Preserving Montana with Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements

To Montanan’s, earning the reputation of  “the last best place” comes with plenty of preservation and conservation work. It means allowing for growth, but also working proactively to protect the wide-open landscape, the rugged mountains, and the wildlife habitats.

When people are looking to buy or sell parcels of land in Montana, conservation easements are the perfect way to purchase a slice of paradise, while maintaining the beautiful landscape.

A conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, while protecting the property’s scenic, wildlife, agricultural, or recreational values. (

Vivian Bridaham, a long-time luxury realtor with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, says conservation easements benefit everyone. “Preserving the land and open spaces in the west, especially in Montana, is very important to me,” she says. Bridaham has served on the Charter Board for Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and has worked with many buyers and sellers interested in conservation easements for several decades, and she says that these easements benefit everyone. For buyers, easements permanently protect the majestic views of Montana and access to recreation, and offer land at a fraction of regular price. For owners and sellers, it allows them to offer their legacy of preservation to future generations, as well as provide many tax benefits. For the public, easements protect the views from over-development, and create protected homes for wildlife.

Conservation easements are unique to the landowner creating the agreement. He or she can decide how much land is included, what sort of access is allowed, and they still maintain complete ownership of the land.

Interested in protecting the “big skies” of Montana, the wildlife habitats, or the priceless recreational opportunities? Chat with Vivian Bridaham on how you can make a difference and enjoy your very own piece of the west.

Contact Vivian at, or (406)586-4408

Big Sky Holiday Calendar

2015 Big Sky Holiday Calenar

When the nights get cooler, the leaves begin to fall, and the mountains start to turn white, it means the holidays are right around the corner. During this time of year, there is no better place to be than the gorgeous community of Big Sky, Montana. Whether it’s hitting the slopes at the ski resort, snowshoeing on the trails, or sipping a hot cocoa in the village, Big Sky has something for everyone during “the most wonderful time of year.”

Free movie night! Every Thursday, 10:30pm – Lone Peak Cinema
Too chilly to be outside? Feeling like a cozy movie date? Meander over to Lone Peak Cinema every Thursday evening for a free late night movie. Must be over 21. Call (406) 995-4478 for more details.

November 25th – Movie screening of Chasing Shadows – Lone Peak Cinema
Head over to Lone Peak Cinema for Warren Miller’s 66th winter sports film, Chasing Shadows. It screens the night before Big Sky’s opening day, so you’ll be ready for that double backflip, (or just some pleasant groomed runs.)

November 26th – Big Sky Resort opening day
Skiing on Thanksgiving Day has been a tradition for many families for generations. Head on up to the hill and be a part of the festivities as everyone skis or snowboards the first lines of the season!

November 28th – Christmas Bazaar – Buck’s T-4
Need some ideas for presents? Or just want to be inspired by local artists? Bring the whole family to Buck’s T-4 for the second annual Christmas Bazaar and browse the talented local vendors. Enjoy a special meal in the restaurant, and treat yourself to discounted lodging as well!

December 3rd – Madgrigal Dinner – Buck’s T-4
The Arts Council of Big Sky is proud to announce the 19th Madrigal Dinner this year, to be held at Bucks T4 Lodge at 5pm. Considered “the traditional opening of the Christmas season,” this three-course meal with festive live music is a local favorite. The event usually sells out to purchase tickets early by calling (406)995-4742.

December 11th – Turkey for a Ticket – Big Sky Resort
Big Sky Resort is hosting its 9th annual Turkey for a Ticket. Help stock the local food bank and have fun skiing at the same time! Bring 20 cans of food, or a frozen turkey, over to the base at Moonlight and get a free lift ticket for that day to Big Sky Resort.

December 11th – Christmas Stroll – Big Sky Town Center
The lights will be strung, the treats will be warm, and Santa will be ready to greet the kiddos at this year’s Christmas Stroll at Big Sky Town Center. Watch the trees light up, stroll through local businesses, and join loved ones and new friends as everyone gets into the holiday spirit. For more info, check out the events at: