Montana Department FWP To Purchase A 154 Acre Conservation Easement On Private Property

Montana Department FWP To Purchase A 154 Acre Conservation Easement On Private Property
Lower Brazil Creek Conservation Easement EA Released

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

GLASGOW, Mont. –-( The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is proposing to purchase a conservation easement on 154 acres of private property from landowner Theresa Shipp.

The property is located about two miles outside Glasgow along the Milk River and Brazil Creek. FWP officials say the proposed easement will conserve and enhance riparian habitats, perpetuate agriculture as the principal use of this productive river bottom farm, and maintain public access to the property.

Wildlife species commonly observed on the Shipp property include white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasants, Merriam’s turkeys, mourning doves and a variety of waterfowl. This stretch of the Milk River riparian corridor also supports a rich diversity of songbirds and small mammals.

FWP would like to purchase the easement and implement the easement terms while maintaining the present use of the farm. A rest-rotation grazing system would be implemented to maintain and improve wildlife habitat on the property.

The easement terms and other details of the proposal are available in an Environmental Assessment (EA) that can be reviewed at . The EA includes a management and grazing plan, as well as a socioeconomic report. Hard copies of the document are available by calling (406) 228-3700.

The public comment period on the easement proposal will be open until 5 p.m. on May 12, and a public meeting will be held at the Valley County Courthouse in Glasgow beginning at 7 p.m. on May 5. Written comments should be sent: Attn: Lower Brazil Creek Conservation Easement, MT FWP, 54078 U.S. Highway 2 W., Glasgow, MT 59230. Electronic comments should be sent to [email protected]

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