Land exchanges take a long time, but one that’s been in the works north of Gardiner appears to be closing in on the finish line. The area proposed in the swap would give the Custer Gallatin National Forest more than 580 acres along Slip and Slide Creek. The parcel sits next to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks land holding that is part of the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area. So the land would be a good addition to a key migration corridor for elk just north of Yellowstone National Park.
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)