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Partnerships Generate 27,800 Acres of Forest Access and Conservation

The Trust for Public Land,  Stimson Lumber Company, the US Forest Service and Montana FWP have teamed up on two separate projects to ensure recreational access and conservation are protected on over 27,000 acres of western Montana forestlands.

The Beavertail to Bearmouth (B2B) project consists of 5,472 acres located east of Missoula near Beavertail State Park and within Lolo National Forest. In that project The Trust for Public Land and Stimson Lumber Company worked with the Lolo National Forest to acquire Stimson forestland.  The Land and Water Conservation Fund was instrumental in the project.

In the second project, FWP purchased a conservation easement on 22,295 acres near Libby, Montana, from Stimson Lumber. The Kootenai Forestlands project was made possible by a grant from the Forest Legacy Program, which is also funded through LWCF, and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Acres for America Program.

Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both voiced support for the two projects.