- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - State wildlife officials are moving forward with the proposed purchase of two conservation easements totaling more than 10,000 acres near Columbia Falls.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1leFD0U ) Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is planning to buy the 3,000-acre Haskill Basin property and the 7,150-acre Trumbull creek property for the South Whitefish Range Conservation Project. The agency is accepting public comment through Nov. 22.

The proposed purchase of the easements would allow for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat as well as public access from development.

The properties owned by F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. would be purchased with the help of federal funds, the city of Whitefish, private donors and donated land from Stoltze.

A public hearing on the project will be held Nov. 9 in Whitefish.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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