The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is once again strategically purchasing a tract of land that will improve access to national forest land in the state of Montana.

The 729 acre parcel of land is located in the Canyon Creek drainage, and contains portions of three creeks: Canyon, Specimen and Weino creeks, with State Highway 279 passing through the property.   The purchase of the property will significantly improve access to roughly 4,400 acres of national forest and is closely situated to the 2,210-acre Canyon Creek Wildlife Management Area.

The total price tag for the purchase amounts to $550,000 is will reportedly be made up from $260,000 from Lewis and Clark County, $240,000 from the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust, $35,000 from the RMEF and $15,000 from the Cinnabar Foundation.

Once the purchase is completed, the RMEF has plans to donate the land to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

“The public will be able to view this property while driving the highway and will have the opportunity to access it from the highway or from the (wildlife management area) for hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing,” the application stated.

H/T: The Missoulian