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Swiss billionaire puts $35M into Montana conservation

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This 2007 photo provided by the Wyss Foundation shows Hansjorg Wyss at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. In recent years the publicity-shy billionaire who grew up in Switzerland, has quietly donated tens of millions of dollars to the preservation of pristine areas of Idaho, Nevada, Utah and other states. Now, what appears to be his most ambitious project to date has come to fruition as conservation groups this month closed a deal to purchase vast tracts of Plum Creek Timber Co. land in western Montana. Backers say the deal, which included $35 million in donations from Wyss, could shield an estimated one million acres from future development. (AP Photo/Wyss Foundation)

BILLINGS (AP) — Philanthropist Hansjorg Wyss grew up in Switzerland and now spends the bulk of his time outside Philadelphia, but it is the wild landscapes of the Rocky Mountains where he could leave his most lasting mark.

In recent years the publicity-shy billionaire has quietly donated tens of millions of dollars to the preservation of pristine areas of Idaho, Nevada, Utah and other states.

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