A proposed conservation easement located near Philipsburg would secure more than 1000 acres of public hunting access if approved by Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The Buxbaum-Boulder Creek Ranch easement, brokered by Five Valleys Land Trust, would protect 1,193 acres and allow hunting access in perpetuity. The ranch supports diverse wildlife habitat including important big game winter range as well as non-game species habitat, native grasslands, forested draws, pocket wetlands, and aspen stands.
The easement will be purchased using funds from the Montana Department of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Upon approval, the access portion of the easement would be transferred to FWP to administer hunting access. The proposed easement is adjacent to USFS lands.
MWF, Hellgate Hunters and Anglers, and Anaconda Sportsmen’s club wrote comments in support of the easement that will improve public hunting access and protect important wildlife habitat from development. Read the Letter of Support.
FWP will be accepting comments until January 18th.