BLM extends comment period on APR's bison grazing proposal

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The American Prairie Reserve is seeking to have more BLM-managed land opened to bison grazing under a proposal currently out for public comment.

Brett French Brett French

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the comment period from 60 to 90 days for its draft environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a bison grazing proposal on lands leased by American Prairie Reserve in Phillips County.

Gov. Greg Gianforte requested an extension earlier this month saying the timing of the comment period could interfere with landowners’ haying or harvesting season. He also said inadequate internet service in the rural region could make it hard to attend a scheduled virtual meeting on July 21. He suggested five in-person meetings be held.

The BLM’s announcement of the change on Tuesday did little to lessen the governor’s concerns.

“With the BLM scheduling one virtual meeting in the middle of the afternoon when farmers and ranchers are working, the governor will continue to press the BLM to engage Montanans with in-person, face-to-face public

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