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Missoula Public Land Managers


J. Corday, City of Missoula
Missoula, Montana

In Missoula, Montana, the Forest Service has been actively involved in a partnership of Federal, State, and local land managers. The group originated in the fall of 2004 when the Lolo National Forest Supervisor and Missoula District Ranger met with county commissioners and the city of Missoula’s Park Director to discuss the benefits of coming together to discuss common land  management issues. Today the partnership includes key people at the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, University of Montana, local land trusts, and county and city planners and open space staff. In 1 year, the group has produced a useful product—a map with layers depicting major land ownerships, conservation easements, elk winter range, riparian areas, and other significant features. Mapping helps meet the goal of fostering ongoing communication and coordination in this rapidly developing area of Montana. Balancing development with open space and wildlife needs is often the focus of these informal and constructive discussions that take place approximately every 6 weeks (Corday 2005).