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Fleecer WMA Lease Renewal EA

Acquisitions, Trades & Leases

Fri Dec 18 00:00:00 MST 2009

The enclosed Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to maintain a coordinated rest-rotation grazing program on Fleecer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Divide, MT for a 3-year term to extend April 2010 through October 2012. The program, which began in 1982 and has been in effect in its current format since 1987, consists of a spring grazing exchange agreement (500 Animal Unit Months, AUM) with Smith 6 Bar S Livestock and a separate fall fee-grazing agreement (94 AUM) with Smith 6 Bar S Livestock and Russel Dupuis. The proposed grazing program would encompass 3,700 acres owned by FWP and 875 acres that FWP leases from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). In addition, 1,920 acres owned by Smith 6 Bar S Livestock and 640 acres that Smith 6 Bar S Livestock leases from DNRC would also be incorporated into the Fleecer WMA Coordinated Grazing System. This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, the State Library, and the Environmental Quality Council. It also may be obtained from the Bozeman or Butte FWP offices, or viewed on FWP’s website: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 16, 2010. Comments should be sent to the following address: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fleecer WMA Grazing Lease EA, 1820 Meadowlark Lane, Butte, MT 59701 or emailed to