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Canyon Ferry WMA Prescribed Fire EA


The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the potential use of prescribed fire as a habitat management tool on the Canyon Ferry Ferry Wildlife Management Area (CFWMA). Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is proposing to utilize prescribed fire on the Canyon Ferry WMA as needed to improve wildlife habitat conditions for waterfowl, upland game birds (primarily pheasant) and big game (primarily white-tailed deer and moose). Prescribed fire would be utilized to revitalize decadent stands of dense nesting cover and other areas of herbaceous vegetation, improve the structure of decadent stands of cattails and bulrushes or to help kill cattails if needed to create more open water in ponds, and to regenerate decadent stands of willows and sprouting shrubs. Prescribed fire may Also be used to at least temporarily remove willows and other dense stands of brush from pond shorelines in areas to improve waterfowl access to adjacent nesting and brood-rearing habitat. Some mechanical treatment (slashing) of vegetation might occur in some areas prior to any prescribed burn to help manage/control the prescribed burn. Prescribed fire would be used as needed around the Canyon Ferry WMA and as time, conditions, manpower and funding allows. The location and amount of acreage to be burned in any one year (if any) would vary on an annual basis. Prescribed burns would typically occur during the dormant season in late winter to early spring (late February – early April) as conditions allow, unless it was deemed that another time frame was more appropriate to achieve management objectives. Prescribed fire would not be used to burn irrigated agricultural areas that are cropped by agricultural lessees. Burn plans and prescribed fires for habitat improvement on the CFWMA would be done by USFS and/or DNRC (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) fire personnel.

(Region 3 - Plans)

Fleecer Wildlife Management Area Grazing Lease Renewal


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to maintain a coordinated grazing program on the Fleecer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for a 4-year term to extend May 2019 through October 2022. The program, which began in 1982 and has been modified over the years to better suit habitat objectives, would consist of a spring grazing exchange agreement (up to 500 Animal Unit Months [AUMs]) with Fleecer Cattle Company (formerly Smith 6 Bar S Livestock) and a separate fall fee-grazing agreement (94 AUMs) with Fleecer Cattle Company and Russel Dupuis. Spring grazing would occur every other year as intensive grazing in a pasture dominated by smooth brome. Fall grazing would occur in a rest-rotation fashion on the remaining three pastures of Fleecer WMA. Fleecer Cattle Company would rest one pasture annually in exchange for spring grazing on the WMA. This grazing program would involve 3,700 acres of FWP land, 875 acres of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) land leased by FWP, 1,920 acres of Fleecer Cattle Company land, and 640 acres of DNRC land leased by Fleecer Cattle Company. In addition, it would dovetail with the adjacent Forest Service grazing system of 6,080 acres. Total acreage involved would be 13,215 acres.

(Region 3 - Plans)

North Shore WMA Management Plan Draft


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for the North Shore Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The North Shore WMA is located in Flathead County approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell, between the towns of Somers and Bigfork. The management plan identifies the objectives for wildlife habitat, weed management, infrastructure, and public recreation. The plan also identifies proposed management actions that will be implemented to help achieve these objectives. The comment period will run from December 19, 2018, through January 25, 2019.

(Region 1 - Plans)


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