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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)

Bear Creek Wildlife Management Area Management Plan


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has created a draft management plan for the Bear Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Madison County. When finalized, the plan will guide FWP’s management of fish and wildlife habitat and public access on the property, with opportunities for lessons learned and new information to be incorporated in the plan as needed.

(Region 3 - Plans)


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