Montana Land Board approves additions to two wildlife management areas

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By: Tom Kuglin

The Montana State Board of Land Commissioners gave final approval Monday for additions to two state wildlife management areas.

The Canyon Creek Wildlife Management Area northwest of Helena grows by 237 acres and the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Livingston grows by 161 acres following unanimous approval by the Land Board.

The more than 3,000-acre Canyon Creek WMA is bisected by U.S. Highway 279. The area provides recreation access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing as well as year-round habitat and winter range for big game and other wildlife…

The Land Board, made up of Gov. Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox, Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton and state Auditor Matt Rosendale, unanimously approved Canyon Creek without discussion…

Gevock noted the difficulty of managing an area with inholdings in encouraging the Land Board to approve the purchase, which they did unanimously.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission had also previously approved the Dome Mountain Purchase.

Read more at the Helena IR