Posted: Oct 24, 2013 8:52 AM by MTN news
DILLON - A donation of approximately 40 acres of private land to the Forest Service will protect important wildlife habitats, improve public access and recreational opportunities in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, officials say.
The Nature Conservancy of Montana has donated approximately 40 acres of private land to the Forest Service for addition to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (NF). The donated land, located in the Dry Creek Area approximately 10 miles northwest of Wise River, adjoins other National Forest System lands on two sides, and is in close proximity to the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. Legal road access to this land is available on lower Dry Creek Road #2483.
"We are excited to receive this generous donation from the Nature Conservancy as it will allow us to manage our public lands more effectively," said Acting Forest Supervisor Tim Garcia.
"This is a really beautiful part of the Big Hole Valley and an important piece of a broader mosaic of public and private land that's being conserved for wildlife and local ranching. The Conservancy is happy to place it under the good stewardship of the Forest Service," says Jim Berkey, Program Director for The Nature Conservancy.
The donation will help improve public access along approximately one half mile of Forest Road #2483; add approximately 25 acres of timber lands and 15 acres of rangelands to the national forest; conserve approximately one half mile of riparian area along two forks of Dry Creek; and improve management of permitted livestock grazing.
For more information about this land donation, contact either the Wise River Ranger District at (406) 832-3178, or The Nature Conservancy, in Missoula, at (406) 370-6905.