Public Meeting on Access to Marias River WMA
By angelamontana

Posted: June 11, 2013

(photo courtesy of fwp.mt.gov)
 

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is holding a public meeting June 17 in Shelby on a proposed public access to the Marias River Wildlife Management Area.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Marias River Electric Co-op building, 910 W. Roosevelt Highway.

At the meeting, the public will have an opportunity to comment on a proposed agreement between Wanken Farms and FWP related to access to the WMA through Wanken Farms by way of Lincoln Road.

FWP and Wanken Farms negotiated a proposed agreement that addressed administrative access, limited public access, and landowner concerns. Some of the major points to the agreement are:

• FWP will have administrative access via the Lincoln road and both parties will be able to corner cross through each property.
• Limited public access via the Lincoln Road to the Lincoln homestead site near the Marias River. At the homestead FWP will develop three camping sites and three day-use only sites, which will be limited to the big game season for deer hunters with up to six hunting parties allowed per day during archery and firearm seasons.
• Wanken Farms will receive 360 acres of the most eastern portion of the WMA in exchange for these and other conditions, such as road maintenance and signage.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

(Report by Bruce Auchly – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)