Public Comment Sought on Spring Coulee Land Proposal
Thu Oct 18 09:56:00 MDT 2012 Fish & Wildlife - Region 6
This news release was archived on Sat Nov 17 08:56:00 MST 2012
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to accept the donation of 1,050 acres of property located approximately 13 miles southwest of Big Sandy.
The property is located along Spring Coulee and also contains riverfront property along the Missouri River.
FWP officials say the primary purpose of this proposal is to conserve and enhance native areas that provide important habitat for game and non-game species. The property would be managed as a state wildlife management area to protect fish and wildlife resources and to provide additional recreational opportunities for the public.
Protecting and enhancing the existing habitat is expected to increase use by game animals, including mule deer, antelope, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, and mourning doves along with a variety of native species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals.
The Draft Environmental Assessment can be found on the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/. Additional details regarding this proposal are included in a draft management plan and socioeconomic report.
The comment period for this proposal runs from Oct.17 until 5 p.m. on Nov. 9. A hard copy of the Draft EA can be requested by calling 406-228-3700. A public meeting on the proposal will be held 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: Spring Coulee WMA Acquisition Proposal, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 2165 Highway 2 East, Havre, MT 59501