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333.823 MONTANA STATE LIBRARY 

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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 

FOR DECEMBER 3, 2002 

STATE OF MONTANA OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE 



STATE DOCUMENTS COLLECTION 

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MONTANA STATE LIBRARY 

1515 E. 6th AVE. 
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MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

Trust Land Management Division 

Minerals Management Bureau 

Helena, MT 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 



TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 



JUDY H. MARTZ, GOVERNOR 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



DIRECTOR'S OFFICE (406) 444-2074 
TELEFAX NUMBER (406) 444-2684 



1625 ELEVENTH AVENUE 



PO BOX 201601 
HELENA, MONTANA 59620-1601 



October 29, 2002 



To Whom It May Concern: 

I have reviewed the attached Environmental Assessment for the December 3, 2002 lease sale. I 
concur with the recommendation to add to the basic State of Montana Oil and Gas lease the 
additional lease stipulations specified for each tract in Appendix A. (Note: Application number 
5017 in Gallatin County has been withdrawn from this lease sale by the nominating applicant). 
In conjunction with the basic lease agreement, these stipulations sufficiently mitigate potential 
environmental concerns with leasing the proposed tracts. All tracts are stipulated for subsequent, 
site-specific environmental review if any activity is proposed on the surface of the tract. For the 
tracts located on the area east of the Rocky Mountain Front, the "Rocky Mountain Front" 
stipulation is proposed. This stipulation expressly prohibits use of the surface of the tract unless 
the Land Board approves such use. Further, this stipulation explicitly reserves to the State the 
right to deny such use, if approval would not constitute the best use of trust resources or would 
not be in the best interest of the State of Montana. Accordingly, there is no need for an HIS for 
this lease sale. 



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Monte G. Mason, Chief 
Minerals Management Bureau 



Date 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 



^W\\ JUDY H. MARTZ, GOVERNOR 



1625 ELEVENTH AVENUE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



DIRECTOR'S OFFICE (406) 444-2074 
TELEFAX NUMBER (406) 444-2684 



PO BOX 201601 
HELENA, MONTANA 59620-1601 



ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 

ON THE 

December 3, 2002 

OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE 

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

Trust Land Management Division 



I. Introduction 

The State of Montana owns over six million acres of oil and gas rights 
that are scattered across the state. The lands that these mineral rights lie 
under are varied, consisting of timber, grazing, and agricultural land. The 
state also owns mineral rights below navigable lakes and streams in Montana. 
Each land type will be impacted differently by oil and gas related activity. 

This document contains the environmental review of lands nominated for 
oil and gas leasing for the December 3, 2002 lease sale. Alternatives 
reviewed in this document are 1) No Action - deny the oil and gas lease; and 
2) Approve the oil and gas lease with appropriate stipulations. 

II. Purpose and Need for the Action 

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) - 
Trust Land Management Division (TLMD) received nominations for 70 tracts of 
land totaling 33,586.59 acres for the purpose of oil and gas exploration and 
development. A listing of these tracts and their locations is found in 
Appendix A. The nominating applicant withdrew preliminary application number 
5017 in Gallatin County from the December 3, 2002 lease sale prior to 
completion of this environmental assessment. 

Prior to leasing the nominated tracts, the TLMD must review each tract 
for potential impacts on the human and natural environment from oil and gas 
operations. By leasing lands for oil and gas exploration, the trusts 
administered by TLMD benefit from rental and potential royalty income. A copy 
of the lease form is included in Appendix Bl. 

III. Agency Responsibilities 

A. Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) - Trust Land 
Management Division (TLMD) is authorized to lease state-owned oil and gas for 
exploration and development (MCA 77-3-401, et seq.). Oil and gas lease sales 
occur quarterly, as required by ARM 26.3.206(1). Under the Montana Environmental 
Policy Act (MCA 75-1-201, et seq.), the TLMD must review leasing of nominated 
tracts for potential impacts on the human and natural environment prior to 
leasing unless a clause for denial of activity is added to the lease. 



The TLMD must decide whether to lease the nominated tracts with appropriate 
stipulations or deny leasing. 

B. Board of Oil and Gas Conservation 

The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) is responsible for requiring 
"measures to be taken to prevent contamination of or damage to surrounding land 
or underground strata caused by drilling operations and production..." (MCA 82- 
11-111(2) (a)). The BOGC issues permits for oil and gas drilling operations (MCA 
82-11-122), and also oversees proper plugging and abandonment of seismic 
shotholes and oil and gas wells (MCA 82-11-123(4)). All permitting by the BOGC 
is subject to an environmental review under the Montana Environmental Policy Act 
(MCA 75-1-201, et seq.) . A programmatic EIS on oil and gas activity was 
completed by the BOGC in 1989 (BOGC, 1989) and is incorporated in this EA by 
reference. TLMD adopts the conclusions and information contained in that EIS. 

The BOGC is not involved in leasing decisions taken by the TLMD. 

IV. Procedure 

Notification of the tracts nominated for lease was submitted to the 
following agencies and individuals for review and comments: 

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation - Trust Land 

Management Division Area Office Managers 
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation - TLMD 
Archeologist and Hydrologist/geologist 
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation - TLMD 

Minerals Management Bureau Chief, Forest Management Bureau 

Chief, and Land Management Section Supervisor - Agricultural 

and Grazing Bureau 
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Offices and 

Field Biologists at applicable Area Resource Offices 
Montana Natural Heritage Program 
Helena National Forest Supervisor 
Gallatin National Forest Supervisor 
Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor 
Bureau of Land Management, Billings 
U.S. D.I. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Blackfeet Agency, Browning 
Blackfeet Cultural Program 
Oil and Gas Lease Sale Mailing List 
Department Website 

(http : //www.dnrc . state .mt .us/ trust /tlmdhome .htm) 

Comments received from these agencies and individuals are reviewed and 
stipulations are developed for each tract nominated for leasing. Agency comments 
are located in Appendix C. Appendix D is used for public comments. The 
department received 3 public comments as of the October 25, 2002 public comment 
deadline. The department received no late comments as of the October 29, 2002 
completion of this environmental assessment. If any late comments regarding the 
December 3, 2002 sale are received after this time, they will be included in 
Appendix E in the EA file. 

Issues reviewed for this process include: 

The presence of sensitive plant and animal communities. 

The presence of historical or cultural sites. 

Potential impacts of oil and gas related activities on soils, 

hydrology, wildlife, vegetation, and human resources. 
Potential for "No Surface Occupancy" restrictions. 

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Potential conflicts with current land use (such as 

Federal Farm Programs including CRP) . 
Other potential resources for the tract. 

Field evaluations from past inspections, information from DNRC-TLMD field 
office files, and, if necessary, additional on-site evaluations are used 
by the TLMD field staff in assessing potential impacts from oil and gas 
leasing and subsequent development. Information contained in the programmatic 
EIS produced by the BOGC (BOGC, 1989) is also utilized in determining the 
potential impacts of future oil and gas development for the nominated tracts. 
Stipulations are then attached to the lease to provide resource protection during 
future lease operations. These stipulations range from strict, no surface 
occupancy restrictions to requirements for operating plan approval (with the 
potential of future denial) to buffer and avoidance stipulations, and surface 
damage settlement issues. A list of example stipulations is located in Appendix 
B2 . Four of these stipulations, A-2, B, C, and D, are placed on all leases and 
are denoted in Appendix B2 with an asteris)<:. Operating plan review is required 
on all leases either through the use of stipulation A-1 or the sensitive areas 
stipulations F-1, F-2, or F-3 (see Appendix B2). 

The Montana State Board of Land Commissioners adopted the following 
resolution at their June 18, 2001 meeting: 

"The approval of the June 5, 2001 oil and gas lease sales in no way 
commits the land board to approval of coal bed methane production on 
these or any other outstanding leases. Any coal bed methane 
extraction wells would require subsequent review and approval by the 
board . " 

Since it is unknown at the time of leasing the type of targets that are being 
sought, stipulation A-2 has been modified to include Land Board review of any 
coal bed methane activities. 

For all nominated tracts, additional environmental assessments will be 
completed with the receipt of an operating plan by both TLMD and the BOGC. 
Potential problems are mitigated at that time through modifications in the plan. 
TLMD can not deny drilling of a well unless stipulated at the time of the lease, 
but stipulations can be added to the operating plan to mitigate impacts. The 
BOGC, however, may deny a drilling permit or include additional stipulations in 
the drilling permit. 

For tracts nominated in potentially sensitive areas, three special 
stipulations have been developed (Appendix B2 , stipulations F-1, F-2, and F-3). 
These stipulations create a tiered' environmental review process with the 
potential for future denial of activities. An impact analysis is not required 
prior to leasing a tract with a sensitive area stipulation. ( North Fork 
Preservation Assoc, v. Dept of State Lands , 238 Mont. 451, 778, P. 2d 862 (1989); 
Conner v. Burford . 836 F.2d 1521 at 1528 (9th Cir., 1988)). When activity is 
proposed on a lease, the operating plan receives an environmental review. This 
review consists of an evaluation of impacts of the proposed action. Additional 
stipulations and mitigating measures may be required prior to the activity, or 
activity may be denied. Depending on the location and potential impacts from the 
specific activity proposed, this environmental review could consist of a basic 
Environmental Assessment up to a full Environmental Impact Statement. Additional 
environmental assessments may be necessary with further development of the lease. 
Environmental assessments are completed as necessary throughout the term of the 
lease . 

The Trust Land Management Division of DNRC developed the sensitive areas 
stipulation (F-1, Appendix B2) for areas that contain some elements that are 
environmentally sensitive, but are not location dependant. However, this 

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stipulation has also been utilized where state mineral estate is in or 
immediately adjacent to cities, parks, wildlife refuges, Indian reservations, or 
Forest Service land, etc. in compliance with State Land Board direction. 

The State Land Board developed stipulation F-2 to address the level of 
interest and concern expressed over leasing and possible development of state 
lands located in western Teton and northwestern Lewis and Clark Counties (i.e. 
the lower elevation eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front, generally west of 
Choteau, Augusta, and Bowmans Corner) . Stipulation F-2 (Appendix B2) outlines 
Land Board review and approval and delineates the review process. 

Stipulation F-3 (Appendix B2) has been developed to address the level of 
interest and concern expressed for school trust land within or adjacent to the 
Sleeping Giant and Sheep Creek Wilderness Study Area, the Beartooth State 
Wildlife Management Area, and/or the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. These 
areas fall outside the Rocky Mountain Front description noted above. The F-3 
sensitive area stipulation is similar to F-2 in that it specifically outlines 
Land Board review and approval and delineates the review process. As a part of 
this review "No surface activities shall occur on the lease premises unless and 
until the Operating Plan or Amendment is approved by the Board." After 
completion of the review, the Land Board may approve, modify, or deny surface 
activity on the lease. 

V. Public Notification 

Public notice of nominated tracts and request for comments is made two 
months prior to the lease sale in the Rocky Mountain Oil Journal, Billings 
Gazette, Great Falls Tribune, and Helena Independent Record. The tract list is 
sent to everyone on the Department's mailing list of approximately 800 
individuals, organizations, and companies. Anyone can be added to the mailing 
list by contacting the Department. Lease sale lists, dates, and important 
deadlines are also available on the Department's Internet web site 
(http://www.dnrc.state.mt.us/trust/tlmdhome.htm). After completion of the Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale EA, the list of nominated tracts and attached stipulations is 
published in the Rocky Mountain Oil Journal, made available on the Department's 
Internet web site, and mailed to everyone on the Department's mailing list. 

VI. Resource Analysis 

The following issues were analyzed for potential impact on state owned 



land: 



A. Wildlife: 



Potential impacts on wildlife for each tract are analyzed by the Department 
of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) - Trust Land Management Division 
(TLMD) field office staff with additional input from the MT Department of Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks (DFWP) regional office staff. Letters requesting information 
on potential impacts from oil and gas activities are sent to each DFWP regional 
office by electronic mail or postal mail. Information provided by the MT Natural 
Heritage Program (MNHP) is also reviewed. Based on comments and information 
provided, stipulations are applied to protect wildlife resources. If no site- 
specific response is received from DFWP or TLMD field offices, and the MNHP 
search turns up no element occurrence data, then no additional stipulations are 
added to the tract. However, the standard operating plan review stipulation 
(number 1 in the application list in Appendix A) still allows coverage of 
wildlife concerns that may arise in any subsequent site-specific review. 

For the December 3, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale, several stipulations 
have been applied to various tracts due to wildlife concerns. Both the sensitive 
areas stipulation and the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation are 

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proposed for use in this environmental assessment. The DNRC tracts on the Rocky 
Mountain Front in Lewis and Clark County for which the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation (number 22 in the application list in Appendix A, F-2 
in Appendix B2) is recommended are application numbers 5018-5020 and 5022-5029. 
Utilization of this stipulation on these tracts addresses wildlife concerns for 
various species, including: grizzly bears, lynx, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, 
elk, mule deer, and antelope. The sensitive areas stipulation, (number 21 in 
Appendix A, F-1 in Appendix B-2) which is utilized for application numbers 5012 
and 5021 in Lewis and Clark County, covers concerns for wildlife species 
including: grizzly bears, elk, mule deer, and antelope. 

The wildlife survey stipulation (see number 11 in Appendix A) is utilized 
on 9 tracts for various animals. It is used on application number 5015 in Blaine 
County for swift fox. In Daniels County (application number 5007), McCone County 
(number 5013) , and Roosevelt County (number 5005) , the wildlife survey 
stipulation is applied for sharptail grouse. This stipulation is utilized for 
sage grouse in Musselshell County (number 5008) and for upland game birds in 
Stillwater County (number 5048) . It is also applied to application numbers 5041 
and 5044 in Carter County and number 5011 in Musselshell County for ferruginous 
hawks . 

The TLMD contact MT-DFWP regarding wildlife concerns stipulation (number 
12, Appendix A) is utilized in Carter County for concerns regarding dwarf shrews 
(application numbers 5044-5047), and for prairie dogs (application number 5041). 

The navigable river (no-surface occupancy) stipulation (number 14, 
Appendix A) is utilized on application number 5026 in Lewis and Clark County. It 
also covers wildlife and fishery concerns for the Dearborn River and related 
acreage. The river, flood plain, lake/reservoir (1/8-mile) buffer stipulation 
(see stipulation 13, Appendix A) covers concerns for Northern Redbelly X 
finescale dace in the Musselshell River in Musselshell County (application number 
5010) . 

B. Water Quality: 

Potential impacts on surface water resources are analyzed by the TLMD field 
office staff and the TLMD hydrologist/geologist . Notation is made on 
locations of perennial and intermittent streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, 
springs, wells, ditches, canals, prairie potholes, etc. within a nominated tract. 
If set-backs from water resources are required, a stipulation is applied to 
protect these resources. Ground water resource protection is required by the 
BOGC, and BOGC permitting is contingent on adequate protection. For this lease 
sale the 100-ft stream, wetland, reservoir, etc. buffer stipulation is utilized 
for various scenarios on 50 tracts (see stipulation 7 in application list in 
Appendix A) . Streams, ponds, wetlands, reservoirs, etc. on application numbers 
5018-5020 and 5022-5029 in Lewis and Clark County are covered by utilization of 
the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (number 22, Appendix A) on 
these tracts. These areas on application numbers 5012 and 5021 in Lewis and 
Clark County are covered by the use of the sensitive areas stipulation (number 
21, Appendix A) on these tracts. 

Other stipulations are applied to larger water bodies. For this sale, the 
navigable river (no-surface occupancy) stipulation (see stipulation 14, Appendix 
A) is applied to application number 5026 in Lewis and Clark County for the 
Dearborn River and related acreage. The river, flood plain, lake/reservoir (1/8- 
mile) buffer stipulation (see stipulation 13, Appendix A) is utilized on 
application numbers 5001-5002 in Blaine County due to the Milk River flowing 
through the tracts. This stipulation is also applied in Carter County 
(application number 5047) for the Little Missouri River, in McCone County (number 
5013) for the Redwater River, and in Musselshell County (number 5010) for the 
Musselshell River. Larger reservoirs in Blaine County (application number 5015) 
and Hill County (application number 5014) are covered by utilization of this 

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stipulation. The Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation also covers 
concerns for the Dearborn River on application numbers 5018, 5019 and 5026 in 
Lewis and Clark County. 

C. Soils and Topography: 

TLMD field office personnel review soil surveys conducted by the USDA-NRCS 
along with field notes from previous inspections to determine the potential for 
impacts to fragile soils. If protection of fragile soils is needed, a 
stipulation is implemented to protect the resource. The TLMD field office 
personnel and the TLMD geologist/hydrologist also review topographic maps to 
obtain an indication of the topography. For the December 3, 2002 MT Oil and Gas 
Lease Sale, rough/steep topography or fragile, unstable soils have resulted in 
stipulation 10 (see Appendix A) being applied to 21 various tracts. Soils and 
other surface concerns that may arise during a site-specific review are also 
handled through the standard operating plan review stipulation (see number 1, 
Appendix A) . Steep/rough topography and/or unstable soils on Lewis and Clark 
County tracts, (application numbers 5012 and 5021) are addressed by utilization 
of the sensitive areas stipulation (number 21, Appendix A) . These concerns are 
covered for application numbers 5018-5020 and 5022-5029 in Lewis and Clark County 
by application of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (number 
22, Appendix A) on this tract. 

D. Vegetation 

TLMD field office personnel review records in the office for potential 
impacts on vegetation in an area. Information provided by the Montana Natural 
Heritage Program is also reviewed by the TLMD geologist/hydrologist. If rare 
plants or potential for significant impacts exist on a tract, stipulations are 
implemented to protect these resources. For this sale, the plants that Montana 
Natural Heritage Program information indicated to be of potential concern in 
Lewis and Clark County include: Missoula phlox and Great Basin downingia. The 
Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (number 22, Appendix A) 
addresses these concerns and other vegetation concerns for application numbers 
5018-5020 and 5022-5029 in Lewis and Clark County. Vegetation concerns are also 
covered by utilization of the sensitive areas stipulation (number 21, Appendix A) 
on application numbers 5012 and 5021 in Lewis and Clark County. 

In addition, some tracts contain wooded areas that occur outside the zone 
covered by the riparian buffer stipulation (number 7, Appendix A) . In order to 
minimize disturbance to this vegetation, the avoid wooded areas stipulation (see 
stipulation 9, Appendix A) is utilized on 12 various tracts for the December 3, 
2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale. This stipulation covers concern for bur oak 
trees on application number 5045 in Carter County. In Lewis and Clark County 
(application numbers 5018-5020 and 5022-5029) where the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation (number 22, Appendix A) is utilized, wooded areas are 
covered by this stipulation. The sensitive areas stipulation (number 21, 
Appendix A) provides for review of wooded areas and/or other vegetation on 
application numbers 5012 and 5021 in Lewis and Clark County. 

The vegetation survey stipulation (number 15, Appendix A) covers vegetation 
concerns in Carter County on application number 5039 for Raceme milkvetch, on 
number 5045 for blue toadflax, and on 5047 for wild lily-of -the-valley . The 
stream buffer stipulation (number 7, Appendix A) covers concerns for pale-spiked 
lobelia on application numbers 5033 and 5034 in Richland County. 

Since weeds are a concern throughout Montana, a stipulation is added to 
each lease (see stipulation 4 in Appendix A) . This stipulation holds the lessee 
responsible for controlling noxious weeds introduced by the lessee's activity on 
the tract and preventing their spread. Where weeds are especially a problem, a 
special stipulation (stipulation W in Appendix B2) is utilized in addition to 
stipulation 4. Tracts on the December 3, 2002 sale did not require this special 
weed stipulation. 

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E. Land use conflicts: 

Nominated tracts are reviewed by TLMD field office personnel for current 
land use, and potential conflicts are noted. Each lease contains a clause that 
indicates the oil and gas lessee agrees to be responsible for payment of actual 
surface damages arising from oil and gas exploration or development. A special 
stipulation is added to the lease for land involved in the Conservation Reserve 
Program (CRP) (Appendix A, stipulation 8) . This stipulation is applied to 
application number 5004 in Glacier County, number 5049 in Pondera County, and 
number 5031 in Toole County. The lease terms also prohibit drilling within 200 
feet of a residence or barn (see Appendix Bl, Section 28 of the example lease 
form) . Usually, oil and gas activity only impacts a small portion of any lease, 
and conflicts with current land use are rare. 

Special stipulations are also utilized for information, for avoidance, or 
other needed mitigation as warranted. The December 3, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease 
Sale has three tracts warranting restrictions due to existing surface uses. Two 
tracts (application numbers 5045 and 5047) in Carter County have active bentonite 
leases. Stipulation 18, (Appendix A) will be applied to these tracts to provide 
notification about these pre-existing State of Montana non-metalliferous leases. 
The TLMD designed a special stipulation (FF in Appendix B, number 19 in Appendix 
A) for utilization on application number 5045 in Carter County to cover 
additional restrictions required by a wetlands easement on this tract. 
Stipulation 20 (see Appendix A) is utilized on application number 5049 in Pondera 
County to address restrictions on 6.33 acres of the tract. The no-surface 
occupancy (of highway right-of-way) stipulation (number 17, Appendix A) is used on 
application number 5016 in Petroleum County since it is a highway tract. 

Furthermore, areas where the state does not own the surface receive the 
stipulation requiring contact of the surface owner. These tracts occur in varied 
locations and are also designated in the application list by text and an asterisk 
(see Appendix A, stipulation 6) . This contact stipulation is applied to 16 
tracts on the December 3, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale. 

