May 18, 2023
Sonja Andersen, Wildlife Biologist
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 938
Lewistown, MT 59457
Re: Big Spring Creek Conservation Easement Proposal
On behalf of the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and our roughly 3,000 dues-paying members, please consider the below comments outlining our full and enthusiastic support of the Brevig Ranch Conservation Easement in the foothills of the South Moccasin Mountains along Big Spring Creek.
Our members value wild places, quality habitat, public access and the fair-chase hunting and fishing opportunities these things provide. It should come as no surprise then how excited we are for this potential CE along a Blue-Ribbon trout stream with multiple wildlife species present.
The Scoping Notice prepared by the Department highlights the perfect balance struck between the existing agricultural operation and public access for hunters and nature enthusiasts alike. Easements like this help conserve wildlife habitat and open spaces, while keeping working lands in Montana. The CE terms are both fair and generous from the perspective of both the landowners and the public.
The CE will open to public access approximately 2,322 deeded acres along Big Spring Creek on the Western Slope of the South Moccasin Mountains, an area with no historical public access and phenomenal wildlife and recreational value.
In closing, this CE speaks to all things Montana BHA cares deeply about and we offer our full support to move forward with the Brevig Ranch Conservation Easement.
Doug Krings, Lewistown, MT
Volunteer Regional Board Member
Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers