Forest Service Seeks Comments On Southern Gravelly Mountain Grazing Project

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick, Dale Olson

     The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) has released its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Strawberry to Cascade allotment management plan (AMP) project. This EIS will assess domestic livestock (sheep) grazing on eight allotments on the Madison Ranger District in the southern Gravelly Mountains southeast of Ennis. This EIS would also ensure consistency with all laws, regulations and policies.

     An issue of concern is potential effects of domestic sheep grazing on the wild Bighorn Sheep populations found on the BDNF. The concern is that domestic sheep grazing presents a disease transmission risk to the wild Bighorn sheep. Additional issues will be identified through scoping.

     To learn more about the project and to view maps visit  These documents are also available in paper or CD formats upon request.  Public comments are due by October 15, 2018.   

Only individuals or entities who submit timely and specific written comments about the proposed project during the public comment period will be eligible to file an objection. 

     People may to submit comments to Dale Olson, Madison District Ranger, by one of the following methods; mail: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Strawberry to Cascade Project, 5 Forest Service Road, Ennis MT 59729. Fax: (406) 682-4233, or email: Comments should include:  1) name, address, phone number, and organization represented, if any; 2) title of project on which the comments are being submitted; and 3) substantive comments including specific facts and supporting information for the District Ranger to consider. Please put “Comments –Strawberry to Cascade AMP” in the subject line for emailed comments.       

     For more information or questions concerning this project, contact Dale Olson, Madison District Ranger,, or Strawberry to Cascade Project Team Leader Jenna Roose, at or (406) 682-4253.