Magazine article American Forests

Community Group Gets Forestland

Magazine article American Forests

Community Group Gets Forestland

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The checkerboard that defines Swan Valley, Montana, has a new green square.

A $10.7 million agreement--reached last fall by the Trust for Public Land, Bonneville Power Administration, and Plum Creek Timber Company--protects 1,761 acres from development in the spectacular valley in northwestern Montana between the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountains wilderness areas.

The transaction represents a victory for the Swan Ecosystem Center and its five-year effort to obtain forestland to benefit this rural community (see Winter 2005 issue). Under the multi-party pact, the nonprofit citizens group acquired half of a 640-acre section in the Elk Creek drainage, a critical habitat for the native bull trout federal officials consider a threatened species. The Ecosystem Center, based in Condon, will focus on enhancing the fishery and related habitat under a management plan with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, which acquired the other 320 acres in the Elk Creek section.

"It's kind of stunning," says Anne Dahl, the Ecosystem Center's executive director. …

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