FWP seeks public comment on proposed land acquisition in Hill County

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for comments on a proposed land acquisition near the Lost River Wildlife Management Area, 

east of Havre.  Photo courtesy of FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal for the fee-title acquisition of a parcel of property in north Hill County. The proposed purchase contains approximately 640 acres of property about 45 miles northwest of Havre. This property is adjacent to the Lost River Wildlife Management Area, and if acquired, would be managed as a part of this WMA. The property is located along the Milk River and consists primarily of Milk River riparian habitats and associated uplands.

The primary purpose of this proposal is to conserve and enhance native habitats that are important for wildlife species and to enhance public access to this property and the adjacent WMA. This habitat provides critical winter range for big game species. Protecting and enhancing the existing habitat is expected to maintain or increase use by game animals, including mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer, antelope, upland game birds and waterfowl along with a variety of native nongame species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals.

The Draft Environmental Assessment can be found on the FWP website by clicking on the tab for “Submit Public Comments” on the main page. Look under the “Fish and Wildlife” tab and under “Acquisitions, Trades and Leases.”

The comment period for this proposal will be from Aug. 18 through 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. A copy of the proposal can be requested by calling the Region 6 Headquarters at (406) 228-3700.

A public meeting will be held at the Hill County Electric Hospitality Room in Havre on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. to provide information on the proposed acquisition and take public comment.

Please send all written comments to the following address:

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Attn: Lost River WMA Addition Proposal

2165 Hwy 2 East

Havre, MT 59501

Comments can also be emailed to Scott Hemmer at shemmer@mt.gov. Additional information regarding this project can be obtained by contacting Hemmer at (406) 265-6177, ext. 224.

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