County gets $600,000 grant to help acquire Marshall Mountain

The city-county effort to acquire Marshall Mountain Park received a major boost from the U.S. Forest Service Thursday thanks to a $600,000 grant awarded to Missoula County. The county is one of 13 awardees nationwide for the Forest Service’s 2023 Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.

The total purchase price of the former ski area in East Missoula is $3.8 million.

“This project will provide many benefits for the community of Missoula,” said Forest Service Region 1 Regional Forester Leanne Marten in a press release, “and we look forward to working together on this partnership.”

The Community Forest Program offers the opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

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