Monday, November 13, 2006

Montana Chapter News: Centennial Valley Ranch Purchased

The Nature Conservancy's Montana Chapter has announced the purchase of a 11,500-acre ranch in the Centennial Valley. This valley is part of the Greater Yellowstone area, and is used by wildlife that migrates to Henry's Lake, Idaho, including pronghorn and elk.

“This deal is huge,” says the Conservancy’s Tim Swanson, “not only because the ranch is within one of the most significant natural landscapes in Montana, but because of the richness of the ranchland itself.”

The purchase is part of an on-going effort to preserve this remote valley’s ranching history and rich wildlife habitat. So far, the Conservancy, area landowners and government agencies have used conservation easements and land acquisition to protect around 38,000 of the 100,000 acres of private land in the valley.

“This purchase guarantees that this ranch and the surrounding working landscape will retain its rural wildlife-rich character that hasn’t changed much in centuries,” added Swanson, southwest Montana program director for the Conservancy.

No comments: