Montana State parks releases prairie dog plan
By Moosetrack Megan


Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a decision notice has been issued for the proposed First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Prairie Dog Manontana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a decision notice has been issued for the proposed First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Prairie Dog Management Plan.

The decision recommends to move forward with the Adaptive Management Alternative which will remove or reduce prairie dog populations where necessary to protect heritage resources while maintaining healthy prairie dog populations where they do not cause significant adverse impact.
The Adaptive Management Alternative would manage prairie dog populations using a mix of control efforts. The management actions would be treated as experiments that have risk and yield data which would be used to improve future decision making.

It was determined that the proposed action would have no significant effects on the human or physical environment. Therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared. By notification of this Decision Notice, the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is hereby made the Final EA.

The public comment process for the proposed project was open from October 28, 2016 through November 21, 2016. A total of 34 comments were received with some comments addressing more than one alternative. Comments and responses are summarized in the Decision Notice.

To view the Decision Notice and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) now viewed as a final EA, visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmental-assessments/pn_0065.html

Or go to stateparks.mt.gov and click on ‘public notices/submit comments’.

This decision notice action is subject to appeal, which must be submitted to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks in writing and postmarked within 30 days (by February 24, 2017) of this decision notice. The appeal must specifically describe the basis for the appeal, explain how the appellant has previously commented to the Department or participated in the decision-making process, and how FWP might address the concerns of the appeal.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
stateparks.mt.gov

Contact:
Pat Doyle
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818
pdoyle@mt.gov

Betsy Kirkeby
Public Relations Specialist,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3343
bkirkeby@mt.govagement Plan.

The decision recommends to move forward with the Adaptive Management Alternative which will remove or reduce prairie dog populations where necessary to protect heritage resources while maintaining healthy prairie dog populations where they do not cause significant adverse impact.
The Adaptive Management Alternative would manage prairie dog populations using a mix of control efforts. The management actions would be treated as experiments that have risk and yield data which would be used to improve future decision making.

It was determined that the proposed action would have no significant effects on the human or physical environment. Therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared. By notification of this Decision Notice, the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is hereby made the Final EA.

The public comment process for the proposed project was open from October 28, 2016 through November 21, 2016. A total of 34 comments were received with some comments addressing more than one alternative. Comments and responses are summarized in the Decision Notice.

To view the Decision Notice and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) now viewed as a final EA, visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmental-assessments/pn_0065.html

Or go to stateparks.mt.gov and click on ‘public notices/submit comments’.

This decision notice action is subject to appeal, which must be submitted to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks in writing and postmarked within 30 days (by February 24, 2017) of this decision notice. The appeal must specifically describe the basis for the appeal, explain how the appellant has previously commented to the Department or participated in the decision-making process, and how FWP might address the concerns of the appeal.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
stateparks.mt.gov

Contact:
Pat Doyle
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818
pdoyle@mt.gov

Betsy Kirkeby
Public Relations Specialist,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3343
bkirkeby@mt.gov






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