Undeveloped parcels will be managed for wildlife habitat, primitive recreation near Reed Point
BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has purchased two Yellowstone River island parcels upstream of the existing Indian Fort Fishing Access Site near Reed Point. The parcels were acquired with restoration funds administered by the Natural Resource Damage Program as a result of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company July 1, 2011, Yellowstone River oil spill.
The parcels, totaling approximately 107 acres, will remain undeveloped to provide natural riverine function, wildlife habitat and primitive recreation opportunities. FWP purchased the property from Otter Creek Ranch, LLC, in partnership with Bozeman-based conservation real estate firm Beartooth Group.
“We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to get these islands in the hands of the state of Montana,” said Robert Keith, founder and managing principal of Beartooth Group. “Now, they can be enjoyed by the public, while they continue to function as vital habitat in the Yellowstone River.”
The public will have access to the property immediately.