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Action Alert: Support Bighorn River Habitat Purchase

Public Comment Needed

Please email the Montana State land Board and tell them you support the acquisition of riparian habitat along the Bighorn River.

On Monday, April 17th, the newly-elected members of the Montana State Land Board will vote on whether or not to approve the purchase of 425 acres of riparian habitat along the Bighorn River north of Hardin. The purchase would utilize Habitat Montana funds as a state match for federal and other funding.

The primary purpose of this acquisition is to conserve one of the largest blocks of intact riparian habitat remaining in the Bighorn River Valley while broadening the conservation footprint of the existing 141-acre Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area (also called “Arapooish”) A productive complement of wildlife habitat including mature cottonwood galleries and shrub thickets exist on the property, as well as nearly two miles of river frontage. The addition of this property would expand public hunting opportunity and facilitate fishing, birdwatching, boating and other outdoor recreational activities in perpetuity. If approved, it would create the largest block of public land along the Bighorn River.

The $1.57 million acquisition still needs to be approved by the Montana State Land Board.  This will be the first real test of conservation support for the newly-elected members of the land board. Please email your support for this land acquisition along the Bighorn River to: [email protected]

The members of the Montana State Land Board are:

  • Steve Bullock, Governor
  • Tim Fox, Attorney General
  • Matthew Rosendale, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance
  • Corey Stapleton, Secretary of State
  • Elsie Arntzen, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Please let the Land Board members know that conserving riparian habitat along the Bighorn is a great use of Habitat Montana funds! Learn more about the issue in this news article.

Meeting Agenda with Additional Information

Meeting Details:

Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Supreme Court Chambers

Mazurek Building

Helena, MT

You can watch live here. The Grant Marsh Addition is currently listed as the first agenda item.

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