Fri Apr 05 16:54:00 MDT 2013
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared to consider a coordinated rest-rotation grazing program on Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Cameron, MT, for a five-year term to extend April 2013 through October 2015. The program, which began in 1982, consists of a spring and fall grazing fee-grazing agreement with the Wall Creek Grazing Association (WCGA). The proposed grazing program would encompass 6,149 acres owned by FWP, 918 acres that FWP leases from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and 300 acres owned by the BLM. There are an additional 9,503 acres of Forest Service land incorporated in this coordinated grazing system. Total acreage affected by the proposed action is 16,870 acres. Slight modifications to the Draft Environmental Assessment have been made as noted in the FWP response. The Draft Environmental Assessment, together with this Decision Notice, will serve as the final document for this proposal. It is my decision, based on the Environmental Assessment and public comment, to approve the implementation of Alternative B for renewal of the grazing lease on Wall Creek WMA for a five year period, and that there will be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. I therefore conclude that the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. The Decision Notice may also be obtained from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov.