Friday, October 27, 2000Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposed land exchange that would enable the agency to acquire the cliffs and the land between the jump and the visitor center at Ulm Pishkun State Park and a section of land within Makoshika State Park near Glendive from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
FWP is offering, in exchange, FWP-owned rangelands at Ulm Pishkun and lands just outside the boundary of Makoshika State Park. The exchange recognizes DNRC's responsibility to manage certain state lands to benefit state educational institutions and FWP's responsibility to manage lands to conserve the scenic, historic, archeological, cultural and recreational resources of Montana.
"The land exchanges proposed here are the result of years of work to ensure that these lands, in particular the actual buffalo jump at Ulm Pishkun State Park, are both preserved for the people of Montana and available for public use and enjoyment," said Doug Monger, Montana State Parks administrator. FWP acquired the land for the Ulm Pishkun State Park visitor center in 1996 and the center was completed in 1998. This land exchange would add the cliffs and lands at the base of the jump to the Ulm Pishkun State Park under FWP's management as a park.
Public meetings to review the land exchange and provide an opportunity for comment will be held:
- Nov. 1 from 7-8 p.m. at the Ulm Pishkun Visitors Center, 3.5 miles northwest of Ulm
- Nov. 6 from 12-1 p.m. at the Glendive Medical Center, 202 Prospect Dr., Glendive.
Comments will also be accepted through Nov. 25 by mail to: Ulm Pishkun/Makoshika Land Exchange; c/o Tom Reilly; Parks Division; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of the draft Environmental Assessment are on the FWP web site at fwp.state.mt.us under "What's New" by clicking on Parks, or by calling 406-444-3750.