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Spotted Dog WMA Land Exchange—Draft EA

Acquisitions, Trades & Leases

01/16/2018

FWP seeks public review and comment on its proposal to enter into a land exchange between FWP and Cross Canyon Ranch (CCR), a privately held property. FWP proposes to exchange approximately 460 acres of land currently within its Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA, located NE of Deer Lodge), for approximately 438 acres held by CCR. The exchange would consolidate each entity’s holdings and facilitate management of both the ranch and the WMA. Of special importance to FWP is the opportunity to create passage and enhance public access between the eastern and western portions of the WMA (between the headwaters of O’Neill Creek to Spotted Dog Creek), which currently is hindered by checkerboard boundaries. All exchange parcels are located in T9N, R8W, in Powell County. While the number of acres is not equal, the overall value of the lands being exchanged is comparable. A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared describing this proposal. FWP will hold a public hearing in Deer Lodge on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Deer Lodge Community Center (Cottonwood Street, north of the County Courthouse) to discuss the proposal, answer questions and take public comment.

Contact Information

Sharon Rose; R2 FWP; 3201 Spurgin Rd.; Missoula, MT 59804; 406-542-5540

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.