FWP pursues addition to Blackleaf WMA

2014-03-22T00:00:00Z FWP pursues addition to Blackleaf WMA The Billings Gazette
March 22, 2014 12:00 am

Fish. Wildlife and Parks will pursue the addition of 320 acres to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area, west of Bynum in Teton County.

Gary Bertellotti, FWP Region 4 supervisor, issued a decision notice on March 14 following a 32-day comment period on a draft environmental assessment outlining the project.

The decision now goes to the Fish and Wildlife Commission for approval. The action would also require the approval of the Montana Board of Land Commissioners.

The proposed addition consists of timbered grasslands and wetland habitat. The purchase and management of the property would protect year-round grizzly bear habitat, as well as winter range for elk and mule deer.

Currently owned by the Conservation Fund, the property would be managed as part of the Blackleaf WMA, which now consists of 10,397 acres.

The decision notice is available on the FWP website at:

http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/decisionNotices/pn_0689.html.

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