Forest Service seeks comments on Crazy Mountains land exchange proposal

Access to Sweet Grass Creek, on the east side of the Crazy Mountains, would be provided via a trail being proposed as part of a landowner driven land exchange under development. Shown at the lower right corner of the photo is the dude ranch operated by the Carroccia family.

Brett French

The public now has the opportunity to weigh in on a proposed land exchange that’s been brewing for four years on the east side of the Crazy Mountains, an idea first formulated by a group that includes area landowners.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest released a Preliminary Environmental Assessment for the East Crazy Inspiration Divide Land Exchange Project on Wednesday morning, signaling a possible resolution to what has been a long-simmering dispute over public access to the region.

The agreement would exchange 4,135 acres (10 parcels) of forest lands for 6,430 acres of private lands (11 parcels), owned by six private property owners in the Crazy Mountains and near the Inspiration Divide Trail in Big Sky. The land near Big Sky is sought by the Yellowstone Club, a private

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