About the Yaak

There remains a place in the lower 48 where wildlife present since the end of the last Ice Age still exists. Nestled in the Kootenai National Forest, in the extreme northwest corner of Montana, lies the Yaak Valley. The Yaak Valley's low elevation and high precipitation result in a climate described as "modified Pacific maritime" in character. Large larch, cedar, hemlock, spruce, Douglas, grand and alpine fir, ponderosa, lodgepole and whitepine fill the landscape. This forest is home for an abundance of wildlife. It is also a vital link in the chain of wildlands that sweep north into Canada. Inhabitants include grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, mountain lions, wolverine, marten, fisher, mountain goats, great gray owls, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout and inland redband trout. Nothing has yet gone extinct here - a testament to the Yaak Valley's strength and resiliency. But not a single acre of the Yaak Valley is permanently protected.

The Yaak Valley is located at the southern terminus of the Purcell Mountain Range in northwest Montana. The Yaak Valley is a critical ecosystem in numerous ways, including but not limited to the following:

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