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Wisherd family protects Blackfoot property critical to wildlife

from Montana Standard

The sign reading "Bonnie Jean's Berry Farm" has nearly disappeared in the tall grass between the Blackfoot River and Highway 200 in Montana. Motorists have an equally difficult time spotting the bighorn sheep that sun themselves on the cliffs above the north side of the road. But the occasional times they appear in the headlights right at this spot proves the significance of the Wisherd-Blackfoot Canyon Conservation Easement. The descendants of Arthur and Grace Wisherd signed the papers, putting 304 acres of their family homestead off limits to subdivision or development. The Five Valleys Land Trust partnered with Missoula County Open Space and the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation to bring the $100,000 deal together. more

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