Fish and Wildlife Commission approves Big Snowy Mountain land purchase

In a unanimous vote, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday approved the purchase of 5,677 acres in the foothills of the Big Snowy Mountains, north of Ryegate.

The measure must now go to the state Land Board for approval. It's next meeting is Sept. 19. If OK’d, the new wildlife management area could open to the public by next year.

Hailed by public access proponents and Commissioner Brian Cebull who called it a “jewel,” the property provides access to additional federal lands as well. The Bureau of Land Management’s 6,936-acre Twin Coulee Wilderness Study Area and the Forest Service’s 88,696 Big Snowies Wilderness Study Area on the south side of the mountain range abut the property.

Read more from the Helena Independent Republic here...

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