Bears saved from the 'burbs

July 2008
High Country News;7/21/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 13, p3
The article focuses on the Montana Legacy Project organized by the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land to save 320,000 acres of open land in western Montana and the grizzly bears living there by buying it from Plum Creek Timber Co. With this $510 million transaction, the U.S. Forest Service will obtain 90,000 acres while the remaining will become state or private conservation-oriented parcels. The federal government has announced that it would sell Qualified Forest Conservation Bonds authorized by the new Farm Bill to contribute half of the total amount. Moreover, the rest of the funds will be taken from the state government, private donors and from selling some parcels to conservation buyers.


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