Revenue, Recreation and Conservation: Implementing the Whitefish Neighborhood Plan (WNP)
On November 15, 2004 the Mt Board of Land Commissioners unanimously approved theWhitefish Area Trust Lands Plan(WATLP; see links to the plan and associated maps below). The plan went on to be approved by Flathead County and City of Whitefish to be adopted as part of their Growth Policy documents. Since that time a number of individual projects have been undertaken toward implementation of that Plan, including:
- Britell's Point of Pine Septic and Right of way project
- Goguen Land Exchange Project
- A Trail Runs Through It Project
The Revenue, Recreation and Conservation Core Working Group invites you to the first in a series of neighborhood based Revenue, Recreation and Conservation Planning meetings.
The meetings will be led by Marty Zeller of Conservation Partners, Inc. and are sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Flathead Gateway Partners, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Flathead County and the City of Whitefish.
This meeting process is designed to harness the creative energy of community and local representatives to help shape implementation strategies initiated in Whitefish Neighborhood Plan adopted in 2004, impacting the 13,000 acres of School Trust Lands surrounding the Whitefish Community. The Plan seeks to conserve trust lands that provide clean water, recreational opportunities and viewsheds, while generating fair and predictable revenue for the trust beneficiaries–Montana’s schools and colleges.
Revenue, Recreation and Conservation (RRC)
- Comprehensive Implementation Strategy
In February of 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was executed that formalized a relationship involving the City of Whitefish, Flathead Gateway Partners (a Montana nonprofit corporation), Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation , Flathead County, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The purpose of the relationship was to form a working group to collaborate and combine their respective talents, staffs, and energies toward developing and implementing a comprehensive implementation strategy to the WATLP. The concept of this strategy will be to achieve three main goals in the Neighborhood Plan:
- Enhanced revenue generation for Trust beneficiaries;
- Expanded recreation opportunities, and;
- Increased conservation of Trust lands.
The "Core Group", as stated in the MOU, began formally meeting upon execution of the same.
- R.R.C. Memorandum of Understanding
- R.R.C. Core Working Group
- Project Timeline
- R.R.C. Meeting Notes/Minutes/Agendas
- R.R.C. Public Hearings/Meetings
For More Information, or to make inquiries, contact Steve Lorch, Land Use Planner, DNRC Northwest Land Office by phone at 406-751-2262.