“Poorly planned growth” motivates donor’s action

Tim Crawford has seen a lot of change in the 30-plus years he has lived in the Rocky Mountain West, and he is not sanguine about all of it. “I’ve seen the ravages of poorly planned growth in Utah, Idaho and Montana. I feel it chases me wherever I go.”

Living in Gallatin County, Montana, for more than 20 years, Tim has been doing his part to protect agricultural open space and the recreational values he cherishes. He has placed significant acreage under conservation easement and has been a dedicated philanthropist in the conservation community.

Tim supports the Sonoran Institute and its community based approach to helping communities grow in a way that protects quality of life, nature and culture. “The Institute is realistic about growth and wants to see it done right… to ensure that growth leaves recreational and renewable resources for the future,” he says.

While discouraged about the failure of streamside setback legislation in the Montana Legislature this session, Tim feels confident that the Institute’s work can help mitigate the impacts of unfettered development along Montana’s fabled waterways.

Tim Crawford Enterprises is a diverse business that includes a downtown building, several ranches, and commercial photography. Tim’s signature landscape photos are featured in environmental publications across the region, including the Institute’s. His passions include bird and deer hunting.

Tim believes “it is a privilege to be able to give to the community.” The Sonoran Institute is privileged to count him as a loyal supporter.