Wed Feb 26 10:31:00 MST 2014
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) proposes to renew an agricultural (crop / hay) lease on 323 acres on Seven Sisters Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The proposed lease will be for a 3-year period (April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2017). The purpose of the proposed lease is to provide cover and forage for wildlife, especially white-tailed deer and pheasants. Utilizing the Environmental Assessment (EA) and public comment, a decision must be rendered by FWP which addresses the concerns and issues identified for this proposed action. FWP’s analysis supports the agricultural lease of Seven Sisters WMA as proposed. We find there to be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. Therefore, we conclude that the EA is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. After review of this proposal, it is our decision to accept the draft EA as supplemented by this Decision Notice as final, and to recommend the continuation of the agricultural lease for Seven Sisters WMA.