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Sage Grouse Program seeking public comment on proposed mitigation system documents


HELENA, Mont –  The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program is seeking public comment on two documents setting forth a draft approach to Montana’s Mitigation System for Greater Sage-Grouse.

 The Habitat Quantification Tool Technical Manual describes the proposed mathematical approach for estimating the impacts of development or the benefits of a conservation project, respectively. The Policy Guidance document describes how the results of the Habitat Quantification Tool calculation would be applied by the Program, the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team, and other parties engaged in sage-grouse conservation.

These two documents are available for review and download. Visit https://sagegrouse.mt.gov/Team under the heading “Mitigation.”

Public comment may be submitted through standard mail to Carolyn Sime, Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program, Montana DNRC, PO Box 201601, Helena MT 59620-1601. Written comments must be postmarked no later than August 5, 2018. Public comment may also be submitted electronically using the Public Comment Web Tool located at https://appsi.dnrc.mt.gov/pubcomment/. Click on the word “active” in the left column for the document you wish to submit comment. Electronic comments must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. on August 5, 2018.

The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program works to sustain viable sage grouse populations and conserve habitat, enabling Montanans to maintain control of their lands, wildlife, and economy by avoiding a listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.