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Liberty County to hold public meeting on Sweet Grass Hills park proposal


The Liberty County Commission is holding a meeting Tuesday to discuss a proposed purchase of mining interests in the Sweet Grass Hills to create a state park.

Minnesota-based Mount Royal Joint Venture has proposed that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management buy out its interests in the Sweet Grass Hills. BLM put a mining moratorium on nearly 20,000 acres in the hills in 1996, including on the land where Mount Royal Joint Venture has mining interests. The moratorium runs through 2017.

Opponents to mining in the area have said they support creating a park in the hills and permanently banning mini...

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