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Draft Environmental Assessment Grazing Lease Renewal for Portion of Beartooth Wildlfie Managment Area

Acquisitions, Trades & Leases

02/27/2014

The enclosed draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared regarding a proposed grazing lease renewal on a portion of the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (BTWMA). The 32,318 acre WMA is located in west central Montana along the western and northern edge of the Big Belt Mountains, occupying land in both Lewis and Clark and Cascade Counties. Questions and comments on the EA will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. March 20, 2014. The proposed 160-acre grazing lease would allow cattle to be utilized as a management tool to remove residual vegetation, thus enhancing the availability and palatability of elk and mule deer forage on that portion of the WMA to be grazed. This portion of the WMA has been successfully grazed in a similar fashion with adjacent and cooperating lessee Voegele’s Inc. for 21 years.

Contact Information

Cory Loecker MTFWP Wildlife Biologist 4600 Giant Springs Rd. Great Falls, MT 59405 (406) 454-5840 cloecker@mt.gov

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Thursday, March 20, 2014.