Elk foundation donates 40 acres of habitat
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has donated 40 acres to the U.S. Forest Service that will give backcountry travelers access to the Lolo National Forest from the Rattlesnake Wilderness.
The foundation made the donation in the last week.
Foundation Vice President Blake Henning says the foundation maintained the property for 18 years and always wanted to transfer it into public ownership. He says an outright donation turned out to be the best way.
Missoula District Ranger Paul Matter says the area doesn't have any real road access and is popular with wildlife.
The donation also removes a problem with so-called corner-crossing, where hikers try to stay on public land in areas with checkerboard private ownership.