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.

Company Name Contact Name Website Email Phone  Types of Work
Bozeman Arbor Care Curtis Flesch www.bozemanarborcare.com info@bozemanarborcare.com 406.587.5819 Arborist, Home Ignition Zone
Gallatin Tree Care Scott Makoutz www.gallatintreecare.com smakoutz@gmail.com 406.209.1163 Arborist, Home Ignition Zone
Tree Care Solutions Lui Ferreira www.treecaremt.com   406.219.7273 Arborist, Home Ignition Zone
Youngs Tree & Forestry Glade Young www.youngstreeandforestry.com Youngstreeandforestry@gmail.com 406.587.2991 Arborist, Home Ignition Zone
BG Wolf Creek Bret Gensch www.bgwolfcreek.com bigwolfcreekllc@gmail.com 406.570.1184 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Big Sky Forestry Services Carl Chrisitanson www.bigskyforestryservices.com  
Big Sky Land Management Ian Moore www.bigskylandmanagement.com ian@bigskylandmgmt.com 406.333.1742 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Big Sky Land Resources Cody Wiliams www.bigskylandresources.com info@bigskylandresources.com 406.581.4489 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Big Twig Tree Care Cara Nuti www.bigtwigtreecare.com   406.600.9365 Sm & Lg scale thinning
E’s Trees Erik Diehl   estreesforestry@gmail.com 406.579.4212 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Firebreak Management Jessica Braun www.firebreakmanagement.com jessica@firebreakmanagement.com 406.600.9767 Home ignition zone, Sm & Lg scale thinning
Gnarled Pine Tree & Forestry Dash Rodman www.gnarledpine.com dash@gnarledpine.com 406.223.0808 Home ignition zone, Sm & Lg scale thinning
Heritage Wood Product Services Reese Erickson heritagewoodps@gmail.com 406-548-1993 Home ignition zone, Sm & Lg scale thinning
Landworx Montana Levi Costa www.landworxmontana.com admin@landworxmontana.com 406.539.7579 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Sapphire Forestry Trevor McKeith www.sapphireforestry.com sapphireforestry@gmail.com 406.540.2522 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Tree Crew G. Allan Oram http://www.treecrew.biz sapphireforestry@gmail.com 406.925.0824 Sm & Lg scale thinning
Worman Forestry Management Luke Fehlig luke@wormanforestry.com www.wormantforestry.com 406.594.7648 Sm & Lg scale thinning

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 Active $255,000 North of I-90 through Bridger Canyon 2023-2025
Gallatin County Federal Emergency Management Agency – Hazard Mitigaiton Grant Program Post Fire Active $1,068,360 Gallatin Front, Bozeman Pass, West side of Bridgers, Clarkston 2024-2028
Gallatin County USDA Forest Service – Community Wildfire Defense Grant Active $1,589,160 Northern Gallatin Front from Storm Castle to I-90 2023-2028
Gallatin County DNRC – Local Government Forestry Assistance Completed $9,000 Wildland Urban Interface Intermix 2022-2023
Gallatin County Western State Foresters – Wildland Urban Interface Grant Funded $255,000 Bozeman Pass 2024-2026
Natural Resource Conservation Service Bridger-Bangtails Forest Health and Hazardous Fuels Reduction TIP Active $600,000 Bridger Bangtails 2025-2027 Link

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.