F. Historical and Cultural Resources: 

Each nominated tract is reviewed by the TLMD archeologist for the presence 
of known historical or cultural sites and for the potential of discovery of a 
new historical or cultural site. Where applicable, TLMD field office staff and 
the TLMD geologist/hydrologist are consulted regarding paleontological resources 
on the tracts. A stipulation is added to each lease that protects 
archaeological, historic, and paleontological sites, and surface activities may 
be restricted if a significant site is discovered during the lease term (see 
Appendix A, stipulation 3) . 

G. Existing facilities/Geologic potential 

Each nominated tract is reviewed by the TLMD geologist/hydrologist and 
Minerals Management Bureau Chief for production potential, production or drilling 
history, and existing facilities. If concerns exist, stipulations are 
added to the lease. Example stipulations for these circumstances are located in 
Appendix B2 , stipulations K-M. Two tracts on the December 3, 2002 sale require 
utilization of the existing facilities stipulation (number 16, Appendix A). It 
will be applied to application number 5049 in Pondera County, and number 5048 in 
Stillwater County. 

H. Sensitive Areas 

The reasons for sensitive area concerns are varied. They can stem from 
location of the area or result from concerns regarding one or more of the 
resource areas mentioned above. For tracts nominated in potentially sensitive 
areas, three special stipulations have been developed that create a tiered 
environmental review process with the potential for future denial of activities 

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(Appendix B2 , stipulations F-1, F-2, and F-3). For the December 3, 2002 MT Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale, MT-DNRC received three public comments regarding tracts in 
Lewis and Clark County by the October 25, 2002 comment deadline. One letter 
(see Appendix D) advocated application of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive 
areas stipulation to tracts in Lewis and Clark County. Another letter 
recommended that application numbers 5012 and 5021 have the sensitive areas 
stipulation applied. The writer also indicated that the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation be utilized on the remaining Lewis and Clark County 
tracts. The third letter urged the MT-DNRC to apply "Sensitive Area 
Stipulations" to the Lewis and Clark County tracts. As of the October 29, 2002 
completion of this environmental assessment, the Department received no 
additional public comments. 

The MT-DNRC proposes to apply the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas 
stipulation (number 21 in the application list in Appendix A) to tracts on the 
December 3, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale. This recommendation is proposed for 
application numbers 5018-5020 and 5022-5029 in Lewis and Clark County. This 
proposal results from the location of this school trust land north and west of 
Highway 200 in Lewis and Clark County. This location falls in the southern 
portion of the Rocky Mountain Front, i.e. (the lower elevation eastern slopes of 
the Rocky Mountain Front, generally west of Choteau, Augusta, and Bowmans Corner) 
depicted in the Interagency Rocky Mountain Front Wildlife Monitoring/Evaluation 
Program publication. 

Pursuant to the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation, "No 
surface activities shall occur on the lease premises unless and until the 
Operating Plan or Amendment is approved by the Board." After completion of an 
environmental review, the Land Board may approve, modify, or deny surface 
activity on the lease. 

Use of the Rocky Mountain Front stipulation by the Land Board results in a 
lease agreement that expressly precludes any utilization of the surface by the 
lessee, unless the lessee can formulate an operating and reclamation plan that 
meets the Land Board's approval as constituting the best use of trust resources 
or the best interest of the State of Montana. The stipulation also recognizes 
and requires that any surface utilization of the lease lands would have to adhere 
to applicable resource guidelines prepared by the Montana Department of Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks. The stipulation also expressly incorporates a requirement 
that the environmental impact statement include impact analysis on an ecosystem 
scale. It is important to note that, unlike the large blocks of Federal 
ownership along the Rocky Mountain Front, a decision by the Land Board on whether 
to allow school trust lands to be utilized for exploration or development does 
not determine whether such activity will occur. The state school trust parcels 
are scattered along the eastern transition area east of the Front, within an area 
where private mineral ownership is abundant. The Land Board does not have 
authority over private land interests. 

In addition, the sensitive areas stipulation (number 21, Appendix A) will 
be applied to tracts in Lewis and Clark County, (application numbers 5012 and 
5021) due to their location northwest of Wolf Creek and south and east of Highway 
200 in central Lewis and Clark County and their location within the Montana 
Natural Heritage Program's grizzly bear area. 

VII. Impact Analysis 

A. No Action Alternative - Deny the oil and gas lease. 

If a lease is denied, the only resource that would be negatively impacted 
is the loss of revenue from rental and royalty payments to the appropriate trust. 
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B. Leasing Alternative 

Comments received on potential impacts for these tracts are located in 
Appendices C, D, and E. MT-DNRC submitted the proposed tract list for agency 
comments on September 27-30, 2002 and requested comments by October 23, 2002 for 
consideration in formulating the stipulations. Agency comments are included in 
Appendix C. The tract list was made available to the public in early October 
2002 for interested party comments. These comments must have been received by 
October 25, 2002 for consideration in formulating the stipulations. The three 
public comments received by MT-DNRC are included in Appendix D. As of the 
October 29, 2002 completion date of this environmental assessment, the Department 
has not received any late comments. Tracts nominated for oil and gas leasing and 
proposed stipulations are listed in Appendix A. 

VIII. Need for an Environmental Impact Statement 

The DNRC-TLMD is required to evaluate each action to a "level of detail 
appropriate to the following considerations: ...the complexity of the proposed 
action, ... the environmental sensitivity of the area af f ected, . . . the degree of 
uncertainty that the proposed action will have a significant impact on the 
quality of the human environment ,... and ... the need for and complexity of 
mitigation required to avoid the presence of significant impacts" (ARM 26.2.645 
(2)) . 

Since environmentally sensitive tracts are stipulated for future 
environmental review with the submittance of an operating plan, all other tracts 
nominated are located in areas where potential impacts are minor or can 
be mitigated upon receipt and review of an operating plan, and the BOGC must 
approve an operating plan within MEPA prior to drilling activity, an 
Environmental Impact Statement is not required for the leasing action. 

IX. Preparers 

Compilation and preparation: 

Teresa Kinley, Geologist/Hydrologist , Department of Natural Resources and 
Conservation (DNRC) - Trust Land Management Division (TLMD) 

Agencies and persons consulted: 

Monte Mason, Minerals Management Bureau Chief, DNRC-TLMD 

Patrick Rennie, Archeologist , DNRC-TLMD 

Clive Rooney, Area Manager, Northeast Land Office, DNRC-TLMD 

Garry Williams, Area Manager, Central Land Office, DNRC-TLMD 

Dwayne Andrews, Area Manager, Eastern Land Office, DNRC-TLMD 

Bob Harrington, Area Manager, Southern Land Office, DNRC-TLMD 

Pat Flowers, Regional Supervisor, DFWP Region 3 

Mike Aderhold, Regional Supervisor, DFWP Region 4 

Harvey Nyberg, Regional Supervisor, DFWP Region 5 

Jim Satterfield, Regional Supervisor, DFWP Region 6 

Don Hyppa, Regional Supervisor, DFWP Region 7 

Larry Peterson, Montana Dept . Of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena 

Martin Miller, Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Jodi Peters, BLM, Havre, Montana 

X. References 

Board of Oil and Gas Conservation. 1989. Programmatic Environmental Impact 

Statement on Oil and Gas Drilling and Production in Montana, (draft: Jan, 
1989, final: Dec, 1989) . 

Harrison, Hal, 1971, The World of the Snake: Philadelphia and New York, J.B. 
Lippincott Company, p. 75. 

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Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, et . al . , 1987, Interagency Rocky 
Mountain Front Wildlife Monitoring/Evaluation Program: Management 
Guidelines for Selected Species: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of 
Land Management, BLM-MT-PT-87-003 -4111 . 

Stebbins, Robert C, 1966, A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians: 
Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 279 pp. 



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APPENDIX A: Nominated Tract Locations and Stipulations 



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STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - DECEMBER 3, 
PRE-SALE APPLICATION REPORT 



2002 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 
BLAINE 



5035 
5036 
5037 
5038 
5001 
5002 
5015 



1,2, 
1,2, 
1,2, 



5,7 

5,6,7 

5,7 

5,7 

5,9,13 

5,9,13 



4,5,11, 13 



30. N 


19. E 


14 


W2SE4 




30. N 


20. E 


18 


LOTS 3, 


4, NE4, E2SW4 


30. N 


20 .E 


19 


LOT 1, 


SE4, E2NW4 


30. N 


20. E 


29 


E2 




32. N 


17. E 


1 


LOTS 3 


4 


32. N 


17. E 


2 


LOTS 1 


2, 3 


34. N 


19. E 


35 


NW4NW4 





80.00 

325.41 

282.66 

320.00 

59.90 

91.57 

40.00 



CARTER 

5039 
5040 
5041 
5042 
5043 

5044 
5045 

5046 
5047 



1,2,3,4,5,7,15 7.S 

1,2,3,4,5,7 8.S 

1,2,3,4, 5,7,10, 11, 12 8.S 

1,2,3,4,5,7 8.S 

1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10 8.S 

1,2,3,4,5,7,10,11, 12 9.S 

1,2, 3,4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 9.S 
15, 18, 19 

1,2,3,4,5,7, 9, 12 9.S 

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10, 9.S 



57. E 
57. E 
58 .E 
59. E 
59. E 

58. E 
58 .E 



36 
16 
36 
16 
36 

16 
36 



ALL 
ALL 
ALL 
ALL 
LOTS 1 
N2SW4, 
ALL 
LOTS 1 



THRU 7, 
NW4SE4 



W2NE4 , NW4 , 



THRU 18, NW4, N2SW4 



59. E 16 ALL 

5 9.E 3 6 LOTS 1, 2, 



3, 4, N2, N2S2 



640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
612.46 

640.00 
877.60 

640.00 
664.40 



12,13, 15, If 



DANIELS 

5007 1,2,3,4,5,7,11 



34 .N 



45. E 15 NW4 



160.00 



FALLON 

5003 1,2,3,4,5,7 



5.N 



5 9.E 3 6 ALL 



640.00 



GALLATIN 

5017 Withdrawn from lease sale l.S 



7.E 16 LOTS 1 THRU 8, W2 



666.16 



GLACIER 

5004 1,2,3,4,5,8 



34. N 6.W 36 NW4, N2SW4, SW4SW4 



280.00 



HILL 

5014 1,2,3,4,5,6,13 



33. N 17. E 21 S2SE4 



80.00 



PAGE 1 OF 6 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LEWIS & CLARK 



5012 2,3,4,5,21 
5018 2,3,4,5,6,22 



5019 
5020 
5021 
5022 
5023 
5024 
5025 
5026 



5,6,22 

5,22 

5,6,21 

22 

6,22 

22 

22 

14,22 



5027 2,3,4,5,22 

5028 2,3,4,5,6,22 

5029 2,3,4,5,22 



16. N 


5 


W 


32 


17. N 


5 


W 


6 


17. N 


5 


W 


16 


17. N 


5 


W 


18 


17. N 


5 


W 


32 


17. N 


6 


W 


12 


18. N 


6 


W 


16 


18 .N 


6 


W 


20 


18. N 


6 


W 


26 


18. N 


6 


W 


28 


18. N 


6 


W 


36 


20. N 


7 


W 


19 



20. N 



7 .W 33 



N2SW4, SE4SW4 

LOTS 1 THRU 7, S2NE4 , 

SE4NW4, E2SW4, SE4 

ALL 

LOTS 3, 4, E2SW4, SE4 

NE4, NE4NW4 

E2 

ALL 

SW4SW4 

ALL 

E2NE4, E2SW4, SE4 , 

DEARBORN RIVERBED 

ALL 

NW4NE4, S2NE4, E2NW4 , 

NE4SW4, SE4 

NE4NE4, S2S2 



120.00 
647.63 

640.00 
319.45 
200.00 
320.00 
640.00 
40.00 
640.00 
331.00 

640.00 
400.00 

200.00 



MCCONE 

5013 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,11,13 



27. N 



50. E 36 ALL 



640.00 



MUSSELSHELL 



5008 


1,2 


3,4 


5,7 


9, 10, 11 


9.N 


25 


E 


16 


ALL 




5009 


1,2 


3,4 


5,7 


9, 10 


9.N 


25 


E 


36 


ALL 




5010 


1,2 


3,4 


5,6 


7, 9, 13 


9.N 


27 


E 


36 


ALL, 


LESS PATENTED RR R/W 


5011 


1,2 


3,4 


5,7 


11 


10. N 


24 


E 


36 


ALL 





640.00 
640.00 
613.50 
640.00 



PONDERA 

5049 1,2, 3,4, 5, 6,7, 8, 16,20 



28. N 



l.W 3 6 ALL 



640.00 



RICHLAND 

5034 1,2, 3,4, 5, 6,7, 10 

5033 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 
5006 1,2,3,4,5,7 



24. N 5 9.E 3 6 NW4 , BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

MISSION CANYON FORMATION 
24. N 59. E 36 N2NE4 , SW4NE4 
26. N 53. E 36 ALL 



160.00 

120.00 
640.00 



ROOSEVELT 

5005 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11 



28. N 



58. E 16 NW4 



160.00 



ROSEBUD 



5050 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 

5051 1,2,3,4,5,7 

5052 1,2,3,4,5,7 



10. N 


34 


E 


16 


ALL 


10. N 


34 


E 


32 


ALL 


10. N 


34 


E 


36 


ALL 



640.00 
640.00 
640.00 



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APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



5053 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7 




10. N 


35. E 


16 


ALL 


5054 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7 




10. N 


35. E 


32 


S2, W2NE4 


5055 


1,2, 


.3,4,5,7, 


10 


10. N 


35. E 


36 


ALL 


5056 


1,2, 


.3,4,5,7, 


10 


lO.N 


36. E 


6 


LOTS 1 TH 


5057 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


10 


10. N 


36. E 


9 


ALL 


5058 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


10 


10. N 


36. E 


16 


ALL 


5059 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


10 


10. N 


36. E 


36 


ALL 


5060 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7 




11. N 


34. E 


4 


S2 


5061 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7 




11. N 


34. E 


16 


ALL 


5062 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7 




11. N 


34. E 


18 


E2E2, SW4 
NW4SE4 


5063 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


,10 


11. N 


34. E 


31 


LOTS 1, 2 


5064 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7 




11. N 


34. E 


36 


ALL 


5065 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


10 


11. N 


35. E 


16 


ALL 


5066 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


.10 


11. N 


35. E 


36 


ALL 


5067 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


,10 


11. N 


36. E 


16 


ALL 


5068 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,6, 


,7 


11. N 


36. E 


36 


ALL 


5069 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


,10 


12. N 


35. E 


16 


ALL 


5070 


1,2, 


,3,4,5,7, 


,9,10 


12. N 


35. E 


36 


ALL 



NW4 



SW4NE4, SE4NW4, NE4SW4, 
3, 4, E2, E2W2 



640.00 
560.00 
640.00 
311.60 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
320.00 
640.00 
320.00 

629.08 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 



STILLWATER 

5048 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 16 



2 .N 



20. E 16 ALL 



640.00 



TOOLE 

5030 1,2,3,4,5,7 

5031 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 

5032 1,2,3,4,5,7 



31. N l.E 26 NE4 
3 1 . N l.E 36 ALL 
3 5 . N 3 . E 3 6 ALL 



160.00 
640.00 
640.00 



LESSOR: DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 

PETROLEUM 

5016 1,2,3,4,5,17 12. N 



25. E 33 HIGHWAY TRACT IN SE4SW4, SE4 



74.17 



* Part or all of the tract is not state-owned surface. 

Additional lease stipulations are listed on the following pages. The STIP column on the 
lease sale list identifies which stipulations will be attached to each tract. 

Sight drafts will not be accepted. The State Board of Land Commissioners reserves the 
right to reject any and all bids. All payments are due within ten days after date of sale. 

An Environmental Assessment is available upon request from the Department of Natural 
Resources and Conservation, Trust Land Management Division, P.O. Box 201601, Helena, MT 
59620-1601. 

Individuals with disabilities needing assistance or special services, please call 
Julie David at (406) 444-4576 at least 1 week prior to the sale. 

STATE BOARD OF LAND COMMISSIONERS 

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STIPULATIONS 

1. Lessee shall notify and obtain approval from the Department's Trust Land 
Management Division (TLMD) prior to constructing well pads, roads, power lines, 
and related facilities that may require surface disturbance on the tract. 
Lessee shall comply with any mitigation measures stipulated in TLMD's approval. 

2. Prior to the drilling of any well, lessee shall send one copy of the well 
prognosis, including Form 22 "Application for Permit" to the Department's Trust 
Land Management Division (TLMD) . After a well is drilled and completed, lessee 
shall send one copy of all logs run, Form 4A "Completion Report", and geologic 
report to TLMD. A copy of Form 2 "Sundry Notice and Report of Wells" or other 
appropriate Board of Oil and Gas Conservation form shall be sent to TLMD 
whenever any subsequent change in well status or operator is intended or has 
occurred. Lessee shall also notify and obtain approval from the TLMD prior to 
plugging a well on the lease premises. 

Issuance of this lease in no way commits the Land Board to approval of coal bed 
methane production on this lease. Any coal bed methane extraction wells would 
require subsequent review and approval by the board. 

3. The TLMD will complete an initial review for cultural resources and, where 
applicable, paleontological resources of the area intended for disturbance and 
may require a resources inventory. Based on the results of the inventory, the 
TLMD may restrict surface activity for the purpose of protecting significant 
resources located on the lease premises. 

4. The lessee shall be responsible for controlling any noxious weeds introduced by 
lessee's activity on State-owned land and shall prevent or eradicate the spread 
of those noxious weeds onto land adjoining the lease premises. 

5. The definitions of "oil" and "gas" provided in 82-1-111, MCA, do not apply to 
this lease for royalty calculation purposes. 

6. Lessee must contact the owner of the surface in writing at least 30 days prior 
to any surface activity. A copy of the correspondence shall be sent to TLMD. 

7. No activity shall be allowed within 100 feet of any perennial or seasonal 
stream, pond, lake, prairie potholes, wetland, spring, reservoir, well, 
aqueduct, irrigation ditch, canal, or related facilities without prior approval 
of the TLMD. 

8. The lessee is responsible to pay for all damages, including penalties and 
charges assessed by the USDA-CFSA on CRP lands, as a result of drilling and 
production on the tract. All damages will be assessed by and paid directly to 
the TLMD. 

9. Wooded areas on this tract will be avoided unless otherwise authorized by the 

TLMD. 

10. Due to unstable soil conditions on this tract and/or topography that is rough 
and/or steep, surface use may be restricted or denied. Seismic activity may be 
restricted to poltershots. 

11. Wildlife species of concern have been identified on or near this tract. A 
survey in areas of proposed activity may be required prior to disturbance. 
Identified species will be avoided, unless otherwise authorized by the TLMD. 
Additional mitigation measures may also be required. 



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STIPULATIONS 

12. Potential wildlife conflicts have been identified for this tract. The TLMD 
will contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks office in the 
area for advice on alleviating any possible conflicts caused by lessee's 
proposed activities. Additional mitigation measures may be required. 

13. Any activity within 1/8 mile of the river, flood plain, or lake/reservoir on or 
adjacent to this tract must be approved in writing by the TLMD prior to 
commencement. No surface occupancy is allowed within the bed of the river, 
abandoned channels, the bed of the lake/reservoir, or on islands and accretions 
associated with the river or lake/reservoir. 

14. This tract contains navigable river beds. No surface occupancy is allowed 
within the bed of the navigable river, abandoned channels, or on islands and 
accretions. In addition, upon completion of a successful well, where river 
title is disputed, the lessee will file an interpleader action under Rule 22, 
M.R.Civ.P. in the Montana District Court in which the leased lands are located 
for all acreage within the lease in which the title is disputed. The lessee 
shall name all potential royalty claimants as defendants. 

15. Plant species of concern have been identified on or near this tract. A 
vegetation survey in areas of proposed activity will be required prior to 
disturbance. Identified rare plant species will be avoided, unless otherwise 
authorized by the TLMD. 

16. This tract has (an) existing well(s) and related facilities. The lessee has 45 
days from the effective date of this lease to determine whether or not to 
assume responsibility from the former lessee for the well and any existing 
facilities. The lessee may not enter the well until a change of operator has 
been filed with, and approved by, the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation. 

17. No surface occupancy shall be allowed on any portion of this tract, which is 
indicated as right-of-way on the official highway plans on file at the 
Department of Transportation in Helena, Montana without prior written approval 
from TLMD. 

18. This lease is issued subject to a prior existing State of Montana bentonite 
lease. Lessee's right to search, develop, and produce oil and gas may be 
restricted by such prior existing lease rights. 

19. No surface occupancy shall be allowed on the 16.319 acres of this tract covered 
by a wetlands easement issued to Montana Department of Transportation. 

20. Occupation of 6.33 acres in the EKSEii may be restricted or denied pursuant to 
the right-of-way deed granted to the U.S. Air Force for a restricted area. 

21. This lease includes areas that may be environmentally sensitive. Therefore, if 
the lessee intends to conduct any activities on the lease premises, the lessee 
shall submit to TLMD one copy of an Operating Plan or Amendment to an existing 
Operating Plan, describing in detail the proposed activities. No activities 
shall occur on the tract until the Operating Plan or Amendments have been 
approved in writing by the Director of the Department. TLMD shall review the 
Operating Plan or Amendment and notify the lessee if the Plan or Amendment is 
approved or disapproved. 

After an opportunity for an informal hearing with the lessee, surface activity 
may be denied or restricted on all or portions of any tract if the Director 
determines in writing that the proposed surface activity will be detrimental to 
trust resources and therefore not in the best interests of the trust. 



