FWP Proposes Conservation Easement Near Hinsdale

GLASGOW, Mont. (NMB) – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to purchase a conservation easement on approximately 3,400 deeded acres in Valley County, roughly 5 miles southeast of Hinsdale.

Conservation easements are partnerships between FWP and willing private landowners to conserve important native wildlife habitats and provide public recreational access. The proposed easement, called the Ash Coulee Conservation Easement, would provide protection, enhancement, and public access to prairie riparian corridors, sagebrush and shrub grasslands, and plains grasslands adjacent to the Milk River. A rest rotation grazing system will be implemented to maintain and improve wildlife habitat on the property.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal, and FWP will hold a public meeting at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow on Monday, June 29, at 6:30 PM. The meeting is expected to be small and will be held consistent with Montana’s Phase 2 social distancing guidelines.

A draft environmental assessment is available for review and public comment. The EA can be viewed online at fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/conservationEasements/pn_0044.html or a hard copy can be obtained by calling 406-228-3700. Comments can be submitted online, emailed to wildlife biologist Drew Henry at dhenry@mt.gov, or mailed to: MT FWP, Attn. Ash Coulee Conservation Easement, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, MT 59230.

For any additional information or questions, please contact Drew Henry at 406-228-3709.  The public can comment up to 5 PM, Friday, July 10.  If the project moves forward following public comment, it will go before the Fish & Wildlife Commission for a final decision.


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