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DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) ASH COULEE CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROPOSAL

Conservation Easements

06/09/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a perpetual conservation easement on approximately 3,400 deeded acres in Valley County, approximately 5 miles southeast of Hinsdale, Montana. Conservation easements are partnerships between FWP and willing private landowners to conserve important native wildlife habitats and provide public recreational access. The proposed easement, called the “Ash Coulee Easement,” would provide protection, enhancement, and public access to prairie riparian corridors, sagebrush and shrub grasslands, and plains grasslands. A rest rotation grazing system will be implemented to maintain and improve wildlife habitat on the property. A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review and public comment. Public comment is welcome and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2020. Written comments can be submitted online as well as mailed or emailed. There will be a public meeting held at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Drew Henry, Wildlife Biologist, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, MT 59230,406-228-3709, dhenry@mt.gov.

Public Comment

Please give us your feedback on this public notice. Comments must be received by Friday, July 10, 2020 5:00 PM