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22. This lease is located near the Rocky Mountain Front and includes areas that are 
environmentally sensitive. Therefore, except as otherwise provided below, the 
lessee shall not conduct any surface operations on the lease premises. If the 
lessee determines that surface operation on the lease premises may be required, 
the lessee shall submit a proposed Operating Plan or Amendment to an existing 
Operating Plan to the State Board of Land Commissioners describing in detail 
the proposed operations. No surface activities shall occur on the lease 
premises unless and until the Operating Plan or Amendment is approved by the 
Board. In determining whether to approve the proposed Operating Plan or 
Amendment, the following provisions shall apply: 

1) If the lessee proposes an activity that does not entail any significant 
surface disturbance, the Board may approve the same after completion of the 
appropriate environmental review in accordance with the Montana Environmental 
Policy Act (MEPA) and an opportunity for public comment on the proposed 
activity has been provided. 

2) Before the Board approves any proposed activity on the lease premises that 
entails a significant surface disturbance, an environmental impact statement 
(EIS) shall be completed in accordance with MEPA. The EIS shall analyze the 

potential impacts of alternative and future potential levels of oil and gas 
development and extraction on an ecosystem scale as the ecosystem is defined by 
the "Limits of Acceptable Change - Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex" adopted by 
the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in December 1991. The 
analysis shall consider all relevant information, which may include, but is not 
limited to, existing environmental reviews and management plans. Public 
involvement in the environmental review process shall be actively solicited by 
the preparer of the environmental review document and shall include, at 
minimum, adequately noticed public meetings in at least three communities 
including Great Falls and Helena. 

3) The proposed surface activity shall adhere to the "Interagency Rocky 
Mountain Front, Wildlife Monitoring/Evaluation Program, Management Guidelines 
for Selected Species" adopted by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and 
Parks in September 1987, or any successor guidelines thereto. 

4) The Board may refuse to approve any proposed surface operations if it 
determines that they do not constitute the best use of trust resources or are 
not in the best interest of the State of Montana. 



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Appendix Bl: Example Oil and Gas Lease. 



DS-4Z3 
Amendeil 9/08/59 



State of Montana 
OIL AND GAS LEASE 



No. 



THIS rNDBNTLTRE OF LEASE, entered into between the Stale of Montana, through its Board of Land Commissioners, 
hereinaflcr referred lo as lessor, «nd the person, company, or corporation herein named, hercmafler referred to as lessee, pursuant to the 
provisions of Title 77. Chapter 3,' Part 4, M.C.A.. and all acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto. WITNESSETH: 

1. GRANTING CLAUSE-The lessor, in consideration of the annual rentals herein stated, the receipt of which for the first year 
of this lease is hereby acltnowledged, the royalties to be paid, and the covenants to be kept and performed by the lessee, hercinaner set 
forth, hereby grants, demises, leases and lets to the lessee, for the purpose of mining and operating for oil and gas. and of laying pipelines, 
building tanks, power stations, and other structures thereon necessary in order to produce, save, care for, dispose of and remove the oil 
and gas, all the lands herein described, as follows: 

Date this lease takes effect: 

Name of Lessee; Address: 



Land Located in: County: 

Descnption of land: 



Total number of acres, more or less, , belonging to Grant. 

Annual rental, payable each year in advance: 

2. TERM AND HORIZONTAL SEGREGATION-This lease is granted for a pnmary term often years and so long thereafter 
as oil and gas in paying quantities shall be produced ft-om the land, subject to all of the terms and conditions herein set forth; provided, 
however, that: 

(a) The extended term of this lease shall apply only to those formations discovered, developed or dnlled dunng the pnmary term 
often years, and the interest of the lessee in the premises herein descnbcd shall thereafter be limited to such formations. 

(b) If oil and gas in paying quantities is discovered in an offset well on a contiguous section dunng the extended term of this lease 
in any formation in the zone between the deepest formation to which the lessee dnlled dunng the primary term of this lease and 
the deepest formation in which oil or gas has been discovered on the leased premises, this lease shall terminate as to said zone 
unless within 60 days af\er the completion of such offset well, the lessee shall commence operations to test such a formation. 

IT IS MUTUALLY UNDERSTOOD, AGREED AND COVENANTED BY AND BETWEEN THE PARTIES TO THIS LEASE AS 
FOLLOWS 

3. LEASE EXTENSION-The Board of Land Commissioners may grant reasonable extensions of the primary term of this lease 
upon 3 showing that lessee, despite due care and diligence, is or has been directly or indirectly prevented from exploring, developing, or 
operating this lease or is threatened wnth substantial economic loss due to litigation regarding this lease or another lease in the immediate 
area held by the lessee, stale compliance with the Montana Environmental Policy Act, or adverse conditions caused by natural occurrences. 

4. LAND DISPOSITIONS-The lessor expressly reserves the nght to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of any interest or estate 
in ihc lands hereby leased, except the interest conveyed by this lease. However, lessor agrees that sales, leases, or other dispositions of 
any inlcrcst or estate in the lands hereby leased shall be subject to the terms of this lease, and shall not interfere with the lessee's possession 
or rights hereunder. 

5. RENTAL-The lessee shall pay to the lessor an annual money rental in the amount hereinabove stated being not less than 
one dollar and fifty cents (SI. 50) for each acre of land held under this lease from year to year, provided, however, that the amount of such 
money rental so payable shall m no case be less than one hundred dollars ($ 1 00.00) per annum. The first year's rental must be paid before 
the issuance of the lease The rentals for each subsequent year of the lease shall be due and payable before the beginning of such 
subsequent lease year Upon failure to make the rental payment, the lease terminates unless there is a well currently being drilled, a 
producing well, or a shut-m well approved by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Trust Land Managcmcnl Division 
(Dcpanmenl) on the lease Rental paid for any year must be credited against any royalty that accrues dunng that year 

6. ROYALTY ON OIL-Thc lessee shall pay in money or in kind lo the lessor at its option as hereinafter provided during the 
full icrm of this lease a royalty of 13%, free of all costs and deductions, on the average production of the oil from producing wells under 
this lease for each calendar month. 

7. ROYALTY ON CAS-Thc lessee shall also pay in money or in kind lo the lessor at Us option as hereinaOer provided dunng 
Ihc full term of this lease, free of costs and deductions, a royalty on Ihc gas produced from ihc wells under this leisc vhether the w-lls 
produce oil and gas or gas alone, of twelve and one-half pcrccnlum ( 1 2'/i%) 



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8. SHUT IN CaS ROYALTY-The royalty on gas, including casinghead gas and all gaseous substances not sold or used o(T 
the premises, must be at the rate of S400 per lease each year or the amount of the annual rental provided in the lease, whichever is the 
greater, payable on or before the annual anniversary date of the lease. As long as the leased lands contain a well capable of production 
in paying quantities and the requisite payment is made, the lease must be considered as a producing lease under the terms herein. 

9. ROYALTIES BASED ON PRODUCTION-All royalties shall be calculated upon the total amount produced and saved 
under this lease exclusive of oil and'or gas used for light, fuel or operating purposes in connection with the work on the lands under the 
lease 

10. FULL PRODUCTION REQUIRED-All wells under this lease shall be so dnlled. maintained and operated as to produce 
the ma.ximum amount of oil and/or gas which can be secured without injury to wells and the aforesaid royalties shall be based and 
calculated on such full production of oil and/or gas 

1 1. ROYALTY PAYMENT-The lessee shall pay to the lessor in cash for such royalty oil and gas at the rale of the posted 
field price therefor existing on the day such oil or gas was run into any pipeline or storage tank to the credit of the lessee plus any bonus 
or other increase in price actually paid or agreed to be paid to the lessee. 

i:. IM-KEVD OIL OR GAS-At the option of the lessor exercised not more frequently than onc< every thirty days by notice 
in writing the lessee shall deliver the Stale's royalty oil or gas free of cost or deductions into the pipeline to which the wells of the lessee 
may be conneaed or into any storage designated by the Sute and connected with such wells. The lessee shall not be required to furnish 
storage for the State's royalty oil for more than thirty (30) days following the date of production thereof when a market therefor is 
available. 

13. FAIR \UJIKET VALUE-In ail cases where there is no posted field price for oil or gas produced under this lease, the 
payments in cash for the royalties payable hereunder shall never be less than the fair market value thereof, for oil, at the wells where 
produced on the day it is run into the pipeline or storage tanks, and for gas, at the well where produced on the day produced. It is agreed 
that helium gas, carbon dioxide gas, and all other natural gases are included under the term "gas" as used in this lease. 

1 4. LIENS ON PRODUCTION-The lessor shall have a first lien upon all oil or gas produced from the lands leased hereunder, 
10 secure the payment of all unpaid royalty and other sums of money that may become due under the terms herein. 

15. POOLING AMD UNITtZATION-Upon receiving the written consent of the lessor, the lessee shall have the right to 
commit the lands hereby leased to a pooling, unit, cooperative or other plan of development or operation with other Slate lands. Federal 
lands, pnvatcly-ov/ned lands or Indian lands. Such agreements shall not change the percentage of royalties to be paid to the state from 
ihe percentages as fixed herein. Oil or gas produced from any lands included in such an agreement which encompasses the lands hereby 
leased arc considered to be produced from the lands hereby leased 

16. FARM LOAN ACQUISITIONS-lf the land under this lease is "mortgaged land" acquired by the Slate in connection with 
a mongagc given to the Stale as secunty for a loan and such mortgage land has been sold by the State subsequent to July 1, 1927, and 
prior to February 26, 1929, the lessee shall pay directly to the holder of such land under certificate of purchase or other contract, or deed 
from the Siatc, a royalty of one pcrcennjm ( I %) of the oil and gas produced from such land to be calculated on the same basis and in the 
same manner as the royalty to be paid to the State, but the said royalty of one percentum shall be deducted from the royalty to be paid to 
ihe State so thai such one picrcentum royalty does not increase the total royalty to be paid under this lease, and if such mortgage land was 
sold by Ihe State between March 15, 1935, and July 1, 1901, the lessee shall pay directly to ihc holder of such land under ccmficale of 
purchase or olhcr contract or deed from the Stale, a royalty of six and onc-founh perccnlum (0'/.%) of the oil and gas produced from such 
land to be calculated as hereinbefore specified. 

17. DELAY DRILLING PENALTY-Unlcss this lease is surrendered, is terminated by lessee's failure to pay rentals when 
due, or IS terminated by the Board of Land Commissioners because of the failure of the lessee to comply with the express and implied 
covenants of this lease, the Board of Land Commissioners may, in us discretion and as provided by law, cancel and terminale this lease 
upon the failure of ihe lessee (I) to commence wiihin five (5) years of the cffeclivc dale of ihis lease, dnlling of at least one well upon 
the leased premises of such diameter and lo such depth as may be necessary lo make a reasonable lest for oil and gas, or (2) pay in advance 
a delay dnlling penalty of one dollar and twenty-five cents ($ I 25) per acre for Ihe sixth year of the lease in addition to ihc annual rental; 
or (3) pay in advance a delay drilling penalty of two dollars and h^y cents ($2.50) per acre per annum for the seventh through the tenth 
year of ihe lease in addition to ihc annual rental The lessee shall notify the Department of the commencement of dnlling of any well 
wiihin five (5) days after the well is spudded in. The Board shall refund delay drilling penalties paid on a lease for any year in which the 
lessee commences dnlling on that lease. 

18. DRY HOLE CLAUSE-Following ihe icrminalion of the fourth year of this lease, if the lessee drills a dry hole on the lease 
premises poor lo discovery of oil or gas or if after discovery of oil or gas, production thereof in paying quantities ceases, the lease may 
be icrminatcd by the Board unless the lessee ( 1 ) commences dnlling of another well for oil and/or gas before the 7th year of ihis lease 
or second anniversary of the lease following completion of ihc well, whichever comes later, or (2) unless the lessee, on or before such 
anniversary dale resumes paymeni of any delay drilling penalties imposed by the Board For purposes of this lease "dry hole" is defined 
js .1 complcicd well which is not capable of producing oil and/or yas in paying quanliiics when coniplclcd 

19. DRILLING EXTENSION-If al the cxpiralion oflhe pnmary term hereof oil or gas is nol being produced from ihc lease 
premises in paying quantities, but the owner oflhe lease is then engaged in dnlling on ihc premises for oil and gas, then the lease continues 
m effccl so long as such dnlling operations arc being diligently prosecuted If oil or gas is recovered from any such well dnlled or being 
dnlled at or after the expiration of the pnmary term hereof, the lease continues in effect so long as oil or gas in paying quaniuies is being 
produced from ihc leased premises 

20. DUE DILIGENCE-Upon completion of a commercially productive oil or gas well upon the leased premises, the lessee 
shall proceed wiih reasonable diligence lo dnll such additional wells to ihe depth of the formation found commercially productive, or to 
such depih xs may be necessary to economically lest, develop and operate the deposits discovered 

21. OFFSET PROTECTION-Thc lessee shall commence promptly and diligently drill lo completion all wells necessary on 
ihc lands under this lease in order to fairly offset commercially producing oil or gas wells on contiguous lands or pay a compensatory 
royally 

22. WASTE PROHIBlTED-ln conducting all explorations, mining or drilling operations under this lease, the lessee shall 
exercise all reasonable care and precautions in order lo prcvenl waste of oil and gas The lessee shall also al all times use all reasonable 
care and precautions lo prevent the cnirancc of waier lo ihe oil or gas bearing strata to ihe desiruclion or injury Ihereof 



23. LOGS REQUIRED- The lessee agrees to keep a coitcci log of each well drilled under this lease, showing the formations 
passed through, the depth al which such formaiion was reached, the thicVjiess of each formation, the water-bearing formations and the 
character of water therein, the elevations to which the water nses, the number of feet of casing set in such well and where placed, its size 
and the total depth to which such well was dniled, and upon request, to file the log with the Departmenl. 

24. PROGRESS REPORTS REQUIRED-When called upon to do so, the lessee shall also Tile progress reports with the 
Depanment before the completion or abandonment of any well 

25. PRODUCTION REPORTS AND PAYMENT OF ROYALTY-The lessee funhcr agrees on or before the last day of 
each month to make a report to the Department for operations covenng the preceding calendar month, which report shall be in such torm 
as the Department may prescnbe and shall show the amount of oil or gas produced and saved during the preceding calendar month, the 
price obtained therefor, the total amount of all sales, whether any bonus or other increase in pnce was actually paid or agreed to be paid 
and such additional information as may be required. Such report shall be signed by the lessee or by some responsible person having 
knowledge of the facts contained therein. The report shall be accompanied by payment of the amount due the Stale as royalty for the 
month covered by the report where payment is required in money in place of oil or gas 

26. COMPLETION REPORTS REQUIRED-When the lessee is required by the rules of the Board of Oil and Gas 
Conservation to file a well completion report with that board, lessee shall file one copy of that report with the Department. 

27. LESSOR'S RIGHT TO LNSPECT-Rcprcsentanves of the lessor shall al all limes have the right to enter upon the granted 
premises and all parts thereof for the purpose of inspecting and examining the same, as well as supcp/ising tests that they may deem 
necessary to ascertain the condition of the wells being dniled or about to be abandoned and gauging the production of producing wells. 
Representatives of the lessor shall also, at all reasonable hours, have free access to all books, accounts, records and papers of the lessee 
insofar as they contain information relating to the production obtained under this lease, the pnce obtained therefor, and the fair market 
value of the production. Lessor shall also have free access to agreements relating to production hereunder. 

28. SURFACE OWNER'S OR LESSEE'S RIGHTS-The lessee hereunder agrees to provide the surface owner and surface 
lessee with a plan for location of all facilities and consult with the surface owner and surface lessee regarding a reasonable location of 
access roads. In all operations on the land hereby leased, lessee agrees to interfere as Hnlc as possible with the use of the premises for 
any other purpose to which the same may be devoted by other persons to whom the land may have been leased or sold by the State. The 
lessee shall not drill any well upon the lands hereby leased, within rwo hundred feet (200') of any residence or bam now or hereafter 
erected thereon without the consent of the owner of such building. The lessee hereby agrees to make satisfactory adjustment with the 
owner or lessee of the surface, including the State of Montana, for damages sustained by such surface owner, the lessee, or the State of 
Montana bv reason of the lessee's entry upon, use and occupancy of, the surface of the land. If amicable determination of damages cannot 
be made between such surface owner, lessee, or the State of Montana and the lessee hereunder, then, upon the agreement of the surface 
owner or lessee to enter into arbitration, the damages to be paid to the surface owner or lessee shall be fixed by a board of arbitrators of 
three persons, to be appointed as follows: one by the State of Montana or the owTier or lessee of the surface who is claiming damages, 
one by the lessee hereunder, and the third by the rwo arbitrators so appointed The lessee hereby agrees to make prompt payment of the 
damages awarded by such board of arbitrators. 

In any case where the owner of the surface claims title under a "C" patent issued by the State of Montana, and demands that 
the Board fix, allow and pay the owner the reasonable value of any nght of way established by the lessee hereunder, the Department shall 
charge the cost of fixing the amount of damages to the lessee hereunder. The lessee hereunder shall pay the reasonable sum so fixed as 
damages to the Board, which will pay the surface owner. 

29. ASSIGNMENTS-The lessee may assign this lease either in whole or as to any regular subdivision thereof embracing not 
less than forty (40) acres, to any qualified assignee, providing that such assignment shall not be binding upon the State until it has been 
filed with the Depanment accompanied by the required fees. No assignment to two or more assignees will be approved until one of the 
assignees is designated to act as agent for the assignees 

30. RELfNQUISHMENTS-The lessee shall have the nght at the termination of any rental year, by giving at least thirty (30) 
days previous notice in writing to the Department, to surrender and relinquish any legal subdivisions of the land hereby leased and 
thereupon be discharged from any obligation not theretofore accrued as to the lands so surrendered and relinquished When this lease 
terminates as to any portion less than the whole of the lands covered hereby, because of the lessee's failure to pay rental when due, lessee 
agrees to submit to the lessor, within thirty (30) days a(\er such termination, a vmncn surrender and relinquishment of those lands. 

3L CAjNCELLATION-U is understood and agreed that the lessor hereby reserves the right to declare this lease forfeited and 
to cancel the same through the Board of Land Corrunissioners upon failure of the lessee to fully discharge all the obligations provided 
herein, aOer written notice from the Board and reasonable time fixed and allowed by il to the lessee for the performance of any undertaking 
or obligation specified in such notice concerning which the lessee is in default The lessee, upon wriHen application therefor, shall be 
granted a hearing on any notice or demand of the Board before the lease shall be declared forfeited or canceled The provisions of this 
clause shall not in any way affect an automatic termination of this lease caused by lessee's failure to pay rental when due. 

32. SURRENDER POSSESSION-Upon the termination of this lease for any cause the lessee shall sun-ender possession of 
the leased premises to the lessor subject to lessee's nght to re-enter, hereby granted, at any time within six months after the date of such 
termination, for the purpose of removing all machinery, fixtures, improvements, buildings and equipment belonging to the lessee 
remaining upon the premises except casing in wells and other equipment or apparatus necessary for the preservation of any oil or gas well 
or wells II IS hereby agreed that any succeeding lessee, or in the event there be no succeeding lessee, the lessor, wishing to have such 
property left permanently upon the premises, shall pay the reasonable value thereof in cash, to the lessee, but if the succeeding lessee or 
the lessor, acting through us Board of Land Commissioners, shall be unable to agree with the lessee upon the reasonable cash value of 
such casing, equipment and apparatus, then ihc succeeding lessee or the lessor herein, as the case may be. shall pay in cash to the lessee 
hereunder, such sum as may be fixed as a reasonable price by a board of three appraisers, one of whom shall be chosen by the succeeding 
lessee or the State of Montana as the case may be. one by the lessee hereunder, and the third by the two chosen, and whose appraisal shall 
be reported to the respective parties, in writing, and is final and conclusive If the lessee or succeeding lessee refuses to appoint an 
appraiser within fifteen (15) days of a request to do so by the Departmenl. the Department may appoint an appraiser for the lessee or 
succeeding lessee Unless the Departmenl gives wnitcn aulhorizjtion. the lessee may not remain in possession or manage the land and 
property formerly covered by the lease Dunng the lime the lessee remains in aulhonzed possession, the lessee shall be entitled to retain 
the same share of the products of the lands as inured to the lessee dunng the term of this lease Should the lessor herein or any succeeding 
lessee not desire any of the lessee's property permanently left upon the premises, as provided in this paragraph, the lessee shall properly 
plug all non -producing wells and remove ail of his property from the lands wiih reasonable diligence If any of the property of the lessee 
IS not removed from Ihc leased premises within su months of the icrminalion dale of the lease as herein provided the same shall be deemed 
forfeited to the State of Montana and shall become its property 



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33. COMPLlAiNCE WITH LAWS, RULES AMD RECULATIONS-The lessee agrees to comply with. all applicable laws. 
rules and regulations m cfTect at the date of this lease, particularly the Rules Governing the Issuance of Oil and Gas Leases on State Lands 
of the State of Montana. The lessee agrees to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations which may, from time to time, be 
adopted and which do not impair the obligations of this contract and which do not deprive the lessee of an existing propeny right 
recognized by law. 

3A. W.vRRAjNTY of TlTLE-lt is understood and agreed that this lease is issued only under such title as the Stale of Montana 
may now have or hereafter acquire, and that the lessor shall not be liable for any damages sustained by the lessee, nor shall the lessee be 
entitled to or claim any refund of rentals or royalties theretofore paid to the lessor in the event the lessor does not have the title to the oil 
and gas in the leased lands. If the lessor owns a lesser interest in the leased lands than the entire and undivided fee simple estate in 
underlying oil and gas for which rental and royalry is payable, then the rentals and royalties herein provided shall be paid the lessor only 
in the proponion which its interest bears to the whole and undivided fee simple estate in the oil and gas for which royalty is payable. 

