The July 7, 2017 IR front page featured a story about Lincoln and the new Lincoln Community River Park as part of the economic development effort underway in the community. We applaud the efforts of Paul Roos and the Five Valleys Land Trust in their efforts to make the new park a reality and to the members of the Lincoln community in ensuring it is cared for. Another partner in this effort was Lewis and Clark County voters.

Using funds from a 2008 voter-approved $10 million Land, Water and Wildlife Bond, the Lewis and Clark County Commissioners approved the use of bond proceeds for the purchase of the seven acres along the Blackfoot River to be used for the park. Bond funds have been and can be used for assisting, with partners, in funding of conservation easements or land purchases for the following purposes: conserving working farms and ranches, conserving working forests, protecting fish and wildlife habitat, providing outdoor recreation opportunities, protecting water resources and water quality, preserving open lands and natural areas, and managing growth and development. The creation of the Lincoln Community River Park is an outstanding example of how these bond funds can be used.

For more information about this effort, contact the Open Lands Coordinator at the Lewis and Clark County Department of Community Development and Planning, 406-447-8374

Connie Cole, Chair

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