The attached Decision Notice has been prepared to approve the implementation of the 2011 adaptive management adjustments to the IBMP. The following adaptive management adjustments would be implemented for the IBMP, while other aspects of the IBMP and previous adaptive management adjustments would continue to be implemented.
• Allow bison on habitat on FS and other lands north of the park boundary and south of Yankee Jim Canyon until May 1. Bison would not be allowed north of the hydrological divide (i.e., mountain ridge-tops) between Dome Mountain/Paradise Valley and the Gardiner Basin on the east side of the Yellowstone River, and Tom Miner basin and the Gardiner Basin on the west side of the Yellowstone River (see Map #2 in the environmental assessment).
• Trailer up to 300 female and calf bison testing negative for brucellosis from the Stephens Creek capture facility to a double-fenced quarantine facility in Corwin Springs for holding until release back into Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in spring as necessary.
• Evaluate the effects of these adjustments and modify as necessary to prevent bison from occupying lands north of the hydrological divide and minimize the risk of transmission of brucellosis to livestock.
(Decision Notices - 02/28/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) propose to lease approximately 3200 acres of the 9000 acre Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (BLWMA) near Bynum, Montana for cattle grazing to better manage vegetation for wildlife cover and forage. This one year lease would allow cattle grazing during the period June 1 through August 31 in 2012. This grazing conforms with a 4-year rest-rotation pasture system that has effectively been implemented and practiced for each of the last 8 years on the Area. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 02/27/2012)
An Environmental Assessment by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to initiate an improvement project within Black Sandy State Park, which would include installing a prefabricated concrete structure on a concrete pad to serve as an office and visitor contact station for the park. The structure would be wired with electricity which is currently trenched to the proposed location
Montana State Parks is accepting public comments on these proposed improvements. Public Comments will be accepted until 5pm on March 21, 2012.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 02/26/2012)
It is proposed to continue grazing the 475 acre “Polloch Meadows” area of Cottonwood Creek and add another 400 acre pasture in Upper Cottonwood Creek area of the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 02/23/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and FWP proposes to remove northern pike, blue gill and, if time permits, yellow perch from East Fork Reservoir starting in spring 2012, prior to the late summer draw down proposed by the City of Lewistown. East Fork Reservoir is proposed to be drained to allow repair of the damaged gate stem on the upstream face of East Fork Dam. Removals may also occur during and immediately after the East Fork drawdown. The objective of the fish removal is to reduce the magnitude of fish in the reservoir that may wash downstream into East Fork Spring Creek and Big Spring Creek. It is anticipated that 100 – 200 northern pike and less than100 bluegill will be removed, but under ideal sampling conditions the number of northern pike could be much higher.
(Species Removal & Relocation - 02/17/2012)