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FWP Seeking Comment on Draft EA for Purchase of Road Easement in Phillips Co.

Hunting - Region 6

Friday, January 08, 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has developed a Draft Environmental Assessment

(EA) for the proposed action of purchasing a 30-foot wide permanent road easement in northern Phillips County, and is seeking public comment on the proposal.

            The proposed Joiner Coulee Access Easement would allow the public to cross approximately one-mile of an existing road on private land, off of the North Dodson Road, to allow access to both BLM and State land. The easement would be granted by Wetlands America Trust Inc., a division of Ducks Unlimited (DU), and would be held by FWP.

            The proposed easement road has been used predominately by the hunting public to access BLM and DNRC lands adjacent to the Cottonwood Creek drainage through private land enrolled in the FWP Block Management Program since 2004.

            The public comment period on the draft EA will extend through 5:00 pm, Feb. 5, 2016.The Draft EA, and opportunity to comment, is available online at fwp.mt.gov. Printed versions of the document can be obtained by contacting the Region 6 office at (406) 228-3700. Written comments can also be mailed to: Joiner Coulee EA Comments, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, MT  59230, or emailed to katsmith@mt.gov.