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State of Montana and National Park Service to jointly develop new Bison Management Plan

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Date: March 28, 2014

U.S. Department of the Interior   
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park

Montana Department of Livestock

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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INTERAGENCY NEWS RELEASE
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For Immediate Release – March 28, 2014

Media Contacts:

Al Nash, Yellowstone National Park, (307) 344-2015
Steve Merritt, Montana Department of Livestock, (406) 444-9431
Andrea Jones, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (406) 994-6931
                  

State of Montana and National Park Service to jointly develop new Bison Management Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (State) have agreed to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider possible changes for managing wild Yellowstone bison and the non-native disease brucellosis.

The process will allow the NPS and the State to account for substantial new information and changed circumstances since the implementation of the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) began in 2001, and could result in the creation of a plan to replace the IBMP.

The NPS and the State will be working within the guidelines of both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) in preparing the EIS.

A notice will be published in the Federal Register later this year announcing the start of public scoping, which is an opportunity early in the planning and EIS process for the public, organizations, and other agencies to suggest issues and alternatives that should be considered by the NPS and the State.

The purpose of management is to conserve a viable wild population of Yellowstone bison while continuing to reduce the risk of brucellosis transmission to cattle, damage to property, and threats to human safety.

The NPS and the State will continue to implement the current IBMP with agreed upon adaptive management changes until new Federal and State Records of Decision are signed at the conclusion of this environmental planning and review process.

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