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Future of Buffalo Jump State Park up in the air

By The Associated Press
Published On: Dec 22 2012 01:00:00 PM MST
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

Photo courtesy Montana State Travel Site

BILLINGS, Mont. -

Montana State Parks is taking comments on its plan to turn over management of Madison Buffalo Jump State Park near Three Forks to the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
    
The DNRC recently found out it owns the land and, by law, is required to make money from state trust lands. So it asked the state parks division to pay $4,272 annually to lease the property with a 2 percent annual increase.
    
State parks says it pays about $15,000 a year to maintain the site that only takes in about $1,800 from fewer than 2,000 visitors annually.
    
Parks Division Director Chas Van Genderen says the agency would rather spend money on more popular parks.
    
American Indians used the site for 2,000 years to run buffalo off a cliff.