Montana Nonprofit Five Valleys Land Trust Fosters Equitable Access and Population Initiatives

Serving the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, upper Clark Fork, lower Clark Fork, and the Mission-Jocko valleys, Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT) make it their mission to protect western Montana’s natural legacy – it’s river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, and community open spaces – for future generations.

The Equitable Access and Population Initiatives portray population density and open space access points as well as walking distance from open space access points.

FVLT contracted GCS in the Spring of 2022 to update their Conservation Initiative. The project required the creation of a data layer demonstrating an analysis of the 2010 – 2020 Census population growth and density, including open space access opportunity density to show the most pressure and need on accessible open spaces across their ten-county service area.

Additionally, GCS developed another layer which represents walk time to these open space access points.

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