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Public Comment Sought on Proposed Buffalo Coulee Conservation Easement

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fish & Wildlife - Region 6

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposes to purchase a conservation easement on approximately 2,825 acres of private land in the Glasgow area.
 
The property, owned by Potter Brothers Farms, is located approximately two miles southwest of Vandalia in Buffalo Coulee and also includes property located four miles northwest of Glasgow and two miles east of Tampico on the Milk River.
 
FWP officials say the proposed easement will preserve the integrity of the native habitats and traditional agricultural use on this property and will maintain public access to this land. 
 
The primary habitats that will be conserved and enhanced on this property include riparian corridors, sagebrush and shrub grasslands and plains grasslands. A rest-rotation grazing system would be implemented to maintain and improve wildlife habitat on the property. Critical winter range for migrating antelope and habitat that serves as migratory linkage for sage grouse will also be protected by maintaining and improving existing habitat.
 
In addition, wildlife use, including sharp-tailed grouse, mule deer, white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasants, Merriam’s turkeys, mourning doves, several species of ducks, and a wide variety of native species of migratory birds, songbirds, small mammals and bats will be perpetuated.
 
Additional details about the proposed easement can be found in a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) that can be accessed online in the public notices section at fwp.mt.gov. A management and grazing plan and socioeconomic report are also included.
 
Hard copies of the Draft EA are available by calling 406-228-3700. The public comment period runs from Oct. 17 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9. A public meeting on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov.7 at the Valley County Courthouse in Glasgow.
 
Please submit comments to Attn: Buffalo Coulee Conservation Easement, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 54078 U.S. Highway 2 West, Glasgow, MT 59230. Comments can also be emailed to katsmith@mt.gov.