Open Space Funding
In 2006, Missoula City and County residents approved a $10 million open space bond by an impressive 70% majority. Half of the money will be for the greater Missoula area and one-half for the remainder of the County. Expenditures of approximately $2.3 million dollars for projects have been approved thus far for 2006 Open Space Bond fund including land in the North and South Hills, Milwaukee Trail from Russell to Reserve and the Grant Creek Trail, the Marshall Canyon and East Missoula additions to Mt. Jumbo, and 40 acres adjacent to Kelly Island.
That leaves a balance of approximately $2.7 million of the city's share. The 1995 Open Space Bond has a balance of approximately $385,000, which we hope to use for park expansion in neighborhoods which are currently underserved by parks.
Open Space Bond Project Atlas Missoula County Rural Initiatives created the Open Space Bond Project Atlas for the 5-Year Bond Anniversary Celebration. The Atlas includes projects approved from the County's portion of bond funds, the City's portion, and two joint City and County projects.
Quebec Deschamps Creek Ranch Conservation Easement
The City of Missoula and Missoula County joined forcesin June, 2011to help conserve 1036 acres of working agricultural land and important wildlife habitat located northwest of the Wye. City and county Open Space Bond funds were used to assist the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in the purchase of a conservation easement on the Quebec Deschamps Creek Ranch. The easement guarantees that the Deschamps family, who own the property, will permanently preserve it as open space.