Foys to Blacktail Trails Your Front Door to Flathead Valley Recreation

Foy’s to Blacktail Trails

 

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Larches light up the path (Marjory McClaren photo).

Whether it’s a family on a walk, single-track mountain bikers, horseback riders or kids learning about nature, folks of all ages regularly enjoy the Foy’s to Blacktail Trails at Herron Park, less than 10 minutes from downtown Kalispell.   This easily accessible forested area is also the gateway to timberlands extending south to Blacktail Mountain above Lakeside.

 Our Mission

  • To secure historic access to trails and lands connecting Herron Park to the forest lands at Blacktail Mountain
  • To provide for long term stewardship of these trails
  • To accomplish this mission through voluntary means

What We’re Doing

Foy’s to Blacktail Trails (FTBT) has expanded Herron Park by 260 acres since 2010. On October 30, 2014 we finished raising the funds needed to buy the remaining 60 acres (Phase 6) from The Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization holding it temporarily while we raised the money to buy and permanently protect it. We are working toward setting a December closing date for purchase of the land and simultaneous transfer to Flathead County Parks as an addition to Herron Park. Thank you to everyone who donated to this effort, and to the entire $2.25 million campaign that began back in 2007!

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Plum Creek Foundation representative Lorrie Woods presents a check for $2,140 for educational signs (Nov. 2014)

We are continuing our education and outreach efforts, including forest stewardship education via the (Foy’s Community Forest). And we are beginning to re-focus on efforts to secure long-term access to the trail corridor connecting Herron Park to the forest lands at Blacktail Mountain. Much of this traverses private land, however, and a number of issues, including liability, must be addressed. We are grateful for the open-lands policy of Plum Creek Timber Company and Stoltze Lumber Company, and recognize that public use of these lands is a privilege. 

FTBT thanks all those who responded to our Fall 2014 Herron Park user survey, which recently ended. You may view survey responses as well as comments that were submitted by participants. It serves as a baseline for the future.Download our 2013 Annual Report.

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