Open Space: Access, Conservation and Resource Protection
The City of Missoula is a leader in conserving open space land, protecting natural resources and providing public access for recreation through its Open Space and Conservation Lands divisions of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The City owns and manages lands for public recreation and enjoyment, and residents support the costs of managing these public lands by volunteering, paying taxes and engaging in other community efforts which keep our public lands free to use and open to all.
Our work in open space conservation is guided by a number of other publicly adopted land use plans, including the City’s Urban Area Open Space Plan. We are in the process of updating the open space plan as part of the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan. You can learn about that effort here.
Conservation Lands Management
The City owns and maintains over 4,500 acres of open space conservation lands for public access, including lands on Mount Jumbo, Mount Sentinel, the North Hills, South Hills and the Tower Street Conservation Area, and other natural areas throughout Missoula. City conservation lands are managed through the Conservation Lands Division, in cooperation with agency partners and adjacent landowners such as the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Montana, the Bureau of Land Management, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and Missoula County.