Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper


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Jerry O'Connell
[email protected]
(406) 244-5612


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The Big Blackfoot is classic Montana water. Clear, cold, and unimpeded by dams for its entire 132 mile length, the river winds through three canyons, past red rock cliffs and mountains, and alongside wildflower-laden meadows and prairies. The Blackfoot valley forms the southern boundary of the Crown of The Continent, a fully intact ecosystem still containing every species of fauna that was here before the first European explorers arrived on the scene -- one of only twelve such ecosystems left on earth. Wildlife rare to other regions abounds here. Grizzlies, elk, bighorn sheep, cougar, lynx, wolf and deer all call its valley home. Bald and golden eagles regularly patrol the air space above.

Jerry O'Connell founded the Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper and is currently our executive director. He first viewed the Blackfoot in 1986 while hitchhiking through Montana. It was love at first sight, and that moment planted the seed that eventually resulted in his moving from New England to the Blackfoot valley in 1992. The love affair continues today. Jerry has been involved in a variety of projects to protect the Big Blackfoot. He served on the River Recreation Advisory for Tomorrow committee which, in conjunction with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, developed new recreation guidelines for the Blackfoot. Additionally, he is currently president of the Missoula City/County Consolidated Planning Board. Jerry lives in Greenough with his wife Deborah, a couple horses and a rather large crew of dogs.


Location

35701 Nine Mile Prairie Road
Greenough, Montana 59823