by Gael Bissell

Tall cottonwoods in Owen Sowerwine

Great news! Thanks to 150 of you amazing FAS donors, plus hundreds of other supportive community members, we met the $100,000 Spring Challenge Match for the proposed Owen Sowerwine Conservation Easement! Many, many thanks to all of you who gave so generously! And our sincere thanks to Molly Miller and Mark Jungerman, the Bibler Foundation, and Alan and Sallie Gratch who provided the incentive!

As great as this news is, the updated final appraisal increased the conservation easement value; leaving us with just under a $200,000 funding gap to fill before Flathead Land Trust is able to purchase the conservation easement on the Owen Sowerwine parcel. 

If you have not donated yet, there is still time and need! Donations made to the Flathead Land Trust during the Great Fish Community Challenge will go toward the purchase of the conservation easement. Head over to the Great Fish Community Challenge website and support Flathead Audubon’s education initiativesFlathead Land Trust’s purchase of the conservation easement as well as the wide variety of other great causes from the valley’s non-profits!