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Decision On Swan Forest Initiative Due Thursday

A map of lands in the Swan Forest Initiative
Lake County Conservation District
A map of lands in the Swan Forest Initiative

There’s a decision coming up on a proposal to have the state of Montana take over management of some federal lands.

The Lake County Conservation District board will decide tomorrow whether to move forward with state management of some Flathead National Forest land in the Swan Valley.

If the initiative passes, the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation would manage 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest within Lake County. The timber sales from there would go toward funding local conservation efforts.

The board has received over a thousand public comments about the initiative. Proponents say the timber sales would provide funding, while opponents say it’s an attempt to transfer public lands into state or private interests.

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