35. LEGAL FEES-In the event lessor shall institute and prevail in any action or suit for the enforcement of any provisions 
of this lease, lessee will pay to lessor a reasonable sum for costs incurred on account thereof. 

36. SPECL\L PROVISIONS: 

SEE EXHIBIT "A" (Tract-Specific Stipulations Attached) 



37. EXECLTESG PARTLES BOLTND-All covenants and agreements herein set forth between the parties hereto shall extend 
to and bind their successors, heirs, executors and assigns. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the State of Montana and the lessee have caused this lease to be executed in duplicate and the 
Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, pursuant to the authonty granted him by the Board of Land 
Commissioners of the State of Montana, has hereunto set his hand and afTixed the seal of the Board of Land Commissioners this 

day of . 



Lessee 



Director of the Department of Natural Resources Address 

and Conservation 



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Appendix B2 : Example Stipulations for Oil and Gas Leasing. 



Stipulations marked with (*) are placed on all leases. 



Notification 

A-1. Lessee shall notify and obtain approval from the Department's Trust Land 
Management Division (TLMD) prior to constructing well pads, roads, power 
lines, and related facilities that may require surface disturbance on the 
tract. Lessee shall comply with any mitigation measures stipulated in 
TLMD's approval. 

*A-2. Prior to the drilling of any well, lessee shall send one copy of the well 
prognosis, including Form 22 "Application for Permit" to the Department's 
Trust Land Management Division (TLMD) . After a well is drilled and 
completed, lessee shall send one copy of all logs run. Form 4A "Completion 
Report", and geologic report to TLMD. A copy of Form 2 "Sundry Notice and 
Report of Wells" or other appropriate Board of Oil and Gas Conservation 
form shall be sent to TLMD whenever any subsequent change in well status or 
operator, is intended or has occurred. Lessee shall also notify and obtain 
approval from the TLMD prior to plugging a well on the lease premises. 

Issuance of this lease in no way commits the Land Board to approval of coal 
bed methane production on this lease. Any coal bed methane extraction 
wells would require subsequent review and approval by the board. 



Cultural 



The TLMD will complete an initial review for cultural resources and, where 
applicable, paleontological resources of the area intended for disturbance 
and may require a resources inventory. Based on the results of the 
inventory, the TLMD may restrict surface activity for the purpose of 
protecting significant resources located on the lease premises. 



Weeds 



*C. The lessee shall be responsible for controlling any noxious weeds 

introduced by Lessee's activity on State-owned land and shall prevent or 
eradicate the spread of those noxious weeds onto land adjoining the lease 
premises . 

Royalty Calculation 

*D. The definitions of "oil" and "gas" provided in 82-1-111, MCA, do not apply 
to this lease for royalty calculation purposes. 

CRP Land and Damages 

E. The lessee is responsible to pay for all damages, including penalties and 

charges assessed by the USDA-CFSA on CRP lands, as a result of drilling and 
production on the tract. All damages will be assessed by and paid directly 
to the TLMD. 

Sensitive Areas 

F-1. This lease includes areas that may be environmentally sensitive. 

Therefore, if the lessee intends to conduct any activities on the lease 
premises, the lessee shall submit to TLMD one copy of an Operating Plan or 
Amendment to an existing Operating Plan, describing in detail the proposed 
activities. No activities shall occur on the tract until the Operating 
Plan or Amendments have been approved in writing by the Director of the 
Department. TLMD shall review the Operating Plan or Amendment and notify 
the lessee if the Plan or Amendment is approved or disapproved. 

After an opportunity for an informal hearing with the lessee, surface 
activity may be denied or restricted on all or portions of any tract if the 
Director determines in writing that the proposed surface activity will be 
detrimental to trust resources and therefore not in the best interests of 
the trust. 



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F-2. This lease is located near the Rocky Mountain Front and includes areas that 
are environmentally sensitive. Therefore, except as otherwise provided 
below, the lessee shall not conduct any surface operations on the lease 
premises. If the lessee determines that surface operation on the lease 
premises may be required, the lessee shall submit a proposed Operating Plan 
or Amendment to an existing Operating Plan to the State Board of Land 
Commissioners describing in detail the proposed operations. No surface 
activities shall occur on the lease premises unless and until the Operating 
Plan or Amendment is approved by the Board. In determining whether to 
approve the proposed Operating Plan or Amendment, the following provisions 
shall apply: 

1) If the lessee proposes an activity that does not entail any significant 
surface disturbance, the Board may approve the same after completion of the 
appropriate environmental review in accordance with the Montana 
Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and an opportunity for public comment on 
the proposed activity has been provided. 

2) Before the Board approves any proposed activity on the lease premises 
that entails a significant surface disturbance, an environmental impact 
statement (EIS) shall be completed in accordance with MEPA. The EIS shall 
analyze the potential impacts of alternative and future potential levels of 
oil and gas development and extraction on an ecosystem scale as the 
ecosystem is defined by the "Limits of Acceptable Change- -Bob Marshall 
Wilderness Complex" adopted by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & 
Parks in December 1991. The analysis shall consider all relevant 
information, which may include, but is not limited to, existing 
environmental reviews and management plans. Public involvement in the 
environmental review process shall be actively solicited by the preparer of 
the environmental review document and shall include, at minimum, adequately 
noticed public meetings in at least three communities including Great Falls 
and Helena. 

3) The proposed surface activity shall adhere to the "Interagency Rocky 
Mountain Front, Wildlife Monitoring/Evaluation Program, Management 
Guidelines for Selected Species" adopted by the Montana Department of Fish, 
Wildlife & Parks in September 1987, or any successor guidelines thereto. 

4) The Board may refuse to approve any proposed surface operations if it 
determines that they do not constitute the best use of trust resources or 
are not in the best interest of the State of Montana. 

F-3. This lease is located within or adjacent to the Sleeping Giant and Sheep 

Creek Wilderness Study Area, the Beartooth State Wildlife Management Area, 
and/or the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness and includes areas that are 
environmentally sensitive. Therefore, except as otherwise provided below, 
the lessee shall not conduct any surface operations on the lease premises. 
If the lessee determines that surface operation on the lease premises may 
be required, the lessee shall submit a proposed Operating Plan or Amendment 
to an existing Operating Plan to the State Board of Land Commissioners 
describing in detail the proposed operations. No surface activities shall 
occur on the lease premises unless and until the Operating Plan or 
Amendment is approved by the Board. In determining whether to approve the 
proposed Operating Plan or Amendment, the following provisions shall apply: 

1) If the lessee proposes an activity that does not entail any significant 
surface disturbance, the Board may approve the same after completion of the 
appropriate environmental review in accordance with the Montana 
Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and an opportunity for public comment on 
the proposed activity has been provided. 

2) Before the Board approves any proposed activity on the lease premises 
that entails a significant surface disturbance, an environmental impact 
statement (EIS) shall be completed in accordance with MEPA. The EIS shall 
analyze the potential impacts of alternative and future potential levels of 
oil and gas development and extraction on an ecosystem scale. The analysis 
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limited to, existing environmental reviews and management plans. Public 
involvement in the environmental review process shall be actively solicited 
by the preparer of the environmental review document and shall include, at 
minimum, adequately noticed public meetings in at least two communities 
including Great Falls and Helena. 

3) The Board may refuse to approve any proposed surface operations if it 
determines that they do not constitute the best use of trust resources or 
are not in the best interest of the State of Montana. 

Navigable Rivers 

G. This tract contains navigable river beds. No surface occupancy is allowed 
within the bed of the navigable river, abandoned channels, or on islands 
and accretions. In addition, upon completion of a successful well, where 
river title is disputed, the lessee will file an interpleader action under 
Rule 22, M.R.Civ.P. in the Montana District Court in which the leased lands 
are located for all acreage within the lease in which the title is 
disputed. The lessee shall name all potential royalty claimants as 
defendants . 

Surface not State Owned 

H. Lessee must contact the owner of the surface in writing at least 30 days 

prior to any surface activity. A copy of the correspondence shall be sent 
to TLMD. 

No Surface Occupancy 

I. No surface occupancy shall be allowed on this tract unless otherwise 
approved in writing by the Director of DNRC . 

J. No surface occupancy shall be allowed on any portion of this tract which is 
indicated as right-of-way on the official highway plans on file at the 
Department of Transportation in Helena, Montana without prior written 
approval from TLMD. 

Existing Production Restrictions 

K. Lessee will need to make settlement for the value of the equipment with 
previous lessee. A copy of this settlement will be sent to the TLMD for 
their records. 

Existing Facilities 

L-1. This tract has (an) existing well(s) and related facilities. The lessee 
has 45 days from the effective date of this lease to determine whether or 
not to assume responsibility from the former lessee for the well and any 
existing facilities. The lessee may not enter the well until a change of 
operator has been filed with, and approved by, the Board of Oil and Gas 
Conservation. 

L-2. This tract has an existing well and related facilities. The lessee has 45 
days from the effective date of this lease to determine whether or not to 
assume responsibility from the former lessee for the well and any existing 
facilities. The lessee may not enter the well until a change of operator 
has been filed with, and approved by, the Board of Oil and Gas 
Conservation. This well must be returned to commercial production or 
plugged and the wellsite reclaimed within 18 months from the effective date 
of this lease. 



Drainage Occurring 

M. It is the opinion of the TLMD that drainage is occurring on the land 

described in this lease and that if a well is not drilled within two years 
after this lease is issued the department will consider cancellation of the 
lease for failure to drill an offset well. 

Forested Tracts - Timber 

N. Prior to the cutting or removal of timber on these tracts for exploration 

or development related activities, the lessee shall acquire the approval of 
the appropriate TLMD area office. 

Wildlife Restrictions 

O. To protect wildlife during periods important to their survival, surface 

occupancy or other activity shall be restricted from March 15 through July 
15 of each year unless otherwise authorized in writing by the TLMD. 

P-1. Potential wildlife conflicts have been identified for this tract. The TLMD 
will contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks office in 
the area for advice on alleviating any possible conflicts caused by 
lessee's proposed activities. Additional mitigation measures may be 
required . 

P-2. Potential wildlife conflicts have been identified for this tract. The TLMD 
will contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in the area for 
advice on alleviating any possible conflicts caused by lessee's proposed 
activities. Additional mitigation measures may be required. 

Q. Wildlife species of concern have been identified on or near this tract. A 
survey in areas of proposed activity may be required prior to disturbance. 
Identified species will be avoided, unless otherwise authorized by the 
TLMD. Additional mitigation measures may also be required. 

Miscellaneous Restrictions 

R. Any activity within 1/8 mile of the river, flood plain, or lake/reservoir 
on or adjacent to this tract must be approved in writing by the TLMD prior 
to commencement. No surface occupancy is allowed within the bed of the 
river, abandoned channels, the bed of the lake/reservoir, or on islands and 
accretions associated with the river or lake/reservoir. 

S. No activity shall be allowed within 100 feet of any perennial or seasonal 

stream, pond, lake, prairie pothole, wetland, spring, reservoir, well, 

aqueduct, irrigation ditch, canal, or related facilities without prior 
approval of the TLMD. 

T. Due to unstable soil conditions on this tract and/or topography that is 
rough and/or steep, surface use may be restricted or denied. Seismic 
activity may be restricted to poltershots. 

U-1. Due to existing surface uses (such as center pivots, wheel lines, etc.) 
development on this tract may be restricted. 

U-2. Due to existing surface uses and the potential for future surface 

development, utilization of the surface for mineral exploration and 
development may be restricted or denied. Review of operating plans 
for exploration and/or development will include consideration of both 
existing and potential surface development to minimize conflicts and 
ensure that both mineral and surface uses are consistent with one 
another and in the best long-term interest of the school trust. 



V. Plant species of concern have been identified on or near this tract. A 

vegetation survey in areas of proposed activity will be required prior to 
disturbance. Identified rare plant species will be avoided, unless 
otherwise authorized by the TLMD . 

W. A critical weed problem exists on this tract. Additional mitigation 

measures will be required to prevent further spread of noxious weeds. The 
department may require such measures as power washing of vehicles, car 
pooling, timing restrictions for seismic, etc. to facilitate this 
prevention. 

X. This tract contains biological weed-control sites which must be avoided 
unless otherwise authorized by TLMD. 

Y. No surface occupancy of the cemetery site is permitted without written 
approval of TLMD. 

Z. Wooded areas on this tract will be avoided unless otherwise authorized by 
the TLMD. 

AA. No surface occupancy of the school area and/or related facilities is 
permitted without written approval of TLMD. 

BB. Lease contains a well certified for domestic use by the Board of Oil and 
Gas Commission (BOGC) . Therefore, BOGC does not consider this well to be 
subject to well spacing regulations. 

CC. This lease is issued subject to a prior existing State of Montana bentonite 
lease. Lessee's right to search, develop, and produce oil and gas may be 
restricted by such prior existing lease rights. 

DD . A gas storage unit exists on this tract. TLMD will solicit comments from 
gas storage operator (if other than lessee) if drilling through the gas 
storage reservoir is proposed, and TLMD may include reasonable protective 
stipulations in approving Lessee's operating plan. As part of its 
regulatory review, the BOGC may also require protective measures to ensure 
no impact to the gas storage reservoir. 

EE. No surface occupancy of radio tower sites or related facilities is 
permitted without written approval of TLMD. 

FF. No surface occupancy shall be allowed on the 16.319 acres of this 

tract covered by a wetlands easement issued to Montana Department of 
Transportation . 

GG. Occupation of 6.33 acres in the E'ASE'-A may be restricted or denied 

pursuant to the right-of-way deed granted to the U.S. Air Force for a 
restricted area. 



APPENDIX C: Agency Comments Received Before Deadline 



c^fofifcaia'DepttrtnieTit 

of 
Visti^'WUdUfe (Si VarH^ 



^'^l-2-'7^0 




OFFICE MEMORANDUM 



TO; 



FROM: 



SUBJECT: 



Teresa Kinley 

Jay Newell J^J'f/'// {V^t^ 

Oil and Gas 



DATE: 4/24/96 



This tract of land receives use by mule deer and antelope on a 
year-around basis. There are two known sharp-tailed grouse disp2_ay 
grounds in the area, one in section 18 and one in section (8^^) and ^ 0-^ fUt/es 
sage grouse display ground on private land in s ect ion {26 3a 1 1 in TWP 'HJ^y 
9N RNG 26E. Because of the type of habitat (sagebrush/grassland) j-3 p„'/es 
available in this tract it is likely that the area is used by sage ciuJay 



TWP 9N RNG 26E section 16 






and sharp-tailed grouse for nesting. My major concern is that 
exploration and development in this area could impact the grouse 
during the breeding and nesting periods. I recommend that there be 
— =^ no surface occupancy from March 15 - June 15 in the tract and that 
there be no surface occupancy within 1/4 mile of active display 
grounds. Other areas of concern are that: 1. The BLM lands in 
TWP 9N and RNG 26E were also recently let out for bid and a large 
scale oil development in this area may have serious impacts to 
wildlife in this area; and 2. Section 16 is presently included in^ 
our Gage Dome Walk-in Area and receives heavy use by hunters during - ^5;^ rt:/ 
the antelope season. Any development in the area should consider SccH Ftick. 
the safety of the developers and human activity should be 1 imi ted -^^^/^^rZ/iJ' f.>y 

On to periods excluding the antelope season. 

lX/3/xcoi. Sale 
>TWP 9N RNG 25E section 16. 

The area is used on a year-around basis by mule deer and antelop 
This area is probably used during the spring when deer and antelope 
are having fawns. I would recommend no surface occupancy between 
May 15 and June 15. n / _l / J- Ti r- 

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area 



All of these sections receive use by antelope and mule deer. Both 
antelope and mule deer use sagebrush to hide fawns in during the 
spring of the year. Although there are no known grouse display 
grounds in these sections it is likely that the sage brush areas in 
are used by sage grouse for nesting and possibly wintering. Any 
development in any of these sections should avoid sagebrush and 



riparian areas . 



The entire area is part of a sagebrush grassland habitat and it is 
important to sage grouse, mule deer and antelope on a year-around 
basis. In addition, the many reservoirs in this area attract 
large numbers of waterfowl which use the surrounding upland cover 
for nesting. Exploration and development has the potential for 
polluting surface water and caution should be taken to protect the 
water quality of the stock ponds. Exploration and development in 
this area could impact sage grouse, during the breeding, nesting 
and wintering periods and waterfowl during the nesting season. I 
would recommend that there be no surface occupancy from March 15 - 
June 15 in tracts surrounding known display grounds and within 1/2 
mile of the existing ponds. If development takes place, stands of 
sagebrush which are going to provide the primary cover for nesting 
upland game birds and waterfowl, should be avoided. 



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b^rJt/ 5 7/ /J a diiecJ -f-d Tracts tor oraose. 








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DEPARTMENT OF 
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 



MARC RACICOT 
GOVERNOR 



SOUTHERN LAND OFFICE 
AIRPORT INDUSTRIAL PARK 



STATE OF MONTANA ^ 



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(406) 259-3264 



TO: 
FROM: 
SUBJECT; 
DATE: 




BILLINGS, M 



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Barb Hamburg -wi/^ /i 

Don Kendall ^/^ / 

SLO Comments on S'epteiuberr O & G Sale 

May 17, 1996 



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Musselshell Co. Tract 105 SE*;, Sec. 34, T9N, R24E, 
Grazing Lease #6646 
a. No CRP 

Improvements are 1 mile fence and cattle guard. 



b. 
c. 



This tract has an active oil field. There should be no 
significant wildlife, cultural, or other environmental 
concerns. 



— ^(2 J Musselshell Co. 
Trac't CM 



$ctle a 



Tract 106 All, Sec. 16, T9N, R25E. 
Grazing Leases #9140 and #9141 
No CRP. 



500% 



b. Improvements are fences and water development, 

■ including pipelines. , , 

c. Wildlife use includes pronghorn antelope, mule deer, ; 

possibly sharptail and/ or sage grouse . ^un?y fcr unl J I'fc Spc<-i''^ 

of CCi\c(ri\ ii-.'p jjt^fcl -/a 'f/i'S 

d. Cultural - contact Patrick Rennie - sites were found -Tr^ct-. 
during an easement survey. CuHu.al r''5cun'.^ y^A/^Y/^n Is^^^^"^ 

Musselshell Co. Tract 107 All, Sec. 16, T9N, R26E. 
Grazing Lease #3462 

a. No CRP. 

b. Improvements include 3 miles fence, power line, water 
development, including pipeline. 

c. Wildlife use includes pronghorn antelope and sa^e. 
grouse. ^^^^^^^y^;^.^^ SAc/e^ ^/c^^c?/-r. 5^1pac^Mci -^ f/^ls V-^ctJ 

d. A wet drainage crosses the tract, and should be avoided. 



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Kml^y, Teresa 

From: Brandenburg, Gary 

Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 3:13 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: RE: September 5, 2001 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Teresa, 

Thanks for the reminder. I'm sorry for the oversight. 

Regarding the Stillwater county tracts: ^^f^-ft,oi^>fi f^( '^•'"^'■•^l'/ --^ i 

v^ J / ■ ' 

— ^■-J<^T2N R20E Sec. 16. ..According to my records. State ownership is only the N1/2. My main concern here is the 
^^''^i/iiv'j^stockwater well in the NW1/4. Other than this it is basically dryland pasture producing a good stand of 

Pubescent wheatgrass. Upland game birds frequent this tract due to its good cover. Try to avoid this area in 
spring during the nesting period. ~T^f y/^f'-/-^, u^e/i, e^r. hi- f^^r ■s-f,-/)c/n-f:a>^ *i./f ^t- ^-^■/' j-f^c/ a^ -/4'^ 

>^T1N R22E Sec. 16. ..State ownership is the SW1/4 only according to my records. This is basically all cropland 
(small grains) except in the extreme SW1/4 which is small 15 acre wetland. This area should be avoided as 
should any producing cropland. "77^ -i-frea^ t^ef/''^'^, P^a. h^ F'^r j-/y^-s,/^7iV>^ ij.lf i^-e 

T*^ 'TA^ A'rt^i^ COU-CCI fUrfZ^ ot^„^n.^ a^J st<rf^ /•e.^!'-'^^ r-f/ifs f /)^'^h-'i>^ iH J"/f<r//^ a.^. 

Regarding the Big Horn county tracts: -j-Ae Contac-f- fi,rf^cf a'-'Jifr -r/./^'A //i^^i^-si^c*'^' /'//^.r^ 

ffx -^^'^ -T^ar-^'r //'dfsi', lAfiPT^ S'oorCS 
T1S R30E Sec. 35. ..This tract comprises 395 acres of small-grain cropland, 182 acres of native rangeland and 
63 acres of CRP land in the NE1/4. This CRP is the main concern. Befoieany exploration activity takes place 
the Big Horn county FSA should probably be consulted. The cropland should be avoided if it has been planted. -tV?*^ 
There are no cultural wetland or wildlife concerns that I'm aware of. 72 e C^^ Tf^/fi-i/a //<?>-v ^<^ /// ^ e 

k f< '/'' ^ r''^ <rvv -fA '.s -f)r^ c-Z-T /^^^^iV. 
According to my records the other 3 tracts listed under Big Horn county are not Trust lands, /"s^ /-/f^c y J T^c ro*. f-^ (., 

Gary Brandenburg . -7 Af.y:^^^^ 

"7^''J 7^^3*-tio 

Original Message - 

From: Kinley, Teresa 

Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 4:01 PM 

To: Brandenburg, Gary 

Subject: September 5, 2001 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Importance: High 

I am sending the tract list and my request for comments letter as attached files in Word 97 format. The 
tract list IS a Word file ending in the suffix ".doc" and is in plain text. Courier New font, 8-point size. I 
have also attached an additional file for informational purposes 

As noted in the attached letter, the deadline for comments is July 25, 2001. You do not need to include 
tracts outside your area in the comments that you return. Comments can be returned by postal mail or 
electronic mail, however, electronic mail is preferred. 

