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

Hunting - Region 6

Thu Jan 28 15:51:00 MST 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action of purchasing a conservation easement on 1,760 acres from Wetlands America Trust Inc., a division of Ducks Unlimited (DU). This property, called Pintail Flat, is located as a single parcel approximately 14 miles south of Dodson in Phillips County.

            The proposed easement would continue to conserve and enhance wetland and grassland habitats, perpetuate agriculture as the principle use, and maintain public access. The property is located in a priority area for conservation of migratory and upland game birds and their habitats. The Pintail Flat acreage provides habitat to a number of waterfowl species and grassland birds, and a portion of the property is identified as sage grouse core area.

            FWP plans to purchase the easement and implement the easement terms, including maintaining the present use of the pasture land on the property as livestock grazing. A rest-rotation grazing system would be implemented to maintain and improve range and wildlife habitat on the property.

            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. A public meeting to describe the proposed easement and collect comments will be held in Malta in the basement of the Phillips Co. Library on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. Written comments can also be mailed to: Pintail Flat EA Comments, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, MT  59230, or emailed to katsmith@mt.gov. The deadline to submit comments is no later than 5 p.m., Feb. 26.