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The Alpenscapes Landscaping Guidelines are a comprehensive resource for residents, property owners, owners associations and developers looking to align their outdoor spaces with Big Sky’s distinctive environment and climate challenges. 

Use these guidelines for developing landscapes that are water-wise, wildfire-resistant, and wildlife-friendly, centered around native plants. If these practices are not yet adopted by your owners association, leverage this tool to influence your owners association for positive change.

Check out our detailed spreadsheet of the best plants for local landscapes in Big Sky with specifics on their care, benefits, and growth patterns. 

Explore our list of local landscapers and suppliers. They have vast knowledge of Big Sky’s challenges and can help you create an outdoor space that is both appealing and aligned with our ecosystem.

Click here to find the best resources for your project! 

The Gallatin River Task Force (GRTF) provides rebates and resources to help community members create water-wise landscapes. We offer cash rebates for the following water-saving devices and landscape upgrades:

  • Irrigation audits
  • Weather-based smart controllers
  • Sprinkler spray bodies
  • Drip irrigation equipment
  • Turf conversion 


For more information about rebate amounts and qualifications, visit the GRTF rebate page.

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from the Alpenscapes Partners

Big Sky Fire Department

The Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) is devoted to protecting the lives and property of our community, our visitors, and our neighbors. The BSFD performs building and development plan review and inspection, fire prevention and fire safety education and assists the community by providing defensible space education for properties in our wildland urban interface environment.

Learn more about our free homeowner site visits for Wildfire Risk Reduction

Big Sky SNO

Big Sky SNO (Sustainability Network Organization) works on identifying sustainability issues in several key components of everyday life in Big Sky, looking for solutions to both big and small challenges that we face as a dynamic growing community.

Learn more about sustainability and environmental initiatives to preserve and protect the Big Sky community at Big Sky SNO.

Gallatin River Task Force

The Gallatin River Task Force (GRTF) partners with our greater community to lead conservation and inspire stewardship of the Gallatin River Watershed. Since 2016, the GRTF’s Big Sky Water Conservation Program has helped residents and businesses actively engage in water conservation saving over 11.9 million gallons of water.

Learn simple ways to minimize water use in your home, business, and landscape and get rewarded for your efforts for Water Conservation

Grow Wild

Grow Wild works to conserve native species in the Upper Gallatin Watershed through education, habitat restoration, and collaborative land stewardship. Since 2014, Grow Wild has assisted over 1,000 landowners by providing the tools and resources to manage noxious weeds and conserve native plants to restore ecological health.

Grow Wild offers free site visits to identify plant species and assist with land management questions. Learn more at Grow Wild.