Fish, Wildlife and Parks has proposed a seven-year grazing lease renewal on the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (BLWMA).
Gary Bertellotti, FWP Region 4 supervisor, issued a decision notice March 21. The decision came at the end of a 21-day comment period on an environmental assessment outlining the project. The decision must still be approved by the FWP Commission.
The 9,000-acre WMA is located on the Rocky Mountain Front about 12 miles west of Bynum in Teton County.
The grazing lease will allow cattle to be used as a management tool to remove residual vegetation, enhancing the availability and palatability of elk and mule deer forage on that portion of the WMA to be grazed. The WMA has been successfully grazed with a rest-rotation grazing system since 1990.