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New land sale ban to have little effect, agencies say


HELENA - A new Montana law banning the federal government from buying state land is unlikely to change how much land U.S. agencies own in Montana, federal and state officials say.

The measure, part of a bill Gov. Judy Martz signed, is intended to prevent federal agencies from purchasing any state land put up for sale, but land managers say such sales to the federal government haven't occurred for decades in Montana, and federal agencies have shown little interest in acquiring more land in the state.

Bud Clinch, director of the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, said lan...

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