Bobcat Company Names 2014 Create & Conserve Contest Winner, and Completes Project

Nov. 12, 2014

(WEST FARGO, N.D. – November 2014) Keith Fortin, of Whitehall, Montana, experienced the ultimate land transformation after he was named the 2014 Create & Conserve contest winner. Bobcat Company, along with partners Rick and Julie Kreuter – co-hosts of the hit television show “Beyond the Hunt” on The Outdoor Channel – selected Fortin as this year’s winner and visited the property to help re-establish native plant species, encourage healthy new growth and develop the land for sustainable future.
This was the second year of the Bobcat Create & Conserve Contest and Habitat Event, and video of the winning project can be seen at
“From the day we bought this property, we knew we would need to be proper stewards of the land,” Fortin said. “We wanted to take care of the land and be thankful and grateful that we have it. It was a big surprise to be chosen as a finalist, but then when we won the contest, I felt like it would really help us.”
Over a week, Fortin’s self-contained land – situated just east of the continental divide – was transformed with the help of several Bobcat® machines. A Toolcat™ utility work machine, four Bobcat utility vehicles, an excavator with a thumb and two compact track loaders, as well as a variety of attachments, were used to create a conservation plot, install 1,800 feet of irrigation to water the conservation plot, dig a pond adjacent to the plot and remove dead trees that could be used as firewood. The conservation plot and pond portions of the project will provide another food and water source for wildlife, including elk, moose, bears, mountain lions and deer.
“I love what he is doing,” said Robert Gilles, segment application marketing manager at Bobcat. “He has minimal waste and relies very little on the outside world. The projects that have been completed are going to be incredible. I know if we come back here in three years and do a follow-up, the land will be improved upon and nothing will be neglected.”
Fortin says maintaining his property takes dedication, but he does it for the love of the land.
“I can’t focus on the whole world or state of Montana, but I can focus on what we have here,” he said.

The Bobcat Create & Conserve Contest and Habitat Event were created in 2013. Entrants are asked to describe their ideal land transformation project that supports conservation. Bobcat Company selects the winning entry and – with help from Rick and Julie Kreuter, and other partnering sponsors – supplies equipment and other prizes, and manpower to complete the project. Partnering sponsors include:
“¢ Burris®
“¢ Yeti®
“¢ Stealth Cam®
“¢ DU-HA®
“¢ Big Green Targets
“¢ Epic®
“¢ PSE®
“¢ Tru-Fire®
“¢ Redneck blinds
“¢ Hornady®
“¢ American Hunter®
“¢ Innerloc®
“¢ Walker’s®

For more information, to see before and after images, and to watch how the projects were completed, visit or go to the Bobcat Facebook page at