- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - More than 300 acres of ranch land in the Elkhorn Mountains are being protected from development.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supervised the purchase of the Jenkins Gulch land about 14 miles west of Townsend.

Jenkins Gulch is made up of open grass slopes, sagebrush and strips of conifers. The area is known big game winter range with other species also relying on the habitat.

Elk Foundation Lands Program manager Mike Mueller tells the Independent Record (https://bit.ly/1KE1zdR ) that there should be a lot of hunters happy about the news.

The Jenkins Gulch is one of several acquisitions in the Helena area that have come through the work of the foundation and other organizations such as the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Mule Deer Foundation and Prickly Pear Land Trust.


Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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