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FWP Seeks Comment on Proposed Conservation Easements Near Deer Lodge
Friday, March 29, 2013
Fish & Wildlife - Region 2
This news release was archived on Sunday, April 28, 2013

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposal to acquire three conservation easements on approximately 10,760 acres of private land north of Drummond.

The proposed Murray Douglas, Murray Creek and Douglas Creek easements would secure critical fish and wildlife habitat and guarantee fall public hunting access.

FWP will hold a public hearing at the Drummond Community Hall on Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm to discuss the proposed conservation easement and take public comment.

The lands being considered for easement are owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Blackfoot River Ranch, Inc., and the Manley Family Limited Partnership and would remain in these private ownerships and on state and county tax rolls. Traditional uses of the land, including livestock production and timber management, could continue under terms of the easements.

Funds to purchase the easement would come from a grant awarded by the US Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and additional donations by the landowners. The easements would be enforceable upon future owners of the properties.

A draft environmental assessment (EA), management plan, and socio-economic assessment have been prepared for this proposal. These EA documents may be viewed on FWP’s website fwp.mt.gov under “Recent Public Notices.”

The EA documents may also be obtained by mail from Region 2 FWP, 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula 59804; by phoning 406-542-5540; or by emailing shrose@mt.gov.

Comments should be directed to Sharon Rose by mail, phone or email at these contacts and must be received by FWP no later than 5pm on April 22, 2013.