January 5th, 2019
Region 2 MTFWP Comment Coordinator
3201 Spurgin Road
Missoula, Montana 59804
To Ms. Sharon Rose:
The Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers highly encourages the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks to accept the public hunting access component of a conservation easement on the Buxbaum-Boulder Creek Ranch.We are thrilled that this project would secure significant permanent public hunting access on and through the property in a popular hunting district where game damage problems have become a significant issue on private lands. The access to nearby USFS lands that would be gained by this project is an exceptional aspect for our members. Preventing the subdivision of this private property is of extremely high value, as well. The various habitats on this property such as wetlands, grasslands and aspen stands are highly valuable to wildlife and protecting these place also highly benefits the opportunities to hunt their inhabitants.
The roughly 3,000 MTBHA members advocate to protect large parcels of fish and wildlife habitat as well as the opportunity for traditional non-motorized hunting and fishing experiences. Our organization advocates for healthy, connected habitat for wildlife, open spaces, and the continuity of Montana’s heritage of working lands. The primary benefits of this property are highly aligned with our organization’s values.
Please inform us of any additional activity on this proposed project and how we might continue to support this and other such efforts.
Hannah J. Nikonow, Region 2 Board Member
The Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
12 Orchard Court
Missoula, Montana 59803