Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:14 AM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News
Updated: Jul 27, 2012 10:15 AM
WHITEFISH- The Whitefish Legacy Partners group held a special trail event on Thursday evening for local, state and federal organizations, as well as the public, to discuss future plans for the Whitefish trail system.
The first part of future proposals involves the trail system and it's connectivity to public lands, such as Lion Mountain, Beaver Lake, Swift Creek and Spencer Mountain.
Whitefish Legacy Partners hopes to provide permanent access and restrict residential, commercial and industrial development in areas like Beaver and Skyles lakes.
The group already received a pledge of over $1 million from the Goguen Family, but still needs to raise an additional $1 million to meet current goals.
"We're pretty excited about what we've created with the Whitefish Trail. And we're working hard to permanently protect this entire landscape, and have 2,500 acres under a plan with the DNRC, to make sure that we generate enough revenue to support permanently protecting the area," Whitefish Legacy Partners Executive Director Heidi Van Everen explained.
The proposed area will include trails, which will go by Whitefish Lake, The Beaver Lakes and many more. Members of the Whitefish Legacy Project also say working on these State Trust Lands will help generate more revenue than ever before for Montana's schools and universities.