More than 15,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber Co. land northwest of Whitefish will be conserved through an agreement announced Monday by the company and The Trust for Public Land. The acreage is almost fully surrounded by the Stillwater State Forest except for a couple of parcels that border private land, said Tom Ray, vice president of Northwest resources and manufacturing for Plum Creek.
Under the agreement, The Trust for Public Land will have an option to purchase 1,920 acres and establish a conservation easement on the remaining 13,414 acres that Plum Creek will continue to own and manage as a working forest.
All of the land in the agreement will be conserved, however, he added. Eventually the trust’s purchased property will be transferred into public ownership or to a conservation buyer. The agreement is subject to final conditions including appraisal and secured funding, Ray said.