The State of Montana and the National Park Service are jointly preparing a Yellowstone-Area Bison Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. The purpose of the plan/EIS is to conserve a wild and migratory population of Yellowstone-area bison, while minimizing the risk of brucellosis transmission between these wild bison and livestock to the extent practicable.
According to the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, this new bison management plan will replace the Interagency Bison Management Plan (implemented since 2001) taking into account available science and agency experience in managing bison and offers six different alternatives that were outlined in recent public “scoping” efforts.
The three meetings will give people a chance to review the initial work, with an open house where questions can be directed to NPS and FWP officials.
The comment period runs thru June 15th. Public scoping meetings will be held in Bozeman on June 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Gardiner on June 3 at the Gardiner school, and West Yellowstone on June 4 at the Holiday Inn. After the comment period closes, the NPS and state will analyze and consider all feedback received and begin the preparation of the draft EIS.
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