Big Hole Watershed Committee

The Big Hole Watershed Committee is the trusted go-to group in the Big Hole River Valley for watershed conservation. It is a consensus-driven, multi-stakeholder entity that works closely with other conservation organizations as well as local, state, and federal agencies on watershed restoration and management plans. Established in 1995 to address resource and community concerns in the watershed of the Big Hole River, the group is composed of 22 governing members who represent diverse interests including ranching, utilities, local government, sportsmen, conservationists, tourism, and outfitters.

Big Hole Watershed Committee has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2009.

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Big Hole Watershed Committee Photo gallery

The Kalsta Spring Creek Slough on the Kalsta Ranch, in Montana's Big Hole Valley. Photo courtesy of Tom Caddy.

High above the Big Hole River at the town of Wise River and the confluence of Wise River and the Big Hole River, with the Pintlar Mountains in the distance. Photo courtesy of Tom Caddy.

Montana's Big Hole River. Photo courtesy of Big Hole Watershed Committee.

Ranchers are a critical part of watershed restoration and management in the Big Hole Valley. Photo courtesy of Big Hole Watershed Committee.

Big Hole Watershed Committee Grant history

2016

$35,000 - To continue building capacity and infrastructure, and to leverage growing engagement from partners and supporters for greater protection of the Big Hole Watershed. Place-based conservation

2015

$3,000 - To hire a short-term staff person to coordinate BHWC's 20th anniversary event. Opportunity fund

2015

$35,000 - To continue building capacity and infrastructure, and to leverage growing engagement from partners and supporters for greater protection of the Big Hole Watershed and those who live there. Place-based conservation

2013

$85,000 - A two-year grant to strengthen the organization's capacity to improve wildlife and fish habitat and connectivity in the Big Hole River watershed. Place-based conservation

2013

$6,000 - To prevent livestock/predator conflict in the Big Hole River watershed. Grassroots fund

2012

$5,000 - To improve wildlife and fish habitat and connectivity in the Big Hole River Watershed. Grassroots fund

2011

$50,000 - To improve wildlife and fish habitat and connectivity in the Big Hole River watershed. Place-based conservation

2010

$10,000 - To protect the Big Hole River basin from unwise development threats. Place-based conservation

2009

$8,000 - To restore Arctic grayling habitat and protect the Big Hole River basin from poor land use. Grassroots fund