- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A billionaire businessman is offering to give the government wildlife habitat near Yellowstone National Park in exchange for forest land within his ranch boundary.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1NujlDl ) that William D. Morean would give the government Slip and Slide Ranch — land near Yellowstone that the Forest Service has been pursuing for 30 years.

The Forest Service says the 538-acre parcel is valuable habitat for grizzly bears, bison, elk, mule deer and Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

Gardiner District ranger Walt Allen says Morean’s proposal is a good one.

The deal would have the businessman remove buildings on Slip and Slide Ranch, grant a road easement across his other ranch and give the Forest Service the right of first refusal on 90 more acres.

Morean did not respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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