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Pine Butte Guest Ranch Update

Thank you for your interest in Pine Butte Guest Ranch. In August 2015, after a great deal of thought and consultation, we decided to end commercial operations at the Ranch. This was a very difficult decision that hinged on two factors: economic sustainability and alignment with our mission.

The Nature Conservancy in Montana is focused on projects that will result in lasting conservation outcomes for people, nature and wildlife across the state. Since 1978, the Montana Chapter has permanently protected over 1.2 million acres and hundreds of stream miles.

Although the guests visiting Pine Butte Guest Ranch have supported our conservation work in many different ways and many guests who have visited the ranch have become advocates for conservation in Montana, operating the ranch for tourism consistently lost money. We can no longer justify continuing to subsidize the public tourism operation using increasingly scarce conservation dollars.

Therefore, driven in part by tightened resources and a changing economy, we have concluded that operating a commercial tourism operation at Pine Butte is not in alignment with our core mission of large-scale conservation in Montana.

The Conservancy will continue to maintain the Ranch and use it to host visitors and small groups, but it will no longer be open to the general public.

We are proud of the unique place we created at Pine Butte Guest Ranch and feel good knowing so many visitors formed lasting memories there. We thank everyone who helped make this place so special – from the great staff members who created a warm experience, to our many guests and supporters.

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