Gael Bissell and Constanza von der Pahlen

Recently the Flathead Land Trust awarded the 2019 Conservation Leadership award to 2 people for their contributions to land and water conservation. Our own Gael Bissell was one of the recipients along with Constanza von der Pahlen, Program Director of the Critical Lands Program for the Flathead Lakers, and coordinator of two major collaborative conservation partnerships in the Valley, the Flathead River to Lake Initiative and the Flathead River Steward Program.

Paul Travis, Flathead Land Trust executive director said, “We can’t think of two more deserving people to receive the award this year and are very grateful for their unwavering leadership, service and commitment to conserving our spectacular land and water legacy through community-based conservation.”

More information about the basis for the award may be found at: