Over 7,000 acres of forest land in Montana is being permanently protected thanks to a public-private partnership. The Trust for Public Land, with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation have worked for years to acquire this land and the conservation easement that’ll protect it permanently.
The property is almost 11-square miles and will become part of the Stillwater State Forest. And the location of the land is key. "It's just north of Whitefish which is prime for development into the future,” explains Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Resource Specialist Kris Tempel. “So, being able to secure an area that is going to be sustainably managed for forestry and to protect the fish and wildlife habitat, while allowing the public to recreate. It's just a win, win, win for everybody.”