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BOZEMAN - A tight budget is forcing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to consider selling or trading some of its land.

FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the department is having trouble meeting operational and maintenance needs, and the kinds of services people have come to expect are not being met.

No decisions have been made, but the FWP Commission voted in February to allow staff to explore selling or trading six parcels of land across the state that add up to a little more than 440 acres. Areas being considered include the East Gallatin Recreation Area in north Bozeman, Lake Josephine in Billings and Indian Road near Townsend.

The FWP Commission says the department could sell or transfer the parcels to municipalities, counties or the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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