Re: Montana Legacy Project

As the year ends, I can't help but be thankful to the good folks at the Nature Conservancy and all the residents of Potomac who worked so hard to conserve 32,000 acres of former Plum Creek Timber lands to the south of our valley.

This landscape will continue to produce trees for the timber industry, grass for summer range for local cattle producers and recreational opportunities for all through Department of Natural Resources and Conservation ownership.

The 2009 Legislature listened to the local folks and with broad bipartisan support, passed legislation to make state ownership a reality. Residents of other communities across western Montana are engaged as well in the process of deciding eventual ownership of MLP lands in their backyards.

We can all stay involved in the future management of the lands that go to public ownership. It's an opportunity we should not pass up.

Denny Iverson, Potomac

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