Cornie Hudson, Field Manager for the BLM’s Dillon Field Office said this innovative land use transaction provides additional river access for public recreation opportunities as well as a way to protect wildlife and fishery values, wetlands and riparian areas.
“This acquisition is a great example of what can happen when people work together to reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial,” she said.
Hudson expressed her appreciation to all the parties who cooperated in the effort, starting with Jim and Dave Hagenbarth who initially proposed the land exchange in 2005. She also acknowledged the tremendous efforts of her staff and colleagues in the BLM Montana State Office who worked diligently to facilitate the transaction.
As part of the exchange with the Hagenbarths, the BLM transferred nearly 244 acres of Federal land which adjoins their base ranch operation.
The Big Hole River and adjacent public lands are popular for recreational activities such as fishing, boating and hiking. Several recreation sites with boat launches dot the river above and below the newly acquired lands located five miles downstream from Glen. This agreement offers additional recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
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