Elk management plan highlights commission agenda

2014-08-02T00:00:00Z 2014-08-18T14:19:18Z Elk management plan highlights commission agenda The Billings Gazette
August 02, 2014 12:00 am

Controversial plans for elk management in areas with brucellosis are on the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission‘s agenda when the group meets on Thursday in Helena.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and can be listened to live online.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ elk management plans for the Paradise Valley have drawn intense interest at past meetings. To keep elk and cattle separate, FWP has outlined several strategies — everything from hazing to fencing and even kill permits. On Thursday commissioners will peruse proposed management plans for the coming year and find out how successful this past year’s efforts were.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to purchase a conservation easement at Buffalo Coulee, northwest of Glasgow. The easement would cost $450,000 and apply to 2,825 acres owned by Potter Brothers Farms in Valley County. FWP would also commit to cost sharing on grazing system improvements and grass plantings, totaling about $78,000.

Of interest to Billings-area recreationists is a proposal to pursue the purchase of 10.5 acres across the Yellowstone River from Riverfront Park as a fishing access site with a boat launch.

In addition, commissioners will hear an update on the midsummer status of Montana’s water supply. A complete list of agenda items can be found online.

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