Public hearings in Billings, Hardin on FWP land purchase

Public hearings in Billings, Hardin on FWP land purchase

Source: Billings Gazette
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold two public hearings next week to answer questions and hear comments on a proposal to add 425 acres to the Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area seven miles north of Hardin.

The meetings are set for: 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at FWP’s Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights; and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Big Horn County Extension Office, 317 N. Custer Ave. in Hardin.

In January, FWP issued an environmental assessment which recommends purchase of the property with management goals of riparian wildlife habitat conservation, upland habitat enhancement primarily for white-tailed deer and pheasants, and providing substantial public hunting and recreational opportunities.

After public comments are considered a final recommendation will go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and State Land Board.

The environmental assessment is available online at http://fwp.mt.gov. Follow links to News, Recent Public Notices, and Grant Marsh WMA Environmental Assessment.

In addition to the two hearings, people are encouraged to make comments in writing or online. The deadline for comments on the proposed purchase is 5 p.m. on Feb. 24.