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BLM to buy 13K acres in the lower Blackfoot


EVE BYRON | Aug 13, 2019

Public ownership of lands in the Lower Blackfoot River corridor are increasing incrementally, after the Bureau of Land Management signed paperwork this week to purchase 13,000 acres from The Nature Conservancy.

Joe Ashor, the BLM’s Missoula field manager, said the agency expects to acquire 7,300 acres for $5.6 million this year, using money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The federal agency anticipates purchasing another 5,700 acres for $3.5 million in 2020, also using LWCF monies.