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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

US Fish and Wildlife Service Northwest Montana Wetland Management District Announces Draft Environmental Assessment Public Comment Period for Administrative Facilities

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2021


MOIESE, Mont. – Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction of replacement facilities to administer the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District (District).

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Rays of sun alight the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District. Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, USFWS.

On December 27, 2020, the president signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Division DD of the law contains the Montana Water Rights Protection Act, Section 12, which restored the National Bison Range (NBR) to federal trust ownership for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). The restoration includes the transfer of land, facilities and equipment during a two year period as established by the legislation.

The Service will continue to maintain responsibility to administer units of the National Wildlife Refuge Systems in northwestern Montana. In the past the District was managed out of the NBR, but with the restoration replacement facilities for the management of these areas are needed.

To plan for these needs, the Service has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed construction of new facilities to administer the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District. The Service is requesting public comment on the draft EA from September 28 through October 27, 2021. A copy of the draft EA document can be found on the Service’s Mountain Prairie Region website at: https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/refuges/ea.php. Comments can be submitted by email to: FW6NorthwestMontanaWMD@fws.gov or by mail to: PO Box 6 Charlo, MT 59824.

Learn more about the Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/benton_lake/about_the_complex.html.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen in the West, visit our website, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

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www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/



Contacts

Amy Coffman
Station Manager
(406) 644-2975 or (406) 210-9159
Amy_Coffman@fws.gov
Jessica Sutt
Public Affairs Specialist
(239) 238-3621
Jessica_Sutt@fws.gov



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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: September 28, 2021
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