Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Winston Land and Livestock In-Holding Acquisition, Phases I,II,III

Photo of Winston LandProject Name: Winston Land and Livestock In-Holding Acquisition

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Year: Phase I: 2005
Phase II: 2006-2007
Phase III: 2007

Grant Amount: Phase I: $5,000
Phase II: $37,000
Phase III: $146,000

Total Project Cost: Phase I: $60,000-$80,000
Phase II: $172,000
Phase III: $146,000

Project: The Winston property comprises over 200 acres of private in-holdings deep within the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit of the Helena National Forest. The land features sprawling grasslands, meadows, rolling hills with pockets of partially timbered, fire-damaged land. Roadless, undeveloped, secluded areas are often hard to come by, even in Montana. These lands are a safe-haven to local wildlife for grazing and breeding and provide security to a variety of species.

Phase I Purpose: Preserve winter range for wild elk grazing

Phase II Purpose: Purchase of approximately 150 additional in-holding acres of land and continued conservation of elk winter range.

Phase III Purpose: Purchase of approximately 100 additional in-holding acres of land and continued conservation of elk winter range.

Private in-holdings in the Elkhorn Mountains threatened the winter grazing range that wild elk. With help from the Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust, under the guidance of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Helena National Forest Service, the Winston in-holdings conserve important elk winter range and prevent future development while maintaining limited public access to adjacent public lands.

Directions: Between Helena, Montana and Townsend, Montana on the west side of MT 287 within the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit of the Helena National Forest.

Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles.

Montana Fish & Wildlife Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 1993
Helena, MT 59624
Phone: 406-897-2580 or Email: fwctrust@mtoutdoorlegacy.org
www.mtconservationtrust.org