FWP Considers Buying Land on Flathead Lake

By Beacon Staff

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is considering buying nearly 190 acres of farmland and wetlands on the north shore of Flathead Lake and adding the land to its wildlife management area program.

The Missoulian reports that money for the acquisition would come from money that the Bonneville Power Administration must set aside to mitigate the effects of its Hungry Horse Dam on the region’s fish.

The land eyed for purchase would be part of the agency’s efforts to protect ground water, surface water and wetlands around Flathead Lake.

If the deal goes through, the 189-acre parcel would be designated as the North Shore Wildlife Management Area.

Public comment on the proposal continues through Aug. 31.

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