Please contact me at (406) 444-2074 if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance. 

Teresa Kinley 



7/26/01 



c^oTifaria T>epartnieTit 

of 
Visli.'WUdUfe (Si, VftrH^ 




To: Teresa Kinley, Hydrogeologi 
Trust Land Management D 
DNRC 
From: Graham Taylor, MFWP R4 
Subject: June 4, 1996 Oil ancK 5as 




ase Sale 



RECEiVI§ 

APR 2 9 b. J 
DNRC 



Attached are comments pertaining to the June 4, 1996 Oil and Gas 
Sale re: wildlife values on some of the tracts proposed to be 
offered. They come in the form of a memo from Quentin Kujala to 
me. This memo follows a ZIP note to you of 24 April on the same 
subject. 



TO: Graham Taylor ^^ 
FROM: Quentin Kujala-'"^ 
SUBJECT: State lands wildlife use 



April 22, 1996 



5079 



The following are brief comments pertaining to wildlife species and 
time periods on habitats owned by the State of Montana in parts of 
hunting districts 422 and 423. Wildife use on these habitats 
include at least these primary species and time periods. Of 
particular importance are those areas receiving winter use. 

5068 Roberts Mountain: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer 

use--HD 423 

5069 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

5070 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

)"5Q7"l\ Roberts Mountain: spring, summer and fall elk use, year-round 

mule deer use--HD 423 

5072 Roberts Mountain: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer 

use--HD 423 

5073 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

5074 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

Johnson Mountain and Blowout Mountain: winter a nd spring elk, 

spring, summer and 
fall mule deer use-- 
HD 422 

5080 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

5081 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

5082 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 

HD 423 

5083 Rogers Pass: spring, summer and fall elk and mule deer use-- 
IJJ2JUCJ. j^-0 423 

)0/6 ^_5084( Krone Ranch: year- round and winter mule deer--HD 422 
5*0/ <? 1508 5 j Johnson Mountain and Comb Rock: year- round whitetail and mule 

deer, winter elk--HD 422 
Johnson Mountain: winter and spring elk and mule deer--HD 422 
Johnson Mountain: winter and spring elk and mule deer--HD 423 
Johnson Mountain: winter and spring elk and mule deer--HD 422 
Krone Ranch and Bean Lake: year-round mule deer and antelope- 

-HD 422 
Bean Lake: j^^ear - roun ds mule deer and antelope--HD 422 
Krone Ranch: year- round mule deer--HD 422 



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5086 


•Sc^i 


5087 


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5088 


ro^3 


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Scy-u 



5090 



5091 



5092iKrone Ranch and Bean Lake: winter elk, year-round mule deer-- 

HD 422 



^0x.'y 50 9 3j Krone Ranch: year-round mule deer--HD 422 

These ,<=''*^.^^fj?.t^re rece^^cJ Uie (AfinI Si-f /ff (J)^ HoAHf^^^rr^ Qurret^iU f^cj^f Pcc.Bj^oo^ 
-h^^SelsU.e area, s-flfiJ.ilcn UllUee, ^JJe^ f^ J/ ./ :^Jies^ l^^^d^ ^^.7/1,, 
Leu Is a^J C/ark Couh+y^ /jofeJ w\ik harJUi}r>Hen ^ ,opl>cofto^ QUfi^hc'rs, ^°/^, 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 

JUDY H. MARTZ, GOVERNOR 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



DIRECTOR'S OFFICE (406) 444-2074 
TELEFAX NUMBER (406) 444-2684 



1625 ELEVENTH AVENUE 



PO BOX 201601 
HELENA, MONTANA 59620-1601 



September 27, 2002 



MEMORANDUM 



TO: 

FROM: 

RE: 



Patrick Rennie, Archaeologist, Ag. & Grazing Management Bureau 

Teresa Kiniey, Hydrologist/Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau '^^^/^^a^'s* j^ 

December 3, 2002 State of Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale 




Please review the attached list of tracts for the upcoming oil and gas lease sale for cultural 
areas of concern. Prior to leasing, the Department complete an environmental assessment of the 
properties. One of the purposes of this assessment is to mitigate potential cultural concerns that 
could be affected by oil and gas exploration by adding stipulations to the leases. As usual the 
standard cultural stipulation will be placed on all tracts. 

Let me know if there are any concerns which may require other stipulations on the leases. 
If you have any questions, please ask me or Monte Mason. Please return your comments by 
October 23, 2002. 

Thank you for your help. 



Attachment 






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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMLNT DIVISION 
NORTHEASTERN LAND OFFICE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



(406) 228-2430 Telephone 
(406) 228-2439 FAX 



GLASGOW UNIT OFFICE 

PO BOX 1007 

224 6 STREET SOUTH 

GLASGOW, MONTANA 59230-1007 



October 3, 2002 
MEMORANDUM 

TO: Theresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau 

FR: Randy Dirkson, Land Use Specialist, Glasgow Unit Office 

RE: December 3, 2002 State of Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Attached are the comments for those tracts of State land that will be listed for the 
December 3, 2002, Montana Oil and Gas lease Sale. The comments are for those tracts of 
State land administered by the Glasgow Unit Office. Should you have any questions, 
please contact me at the Glasgow Unit Office. 

C: Clive Rooney, Area Manager, Northeastern Land Office 



•AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER' 



STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - DECEMBER 3, 2002 

PRELIMINARY LEASE SALE LIST 



APP# 



MAP 
LOCATION 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 



BLAINE 



1,2,3 



5035 
5036 
5037 
5038 
5001 
5002 
5015 



30 


N 


19 


E 


14 


W2SE4 




30 


N 


20 


E 


18 


LOTS 3, 


4, NE4, E2SW4 


30 


N 


20 


E 


19 


LOT 1, 


SE4, E2NW4 


30 


N 


20 


E 


29 


E2 




32 


N 


17 


E 


1 


LOTS 3, 


4 


32 


N 


17 


E 


2 


LOTS 1, 


2, 3 


34 


N 


19 


E 


35 


NW4NW4 





80.00 

325.41 

282.66 

320.00 

59.90 

91.57 

40.00 



CARTER 



5039 
5040 
5041 
5042 
5043 

5044 
5045 
5046 
5047 



7 


S 


57 


E 


36 


ALL 






8 


S 


57 


E 


16 


ALL 






8 


S 


58 


E 


36 


ALL 






8 


S 


59 


E 


16 


ALL 






8 


S 


59 


E 


36 


LOTS 1 
N2SW4, 


THRU 7, W2NE4 
NW4SE4 


NW4, 


9 


S 


58 


E 


16 


ALL 






9 


S 


58 


E 


36 


LOTS 1 


THRU 18, NW4, 


N2SW4 


9 


S 


59 


E 


16 


ALL 






9 


s 


59 


E 


36 


LOTS 1 


2, 3, 4, N2, 


N2S2 



640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
612.46 

640.00 
877.60 
640.00 
664 .40 



DANIELS 



5007 34. N 45. E 15 NW4 160.00 

This tract is a combination of native rangeland and crested wheatgrass pasture land for 
livestock grazing. The native rangeland holds some habitat for sharptail grouse and 
Hungarian partridge. There are no surface water resources on this tract. 

FALLON 6 



5003 



5.N 



59. E 36 ALL 



640.00 



GALLATIN 
5017 



l.S 7.E 16 LOTS 1 THRU 8, W2 



666.16 



GLACIER 

5004 



8 



34. N 6.W 36 NW4, N2SW4, SW4SW4 



280.00 



PAGE 1 
RGE SEC 



APP# 



MAP 
LOCATION 



TWP 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



HILL 
5014 



33. N 17. E 21 S2SE4 



80.00 



LEWIS & CLARK 9,10,11 



5012 


5018 


5019 


5020 


5021 


5022 


5023 


5024 


5025 


5026 


5027 


5028 



5029 



16. N 


5.W 


32 


N2SW4, SE4SW4 


120.00 


17. N 


5.W 


6 


LOTS 1 THRU 7, S2NE4, * 
SE4NW4, E2SW4, SE4 


647.63 


17. N 


5.W 


16 


ALL * 


640.00 


17. N 


5.W 


18 


LOTS 3, 4, E2SW4, SE4 


319.45 


17. N 


5.W 


32 


NE4, NE4NW4 * 


200.00 


17. N 


6.W 


12 


E2 


320.00 


18. N 


6.W 


16 


ALL * 


640.00 


18. N 


6.W 


20 


SW4SW4 


40.00 


18. N 


6.W 


26 


ALL 


640.00 


18. N 


6.W 


28 


E2NE4, E2SW4, SE4, DEARBORN 
RIVERBED 


331.00 


18. N 


6.W 


36 


ALL 


640.00 


20. N 


7.W 


19 


NW4NE4, S2NE4, E2NW4 , * 
NE4SW4, SE4 


400.00 


20. N 


7.W 


33 


NE4NE4, S2S2 


200.00 



MCCONE 



12 



5013 27. N 50. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This tract is native rangeland for livestock grazing. Tract has the Redwater River a 
perennial stream located on the NW4 . This tract has habitat resources for pheasants, 
sharptail grouse and Hungarian partridge. The Thin Hilly range site has habitat for Mule 
and Whitetail deer and Antelope. ~J\fi '/y M - '»'''/*' '''"^ hi' f^^C '^-t.'P'^lat^cj^ ^ -f^e i^ilJ /<f> ^'■'^'X 

MUSSELSHELL 1 3 



5008 
5009 
5010 
5011 



9.N 


25 


E 


16 


ALL 




9.N 


25 


E 


36 


ALL 




9.N 


27 


E 


36 


ALL, 


LESS PATENTED RR R/W 


O.N 


24 


E 


36 


ALL 





640.00 
640.00 
613.50 
640.00 



PONDERA 
5049 



14 



28. N 



l.W 36 ALL 



640.00 



RICHLAND 
5034 
5033 
5006 



15,16 



24. N 59. E 36 NW4 , BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

MISSION CANYON FORMATION 
24. N 59. E 36 N2NE4, SW4NE4 



26. N 



53. E 36 ALL 



160.00 
120.00 
640.00 



PAGE 2 
RGE SEC 



APP# 



MAP 
LOCATION 



TWP 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



ROOSEVELT 



17 



5005 28. N 58. E 16 NW4 * 160.00 

This tract contains dryland agriculture and native rangeland for livestock grazing. Tract 
has habitat resources for sharptail grouse and Hungarian partridge_^ , / 

ROSEBUD 18 

5050 
5051 
5052 
5053 
5054 
5055 
5056 
5057 
5058 
5059 
5060 
5061 
5062 

5063 
5064 
5065 
5066 
5067 
5068 
5069 
5070 



10. N 


34. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


34. E 


32 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


34. E 


36 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


35. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


35. E 


32 


S2, W2NE4, NW4 




560.00 


10. N 


35. E 


36 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


36. E 


6 


LOTS 1 THRU 5, S2NE4, 


SE4NW4 


311.60 


10. N 


36. E 


9 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


36. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


10. N 


36. E 


36 


ALL 




640.00 


11. N 


34. E 


4 


S2 




320.00 


11. N 


34. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


11. N 


34 .E 


18 


E2E2, SW4NE4, SE4NW4 
NW4SE4 


NE4SW4, 


320.00 


11. N 


34. E 


31 


LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, E2, 


E2W2 


629.08 


11. N 


34. E 


36 


ALL 




640.00 


11. N 


35. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


11. N 


35. E 


36 


ALL 




640.00 


11. N 


36. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


11. N 


36. E 


36 


ALL 


* 


640.00 


12. N 


35. E 


16 


ALL 




640.00 


12. N 


35. E 


36 


ALL 




640.00 



STILLWATER 
5048 



19 



2.N 20. E 16 ALL 



640.00 



TOOLE 

5030 
5031 
5032 



20,21 



31. N l.E 26 NE4 
31. N l.E 36 ALL 
35. N 3.E 36 ALL 



160.00 
640.00 
640.00 



LESSOR: DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 

PETROLEUM 22 

5016 12. N 



25. E 33 HIGHWAY TRACT IN SE4SW4, SE4 



74.17 



Page 1 of 1 



Kinley, Teresa 



From: Wentland, Harold 

Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 1 2:52 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Cc: Satterfield, Jim; Ensign, John; Taylor, Graham 

Subject: RE; MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale, December 3, 2002 

Dear Ms Kinley: 

My comments on behalf of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 pertain to those sites in your October 3, 2002 
notice located in Blaine (7), Daniels (1), Hill (1), McCone (1), Richland (3) and Roosevelt (1) Counties. 

1 recommend no surface occupancy or other activity be allowed on any of the sites during the March 1 through 
July 1 period each year. This will help protect breeding and nesting upland game birds and watrerfowl, and 
fawning and early rearing big game animals. If the activity is to take place exclusively on cropland that is currently 
under cultivation (not in CRP), the recommendations do not apply. 



Thank you for this opportunity to comment. I her^ £<>'<? ^^ ''"'^'^ 'f^ ^ ^ 

Sincerely, r: / / j. CC J M7 A^'T^^^-^' ri^r.-f-c^p f / -^ 






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Harold J. Wentland lu /7r/>»«.7?'^ a>,J i-c^'fc^ '^ ■ ' ' / // n Z " 

Wildlife Program Manager, Region 6 r ' O / tO £fi^'.ay^ ^ '^^ rAe UfceM, b^r--. 

Original Message XOO^ Ao^-f^^^ ^^ ' ' ^" "^ / , r- ,■,■ . ^ 

From: Kinley, Teresa ;,,,, ^.. ,,,,,^^e.M /jr^/</^7^^ o^ 

Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2002 5:19 PM _^^ /^^s-yr^s df '^^'"^'^ 'frci,:rs^ 

To: Satterfield, Jim; Wentland, Harold 

Subject: MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale, December 3, 2002 

Importance: High 

This is the first time that I have sent out the tract list since my computer has been upgraded. I am sending 
the tract list and my request for comments letter as attached files. I am also attaching the general map 
with tract key for your information. These are in Word 2002 format. Please let me know if you are unable 
to open them. If this is the case I will see if I can adjust the format and resend them. 

As noted in the attached letter, the deadline for comments is October 23, 2002. You do not need to include 
tracts outside your area in the comments that you return. Comments can be returned by mail or electronic 
mail, but electronic files help me to compile a summary later. Please let me know if you have questions. 
Thanks for your assistance. 

Teresa 



10/23/2002 




MONTANA 



Natural Heritage 
Program 



PO Box 201800 • 1515 East Sixth Avenue • Helena, MT 59620-1800 • fax 406.444.0581 • tel 406.444.3009 • http://nris.state.nnt.us 

October 3. 2002 

Teresa Kinley 

MT DNRC, Trust Land Management Division 

1625 Eleventh Ave. 

PO Box 201601 

Helena, Montana 59620-1601 

Dear Teresa, 

I am writing in response to your request for information on species of concern in the vicinity of the proposed Oil & Gas Lease 
Sale Tracts. We checked our databases for information in these areas. We have enclosed the species of concern reports, 
organized by township, range and section, for each area and 1 map for each area. The results are summarized as follows: 



COUNTY 


APP# 


Blaine 


5035-5038 


Blaine 


5001-5002 


Blame 


5015 


Carter 


5039-5047 


Daniels 


5007 


Fallon 


5003 


Gallatin 


5017 


Glacier 


5004 


Hill 


5014 



LOCATION 



Lewis & Clark 5012:5018-5027 

Lewis & Clark 5028-5029 

McCone 5013 

Musselshell 5008-5009 

Musselshell 5010 

Musselshell 5011 



T30N, R19-20E 

T30N,R17E, Sections 1 &2 

T34N, R19E, Section 35 

T07-08S, R57E ; T08-09S, R58-59E 

T34N, R45E, Section 15 

T05N, R59E, Section 36 

T01S,R07E, Section 16 

T34N, R06W, Section 36 

T33N,R17E, Section 21 

T16-17N, R05W;T17-18N, R06W 

T20N, R07W 

T27N, R50E, Section 36 

T09N, R25E 

T09N, R27E, Section 36 

T10N,R24E, Section 36 



NUMBER OF 
OCCURRENCES FOUND 





1 

6 






8 
2 

1 
1 
1 



Electronic access to the Montana Natural Heritage Program is available at URL 
htlp://nris.state.mt.us/mtnhp/ 



COUNTY 



APP# 



LOCATION 



Pondera 


5049 


Richland 


5033-5034 


Richland 


5006 


Roosevelt 


5005 


Rosebud 


5050-5070 


Stillwater 


5048 


Toole 


5030-5031 



Toole 



Petroleum 



5032 



5016 



T28N,R01W, Section 36 
T24N, R59E, Section 36 
T26N, R53E, Section 36 
T28N, R58E, Section 16 
TIO-llN, R34-36E; T12N, R35E 
T02N. R20E, Section 16 
T31N, ROIE, Sections 26 & 36 
T35N, R03E. Section 36 
T12N,R25E, Section 33 



NUMBER OF 
OCCURRENCES FOUND 




1 





1 




Please keep in mind the following when using and interpreting the enclosed information and maps: 

( 1 ) These materials are the result of a search of our database for species of concern that occur in an area defined by the 
requested township and range (and section, if available) with an additional one-mile buffer surrounding the requested area. 
This is done to provide you with a more inclusive set of records and to capture records that may be immediately adjacent 
to the requested area. 

(2) In the report, the term "precision" reflects the quality of the location information. S (second) precision is used when the 
location of the collection/observation is known within a three-second radius (approximately 10 acres); M (minute) 
precision is used when the location of the collection /observation is known within a one minute radius (approximately 1.5 
miles); and G (general) precision is used when the location of the record/collection is known within a 5 mile radius or to a 
place name only. Some species locations outside the selection area have imprecisely-known locations and may actually 
occur within the selection area. 

(3) Location information for animals represents occupied breeding habitat; location information for plants represents known 
occurrences of plant species, and, like animals, has an implied range that may not be fully conveyed by the mapped data. 
Most locations are depicted as points, but some, especially those that cover large area, are depicted as polygons on the 
map. The approximate boundaries of these polygons are color-coded to help differentiate vertebrate classes and plants. 

(4) This report may include sensitive data, and is not intended for general distribution, publication or for use outside of your 
agency. In particular, public release of specific location information may jeopardize the welfare of threatened, 
endangered, or sensitive species or communities. 

(5) The accompanying map(s) display management status, which may differ from ownership. Also, this report may include 
data from privately owned lands, and approval by the landowner is advisable if specific location information is considered 
for distribution. Features shown on this map do not imply public access to any lands. 

(6) Additional biological data for the search area(s) may be available from other sources. We suggest you contact the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service for any additional information on threatened and endangered species (406-449-5225). Also, 
significant gaps exist in the Heritage Program's fisheries data, and we suggest you contact the Montana Rivers Information 
System for information related to your area of interest (406-444-3345). 

(7) The results of a data search by the Montana Natural Heritage Program reflect the current status of our data collection 
efforts. These results are not intended as a final statement on sensitive species within a given area, or as a substitute for 
on-site surveys, which may be required for environmental assessments. 

Electronic access to the Montana Natural Heritage Program is available at URL 
http;//nris. state. mt.us/mtnhp/ 



I hope the enclosed information is helpful to you. Please feel free to contact me at (406)-444-3290 or via my e-mail address, 
below, should you have any questions or require additional information. 

Sincerely, 




Martin P. Miller, Data Assistant 
Montana Natural Heritage Program 
{martinm@ state, mt. us) 



Hlectronic access to the Montana Natural Heritage Program is available at URL 
htlp;//nris. state. mt.us/mtnhp/ 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

P.O. Box 201800 

1515 East Sixth Avenue 

Helena, Montana 59620-1800 

(406 )444-3009 

http://nris.state.mt.us 

Explanation on;Element Occurrence Reports 



Since 1985, the Montana Namral Heritage 
Program (MTNHP) has been compiling and 
maintaining an inventory of the elements of 
biological diversity in Montana. This inventory 
includes plant species, animal species, plant 
communities, and other biological features that 
are rare, endemic, disjunct, threatened or 
endangered throughout their range in Montana, 
vulnerable to extirpation from Montana, or in 
need of further research. 

Individual species, communities, or biological 
features are referred to as "elements." An 
"element occurrence" generally falls in one of 
the following categories: 

Plants : A documented location of a plant 
population. In some instances, adjacent, spatially 
separated clusters are considered subpopulations 
and are grouped as one occurrence (e.g., the 
subpopulations occur in ecologically similar 
habitats, and are within approximately one air 
mile of one another). 

Animals with limited mobility (most 
invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, small 
mammals, most fish): The location of a 
specinien collection or of a verified sighting; 
assumed to represent a breeding population. 
Additional collections or sightings are often 
appended to the original record. 

Mobile or migratory animals (most birds and 
larger mammals, some fish): Breeding areas 
(including nesting territories, dens and leks) and 
significant aggregation sites (winter feeding 
areas, staging grounds, or hibernacula). 

Communities : All contiguous, high-quality 
habitat as defmed by physical and biological 
features. 



Other : Significant biological features not 
included in the above categories, such as bird 
rookeries, peatlands, or state champion trees. 



The quantity and quahty of data contained in 
MTNHP reports is dependent on the research 
and observations of the many individuals and 
organizations who contribute information to the 
program. 

Please keep in mind that the absence of 
information for an area does not mean the 
absence of significant biological features. 
Reports produced by the Montana Natural 
Heritage Program summarize information known 
to the program at the time of a request. These 
reports are not intended as a final statement on 
the elements or areas being considered, nor are 
they a substitute for on-site surveys which may 
be required for environmental assessments. 

