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FWP to Pursue Blackleaf WMA Addition

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fish & Wildlife - Region 4

Fish, Wildlife and Parks will pursue the addition of 320 acres to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area, west of Bynum in Teton County.
Gary Bertellotti, FWP Region 4 supervisor, issued a decision notice March 14. The decision notice came at the end of a 32-day comment period on a draft environmental assessment outlining the project.
The decision now goes to the Fish and Wildlife Commission for approval. The action would also require the approval of the Montana Board of Land Commissioners. The board consists of the governor, attorney general, commissioner of securities and insurance, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.
The proposed addition consists of timbered grasslands and wetland habitat. The purchase and management of the property would protect year-round grizzly bear habitat, as well as winter range for elk and mule deer.
Currently owned by the Conservation Fund, the property would be managed as part of the Blackleaf WMA, which now consists of 10,397 acres.
The decision notice is available on the FWP website at:
http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/decisionNotices/pn_0689.html