Montana's Haskill Basin provides nearly 75 percent of the water supply for the town of Whitefish, located near Glacier National Park. The basin's working forest has been harvested by F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company for a hundred years, supporting a timber industry key to the local economy even today.
Any development on 3,000 acres of the basin near the Whitefish Mountain Resort and Iron Horse golf community would put the town's water supply and rural character at risk. The Trust for Public Land has secured an option to purchase development rights from Stoltze and permanently protect the basin's clean water, recreational access, and wildlife habitat. The land would continue to be managed as a sustainable timber forest. The plan has solid support from Stoltze management, the community, and local and state politicians-fundraising is in progress to complete the purchase.
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