Forest Service buys 1,418 acres in Elkhorn Mountains for $3M

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The southern Elkhorn Mountains

U.S. Forest Service Phil Drake

The U.S. Forest Service has spent nearly $3 million to acquire nearly 1,418 acres for public use and habitat preservation in the southern Elkhorn Mountains, it was announced Tuesday.

The recently acquired three parcels were among the largest remaining private inholdings of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, officials said in a news release.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust (MFWCT) and Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation (MOLF) joined with landowners to buy the property, said Mike Mueller, RMEF senior lands program manager.

“The land will provide year-round and winter habitat for elk, as well as habitat for deer, bears, wolves, moose, mountain lions, ferruginous hawks, and a variety of grassland birds,” he said.

This map shows the recently purchased property. 

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust

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