Land deal protects Henry's Lake-area acreage from subdivision

In a unique move to protect 634 acres from subdivision near Henry’s Lake on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, The Nature Conservancy and Beartooth Group collaborated on a recent purchase.

To move quickly, the Bozeman-based conservation investment group bought the 1,072-acre Slash E Ranch in May, breaking off the portion that went to The Nature Conservancy in a September sale. Because the Conservancy only wanted part of the property, and the landowner wanted to sell all of it, Beartooth Group founder Robert Keith stepped in to acquire the additional acreage.

Howard Creek runs through The Nature Conservancy property, an important stream for cutthroat trout spawning.

Courtesy photo, Tracy Dean River

The area is well-known to fishing guides who called the Howard Creek Ranch in one corner of the property a home for wayward fishing guides. Its location is why: 15 miles from the Madison and Henry’s Fork rivers as well as Hebgen Lake.

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