Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) propose to lease approximately 272 acres of the 1,585 acre Elk Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for cattle grazing to better manage vegetation for wildlife cover and forage. The proposed grazing lease will be used to improve vegetative conditions for pheasant and white tailed deer that utilize the WMA particularly during the spring, nesting, and brood rearing periods.
Elk Island WMA is located near the town of Savage along the Yellowstone River in Richland County. Elk Island WMA comprises 1,585 acres; however this proposal is relevant only to approximately 272 acres.
The proposed project is not expected to have significant impacts on the physical or human environment. Identified impacts are expected to be minor and of short duration. The project is expected to benefit wildlife habitat conditions in the long-term. Interested parties may find more information at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases.
The public comment period will extend for 21 days. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2013. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address below:
Elk Island WMA Grazing Proposal
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
P.O. Box 342
Wibaux, MT 59353