Permit sought to mine gravel by Elbow Lake

An application to mine, crush, and remove gravel on approximately 21 acres of State Trust Land near Elbow Lake in Missoula County is up for public comment before the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

The application also includes a request to have an asphalt plant on site. The permit application has been submitted by LHC, Inc. Elbow Lake lies north of Clearwater Junction west of Highway 83.

“Input from the local community is one of the factors we consider when working through the analysis and decision-making process on permits submitted to State Trust Lands as outlined in the Montana Environmental Policy Act,” said Kristen Baker-Dickinson, the Clearwater Unit Manager that administers State Trust Land management in the area. “Written public comments are the most effective way for the public to provide input on resource issues and concerns.”

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The State was granted land in Montana by the U.S. Congress, including through the Enabling Act of 1889. Known as State Trust Lands, the Department is constitutionally mandated to manage and lease the land to generate revenue

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