FWP seeks input on Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area habitat project
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: February 20, 2021

HAMILTON – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking input on its proposal to thin trees to improve wildlife habitat on portions of Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), just east of Hamilton.

The proposal calls for removing some conifer trees on approximately 1,100 acres of grass/shrublands and forested areas on the WMA. Thinning would improve deer and elk winter forage; restore more native grass and shrublands; promote aspen tree growth; and decrease wildfire risks.

Calf Creek WMA is important winter range for deer and elk and home to a variety of wildlife species including bears, mountain lions, birds, small mammals, and moose.

To review the draft EA and to comment online, go to FWP’s website, fwp.mt.gov, under “News and Public Notices.” Or, request information and comment: Region 2 FWP, Attn: Calf Creek Forest EA; 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula 59804; by phoning 406-542-5540; or by emailing shrose@mt.gov. Comments must be received by Monday, March 8, 2021.

If the project is approved by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission at their April meeting, the work could begin as early as December of 2021.