The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for a land acquisition project involving purchase of 31 acres of land adjacent to the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for $28,000. This project proposes to acquire the land as an addition to the Dome Mountain WMA. The parcel is located on Hepburn Mesa, which is heavily used by wintering elk, and is important for alleviating conflicts with livestock producers adjacent to the WMA. The benefit and purpose of this land acquisition is to conserve critical elk habitat and prevent potential development within elk wintering range. Additional benefits will include new recreational and hunting opportunities on this parcel which has previously been closed to public access. The area will be open to public hunting during the archery and general rifle seasons, and provides opportunity for elk, deer and upland game birds. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. October 22, 2012.
Karen Loveless Livingston Area Biologist 1400 South 19th Avenue Bozeman, MT 59718 406-333-4211 Or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org