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Land swap in the Breaks Monument a bad idea


The last thing landowners operating in the shadow of the Missouri Breaks Monument wanted to hear is that Gov. Brian Schweitzer and BLM Director Bob Abbey are reportedly in lock step over plans to swap out all the state land in the Monument.

Landowners are aware that monuments have a way of morphing into national parks and the removal of state and private land holdings could be a step toward that end.

At present, there is little chance a national park in the Breaks would be approved because parks cost money to run and our government is broke. But, during better economic times, elimination...

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