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Vital Ground Foundation Taps LWCF For Strategic Access, Habitat Project

       The Vital Ground Foundation and the Flathead National Forest have teamed up to acquire 10 important acres in the North Fork of the Flathead to put the parcel in public hands to protect public access and key wildlife habitat. The LWCF is an important source of funding to complete the project. 

     “We are fortunate to have partnered with Vital Ground on this conservation acquisition in an area of such high ecological importance,” says the Forest Service’s Hungry Horse and Glacier View District Ranger, Rob Davies. “It is a privilege to be able to manage this land for wildlife benefit, Wild and Scenic River values, and public use for generations to come.”

     “This is an outstanding opportunity for collaborative conservation that benefits both people and wildlife,” says Mitch Doherty, Vital Ground’s conservation manager. “With the support of the Flathead National Forest we are bringing more LWCF dollars to Montana to support a growing need for improved public land access and conservation of key wildlife habitat in the North Fork Valley.”