Clark Fork Coalition moves to divest from Deer Lodge

Clark Fork Coalition moves to divest from Deer Lodge

News Type: State Source: Montana Standard
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After more than a decade demonstrating how river restoration and agriculture can coexist, the Clark Fork Coalition wants to let go of its ranch near Deer Lodge.

In a complex deal before the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP), the Missoula-based conservation group plans to buy a neighboring ranch, combine it with its Dry Creek Ranch, place conservation easements and public access on the land, and then sell it to a private buyer.

The result, according to CFC Executive Director Karen Knudsen, would be permanent public access to 5.5 miles of rehabilitated Clark Fork River and 3,396 acres of the Deer Lodge Valley bordering state and federal public land while keeping the working ranch viable.