Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the evaluation of potential interim locations for the placement of brucellosis-free bison. The interim locations evaluated include: FWP’s Marias River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Spotted Dog WMA, tribal lands on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations, the Green Ranch (Bozeman), and the Slip ‘n Slide pastures (Corwin Springs).
Public comments will be accepted by FWP from September 15 through 5 p.m. on October 19, 2011, and may be submitted via:
• email to BisonSiteEvaluationEA@mt.gov, or
• regular mail to FWP, Attn: Interim Translocation of Bison EA, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Public comments can also be submitted at one of the following regional meetings:
• October 5 in Deer Lodge at 6:30pm in the Community Center
• October 6 in Shelby at 6:30pm in the Toole County Courthouse
• October 17 in Glasgow at 7:00pm at the Glasgow Civic Center, so that interested parties near to the proposed tribal sites can submit comments.
** UPDATE: Addendum added and public comment period extended.
The addendum to the “Draft Environmental Assessment for Interim Translocation of Bison” lists a range of costs and materials that could be used for proposed infrastructure improvements.
This addendum also emphasizes that if there is a finding during the public comment period that leads to the elimination of one of the sites, then the total acres assessed, and the total number of bison that could be placed on any of the remaining locations, could also be adjusted.
THE COMMENT PERIOD ON THIS PUBLIC NOTICE HAS CLOSED.
(Species Removal & Relocation - Mon Sep 19 22:53:00 MDT 2011)
A Decision notice has been prepared for the for the Poindexter Slough Fishing Access Site Habitat Enhancement Environmental Assessement. This project authorizes controlled livestock grazing and haying as tools for the benefit of upland bird and other wildlife habitat.
(Decision Notices - Mon Sep 19 15:15:00 MDT 2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of its proposal to acquire a conservation easement on 1,957 acres (to be known as the Sturgeon and King Mountain CE) and acquire fee title to 3,594 acres to form a Wildlife Management Area (to be called Douglas Creek WMA), north of Drummond in Powell County. The purpose of this proposal is to secure critical fish and wildlife habitat and to maintain compatible recreational opportunities and access for the public. The EA may be obtained by downloading the file below. Or, request the EA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; stopping by the Region 2 FWP office or by phoning 406-542-5500. Comments must be received by FWP no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2011. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - Thu Sep 15 14:29:00 MDT 2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites public review of its proposal to accept the donation of approximately 68 acres of private land adjoining the Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 7 miles east of Hamilton in Ravalli County. The WMA addition would protect elk winter range and improve public access. The EA may be obtained by downloading the file below. Or, request the EA by emailing email@example.com; stopping by the Region 2 FWP office or by phoning 406-542-5500. Comments must be received by FWP no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2011. (Due to technical difficulties, we have extended the dealine for comments to 5pm on October 14th.)
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - Mon Sep 12 13:32:00 MDT 2011)