Bonner Development Group donation

A 33.56-acre parcel owned by Bonner Development Group may be donated to provide access to Milltown State Park's Clark Fork River frontage.

A slice of riverfront land just east of Bonner Elementary School could become part of Milltown State Park if a proposed donation gets approved by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board.

The Bonner Development Group has offered to donate its 33.56-acre property to the Montana State Parks system. Bonner Elementary School teachers have been using the site for several years for field trips and science class workshops.

The group acquired it in the mid-1990s from Champion International and managed it as a community park until 2006, when the Milltown Dam Superfund cleanup project got underway. The site remained closed to general public access while riverside revegetation efforts took place. Those were declared completed in 2016.

An existing parking lot, railroad underpass and freeway underpass would allow walk-in access to the property. It also has a historic train caboose, picnic shelter, vault toilet, short trail network and other amenities.

The property also forms the only current access to the north side of Milltown State Park east of the confluence with the Blackfoot River.

The public comment period will be open for 30 days and comments will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. The public is invited to comment online at stateparks.mt.gov and click “Public Comments & Notices,” or by email to MilltownEA@mt.gov.

Send written comments to: Montana State Parks, ATTN: Milltown EA, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804.

For questions about the draft environmental assessment and/or the public comment process, contact Michael Kustudia, Milltown State Park Manager at 406-542-5500 or mkustudia@mt.gov.

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