This month marked the final steps in a land exchange along the Big Hole River between the Bureau of Land Management and long-time Dillon area ranchers Jim and Dave Hagenbarth. They received 243 acres in exchange for 100 acres of the former Mantle Ranch along the river near the old Sodak Mill site.

According to Dave Abrams, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, the land had been in the Hagenbarth family since the 1940s. The consolidated lands will be managed for public recreation and protection of fish, wildlife and riparian habitat. BLM will do an environmental assessment next year, which will provide the public an opportunity to comment on how the land will be used.