Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) Region 6 has issued a Decision Notice for the Fresno Reservoir Wildlife Management Area Grazing Lease Extension. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is proposing to extend the grazing lease on the Fresno Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for two years ending September 15th, 2014. Grazing would continue to be managed under the current rest-rotation grazing system. During this extension, a new management plan for this WMA will be developed evaluating habitat conditions, role of livestock grazing, and management priorities for this area. The Fresno Reservoir WMA is located in western Hill County approximately 23 miles northwest of the city of Havre. It is northwest of Fresno Reservoir along the western edge of the Milk River. Extension of this grazing lease for another two years under the current system would not result in any foreseeable significant impacts to the vegetation or wildlife on the WMA, nor would it have any foreseeable significant individual or cumulative impacts on the physical or human environment. After review of this proposal and the public comments submitted it is our decision to accept the Decision Notice and Draft Environmental Assessment as final and to recommend the extension of the grazing lease on the Fresno Reservoir WMA.
Scott Hemmer Havre Area MFWP Office 2165 Highway #2 East Havre, MT 59501 406-265-6177 SHemmer@mt.gov