Two public hearings will be held soon in Billings and Big Timber on a proposed land exchange that would put Alberton Gorge near Missoula, a popular fishing and whitewater recreation area, into public ownership. Public meetings were held in Superior, Helena, Missoula and Fortine earlier this month. Written public comment will be accepted until July 31 by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The land exchange is a collaborative effort involving Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Power Company and River Network, a private nonprofit river conservation organization.
The proposed plan would preserve a 306-acre tract for public use, including about seven miles of whitewater along the Clark Fork River. The land would be managed by FWP. Anglers, sportsmen and more than 30,000 whitewater enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists use the area each summer.
Public hearings are scheduled in the following locations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
July 25 FWP Billings Headquarters 2300 Lake Elmo Drive Billings
July 26 Big Timber Ranger District US Hwy. 10 East Big Timber
People may comment during the public hearings or send written comments by July 31 to Darlene Edge, FWP Field Services Division, P.O. 200701, Helena, MT 59620. Fax: 406-444-3023 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The draft Environmental Assessment may also be reviewed at the following locations: