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The Centennial Valley (Montana) is located 20 miles from Yellowstone Park's western border.  It provides a critical corridor for grizzlies and other wildlife who travel from Yellowstone to the northern Rockies. The valley's expansive wetlands are home to hundreds of bird species, and Red Rock River and its tributaries contain native populations of rare Arctic grayling.

The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust played a catalytic role in the creation of the Friends of Centennial Valley.  This grassroots organization, made up of landowners, conservation organizations and other interested parties, works with the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and others to protect what is often referred to as the Serengeti of North America. 

During the incorporation phase for the organization HSWLT served as fiscal agent and received contributions in support of the conservation and habitat protection purposes of the Friends of Centennial Valley.  Some of these funds were used to improve waterways in and around the NWR area for the benefit of west slope cutthroat trout.  Other funds paid for the removal of invasive plant species.  Invasive plants threaten the native grasses that provide food for the antelope, elk, and other resident animals. 

In order to expand the scope of HSWLT’s influence and effectiveness for the benefit of wildlife, we frequently share funds, expertise and HSWLT’s humane philosophy with other organizations.  All HSWLT shared efforts are rooted in our commitment to providing wildlife with safe places to live, forever, by assisting other organizations that share our concerns for wildlife and habitat. 

 

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