April 11, 2006

The Missoulian reports on the Clark Fork Coalition’s ranch in the Deer Lodge Valley, where it says the EPA will be welcome to start work on the cleanup. “We’ll have some more standing with the agencies when it comes to the cleanup on this piece of ground because it’s ours,” said coalition director Tracy Stone- Manning. “We’re going to know firsthand how the cleanup affects ag operations.” The 2300-acre ranch, purchased last summer, also explores new approaches to ranching, such raising new breeds of cattle and direct marketing grass-fed beef. “When we’re trying to tell people that you can have cows and a river cleanup too, we decided we’d make darn sure we’re right,” said Stone-Manning.

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