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By Griffen Smith

BLM secures nearly 5,000 acres in the Lower Blackfoot River


MISSOULA - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) bought 4,480 acres in the Lower Blackfoot River drainage from The Nature Conservatory (TNC) , which secures permanent public access to the land. The purchase was within the Upper Belmont Creek landscape, roughly 25 miles northeast of Missoula, and was part of the TNC’s Clearwater Blackfoot Project.

The purchase used $3.4 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The new acquisition helps stitch together what had been a patchwork of interspersed public and private land. This combines with the 7,268 acres BLM purchased from the Clearw...

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