Wildfire Mitigation Activities

Mitigation Activities

Many of the items identified during your home risk assessment, or in follow up evaluations, can be completed by homeowners.  In some cases specialized skill or equipment may be needed.  Regardless of how you decide to implement work, Gallatin County Emergency Management can provide you with a “treatment plan” that outlines the work we recommend for your property.

Based on available program funding, we may also be capable of entering into a cost share program for work done on your property, excluding work on the physical buildings.

Homeowner Work

In many situations a lot of the recommended work can be completed by homeowners either with hand tools or rented equipment.  It is also possible that project work could be split between work you do, and more complex work you hire a contractor for.

Contractor Work

It’s very possible that if trees need to be thinned out, a lot of understory is present, or you have a large parcel, that you won’t have the skills, equipment or time to do the work.  In this situation, hiring a contractor makes sense.  Several contractors are present in the area and could implement the prescription for your property.  When a contractor is utilized when cost share programs are available, the property owner typically pays their portion with cash.

Wildfire Mitigation Contractors

The following are companies that we are aware of who conduct wildfire mitigation work in Gallatin County.

Wildfire Mitigation Contractors

This is not an exhaustive list or an endorsement of anyone on it.  We will gladly add anyone performing this sort of work to our list.  Please conduct your own research and evaluation of available companies.

 

Cost Share Programs

Several organizations have active wildfire mitigation programs in Gallatin County.  The exact criteria, cost share process and geographic area they can be used varies.  The current programs are listed below.  If you have interest in wildfire mitigation work on your property, please complete the interest form below and we will see what programs may be the best fit.

Gallatin County’s programs will typically require a 40% match from the land owners on project costs.

Managing Agency Funding Agency Status Funding Amount Project Area Performance Period More Info
Natural Resource Conservation Service Joint Chiefs Active $1,500,000 Bridger Canyon and Northern Gallatin Front 2022-2024 Link
Natural Resource Conservation Service NRCS Targeted Implementation Plan Active $279,000 Bridger Canyon 2021-2023 Link
Gallatin County Western State Foresters – Wildland Urban Interface Grant Awarded $255,000 North of I-90 through Bridger Canyon 2023-2025
Gallatin County Federal Emergency Management Agency – Hazard Mitigaiton Grant Program Post Fire Awarded $1,068,360 Gallatin Front, Bozeman Pass, West side of Bridgers, Clarkston 2024-2028
Gallatin County USDA Forest Service – Community Wildfire Defense Grant Awarded $1,589,160 Northern Gallatin Front from Storm Castle to I-90 2023-2028
Gallatin County DNRC – Local Government Forestry Assistance Awarded $9,000 Wildland Urban Interface Intermix 2022-2023
Gallatin County Western State Foresters – Wildland Urban Interface Grant Applied $255,000 Bozeman Pass 2024-2026

Not all the programs listed about are managed by Gallatin County, nor can we guarantee it is a comprehensive list of available programs. We do our best to identify available programs and route individuals to the best program to fit their needs.

Mitigation Assistance

Please complete the online form below to indicate your interest in cost share assistance.  Emergency Management staff will then be in contact with you about available options.

Cost Share Assistance Request