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Beartooth WMA

FWP is taking public comments on its proposed grazing plan for the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area.

A cooperative grazing plan that enhances habitat for wildlife and fisheries over a large landscape adjacent to the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area is up for reconsideration.

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment the proposed grazing lease that would include a portion of the Beartooth WMA, which lies between Great Falls and Helena on the east side of Holter Lake.

The proposed grazing lease would use rest-rotation and spot grazing to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat on 9,520 acres of the WMA’s 36,000 acres.

Additionally, the proposed lease would incorporate 26,300 acres of Sieben Live Stock, 2,200 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management and 320 acres of Montana Department of Natural Resources lands. This cooperative effort would allow FWP to maintain and enhance habitat for wildlife and fisheries over a large landscape adjacent to the Beartooth.

Total project area covers about 38,340 acres of private and public lands.

Copies of the draft EA are available at FWP in Great Falls, or on the FWP website at:

A 30-day public review and comment period will run Feb. 5 – March 6.

Send comments to: Fish, Wildlife & Parks, BTWMA Grazing Proposal - Cory Loecker, 4600 Giant Springs Rd., Great Falls, MT 59405. Or by email to: Include BTWMA Grazing Proposal in the subject heading.


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