The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed renewal of a cattle grazing lease on the Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area for a 3-year period (2013-2015). This project proposes to continue a long-standing agreement with federal (USFS and BLM), state (FWP and DNRC), and local ranching partners, the Wall Creek Grazing Association. Wall Creek WMA has been grazed by this arrangement since 1982. Benefits and purposes for this arrangement include: 1) an exchange of forage to benefit all parties by the improvement of condition and palatability of the forage base, 2) to employ a 3-pasture rest-rotation system across land ownerships in the elk wintering area to improve and maintain winter range conditions for elk, and 3) to enhance the desirability of the WMA lands to reduce elk presence on nearby private agricultural lands where game damage may occur. Currently, elk number 1,500-2,000 on the WMA and surrounding lands. This lease will be new from previous leases in that it will define responsibilities of the lessees regarding game range maintenance activities in exchange for receiving the low grazing rate. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. March 18, 2013.
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