As a user of MTNHP, your contributions of data 
are essential to maintaining the accuracy of our 
data bases. New or updated location information 
for all species of special concern is always 
■welcome. 



We encourage you to visit our website at 
http://nris.state.mt.us/mtnhp/. On-line tools 
include species lists, an electronic version of 
Montana Bird Distrihution, and search capabihties 
by county, management unit, or USGS 7.5' 
quadrangle. Also available is the Monuma Rare 
Plan: Field Guide, which contains photos, high- 
quality diagnostic illustrations, and supporting 
information for over 300 rare plant species in 
Montana. 



Cprtiin codes and abbreviations are used in 
element occurrence reports. Although 
tnany of these are very straightforward, the 
following explanations should answer most 
questions. 



Global Rank and State Rank 



Other Global and State Rank codes: 

T Rank for a subspecies or variety; 

appended to the global rank for the full 
species, e.g., G4T3. 

Q Taxonomic questions or problems 
involved; more information needed. 



Taxa are evaluated and ranked by MTNHP on 
the basis of their global (range-wide) status, and 
their state-wide status according to a 
standardized procedure. 

For each level of distribution, global and state, 
species are assigned a numeric rank ranging from 
1 (critically imperiled) to 5 (demonstrably 
secure). For example. Clustered lady's-sUpper 
{Cypripedium fasdadatum) is ranked G4 S2. That 
is, globally the species is apparently secure, while 
in Montana it is imperiled because of rarity, or 
because of other factors making it demonstrably 
vulnerable to extu^ation. 

Rank Definition 

1 Critically imperiled because of extreme 
rarity, or because of some factor of its 
biology making it especially. vulnerable to 
extirpation. 

2 Imperiled because of rarity, or because of 
other factors demonstrably making it 
very vulnerable to extinction throughout 
its range. 

3 Vulnerable because of rarity, or found in 
a restricted range even though it may be 
abundant at some of its locations. 

4 Apparently secure, though it may be quite 
rare in parts of its range, especially at the 
periphery. 

5 Demonstrably secure, though it may be 
quite rare in parts of its range, especially 
at the periphery. 

U Possibly in peril but status uncertain; 
more information needed. 

H Historical, known only from records over 
50 years ago; may be rediscovered. 

X Believed to be extinct; historical records 
only. 



} Inexact or uncertain. 
Z Ranking not applicable. 

A Accidental in the state. Includes species 

(usually birds or butterflies) recorded 
very infrequently, hundreds or thousands 
of miles outside their usual range. 

B A state rank modifier indicating breeding 
status for a migratory species. Example: 
SIB, SZN = breeding occurrences for the 
species are ranked Si (critically 
imperiled) in the state; non-breeding 
occurrences are not ranked in the state. 

# A modifier to SX or SH: the species has 
been reintroduced but the population is 
not yet established. 



U. S. Fish And Wildlife Service 
Endangered Species Act Status 

Abbreviations indicate the categories defined in 
the U.S. Fish and WHdhfe Service Notice of 
Review and indicate the status of a taxon under 
the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 
U.S.CA. §1531-1543 (Supp. 1996)). 

Note: the categories C2, 3B and 3C are no 
longer maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildhfe 
Service (61 FR 7596, Feb. 28, 1996). 

Current categories are: 

LE listed endangered 

LT listed threatened 

PE proposed endangered 

PT proposed threatened 

C candidate: Substantial information exists 

in U.S. Fish and Wildlife files on 
biological vulnerability to support 



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proposals to list as threatened or 
encfangered. 

NL not listed or no designation (see below) 

XN non-essential experimental population 

A species can have more than one federal 
designation if the species' status varies within its 
range. In these instances, the Montana 
designation is listed first. Example: LELT - 
species is listed as endangered in Montana; 
elsewhere in its range it is listed as threatened. 



U.S. Forest Service Status 

The status of species on Forest Service lands as 
defined by the U.S. Forest Service manual 
(2670.22). These taxa are listed as such by the 
Regional Forester (Northern Region) on National 
Forests in Montana. Species axe listed as: 

T/E/P listed as Threatened (LT) or Endangered 
(LE) under the Endangered Species Act 
or proposed for hsting (P), and known or 
suspected to occur on national forests. 

S sensitive species, subspecies or variety, 

for which the Regional Forester has 
determined there is a concern for 
population viability rangewide or in the 
region. 



Bureau of Land Management Status 

The status of species on Bureau of Land 
Management land is defined by the BLM 6840 
manual and designated by the Montana State 
Office of the BLM in 1996: 

S sensitive species: proven to be imperiled in 

at least part of its range and documented 
to occur on BLM lands. 

W watch species: either known to be imperiled 
and suspected to occur on BLM lands, 
suspected to be imperiled and documented 
on BLM lands, or needing further study for 
other reasons. 



Other terms that may be used in this 
report 

USGS quadrangle - Name of the 7.5-minute 
USGS topographic map(s) where the population 
is located. 

Township, range, section, TRS comments - legal 
description of the centroid of the population 
and, if known, additional townships or sections. 
TRS locators may be based on unsurveyed 
townships; in such cases, the locators are derived 
from U. S. Forest Service visitor maps or from 
BLM surface management status maps. This is 
done for convenience in describing species 
locations; the information does not necessarily 
indicate legal boundaries. 

Precision - the level of location accuracy of the 

record. 

S =■ accuracy of location is within an area 
of approximately 10 acres 

M = accuracy of location is within a 
radius of approximately 1.5 miles 

G = location is a place-name only, or 
within a radius of approximately 5 square 
miles. 

Last observation : date the element was last 
observed extant at the site (not necessarily the 
date the site was last visited). 

Land Owner/manager - the ownership or 
management of the land on which the element 
occurs. Areas are generally listed from smallest 
to largest. In most instances, this information is 
derived from U.S. Forest Service visitor maps or 
from BLM surface management status maps. 



Please remember that this report is a summary of 
information. Additional data are available on 
most sites and species 

If you have questions or need further 
assistance, please contact us either by phone at 

(406/444-0914), e-mail (mtnhp@nris. state. mt. us) 
or at the mailing address shown on the first page. 



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ScientiHc Name: VULPES VELOX 

Common Name: SWIFT FOX 

Glohal Rank: G3 

Slate Rank: S3 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Blaine County, APP# 5015 



Forest Service Status: SENSITIVE 

USFVVS Kndangered Species Act: (LE) 
BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

LIMITED DATA AVAILABLE; BUT PROBABLY AT LEAST 4 BREEDING PAIRS ARE PRESENT. THE 
BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL REPORTED OBSERVATIONS LOCATED WITHIN 20 
KM OF ONE ANOTHER. SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM MTNHP. 



Last observation: 



1996 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

ROLLING, GLACIATED MIXED-GRASS PRAIRIE WITH LIMITED SHRUB. 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED L/*iND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: LEWISTOWN FIELD OFFICE; FORT BELKNAP 
INDIAN RESERVATION 
Comments: 

41 OBSERV.ATIONS IN THE 1980S AND 1990S, INCLUDING 5 OF PUPS OR JUVENILES. 

Information source: 

ZOOLOGIST, MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 210800, 
HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 406/444-3009. 



Survey site name: 
County: 



BORDER PRAIRIE 

BLAINE; VALLEY; PHILLIPS; HILL 



uses quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

A VERY LARGE AREA MOSTLY NORTH OF THE MILK RIVER FROM CHINOOK TO HINSDALE AND 
EXTENDING TO CANADA. 



TownshipVRange: 

037N018E 



Section: 
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TRS comments: 

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Species of Concern 
Carter County. APP# 5039-5047 



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FERRUGINOUS HAWK 
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Forest Service Status: 

USFV\'S Endangered Species Act: 



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Occurrence Tvpc: 
pedes occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF CA. 5 PAIRS. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL 
REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 
MTNHPJ 
,ast observation: 1997-05 Size (acres): 

ileneral site description: 



[,and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST LAND; BLM; MILES CITY FIELD OFFICE 
"omments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 
nformation .source: 

WlTrENHAGEN, K. W. 1991. 1991 PROGRESS REPORT ON THE FERRUGINOUS HAWK IN SOUTHEASTERN 
MONTANA. UNPUBL REP. U.S. BUR. LAND MANAGE., MILES CITY, MONTANA. 24 PP. 
urvej site name: WEST OF ALZADA 



"ounty: 

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Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 
Carter County, APP# 5039-5047 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: 



TOTAL OF 16 SPECIMENS COLLECTED IN 1979-1980 AT 10 LOCATIONS. 
,ast observation: 1980-08-19 Size (acres): 

leneral site description: 



and oNNner/nianager: 

BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFFICE; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST LAND 
"oninients: 

nformation source: 

SIEG. C. H., D. W. URESK, AND R. M. HANSEN. 1986. THE VALUE OF BENTONITE MINE SPOILS IN 
SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA AS SMALL MAMMAL HABITAT. NORTHWEST SCIENCE 60(4):2 18-224. 
urvev site name: ALZADA 



County: 

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Precision: 
:ievation (ft): 



CARTER 
GOMER DRAW; ALZADA; COCHRAN RESERVOIR 

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3400 



yocation: 

VICINITY OF ALZADA AND WEST CA. 1 2 MILES UP THOMPSON CREEK. 
To\vnship\Range: Section: 

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Species of Concern 
Carter County, APP# 5039-5047 
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RACEME MILKVETCH 
G5T5 

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Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: 



k'currc nee Type: 
pi'cii's occurrence data: 

SCATTERED COLONIES. 
ast observation: 1988-06-18 

k'ncral site description: 



Size (acres): 



IN GRASSLANDS, WITH STIPA COMATA AND AGROPYRON SMITHII. 
[and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 
Comments: 

ELEVATION READS 3,400 FT BUT HIS DESCRIPTION READS CA 6 MILES. MILEAGE WAS FOLLOWED FOR LOCATION 
OF EO; RECORD LOCATION IS GENERAL NOT SPECIFIC. ORIGINALLY DETERMINED BY BARNEBY AS A. R. VAR. 
LONGISETUS AND ANNOTATED BY HIM TO A. R. VAR RACEMOSUS. 
iformation source: 

LESICA. PETER. INDEPENDENT CONSULTING BOTANIST. MISSOULA, MT 
furvey site name: CAMP CREEK 



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Elevation (ft): 



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Caner County, APP# 5039-5047 
nlillc Name: QUERCUS MACROCARPA 

>nim..ii Name: BUR OAK Forest Service Status: 

ol)al Rank: G5 USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

ate Rank: SI BLM Status: SENSITIVE 



iccurrence Type: 
pecies occurrence data: 

19%: NO REGENERATION OR ACORN PRODUCTION. 1995: >100 PLANTS IN T9S, R60E. S31; FLOWERING. 
1992: EST. 5,000 TO 10.000 TREES AS DOMINANTS OR CO-DOMINANTS ACROSS MUCH OF SCATTERED 
SAV.ANNA AND SCRUB WOODLAND COMMUNITIES; 10-20 FEET TALL, MOSTLY LESS THAN 20 CM DBH, 
MAXIMUM DBH CA. 45 CM, IN LEAF; SEEDLINGS; INSECT D.^MAGE. DIMINISHING IN FREQUENCY 
WESTWARD AND DOWNSLOPE. ACORN PRODUCTION LOW IN 1992. 
ast observation: 1996-07-12 Size (acres): 1200 

General site description: 

CONCENTRATED ON EASTERN THREE-FOURTHS OF NW-SE TRENDING SHALE RIDGE SYSTEMS, ALSO 
EXTENDING EAST TO LITTLE MISSOURI RIVER. MOWRY SHALE-HEAVY CLAY SOIL; PINUS 
PONDEROS.VQUERCUS MACROCARPA/JUNIPERUS SCOPULORUM WOODLAND WITH ALMOST NO SHRUB 
UNDERSTORY, ALMOST NO WOODLAND HERBACEOUS UNDER.STORY; MAINLY CAREX PENNSYLVANIA 
AND PRAIRIE GRASSES. WITH SLIGHTLY MORE FORB COVER AT EAST END WHERE SANDY LOAM 
0\ ERLIES SHALE. 
and o^vner/manager: 

I'RIXATEL^' OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: MILES CITY HELD OFFICE; STATE TRUST LAND 
omments: 

1996: K. DUEHOLM REPORTED 3 ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS WITHIN THE THE AREA ENCOMPASSED BY THIS 
RECORD. OCCURRENCE IS .AMONG WESTERNMOST STANDS OF BUR OAK RANGEWIDE; EXTENDS INTO WYOMING. 
MINING ROADS AND GRAZING AFFECTING AREA; BENTONITE MINING OCCURRING ACROSS WE.STERN PORTION OF 
STAND NOTE THAT FIRSTOBS YEAR IS ACTU.ALLY "194?" - ENTERED AS "1940" FOR DATA TRANSFER PURPOSES. 
LESICA SPECIMEN 4123 ATTRIBUTED TO SECTION 21. BUT SITE DESCRIPTION MATCHES THAT OF SECTION 31. 
THREE SUBPOPULATIONS WITH MAPPED BOUNDARIES WERE DIGITIZED (3/10/99); ELEMENT OCCURRENCE 
COVERS LARGER AREA THAN DIGITIZED SUBPOPULATIONS. 
iilorniation source: 

VANDERHORST, J.. S. V. COOPER, AND B. L. HEIDEL. 1998. BOT.ANICAL AND VEGETATION SURVEY 
OF CARTER COUNTY. MONTANA. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. MONTANA 
NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, HELENA. 1 16 PP. + APP 
urvev site name: 



ALZADAOAKS Z^^/', ^ ^0^5 / f 5, < ^5=/^ ->^^ :> ^ 

:S(iS quadrangle: GOMER DRAW; ALZADA; COCHRAN RESERVOIR ^/Jc'/r" </ ^i^^l if'/> ^' ^^ '^''^ c^ Jl /> e 



'ountv: CARTER 



'recision: S 

;ievalion (ft): 3435 



^il/.Zr-cf C^ -/4'S -T^'-^^/-' /'<^^- 



i.ocation: 

FROM ALZADA GO NORTH ON HWY 2 i 2 CA. 1 MILE, CROSS RIVER, AND TAKE RIDGE ROAD WEST 5.4 
MILES PROCEED SOUTH ON UNIMPROVED ROAD CA. 2 MILES TO SHELDON CREEK, 
Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

0()9S059E 32 W2; 29 S2SE4; 28 S2SW4; 31 NE4; 32 SE4; 33; 34; 35 

()()9S058E 36 E2SE4; 35 S2S2; 34 S2S2; 33 

0()9Sn60E 31 NW4NW4 



MTNHP ref. PMLIL1D012*001*MT 

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)nini{)n Name: 
Idlnil Uiink: 

ate Rank: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 
Carter County, APP# 5039-5047 



ientific Name: NUTTALLANTHUS TEXANUS 



BLUE TOADFLAX 
G4G5 

SI 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 



BLM Status: 



WATCH 



>ccurrence Type: 
pccies occurrence data: 

100-1000 PLANTS: IN FLOWER AND FRUIT. 
ast observation: 1986-06-15 



leneral site description: 



Size (acres): 



MOWR^' SHALE-CLAY: PINE-OAK-JUNIPER WOODLAND. WITH CRYPT ANTHA TORREYANA, MENTZELIA 
DISPERSA. MENTZELIA ALBICAULIS, FESTUCA OCTOFLORA. 
"Land owner/manager: 

PR1\ATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFFICE 
'omnients: 

"SAW ONE SITE-PROBABLY MORE IN AREA." 
lofdrmation source: 

\ ANDERHORST. J.. S. V. COOPER, AND B. L. HEIDEL. 1998. BOTANICAL AND VEGETATION SURVEY 
OF CARTER COUNTY. MONTANA. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. MONTANA 
NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, HELENA. 1 16 PP. -^ APP 
|iir\cv site name: ALZADA OAKS 



'ounty: 


CARTER 


SGS quadrangle: 


GOMER DRAW 


'recision: 


M 


Elevation (ft): 


3630 



"^^^/V SaJ/ ^r acJsUe Soils ^ ^J'-sJoJs 



.ocation: 

FROM ALZADA GO NORTH ON HWY 212. CROSS RIVER, TAKE RIDGE ROAD WEST ABOUT 5.4 MILES. 
PROCEED SOUTH ON UNIMPROVED ROAD ABOUT 2 MILES TO SHELDON CREEK. 
To«nsliip\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

009SO.S9E 32 



/, 



f^jP 



54/1? rei^'"'^"'^ 



J;,, -^e.:... Aff. ^'^^OU'. i ^o^^. /^S, ^^f ^ 5-.... 

Xlie-i-i &^ iecr.o>^ Ih. Itih^^^d ha^ an ^H.'^j tj^i-lo^^'' '"""^^ ^ MTNIIP ref. PMLIL1D012*001*MT 



20(12 

ntific Name: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 
Carter County, APP# 5039-5047 
MAIANTHEMUM CANADENSE VAR INTERIUS 



nnion Name: WILD LILY-OF-THF.-\'ALLEY 
(nil Rank: G5T4 

e Rank: SH 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: 



.'urrence Tvpe: 

•lies (iccurnncc data: 

SEVERAL PLANTS, 
;t observation: 1948-06-19 Size (acres): 

leral site description: 

ON A SHADED. DEEP HUMUS BENCH ABONETHE RIVER. 
id owner/manager: 

ST.ATE TRUST LAND 
iiments: 

)rmation source: 

VANDERHORST. J.. S. V. COOPER, AND B. L. HEIDEL. 1998. BOTANICAL AND VEGETATION SURVEY 

OF CARTER COUNTY. MONTANA. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. MONTANA 

N.ATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, HELENA. 1 16 PP. + APP. 

vev site name: ARKANSAS CREEK 



inty: 


C.\RTER 


JS quadrangle: 


ALZADA 


cision: 


M 


lation (ft): 


3430 



.|ation: 

ONE MILE SOUTHEAStr (SIC) OF ALZADA, ALONG RIVER. (NOTE: LITTLE MISSOURI RIVER FLOWS 

SOUTHWEST OF ALZADA). 

TownsfiipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

()()9S()59E 36 NE4 



Tf^, 



nr^e, Sec 3 









f;^c/^-/-ii 



C^K ^^ 



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JL. 






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ciuntific Name: 
ronimun Name: 
lobal Rank: 
late Rank: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County. APP# 5012, 5018-5027 



CYGNUS BUCCINATOR 
TRUMPETER SWAN 
G4 
S2B.S2N 



Forest Service Status: SENSITIVE 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 
BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



■Jccurrt'iict' I'vpe: 
ipecies occurrence data: 

A SUBPOPULATION OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN POPULATION; PROBABLY 1-3 PAIRS BREEDING IN THIS 
AREA, POSSIBLY AT LAKES NOT CURRENTLY MAPPED. MAPPED LAKES INCLUDE ALL THOSE WHERE 
BREEDING HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS. 



^ast observation: 



1994 



Size (acres): 







>eneral site description: 



POTHOLE LAKES. GENERALLY WITH SUFFICIENT WATER TO MAINTAIN EMERGENT VEGETATION 
THROUGH THE SUMMER. 

.and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); SUN RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 

Tomments: 

THOUGH ADDITIONAL PAIRS MAY BE PRESENT ON PRIVATE, SECLUDED LAKES IN THIS AREA, THIS 
SUBPOPULATION IS CLEARLY MARGIN.\L IN TERMS OF RECRUITMENT AND CONSERVATION OF THE ROCKY 
.MOUNTAIN POPULATION, WHICH TOTALS SEVERAL THOUSAND ADULTS. 
nformation source: 

SCHWITTERS. MICHAEL T. CHOTEAU. MT. (406)466-2236. EMAIL: SCHWIT@3RIVERS.NET, 



■urvey site name: 
"ountv: 



SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT 
LEWIS .^ND CLARK 



SGS quadrangle: NILAN RESERVOIR, BEAN LAKE; DOUBLE FALLS; BARR CREEK 
'recision: G 

;icvation (ft): 4500 

location: 

VARIOUS POTHOLE LAKES GENERALLY WEST TO SOUTHWEST OF AUGUSTA, 



TownshipVRange: 



l):()N(U)8W 
()1SN(X)6W 
OI8N007W 
02 1 N008W 



Section: 

23 
19 
02 
03 



TRS comments: 

CENTRUM - ANDERSON LAKE 






1^ 



J ^0X2- 5o^^ r^l-^^^'' """"^ ^. I , .j^^J^ 



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0/3/2002 

icitntific Name: 
ronunon Name: 
jlohal Rank: 
itale Rank: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County, APP# 5012, 5018-5027 



HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS 

BALD EAGLE 

G4 

S3B,S3N 



Forest Service Status: THREATENED 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: (PS:LT,PDL) 
BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Tvpe: 
S|)ecies occurrence data: 

STATUS: CURRENT THE MONTANA BALD EAGLE WORKING GROUP (BEWG) ANNUALLY SURVEYS AND 
COLLECTS DATA ON NEST SITES. CONTACT BEWG COORDINATOR DENNIS FLATH OF MONTANA FISH, 
WILDLIFE & PARKS (406-994-6354) FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OCCURRENCE. 



Last observation: 



1999 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

NEST SITE AND TERRITORY, NEST IN PONDEROSA PINE. 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

REPORTED BY BRUCE BRADSHAW, A KAYAKER. 

Information source: 

FLATH. D 2000. [MEMO LISTING LOCATION OF BALD EAGLE NESTS AS OF AUGUST, 1999.] UNPUBLISHED 
REPORT 11 PP. 



Survey site name: 
County: 



CUNIFF CREEK 
LEWIS AND CLARK 



uses quadrangle: KRONE R/>lNCH 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 4250 

Location: 

ON THE DEARBORN RIVER, CA. 6 RIVER MILES DOWNSTREAM FROM STATE HWY 434 "HIGH BRIDGE.' 



