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To support economic vitality, health and wellness, and quality of life for residents and visitors through the development of a Bigfork Area Outdoor Recreation Plan. The project will inventory existing and potential recreation destination/connections in Bigfork, vicinity, and N. Flathead Lake region, recommend goals and objectives for sustainable recreation use. It will serve as a community-led road map for a safe, connected, sustainable high-quality recreation access system to Bigfork’s world-class rivers, mountains, and Flathead Lake which are a key competitive advantage for tourism, attracting and retaining resident businesses and employees, and quality of life. The plan will increase grant competitiveness for increased infrastructure and other recreation/transportation funding sources.
- Regional Economic Development – Packaging outdoor recreation as a quality-of-life enhancement help to retain or recruit businesses and residents. The benefit will include avoiding leakage and adding economic multipliers from the enhanced access and trail systems.
- Tourism Development – Using trails and recreation access as a way to attract and retain visitors supporting the hospitality industry. We anticipate that the project will support a continued increase in Main Street and hospitality business revenue.
- Community Vitality and Health – Understand and advance the community’s relationship to the greater trail systems and increase recreational amenities. The economic value is derived from creating a more livable community to retain and attract a resident population, which has been aging over the last decade. Additionally, the value of the improvements for the local population will invite sustainability for the project.
Click here to learn more about the Harrell Forest project from Flathead Land Trust!
Click here to learn more about the Ice Box Canyon project.
Click here for information about the Sportman’s Bridge project.
In collaboration with project partners, a community visioning meeting was held to discuss upcoming (and potential) recreation projects in Bigfork. Click to read more!