A land swap between the Forest Service and two ranches at the southern end of the Crazy Mountains has officially closed.
The Custer Gallatin National Forest has completed the South Crazy Land Exchange in the range northeast of Livingston, exchanging about 1,920 acres of national forest in return for around 1,880 acres of private land, officials announced on Tuesday. Members of the public can now access the three new parcels legally.
Completing the South Crazy Land Exchange took officials more than a decade. It’s part of a broader effort by the Forest Service to consolidate national forest and improve public access in a range plagued by a checkerboard land ownership pattern.
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