Ennis and the Madison Valley boast a rich pioneer and agricultural heritage. Stewardship of the land, water, wildlife and wide-open spaces has been a way of life since the first settlers came to our valley. Today, efforts continue to enhance and expand on this tradition of respect for our surroundings, sustainability, and our rural way of life.
Madison Valley Ranchlands
This non-profit organization strives to keep ranching sustainable in Madison Valley, and works with others who share similar values. It actively promotes the collaborative process for finding solutions to local issues that impact that sustainability.
www.madisonvalleyranchlands.org – firstname.lastname@example.org – 406-682-3259
Farm to Fork
This organization is devoted to the growth and consumption of Madison County produce, crops and meats for the economic benefit and health of our citizens. The goal of Farm to Fork is to develop self-sustaining communities through education and participation in local food production. www.madisonfarmtofork.com – email@example.com – 406-682-5024
Madison County food products are on sale each Saturday, 9am - 12pm in the Valley Bank parking lot from June until mid-September. It is a part of Madison Farm to Fork.
National Geographic completed a MapGuide for the Greater Yellowstone area that includes the Madison Valley. The guide is intended to help visitors gain insight into the cultural, historic and geophysical features that have shaped the Yellowstone area. Ennis is included for its renowned fly-fishing experiences on the Madison River. A free MapGuide is available at www.yellowstonegeotourism.org
Audubon Area of Importance for Birds
Designated in 1976, the Audubon Area of Importance recognizes the Madison Valley from Ennis Lake south to the West Fork as a critical bird migratory and habitat area. Birders will find the area a rich environment for sightings of water fowl, cranes, birds of prey, songbirds and migratory birds. http://iba.audubon.org/iba/viewSiteProfile.do?siteId=2892&navSite=state
Travelers for Open Land
This is a private statewide initiative to raise funds for the 11 land trusts in Montana. Spearheaded by the Montana Innkeepers Association, this effort aims to provide funding to help protect Montana's open spaces, wildlife, and western way of life by helping ranchers through conservation easements and other land-planning tools. Several local lodging businesses are participants. www.travelersforopenland.org