Church Slough Project
Church Slough is a magnificent oxbow slough, a haven for wildlife and birds, along the Flathead River north of Flathead Lake. The Flathead Land Trust helped landowners Ben and Maureen Louden place a conservation easement on 300 acres of wetlands, riparian habitat, floodplain and farmland in 2009. The conservation easement helps the Loudens maintain their property in one piece to pass on to their children, while protecting unique wildlife, water quality, and farmland values. A Fish & Wildlife Service North American Wetlands Act grant helped purchase the easement.