Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) propose to renew anagricultural (crop or hay) lease on the Elk Island Wildlife Management Area for a 1-year period
(2012-2014) (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/21/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a permanent road easement, allowing the public to use the Stacey Creek Road to cross 0.4 miles of a private ranch in Powder River County. The road easement would be granted by the owner of the Wood Ranch (a long-time family ranching operation), and the easement would be held by the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service administers the public lands of the Custer National Forest along the western end of the Stacey Creek Road, which is referred to by the Forest Service as Beaver-Stacey Road #4769. FWP would be a signatory to the easement, along with the Forest Service and the landowner. In the unlikely event that Forest Service would ever decide to relinquish this road easement, the easement would transfer free of charge to FWP. (Decision Notices - 03/19/2012)
The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed renewal of an agricultural (hay) lease on the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area for a 3-year period (2012-2015). This project proposes to continue a share-crop agreement with a long-time, competent lessee whereby the lessee cultivates and retains the first-cutting of alfalfa and grain hay, then continues to irrigate but does not harvest the second growth alfalfa and grain hay instead leaving the second growth for wildlife use during winter months. The benefit and purpose is primarily for wintering elk and deer providing forage for 2,000 – 3,000 elk and 150-300 mule deer. The area is also used by upland game birds including sandhill cranes. The primary objective is to retain elk on the WMA during winter months and reduce elk presence on nearby private agricultural lands where elk come into conflict with cattle. This area is open to public hunting during the archery and general rifle seasons, and provides hunting opportunity for elk, deer and upland game birds.
This agricultural field has been under lease with the same lessee since 1989. The lessee has shown initiative in farming practices to increase productivity including fertilizing and conditioning soil, treatment of noxious weeds, has maintained the fields in good condition, and has fulfilled all conditions of previous leases.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 2, 2012. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/16/2012)
On November 25, 2011 the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission published MAR Notice No. 12-373 on the proposed amendment and adoption rules pertaining to nonresident take of falcons at page 2467 of the 2011 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 22. The commission amended and adopted the rules as proposed. (ARM Rules - 03/08/2012)
On November 25, 2011 the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission published MAR Notice No. 12-372 on the proposed amendment, adoption, and repeal of rules pertaining to raptor propagation. The commission has amended, adopted, and repealed the rules as proposed. (ARM Rules - 03/08/2012)