USFS buys more land to add to Lewis and Clark NF

Posted: Apr 19, 2013

Written by

Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune
Tenderfoot Creek drainage

The U.S. Forest Service, partnering with not-for-profit organizations, has purchased an additional 2,360 acres of land in the Tenderfoot Creek drainage northwest of White Sulphur Springs in an ongoing effort to protect wildlife habitat and ensure public access.

The Forest Service has worked with the RMEF, Cinnabar Foundation and Tenderfoot Trust to buy the land from the Bair Ranch Foundation. The land was once part of the Bair family ranch. After family members passed away, it was placed in a philanthropic scientific foundation.

The foundation offered 8,220 acres of private land for sale with the expressed desire it become publicly owned to guarantee permanent public access to land intermingled national forest land.

The land is appraised at $10.7 million. Monies from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which comes from receipts on offshore oil and gas drilling, have been used to purchase the bulk of the 8,220 acres.

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