The Nature Conservancy purchases conservation easement to preserve cottonwood forest on ranch

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GREAT FALLS, Montana — The Nature Conservancy has purchased a conservation easement that will preserve another 256 acres of Milk River cottonwood forest on the Cornwell Ranch in northeastern Montana.

The easement is the fourth the family has completed with the Conservancy, bringing the total to more than 12,000 acres.

The Nature Conservancy says the ranch west of Glasgow includes some of the largest blocks of cottonwood forest remaining on the Milk River.

The Great Falls Tribune reports ( ) that the Cornwells have wintered cattle on the property and will continue to do so under the terms of the easement.

The family has operated a cow-calf operation since 1947.

Some of the funding for the easement was provided through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

The amount of the purchase was not disclosed.

Information from: Great Falls Tribune,

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