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Jan 5, 2021

Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Set to Acquire Nearly 100 New Acres of Public Lands Near Butte After Tester Efforts

Delmoe Lake, north of Homestake Pass, is popular with recreationists and protects critical habitat

After a sustained push by U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is set to acquire nearly 100 acres of public lands north of Homestake Pass near Butte.

The property, near Delmoe Lake, consists of six former mining claims that the USFS will purchase and add to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest for future generations of Montanans to enjoy.

"Our public lands create jobs and economic opportunity all across our state, and this good news means Montanans will soon have access to even more public lands," Tester said. "I am thrilled to have worked with folks on the ground to open these lands, which will help support Montana's outdoor recreation economy, conserve critical habitat for wildlife, and provide Montanans space to fish, hike, hunt and more for generations to come."

The Delmoe Lake area is popular for all kinds of recreation including motorized recreation and hunting, and serves as critical wildlife habitat - particularly as a migration corridor for big game. USFS expects public acquisition of the Delmoe Creek property to be completed by spring of 2021. Tester worked hand-in-hand to facilitate the acquisition with USFS officials and property owners who recognized the public benefit of the area opted to enter into the agreement rather than develop the properties.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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