Township\Range: 

017N006W 



Section: 



1 



TRS comments: 

CENTER 



"Sef p^f ^ I 



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Montana Natural Heritage Program 
l)/3/2002 Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County, APP# 5012, 5018-5027 

itiitirit Name: HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS 

onimon Name: BALD EAGLE Forest Service Status: THREATENED 

lobal Rank: G4 USFVVS Endangered Species Act: {PS;LT,PDL) 

tale Rank: S3B.S3N BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

)ccurrfiicu I'vpc: 
ipecies occurrence data: 

STATUS. CURRENT. THE MONTANA BALD EAGLE WORKING GROUP (BEWG) ANNUALLY SURVEYS AND 
COLLECTS DATA ON NEST SITES. CONTACT BEWG COORDINATOR DENNIS FLATH OF MONTANA FISH. 
WILDLIFE & PARKS (406-994-6354) FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OCCURRENCE. 

..asl observation: 1999 Size (acres): 

ieneral site description: 

NONE 



^and owner/manager: 

PRIV ATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

^omments: 

nformation source: 

FLATH. D. 2000. [MEMO LISTING LOCATION OF BALD EAGLE NESTS AS OF AUGUST, 1999.] UNPUBLISHED 
REPORT 11 PP. 

iurvey site name: COMB ROCK 

ounty: LEWIS AND CLARK 

JSGS quadrangle: COMB ROCK 
'recislon: M 

':ievation (ft): 3900 

vocation: 

DEARBORN RIVER CA. 4 AIR MILES EAST OF US HWY 200 CROSSING. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS commenU: 

017NUU4W 19 



"See P'^f^ f 



MTNHPref. ABNKC10010*235*MT 

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Piiap 3 of 8 



)/3/20()2 

•ientific Name: 
omnion Name: 
Uihal Rank: 
tate Rank: 

jccurrf ncf Type: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County, APP#5012, 5018-5027 



BUTEO REGALIS 
FERRUGINOUS HAWK 
04 
S3B.SZN 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Jpecies occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OFCA. 5 PAIRS THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL 
REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 
MTNHP.) 



^ast observation: 1997-05 



icneral site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST LAND 

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Information source: 

DUBOIS. KR1.STI. REGION 4. MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF FISH, WILDLIFE & PARKS. 4600 GIANT SPRINGS 
ROAD, GREAT FALLS, MT 59406. 406-454-5840. 



Survey site name: 
County: 



CROWN BUTTE AREA 
CASCADE; LEWIS AND CLARK 



uses quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 
Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 
Location: 

LARGE AREA SOUTH OF SUN RIVER AND BETWEEN US 287 AND 1-15. 



TownshipVRange: 

()iyN()02W 



Section: 

7 



TRS comments: 

CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER 
NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 






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MTNHP ref. ABNKC19120*009*MT 



1/3/2002 

ientific Name: 
uninion Name: 
lohal Rank: 
ate Kaiik: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County. APP# 50 1 2, 501 8-5027 



AMMODRAMUS BAlRDll 
BAIRDS SPARROW 
G4 
S3S4B,SZN 



Forest Service Status: SENSITIVE 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 
BLM Status: 



)ccurrence Type: 
l|x.'cies occurrence data: 

1 MALE SPARROW; SINGING WHILE COLLECTED. 12.0 G; RIGHT TESTES 7 MM X 3, LEFT 9 MM X 4; SKULL 
OSSIFIED. 



.ast observation: 



1989-06-15 



Size (acres): 



icneral site description: 

RO.ADSIDE. SHORTGRASS HABIT.AT. 



>and owner/manager: 

PRIV.^TELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

REPORTED BY DENVER HOLT. COLLECTED BY PHIL WRIGHT. 

nforniation source: 

ZOOLOGIST, MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, I5I5 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 210800, 
HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 406/444-3009. 



iurvey site name: 
"ounty: 



BEAN LAKE ROAD 
LEWIS AND CLARK 



JSGS quadrangle: BEAN LAKE 

'recision: S 

Elevation (ft): 4625 

vocation: 

FROM AUGUSTA. FOLLOW COUNTY ROAD 434 (BEAN LAKE ROAD) CA. 15 MILES GENERALLY SOUTH 
UNTIL REACHING A 4-WAY INTERSECTION JUST EAST OF BEAN LAKE CAMPGROUND. SITE IS EAST OF 
ROAD ON NORTH SIDE OF INTERSECTION. 



TownshipVRange: 

018N006W 



Section: 
19 



TRS comments: 

NE4NE4NW4NE4 



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Montana Natural Heritage Program 
(/3/20()2 Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County, APP# 5012, 5018-5027 

.ientitlc Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 

ommon Name: GRIZZLY BEAR Forest Service Status: THREATENED 

lobal Rank: G4T3T4 USFWS Endangered Species Act: (PS LT,XN) 

tate Rank: S2S3 BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: 



>|)ecies occurrence data: 

OCCUPIED HABITAT THIS OCCURRENCE IS APPARENTLY SEPARATED FROM THAT IN THE MISSION 
MOUNTAINS TO THE EAST AND BECOMING ISOLATED FROM POPULATIONS IN CANADA TO THE NORTH. 
THE POPULATION IS ESTIMATED AT 549-8 13 BEARS WITH A MINIMUM OF 306 BEARS (INCLUDING THE 
MISSION MOUNTAINS PORTION). .ACCORDING TO THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987-1992, 
THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUM.-\N-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1.3 BEARS/YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. 
FISH .A.ND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED FROM 
THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY OBSERVED. 

Last observation: Size (acres): 

General site description: 

GRIZZLIES USE A WIDE RANGE OF HABITATS, FROM LOW-ELEVATION RIPARIAN AREAS TO ALPINE AND 
TALUS SLOPES. 

Land owner/manager: 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: 
FLATHEAD N.ATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL 
FOREST; CORPOR.ATE TIMBERLANDS; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST 
LAND; THE NATURE CONSERV.ANCY - CONSERVATION EASEMENTS; MONTANA LAND RELIANCE - CONSERVATION 
EASEMENTS; UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA LAND - BANDY RANCH; TNC - SWAN RIVER OXBOW PRESERVE 
Comments: 

"OCCUPIED HABITAT" IS BASED ON THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUND.ARY AND THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT OF 
THE .VITNHP ZOOLOGIST. (THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY AND BEAR MANAGEMENT UNITS ARE AVAILABLE 
FROM MTNHP.) 
Information source: 

SERVHEEN, C. 1993. GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY PLAN. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO THE U.S. FWS. 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. 181 PP. 

Survey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

Countv: FLATHEAD; GLACIER; PONDERA; TETON; LEWIS AND CLARK; POWELL; MISSOULA; 

LAKE; LINCOLN 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Klevation (ft): 3200 

I Location: 

THIS RECORD ENCOMPASSES AN AREA FROM CANADA SOUTH TO STATE HIGHWAY 200, AND FROM 
EAST FRONT TO SWAN AND STILLWATER RIVERS. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

026N()IIW 22 CKNTROIi:) -OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER 

MANY TOWNSHIPS 



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Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County. A?Pn 5012, 5018-5027 



Siientific Name: FELIS LYNX 

Common Name: LYNX 

C.lobal Rank: G5 

State Rank: S3 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: 



(PS:LT) 



Occurrence Type: 
S|X'cics occurrence data: 

POTENTIAL HABITAT. THIS OCCURRENCE RECORD CONSISTS OF LARGE CONTIGUOUS AREAS THAT WERE 
GENERALIZED FROM SPECIFIC HABITATS IDENTIFIED BY THE WILDLIFE SPATIAL ANALYSIS LAB AT THE 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA AS BEING POTENTIAL LYNX HABITAT. 



Last observation: 



1999 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

DENSE. MATURE OR OLD-GROWTH LODGEPOLE PINE. DOUGLAS-FIR. ENGELMANN SPRUCE AND 
SUBALPINE FIR FORESTS. WELL-DEVELOPED UNDERSTORY IMPORTANT. 



Land owner/manager: 



Comments: 

ALL HABITAT POLYGONS IN THE STATE ARE INCLUDED IN THIS OCCURRENCE RECORD. SOURCE DATA INCLUDES 
CAVEAT THAT SUITABLE HABITAT MAY BE OVERESTIMATED. SPRUCE-FIR FORESTS ABOVE 3500 FEET ELEVATION 
ARE PREFERRED HABITAT. LYNX NUMBERS CYCLE WITH NUMBERS OF SNOWSHOE HARE AND MAY BE VERY 
LOW FOR SEVERAL YEARS EVEN IN PREFERRED HABITAT. FOR THE ABOVE REASONS AND THE PRELIMINARY 
NATURE OF THE HABITAT MAPPING, THIS OCCURRENCE IS NOT DISPLAYED ON STANDARD MAPS OF ELEMENT 
OCCURRENCES. 
Information source: 

HART. M. M., W. A. WILLIAMS. P. C. THORNTON, K. P. MCLAUGHLIN, C. M. TOBALSKE, B. A. MAXELL, D. P. 
HENDRICKS, C. R. PETERSON, AND R. L. REDMOND. 1998. MONTANA ATLAS OF TERRESTRIAL 
VERTEBR.A.TES. UNPUBLISHED REPORT. MONTANA COOPERATIVE WILDLIFE RESEARCH UNIT. THE 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. VII + 1302 PP. 



Survey site name: 
County: 



STATEWIDE 

BEAVERHEAD; CARBON; CASCADE: DEER LODGE; FLATHEAD; GALLATIN; GLACIER; 
GRANITE; JEFFERSON; JUDITH BASIN; LAKE; LEWIS AND CLARK; LINCOLN; MADISON; 
MEAGHER; MINERAL; MISSOULA; PARK; PONDERA; POWELL; RAVALLI; SANDERS; 
SILVER BOW; STILLWATER; SWEET GRASS; TETO 

uses quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE QUADS) 

Precision: 

Klevation (ft): 

Location: 

INCLUDES MUCH OF WESTERN & SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA 



TownshipVRange: 



Section: 



TRS comments: 



^e^ p^je I 



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I'-.,... 7 ,,r s 



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.icntific Name: 
ommon Name: 
lobal Rank: 
late Rank: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark Count V. APP#5012, 5018-5027 



PHLOX KELSEYI VAR MISSOULENSIS 

MISSOULA PHLOX 

G2 

S2 



Forest Service Status: SENSITIVE 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 
BLM Status: 



Occurrence Type: 
J|X'cies occurrence data: 

1989 PLENTIFUL. 
.ast observation: 1989-06-01 

General site description: 



Size (acres): 



1989: DRY MEADOW. 1976: BARE WINDSWEPT HABIT.AT WITH KRUMMHOLZ. 1968: DRY SLOPE. 
ASSOCIATED SPECIES: SAXIFRAGA RHOMBOIDEA, ERITRICHIUM NANUM. BESSEYA WYOMINGENSIS. 



.and owner/manager: 

HELENA NATIONAL FOREST, LINCOLN RANGER DISTRICT 

"ommcnts: 

K. LACKSCHEWITZ REPORTED 5700 FT. ELEVATION (1968), T. WATSON REPORTED 6700 FT. ELEVATION (1976); 
OCCURRENCE MAPPED AT 6200 FT. 
nformation source: 

SCHASSBERGER. L. AND P. ACHUFF. 1991. STATUS REVIEW OF PHLOX KELSEYI VAR. MISSOULENSIS, 
LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, HELENA, MT. .^7 PP. 



Survey site name: 
!()unt\ : 



LEWIS & CLARK PASS 
LEWIS AND CLARK 



'SGS quadrangle: BLOWOUT MOUNTAIN 

'rccision: M 

elevation (ft): 6200 

l^ocation: 

LEWIS & CLARK PASS (ON EAST SIDE OF ALICE CREEK BASIN, CA. 0.5 MILE NORTH OF GREEN 
MOUNTAIN). 



TownshipVRange: 

0I6NU07W 



Section: 

13 



TRS comments: 

NE4 






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10/3/2002 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County, APP# 5028-5029 



Scientific Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 

Common Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 

(ili)hal Rank: G4T3T4 

Slate Rank: S2S3 



Forest Service Status: THREATENED 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: (PS:LT,XN) 
BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Tvpe: 
S|)ecies occurrence data: 

OCCUPIED HABITAT. THIS OCCURRENCE IS APPARENTLY SEPARATED FROM THAT IN THE MISSION 
MOUNTAINS TO THE EAST AND BECOMING ISOLATED FROM POPULATIONS IN CANADA TO THE NORTH. 
THE POPUL.^TION IS ESTIMATED .-XT 549-813 BEARS WITH A MINIMUM OF 306 BEARS (INCLUDING THE 
MISSION MOUNTAINS PORTION). ACCORDING TO THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987-1992, 
IHE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 11. 3 BEARS/YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. 
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED FROM 
THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY OBSERVED. 



Last observation: 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

GRIZZLIES USE A WIDE RANGE OF HABITATS. FROM LOW-ELEVATION RIPARIAN AREAS TO ALPINE AND 
TALUS SLOPES. 



Land owner/manager: 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER NATIONAL PARK; 
FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL 
FOREST; CORPOR.-XTE TIMBERLANDS; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST 
LAND; THE N.ATURE CONSERVANCY ■ CONSERVATION EASEMENTS; MONTANA LAND RELIANCE - CONSERVATION 
EASEMENTS; UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA LAND - BANDY RANCH; TNC - SWAN RJVER OXBOW PRESERVE 
Comments: 

"OCCUPIED HABITAT" IS BASED ON THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY AND THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT OF 
THE MTNHP ZOOLOGIST. (THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY AND BEAR MANAGEMENT UNITS ARE AVAILABLE 
FROM MTNHP.) 
Information source: 

SERVHEEN. C. 1993. GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY PLAN. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO THE U.S. FWS. 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. 181 PP. 



I Survey site name: 
County: 



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Precision: 
I levation (ft): 
Location: 



NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

FLATHEAD; GLACIER; PONDERA; TETON; LEWIS AND CLARK; POWELL; MISSOULA; 
LAKE; LINCOLN 

(EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 77?^ X'oc /^y //^U>i/^,>, /T^^'/i^ S ^^^'•'^^ ^^^^ 
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THIS RECORD ENCOMPASSES AN AREA FROM CANADA SOUTH TO STATE HIGHWAY 200, AND FROM 
EAST FRONT TO SWAN AND STILLWATER RIVERS. 



TownsliipVRange: 

()26N()11W 



Section: 
22 



TRS comments: 

CENTROID -OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER 



_-77 MANY TOWN.S HIPS 

//ie Sensii.y/e a rear 5-/t/)u Mr/an W/ he ^fi/JI'eA/o /e^S''s c^T a/^/y/'<^^~n 
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Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Lewis & Clark County. APP# 5028-5029 



Scientinc Name: DOWNINGIA LAETA 

Common Name: GREAT BASIN DOWNINGIA 

Global Rank: G5 

State Rank: SI 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: WATCH 



Occurrence Type: 
S|K'cie,s occurrence data: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 



Last observation: 



1887 



Size (acres): 



CJeneral site description: 

UNKNOWN. 

Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 



Information source: 

RYDBERG. P. A. 1900. CATALOGUE OF THE FLORA OF MONTANA AND THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL 
PARK MEMOIRS. NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN 1:1-492. 



Survey site name: 




AUGUSTA 


County: 




LEWIS AND CLARK 


I'SGS quadrangle 




AUGUSTA 


Precision: 




G 


Flevation (ft): 




4000 


Location: 






AUGUSTA 






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TRS comments: 



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Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 

Common Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Global Rank: G4 

Stale Rank: S3B.SZN 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Musselshell County, APP# 5008-5009 



Forest Service Status: 

USFVVS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Tvpc: 
.S|K'cie.s occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF AT LEAST 1 PAIR. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS 
ALL REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 
MTNHP.) 



Last observation: 



1994-07 



Size (acres): 



(icneral site description: 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIV.ATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST LAND; BLM: BILLINGS FIELD OFFICE; 
LAKE MASON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 
Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Information source: 

KNOWLES. CRAIG J. FAUNAWEST WILDLIFE CONSULTANTS. P.O. BOX 113, BROWNS GULCH RD., 
BOULDER. MT 59632. (406) 225-3221. 



Survey site name: 
1 County: 



LAKE MASON AREA 
MUSSELSHELL 



1 USGS quadrangle: LAKE MASON NW; LAKE MASON NE; PENDER COULEE; LAKE MASON SE; LAKE MASON; TIMBER E 
I'reci.sion: G 

Klevation (ft): 
Location: 

SMALL .AREA NORTHWEST OF ROUNDUP. 



Township\Range: 

010N()24E 



Section: 

14 



TRS comments: 

SPANS MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS 



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Common Name: 
Glohal Rank: 
State Rank: 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Musselshell County, APP# 5010 



PHOXINUS EOS X PHOXINUS NEOGAEUS 
NORTHERN REDBELLY X FINESCALE DACE 
HYB 
S3 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Type: 
S|K'cies occurrence data: 

4 SPECIMENS COLLECTED. 



Last observation: 1985-09-05 

General site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

PARTHENOGENIC HYBRID FISH; ALL FISH IN POPULATION ARE SELFING FEMALES. THIS IS A UNIQUE 
EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT FOR TEMPERATE FRESHWATER FISH. 
Information source: 

ZOOLOGIST, MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 210800, 
HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 406/444-3009. 

Survey site name: DELPHIA 

County: MUSSELSHELL 

uses quadrangle: DELPHIA 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 3040 

Location: 

MUSSELSHELL RIVER, CA. 16 MILES EAST OF ROUNDUP, MT, ON US HWY 12. 



TownshipVRange: 

009N028t 



Section: 

28 



TRS conmients: 

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Scientific Name: 
Comniun Name: 
Global Rank: 
State Rank: 



BUTEO REGALIS 
FERRUGINOUS HAWK 
04 
S3B,SZN 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 

Musselshell County, APP# 501 1 



Forest Service Status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Type: 
S|)ocies occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF AT LEAST 1 PAIR. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS 
ALL REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 
MTNHP.) 



Last observation: 1994-07 

General site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIV.ATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE): STATE TRUST LAND; BLM: BILLINGS FIELD OFFICE; 
LAKE MASON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 
Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Information source: 

KNOWLES. CRAIG J. FAUNAWEST WILDLIFE CONSULTANTS. P.O. BOX 113, BROWT^S GULCH RD., 
BOULDER. MT 59632. (406) 225-322 1 . 

Survey site name: LAKE MASON AREA 

County: MUSSELSHELL 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE MASON NW; LAKE MASON NE; PENDER COULEE; LAKE MASON SE; LAKE MASON; TIMBER E 
Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 
Location: 

SMALL AREA NORTHWEST OF ROUNDUP. 



TownshipVRange: 

01ONO24E 



Section: 

14 



TRS comments: 

SP.\NS MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS 






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ScientiHc Name: LOBELIA SPICATA 

Common Name: PALE-SPIKED LOBELIA 

Global Rank: G5 

State Rank: SI 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Concern 
Richland County, APP# 5033-5034 



Forest Service Status: 

USFVVS Endanj^ered Species Act: 

BLM Status: 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

IN FLOWER. 



Last ol)servati()n: 



1924-08-25 



General site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE TRUST LAND 

Comments: 

Original specimen is at MONT with collector initials; accession or collector number 1886. 

Information source: 

BOTANIST. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, HELENA, MT 
59620-1800. 

Survey site name: SIDNEY 

County: RICHLAND 

USGS quadrangle: SIDNEY 
Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1930 

Location: 
SIDNEY. 



TownshipVRange: 

023N059E 



Section: 

28 



TRS conunents: 



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Species of Concern 

Stillwater Countv, APP# 5048 



Scientific Name: HETERODON NASICUS 

Common Name: \\ ESTERN HOGNOSE SNAKE 

Global Rank: G5 

State Rank: S3 



Forest Service Status: 

USFVVS Endangered Species Act: 

BLM Status: 



Occurrence Tvpe: 
Species occurrence data: 

ONE SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 



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General site description: 



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Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 



Information source: 

ZOOLOGIST. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 210800, 
HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 406/444-3009. 



Survey site name: 




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County: 




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USGS quadrangle 




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Location: 






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From; Bamy D Smith, Lewistown Unit Manager 

RE: Dec. 3, 2002, Mt. Oil & Gas Lease Sale 
Lewistown & Havre Unit's Comments 

Teresa, 

Blaine County 

#5035 Cleveland — Have them avoid a set of 5 teepee rings located in the 
NW1/4NW1/4SE1/4. ^ T^e c c^ Ifu^.J res a^rc- % sf'/>^ /^ -f;^ i^^ll /^'^ u t/.trJ 

#5036 Cleveland — There appears to be no resources that need to be avoided on 
this tract. 

#5037 Cleveland--... 

#5038 Cleveland — Avoid the tributary to Box Elder Creek that runs through the 

tract from south to north. Also avoid teepee rings along the creek in the 

W1/2W1/2SE1/4. T/.? -i-f^ea^ ho. ^rrr •5i-;/)u/i,-f,'i^ i^^'H he ut^ /■:z^J ot,-^:^ -^"^cf'r 

#5001 Lohman — The Milk River runs through this tract. Stay 100 feet away from 

the river's edge. -j-^ ^ /^ f^. ^//^ r/^t^^ L fTer r^^ /^ -/.'c^ to.' if ^^ ^ /. /v ^J 

#5002 Lohman-... ^'^ '^ ' ^''''^^^ ^''^ -^^"-'^ ^^ -/^^-/-r. 

