Objectors raise concerns regarding East Crazy Mountain land exchange

Concerns that public lands proposed for trade to landowners along the east side of the Crazy Mountains will be developed — whether with condos, lodges and golf courses for the wealthy or mining — were raised during an objection resolution meeting hosted by the Forest Service on Thursday.

Twelve individuals, half of which represented state or regional conservation groups, aired their grievances regarding the Custer Gallatin National Forest's East Crazy Inspiration Divide land exchange tentatively approved last year.

In an attempt to consolidate public and private lands in the mountain range and near Big Sky, the exchange offers 3,855 acres of federal land for 6,110 acres of private property owned by six different parties.

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