Flathead Beacon Article 11-13-2012

“The Whitefish City Council unanimously voted to accept a deed of public recreation easement last week that permanently secures public access to 1,520 acres in the Beaver, Skyles and Lion Mountain areas west of town.

Dependent upon approval by the state Land Board, the city will hold the deed, which secures a corridor for the Whitefish Trail along with trail improvements, including parking, signs, kiosks, vault toilets, water access sites, fishing access and more for “the use and benefit of the general public,” according to city documents.

The deed is expected to go before the Montana Land Board for consideration on Nov. 19, along with a land banking transaction involving Michael Goguen’s Two Bears Properties of Whitefish. That transaction involves Goguen, a venture capitalist and philanthropist, purchasing 580 acres through which he will grant a public recreation easement to the city for a new stretch of the Whitefish Trail…” To read the rest of the article in today’s Beacon, click here.