Fri Jul 12 13:16:00 MDT 2013
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and the Montana Department of Livestock (DoL) for a proposed adaptive management change to the Interagency Bison Management Plan. Under the proposal bison that migrate out of Yellowstone National Park could access and utilize year-round habitat on public lands north and west of the Park. Portions of the Gallatin National Forest under consideration for year-round tolerance for bison on the western boundary of the Park are: 1) the Hebgen Basin; 2) the Cabin Creek Recreation and Wildlife Management Unit; 3) the Monument Mountain Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area; 4) the Upper Gallatin River corridor, and the Gardiner Basin on the northern boundary for only bull bison. Five alternatives with different geographic configurations, as well as a No Action alternative, are under consideration. The Departments invite you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment will be accepted until September 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. Hard copies of this Draft EA are also available for review at FWP’s Headquarters in Helena and Bozeman.