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Paladin Conservancy

The Paladin Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Doug Averill.  It is nestled in the beautiful Flathead Valley, located at the Wrangler Springs Ranch on Hwy 35,  north of Bigfork, MT.  The Conservancy strives to preserve the Old West so the youth of today and future will learn to appreciate real western life skills.  The goal is to involve the community and younger generations in enjoying and experiencing farm/ranching activities only found on a working ranch in Montana.


Our Leadership Team


Doug Averill

Bigfork, Montana

Doug is a 3rd generation native of Montana and grew up on the family ranch and is one of eight brothers.  The Averill Ranch began as a hunting and fishing lodge by his father in 1945.  Under Doug’s leadership the Flathead lake Lodge was selected in the top 2% best hospitality businesses and Top 3 best Dude Ranches in America.  Doug has been recognized as a leader in Montana with many foundations and organizations.  He specializes in ranch, farm and recreational management and  managed the family corporation for over 40 years.  Doug is married to his wife, Maureen, and has three grown children, and grandchildren.


Kevin Barrows

Bigfork, Montana

Kevin was born in Wisconsin but has lived in Bigfork, Montana for over 40 years.  He currently works as a Property Manager and was previously in the hospitality business for over 35 years. Kevin is married to Jena and has two sons. He loves the Montana outdoors and enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, hockey, and mountain biking.


Mark Blasdel

Lakeside, Montana

Mark is also a 3rd generation Flathead Valley resident and Owner of Vista Linda restaurant and Catering, a family business since 1981.  Mark has served in the Montana State House of representatives from 2007-2014 and the Montana State Senate from 2015 to present.  He currently serves as Senate President.  He is married to Renae and they have 2 children.

Support Paladin Conservancy

Donations are graciously appreciated in any amount you feel comfortable. Charitable donations are accepted by check: Paladin Conservancy Inc. P.O. Box 925, Bigfork, MT 59911 or online by filling out the form below.