Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest adds 108 acres in land acquisition

The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday its acquisition of 108 acres of new public land to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest portfolio.

The land, south of York in the Helena Ranger District, is a popular area for motorized recreation, big game hunting and scenic driving, USFS stated in a press release, and the new parcel, almost entirely surrounded by National Forest System land, is anticipated to contribute winter range for elk and mule deer, as well as provide opportunities for hunters and other recreationalists.

According to USFS, in early 2021, Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust were notified of an acquisition opportunity. The parcel, referred to as the Jimtown Land Acquisition, belonged to Lee Bowers, who was interested in selling a large portion of his family’s homestead property.

“The Bowers family had managed and maintained the property for generations and wanted to see it become part of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest so all could enjoy it for generations to come,” the press release states.

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“The property was completely surrounded by National Forest System Land and directly off the Jim Town Road,

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