Officials are asking the public’s opinion on a proposal to sell 692 acres of state School Trust lands in Lewis and Clark
The parcel is up the north fork of Stickney Creek near Craig, and is surrounded by private property, according to Jeanne Holmgren, chief of the real estate management bureau for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
“It’s an isolated parcel, with no roads or trails that go to it,” Holmgren said. “The timber we would manage on it is very poor, and the slope is steep and rocky.”
She added that the parcel was nominated for sale by Mark Pieloch, who leases the land around it for ranching operations.
“That’s not uncommon as part of the land banking program,” Holmgren said.
The DNRC will collect comments from the public, look at any issues raised during the scoping period, and then put together an Environmental Assessment. The proposal then goes before the State Land Board for preliminary approval.
“If that happens, we’ll conduct an appraisal and go back to the land board to set a minimum bid before it’s put out for auction,” Holmgren said. “We’ll take the high bid back to the land board for final approval, then close on the property.”
People who want more information can contact D.J. Bakken with the DNRC’s Central Land Office at 458-3512.
Comments can be sent to Bakken at 8001 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT, 59602 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org until 5 p.m. May 7.
Reporter Eve Byron: 447-4076 or email@example.com