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Draft EA on sage grouse conservation easement released for public comment


HELENA, Mont – The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program today released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the 54 Livestock Conservation Easement, which seeks to conserve sage grouse habitat on private lands in Central Montana.

The 54 Livestock project was selected for funding by the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team on Nov. 30, 2020. Stewardship account funds are proposed to be transferred from the Stewardship Fund for The Nature Conservancy to purchase a conservation easement on approximately 6,659 acres in Musselshell County, Montana.

Program Manager Carolyn Sime noted the stewardship fund provides a source of competitive grant funding for voluntary, incentive-based conservation projects that enhance, restore, and create benefits for sage grouse habitats and populations on private lands.

“Projects like this also create mitigation sites that can be used to offset impacts of development elsewhere in sage grouse country,” Sime said.

Interested parties may submit comment electronically or through standard mail. Written comments should be mailed to Carolyn Sime, Program Manager, Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program, 1539 Eleventh Ave., Helena MT 59620, and must be received on or before March 26, 2021.

Public comment may also be submitted electronically via direct email to sagegrouse@mt.gov, or by visiting https://sagegrouse.mt.gov/Grants and clicking on the ‘Submit Your Public Comment’ link. Electronic comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 26, 2021.

 

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