by making a voluntary donation equal to 1/2% of their guest package. Last year over $4,000 was donated!
In 2013 we had the opportunity to work with Trout Unlimited. For the health of the fisheries on Watkins Creek and Hebgen Lake, we leased our irrigation water rights to the State of Montana. This ensures there is enough water in Watkins Creek for healthy trout populations during hot, dry summer months.
Firehole Ranch is proud to partner with the following organizations:
Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Gallatin Valley Land Trust mission is to connect people, communities, and open lands through conservation of working farms and ranches, healthy rivers, and wildlife habitat, and the creation of trails in the Montana headwaters of the Missouri and Upper Yellowstone Rivers. To read more about this organization, click here.
Montana Trout Unlimited
Montana Trout Unlimited conserves, protects and restores Montana’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Their work includes:
- Advocating for clean water, robust stream flows, healthy habitat, and naturally functioning watersheds and floodplains;
- Promoting fishery management that preserves and improves populations of wild fish, with a priority on native species, such as cutthroat trout, bull trout and grayling;
- Working with agencies and landowners to conduct projects across the state that restore water quality, streamflows, healthy riparian habitats and natural stream function;
- Defending the rights of anglers to access Montana’s streams and rivers for fishing and other recreational purposes; and
- Educating the public about the importance of clean water and healthy wild fisheries.
To read more about this organization, click here.
The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations. To read more about this organization, click here.
Travelers for Open Land
Travelers for Open Land, launched in 2009, is a results-driven; voluntary partnership between the traveling public, the Montana hospitality industry, other recreation and tourist-related businesses, private land owners and land trust organizations to conserve open lands, wildlife habitat, working farms and ranches and recreational lands, which comprise Montana’s irreplaceable landscape for present and future generations. To read more about this organization, click here.