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Horse Creek Complex Conservation Easement Draft Environmental Assessment

Conservation Easements

Tue Dec 19 14:53:00 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a Conservation Easement on approximately 15,376.36 deeded acres in Dawson and Wibaux Counties, Montana. Conservation easements are partnerships between FWP and willing private landowners to conserve important native wildlife habitats and provide public recreational access. The proposed Horse Creek Complex Conservation Easement provides excellent year-round habitat for mule deer, with more than 85% of the proposed easement considered high-quality mule deer winter range. The Land is within sage grouse general range and contains intact Wyoming big sagebrush grasslands that provide nesting and winter cover for sage grouse and habitat for other sagebrush associated species. The southern portion of the proposed Conservation Easement is good year-round antelope range. The northern portion of the proposed Conservation Easement has extensive green ash dominated hardwood draws and provides excellent habitat for sharp-tailed grouse, songbirds, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. Elk occasionally occur on the Land. The proposed Conservation Easement supports numerous non-game species, and is within the range of 39 Species of Greatest Conservation Need identified in the 2015 FWP State Wildlife Action Plan. A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review and public comment. The EA can be viewed here or is available upon request from the FWP Region 7 office, (406) 234-0900. (Please note that the document is quite lengthy and may take time to download.) Public comment is welcome and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018. Written comments can be submitted online, mailed or emailed.

Contact Information

Horse Creek Complex Conservation Easement EA Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Melissa Foster, Wildlife Biologist PO Box 1287, Baker, MT 59313 mfoster@mt.gov

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Thu Jan 18 17:00:00 MST 2018.