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Public Comment Sought on Milk River Ranch Proposal

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Fish & Wildlife - Region 6
This news release was archived on Saturday, November 17, 2012

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to purchase approximately 2,992 acres of property about 42 miles northwest of Havre. 
 
The property, which would become a state wildlife management area, is located along the Milk River and consists primarily of riparian habitats and associated uplands.
                                                                                                                        
The primary purpose of this proposal is to conserve and enhance native areas that provide important habitat for game and non-game species and to provide additional recreational opportunities for the public. 
 
FWP officials say this habitat provides critical winter range for big game species, and the Milk River serves as a migratory corridor for many types of animals. Protecting and enhancing the existing habitat is expected to increase use by game animals, including mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer, antelope, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and waterfowl along with a variety of native non-game species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals.
 
A Draft Environmental Assessment on the proposal can be found on the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/. Additional details are included in a draft management plan and socioeconomic report. The public comment period runs from Oct. 17 until 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. A hard copy of the Draft EA can be requested by calling 406-228-3700.
 
A public meeting on the proposal will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hill County Electric Cooperative Hospitality Room, 2121 U.S. Highway 2 West in Havre.
 
Written comments can be sent to: Attn: Milk River WMA Acquisition Proposal, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 2165 Highway 2 East, Havre, MT 59501. Comments can also be emailed to: shemmer@mt.gov.