Advancing opportunities for ecological repair and economic productivity

Clark Fork Master Plan, Frenchtown, Montana

Wakefield Properties


3,000 acres


Planning & Urban Design

Leadership Team:

Mark Sindell


Planning & Urban Design

“GGLO’s understanding of our site on the Clark Fork River led to a design that captured what Big Sky Montana is all about – expansive native landscapes, outdoor recreation, and an authentic easy style.”

Steve Malsam, Developer of the Clark Fork River Master Plan

Since 2014, GGLO has been involved in the site assessment and master planning for more than 3,000 acres of shoreline along the Clark Fork River, 12 miles West of Missoula, Montana. Comprised of agricultural lands, active Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines, and altered Clark Fork tributary streams, the site is a panoply of opportunities for ecological repair and economic productivity.

GGLO’s proposal includes strategies to restore the riverfront and water courses, and establish new and independently incorporated mixed-use towns, supported by eco-friendly light and heavy industrial uses on the site of the former Mill, working farms, a blend of housing typologies, new schools, and neighborhood business districts. Wherever possible, existing site assets were slated for repurposing, or leveraged to create multiplier benefits to future residents and workers.

Additionally, GGLO’s landscape architecture team redesigned the existing, defunct, artificial land berm separating the Clark Fork River and former Mill operations to create a floodable shoreline park, providing water storage during storm events, hundreds of acres of new trails and open spaces, and critical habitat areas for migrating birds and local wildlife.