Land Board OKs last piece of Whitefish Conservation Project

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By: Patrick Reilly

Stillwater State Forest near Whitefish is set to gain more than 13,000 acres as a long-gestating conservation project nears completion.

The woodlands northwest of Whitefish Lake have a lower profile than Glacier National Park’s nearby peaks. But they shelter some of Montana’s most iconic species — grizzly bears, lynx, whitetail deer, trout — and drain into one of the region’s most popular lakes.

The Stillwater State Forest covers about 90,000 acres of this habitat, and the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project has spent the last year working to enlarge it by 13,398 acres. It reached its last major step Monday, when the state Board of Land Commissioners approved the transfer of 3,180 privately owned acres to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Read more at the Montana Standard