#5015 Cleveland NW — There appears to be no resources to avoid. /^ re'^cr^tr'.r- h^5 i^-e^y 

Hill County U Ff^r 5 f./i cJ^ -/.'^ U' I f ^- /«/ /^V ^a //-j //f^/;^^*^. 

#5014 Havre SE — See topographic map enclosed Stay 100 feet away from the 
lake's edge. TX^ /^ // ^;/, r-V.r/^,,,,^,^,;,//,.^,. J^.F^er 775>/./.^ 

Petroleum County ^'^^ ^^ c^irhzpJ ^a f/,;, -/r^c/? /'""se. 

#5016 Pike Creek Hills East — There are no cultural resources due to the whole 
tract has been disturbed during highway construction. (Any further questions 
should be directed to the Mt DOT, and the owner of adjacent lands.) 

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Mason, Monte 

Friday, October 18, 2002 8:57 AM 

Kinley, Teresa 

Dec 02 O&G Lease Sale - Phone Comment 



Teresa 



Phone call (10/18/02) from Jody Peters, BLM Wildlife Biologist in Havre. No wildlife concerns on tracts in his area, but did 
want to advise of surface condition on App# 501 5 in Blaine County (T34N-R1 9E-35: NWNW) He is familiar with that tract 
and advises that a good portion of it is underwater when the reservoir level is up, and the remainder is fairly steep 
topography. 

I advised him that we were also reviewing per our normal process with our field offices, and that we would place an 
appropriate stipulation regarding surface utilization -- likely either a buffer or NSO if needed. Also advised that if surface 
occupation was ever contemplated, there would be a site-specific review at that time. 



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Kinley, Teresa 



From; Moore, Sharon 

Sent: Tuesday, October 22. 2002 1 :59 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: December Oil and Gas Sale 

Teresa, 

Attached are the comments for the upcoming sale. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Sharon 



10/22/2002 



STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - DECEMBER 3, 2002 

HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 



APP# 



TOPO MAP 



TWP 



RGE SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & 

CARTER (ELO, FWP-7) ^ee u/efUi,^ 

+5039 Black Point 7.S 

+5040 Greasy Hill 8.S 

Black Point 



+5041 Comer Draw 

+5042 Black Point NE 
Alzada NW 

+5043 Alzada 



+5044 Cochran Reservoir 
Gomer Draw 

+5045 Gomer Draw 

+5046 Alzada 

+5047 Alzada 

FALLON (ELO, FWP-7) 
+5003 Willard 
RICHLAND (ELO, FWP - 6 ) 
5034 Fairview 



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CONSERVATION 

Com /h e*- 'fs, 

57. E 36 ALL 
57. E 16 ALL 

5 8 . E 3 6 ALL 
59. E 16 ALL 



5 9.E 3 6 LOTS 1 THRU 7, W2NE4 , NW4 , 
N2SW4, NW4SE4 



9.S 58. E 16 ALL 

9.S 5 8.E 3 6 LOTS 1 THRU 18, NW4 , N2 SW4 

9.S 59. E 16 ALL 

9.S 59. E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, N2 , N2S2 
STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE IN LOTS 2, 3, 4. 

5.N 5 9.E 3 6 ALL 



24. N 5 9.E 3 6 NW4 , BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

MISSION CANYON FORMATION 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE IN THE E2NW4 . 



640 .00 
640 .00 

640.00 
640.00 

612 .46 

640.00 

877.60 
640.00 
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640.00 



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This tract of land is split by the highway and Buffalo Rapids irrigation canal. 
There is 41 acres of grazing land with thin hilly soils and the remainder of the tract is 
irrigated farm ground. There is also an oil well present. T/'p sirfot^^ ^/^/^ f /r ^^ /T?"' S" /->» 

5033 Fairview 24. N 59. E 36 N2NE4 , SW4NE4 * 120.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 
See comment aho\re for 5034. 
5006 Elmdale 26. N 53. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This section is all grazing land with rolling hills and some erosive soils. There is 
an intermittent drainage. A cultural site has been documented on this section. 

Ti^ Cc</-/^c<f^ rfTcic,c>-i S f>yct/^-f.'c^ a^e/ //^ T^-*"*. if^ffe., tT^/a /^/.i:*v ^/// Jife t,Y//'t.^^ ^^ ///' 
ROSEBUD (ELO, FWP-7) ^^^^/-^ /.»<*a^, ~JT^e Soils ar e C ci, e<J>J U M ^yr i ^ r.'c S -^,)0 /¥ / (' O/?, /'/*-'■ f' »■ --^j . 



5050 Ingomar West 10. N 34. E 16 ALL 640.00 

Yablonski Ranch 

This section of land is all grazing land with some erosive soils. There is a 
cultural site on this section that would have to be avoided. . '// i /i /■ /' e 

-fie ct<H,M^ rfsou^o ^HfiUu-Hov. a-^f iU tcc^fA/^/^^^c/^^r^/'l/- u>,'^'l>l^ ^''j^'^ f^^'^^J^^^^ "^ "^ 

+5051 Ingomar West 10. N 34. E 32 ALL "" "°' ' ' 640.00 

+5052 Ingomar West 10. N 34. E 36 ALL 640.00 

5053 Ingomar East 10. N 35. E 16 ALL 640.00 
Black Sea Reservoir 

This section is all grazing land with erosive soils and there is one large reservoir 
present. "Tke y^rcat., /. r-y »>/'•'*•.> c^c. jbu/T^ ^^•'/'- Ui ll hf i.-f, j.i^J a^ //- j Tz-^Vr /<«^i<» , //;<> ^/^'■'''^'"/^fsyik/f. 

5054 Ingomar East 10. N 35. E 32 S2 , W2NE4 , NW4 560.00 
This section is all grazing land with some erosive soils. A highway and an old 

railroad bed run through the section. "T^e •'(^''//"(f So,'l% ^^rc C'Oi^t^c/ u fel^r b^ r,'c •^^-^,y> ^ / ("o /)./}/'' y^ \ 

5055 Hagen Ranch 10. N 35. E 36 ALL 640.00 
Black Sea Reservoir 

This section is all grazing land with erosive clayey soils. There is a small 
intermittent drainage. ~TX ? Uris Y h / f S-^' Is /fs\ fU tc^o-yr'^yJ^y Tf'/Jc^Uflcf^ Ou-ll hi' i- t,li2 ,^d 

5056 Hagen Ranch 10. N 36. E 6 LOTS 1 THRU 5, S2NE4 , SE4NW4 311.60 
This section is all grazing land with erosive clayey soils. 'T^^ ut< 'i'fi, (}/(=• S<> / /%/ i^c^<^/y 



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5057 Hagfen Ranch 10. N 36. E 9 ALL 640.00 

This section is all grazing land with erosive soils. Marc noted possible cultural 
sites on this section that would have to be evaluated and/or avoided. There is an 
intermittent drainage with one small dam. T/'^' w*! 57*^/'' 5''.7sy /-^o^/ -"57''°'^ -fo/J^fr^/^y -^ fi />" '^ ncn^ 

5058 Thebes 10. N 36. E 16 ALL 640^00 
Hagen Ranch 

This section is all grazing land with erosive soils and a high steep bluff /ridge that 
runs through the section. Marc noted possible cultural sites on this section that would 
need to be evaluated and/or avoided. "7?!^ /-.ro^/j , A^^ 7t;^<'j>'^»^>4;/.^»^»^'"'^^^'^ a^ -fA> rc/9^u^^ 

5059 Thebes 10. N 36. E 36 ALL "^"''^ 640.00 

This section is all grazing land with some erosive soils. 

+5060 Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 4 S2 320.00 

+5061 Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 16 ALL 640.00 

5062 Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 18 E2E2 , SW4NE4 , SE4NW4 , NE4SW4, 320.00 

Hecker Ranch NW4SE4 

This section is all grazing land and there is some erosive soil. West Blacktail 
Creek runs through it. VX- 5 //-''-a*, i;^ Z"-^- s-y>^^ A-/,>£/w i^i 1/ i^ u -^^ /,' ^ fc/ (/k -//',s '/■r.:^'^ /.e.a^ij'. 

+5063 Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 31 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, E2 , E2W2 629.08 

Hecker Ranch 

+5064 Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 36 ALL 640.00 

5065 Black Sea Reservoir 11. N 35. E 16 ALL 640.00 
This section is all grazing land with a lot of really poor clayey and saline upland 

soils that are erosive. J^g n^ sA'j^/fi Sc''/s s/^/f^ /^i.'a^ l^l/iie U/;/,^<'c/ £^^ -/^-'^ •//.- ^ -/j /^^.^j^. 

5066 Black Sea Reservoir 11. N 35. E 36 ALL 640.00 
This section is all grazing land with erosive clayey soils. A creek runs through the 

section. -f},e Uh-i-f'.bh 'Sc'ily S-f./e^/it/^^ ^/r^ 'f/^ SY/^aM, /}cr/~/'r Tf^/H^ /"t.'ay. ^//Z 

5067 Hagen Ranch 11. N 36. E 16 ALL 640.00 



This section is all grazing land with a lot of poor clayey and saline upland soils. 

5068 Hagen Ranch 11. N 36. E 36 ALL * 640.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 
I don't have an aerial photo for this section but from its location I imagine that it 
is all grazing land with clayey erosive soils. 'T^ f" 5^/s wHieCci/e^^f^yb^^"^ "> f/ /) ^ ^ (0/>- 

5069 McGinnis Butte SE 12. N 35. E 16 ALL 640.00 
This section of land is all grazing land with a lot of poor clayey and saline upland 

soils. y^e ^A^y^i/r> Se.'/s./ /-c.^/ y^^^^^^^/^^ s///^^A t''-'^^ U'r^^ ^'' ^f'^'^'"'^ '^*' '^'^'^ ^'"^'^^/'it^ 

5070 Black Sea Reservoir 12. N 35. E 36 ALL 640.00 
McGinnis Butte SE 

This section is all grazing land. There is a high plateau and then a pine covered 
ridge that drops off into a drainage area. These soils are erosive. Marc noted possible 
cultural sites that may need to be evaluated and/or avoided. . 



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OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - SEPTEMBER 5, 2001 



HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 



APP# 



TOPO 



TWP 



ROE SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



CARTER (ELO, FWP - 7 ) 



5041 Lampkin Gulch l.N 60. E 3 

Mill Iron 
Dutchman's Hill 
Flasted Hill 

I have no information on this section . 



E2SW4, SW4SE4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE. 



120.00 



5042 Lampkin Gulch 
Mill Iron 



l.N 



60. E 10 



I have no information on this section . 



NW4NE4, NVJ4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE . 



200.00 



5043 Lampkin Gulch l.N 60. E 16 ALL 640.00 

This section is all grazing land with three reservoirs. 7^ t" S Ti^eir'^ ^rey^ri/b ir e /"c ^'■ynf^ 
Some of the soils are erosive.- {ai.^e<£^ j^y< ^^^^^ sy^.'iy 7^/ S~~f!/>i^/f/''r>^ to . /f i'P ^"f' /'i-fa e>->^-//C^ -y^a^l^, 

5044 Mill Iron l.N 60. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This section of land borders the Custer National Forest and needs to have the 
sensitive stipulation . It is grazing land with steep erosive soils and timber. The 
section would provide important wildlife habitat and excellent hunting opportunities . 

(CsoiT^Black Point 7.S 57. E 3 6 ALL 640.00 

^ ^ See l>ll'f'i'S ' 

5001 Black Point NE 7.S 58. E 16 ALL 640.00 
This section is all grazing land with erosive soils. The middle fork of, Cottonwood . 
Creek runs through the section. TTie 'i i'*-<'ii iy, e-fr. h/^^^-i ^/./J^/iiT^W- u/^il he k'f' f'^.i'c/ tp,.^ -/-A^ 
■ ' '- "- ^ ---- -^/^ - '^^.'-/-.-^o-fr-f^ '^"■^ "--''' ^'■ 



T^/^^s /tLAyi^. B'|^zl':,'^'e ^aih (^i^'^l^</ a-t^^^-^ ^^ 
+ 5082 Black Point NE 7.S 58. E 



fc.^ S-/^^:^/(^^^^^ ^^^;f;^ p-f^-f^, '^"^^'^hJr so-ls T-f;/3 



3 6 ALL 



^+508^ Greasy Hill 
Black Point 

See -ijl^^'i 

5084 Cochran Reservoir 



8.S 



57. E 16 ALL 



: .S 



640.00 



640.00 



640.00 



57.E 3 6 ALL * 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 
This section is probably mostly grazing land but may have some dikes with hay land. 
The south fork of Willow Creek runs through the section and probably has trees and shrubs. 
There is a really large reservoir on the adjoining section that is used for irrigation. , . 

+5085 Black Point NE 8.S 58. E 16 ALL 640.00 



5086) Gomer Draw 



8.S 



5 8.E 3 6 ALL 



640.00 



This section is all grazing land. There is a large sheep barn and corrals on the 
section and one stockwater pit. The soils are erosive . There is a large and smaller 
powerline on this section along with a highway dividing the section . There are a few 
prairie dogs on the section . The standard noxious weed stip should cover the Canada f^f 

thistle that is present. 7^ O A^-ec^ ? /'/? ^i yii'/^-c^z^.:^^ ^^^-^o^u^ . "Th-f T^ n-\ P Cfc ^bF U/ P P'^^'aly. 

Black Point NE 8.S 59.E 16 ALL 640.00 ^4» 



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w_|^^ This section is all grazing land with some erosive soils. Water sources include . 

p> three pit reservoirs, r^a^i-/ ^ell cdXf-oH:^ u.,^/*' i^^ ^-/^T^. /^■^/y^a^i, /-^s^^r/dir^e^- A,i^^-^ S7;'/s. 

'•(508?)Alzada 8 .S 59 .E 36 LOTS 1 THRU 7, W2NE4 , NW4 , 612.46 

/i/}/,^-./. N2SW4, NW4SE4 

This section is all grazing land with erosive soils. Willow Creek runs through this 
section and has a deep channel that would be difficult to develop crossing for. There is a 
serious Canada thistle problem on this section along the creek area but I think the 
standard weed stipulation would be adequate since development is restricted close to the 

5003 Hammond SE 9.S 56. E 16 E2E2, NW4NE4 , SE4NW4 , -^ 240.00 

This tract is all grazing land with some erosive soils. ^r'j-^*--(' '5-<rcJ<r Cca^-<^A>^ ^iu-3a< 

■■^'/' ^ /. 

5004 Hammond SE 9.S 56. E 36 LOTS 1 THRU 12, N2 839.56 

This section of grazing land has some really poor erosive soils. North Fork of 
Thompson Creek runs through the section . Standard weed stip should cover presence of 
Canada thistle. ~f/(e ST^z-i'^*, (fu FPfr -5 /^/'a A //<^^ a->^^ -//^ ^-»5^y^/^ sdi'/j s-r^./Ji/^ -/ro^ t^- 'f ^^ 

5005 Hammond SE 9.S 57.E16 ALL 6 4 0.00 
Cochran Reservoir 

This section is all grazing and has some really poor erosive soils. There are two 
reservoirs present. An oil pipeline runs through the section . P-fir ^'■^ rtn-e^uii^ ('^ h'^^^ s :^-'/' /o/'r'm/'.y 

1 5006 Cochran Reservoir 9.S 57. E 36 LOTS 1 THRU 12, N2 , N2S2 865.76 

I This section of grazing land has erosive soils and there is one dam present. _<;/<" 

^ Tk Uh'i-t^U'' fO'h jr./'A/«//,>. /?^^7^^ -ifr^^iJafn^ ffr. ,^^/?^'- ;t<>^A/^^ ^//('^/'^f'7-'2'''J'f^ "7^^-^ 

f/To8 9') Cochran Reservoir 9.S 58. E 16 ALL y^is-r/v /-«t^. 640.00 

Gomer Draw 
This section is all grazing land with some really poor erosive soils. Thompson Creek 
runs through the section and there are some dikes along the creek that are occasionally 
hayed. Standard noxious weed stip should cover Canada thistle . T^''^ '* ft''/ Tt,'/'- h /y-a-^^^'^^j''' ' ''•*^ '^- 

^^^ToT?)Gomer Draw 9 .S 58 .E 36 LOTS 1 THRU 18, NW4 , N2SW4 87 7.6 

This section has active bentonite mining and any development would need to be 

V coordinated with that activity. The soils on this section are really poor and very 

y erosive, some areas are old bentonite mining areas that were pre-existing reclamation laws. 

\ We are in the process of issuing a wetland easement to MDT on this tract and we would need 

fff 

I to have a contact stip for their agency. Lisa has a copy of the stipulations on that 

wetland easement if you want to taJce a looic at it. We reserved mineral rights but gave up 

^surface occupancy. They had to pay us for the bentonite . This is the only section in our 

area that I am aware has burr oak trees on it. There are also juniper trees and it is 

rather unique for our area. There are several stockwater pits and/or wetland areas on this 

' section along with a s mall creek. It is used for grazing in addition to mining. J/lf? /^ i/Of'c/ 

^091>lzada 9.S " S ^ ■ E^ 16 ALL /p«s/7r-y?*A r/cr.^ ?. ^ 640.00^'^'' 

This section of grazing land has some erosive soils. In good years some areas of the 
lease are cut for hay. Thompson Creek runs through this section and has a deep channel 
with a lot of nice brush and trees. There is a stockwater pipeline .^''''^^ '^'''^^'^4'^ "''^^'^^/^ 

5092^Alzada 9 .S 59 .E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, N2 , N2S2 * 664.40 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE IN LOTS 2 , 3 , 4 . 
The Little Missouri River runs through this section of grazing land, there are nice 
trees and shrubs along the river. Banks along the river are steep and it would be 
difficult to put a crossing in the river. The rest of the section has poor erosive soils. 

POWDER RIVER (ELO, FWP - 7 ) ^;il {,, ,^:/,^^J ^ y/;, ^, , ^ /,^^ 

+5101 North Stacey School l.S 47. E 10 SW4NE4 , NW4 , SW4SW4, E2SW4, 480.00 

SE4 

+5102 North Stacey School l.S 47. E 16 ALL 640.00 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL pprp|\/rrn 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION^'^'^tll VLU 



EASTERN LAND OFFICE 



MARC RACICOT, GOVERNOR 



JAN 1 1 1999 

D.N.R.C 



Pb BOX 1794 



STATE OF MONTANA 



OFFICE: (406) 232-2034 
FAX: (406) 232-3807 



321 MAIN 
MILES CITY, MONTANA 59301-1794 



MEMORANDUM 



TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist , MMB 
FROM: Sharon Moore, Lanii Use Specialist ^l\J.iLOy ) 
DATE: December 29, 1998 



RE: 



March 3, 1998 OIL & GAS SALE 



The tracts included in this sale are in a lot different 
terrain than sections that we've seen previously in the Sidney, 
Glendive and Baker areas. A lot of the tracts in Powder River 
County are near the Custer National Forest and include timber. 

Many of these sections are very scenic in addition to being 
very rough. They provide excellent habitat for deer and elk. 
This is one of the few areas in our Land Office area that has elk 
present . 

Conducting seismic activity and even oil development may 
result in some restrictions because of the terrain. Soils in 
these areas are often fragile. I'll be in Helena on Monday and 
Tuesday if you want to discuss this in more detail. 



The following are comments for tracts up for lease 



APP# 
CARTER 



LEGAL 
36-7S-57E ALL 



ACRES 



640 
sources 



/>73/it'"^ 5'*'>= This is a section of all grazing land. Water 

include a stackviat ejC- p.i t and South Cptt.(2.nwQQ.(3,.Ci:e.ek . 

— ^ 5010 36-7S-58E ALL 640 

of land is all grazing land with some very 
erosive. There is a stockwater 



This section 
shale scDils that can be very ^^ ^^^ , -^ . ^..^^~. 

nt and a tr_i^utary to Cottonwood Creek. There was a problem 



poor 
dam 



presei.- „..„ - _^^^^„„^j >.„ . ^^„....-.,„„ >,^„^,.. *..^^_ _ ^ 

^in the past with noxious weeds, specifically Canada thistle along 
the creek area. TAc ?/^fi>/*. ef'c. bufTrr ■if,pul<^f;o'^ t^// Sr aJai^t/ /-^ f^<z "^-'(-/x /i^'^sd. 

16-3S-57E ALL 64 

\\i_\-i I i^ocnT' This section of grazing land has the North Fork of Willow 
I Cre.e.k running through it. There is a large overhead power line - /Vor^ ^_ 
and two gas or oil pipelines present. In the past there was a Fur A//?, 
^K-real problem with Canada thistle along the drainage. , , Sc:>e5'f./>/ 




/r-^Cf 5 >^- 



Fur Fr'fe, 



■/t'/fP^S. ^rf coi-crfj I'y hj 



■AN EQUM. OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 



JJr'tJ /D ^'^// /t^^S'^S. 



/^//^ffe. O I I a M a 0^*0 /- ^t>o^ 5^s^-^ Cot*i/n.t^^^ 



ROSEBnO lELO, FWP-7) 

■ ^500p Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 4 S2 320.00 

yoi-<^ This tract is all grazing land with no special concerns. 



-^ ("5005 ? Yablonski Ranch 11. N 34. E 16 ALL 640.00 

5i-.,.,/ This tract is all grazing land with a creek running through the. center of section. There is Canada _ 
thistlg present a_long this__ creek which seismic work t;ould_gls.o_pe_ed , to, ay°id- '5/r("^Ai ^''^^'' ^•/' '=r-di^'& - 

■^ C^OQ ^ Yablonski Ranch 11 .N 34 . E 36 ALL 640.00 "'-f"^ rx Cfci->-tJ 

jSrV This section is all grazing land with Blacktail Creek . running through section along with a tributary to 
that creek. Soms_,of the soils are e rosiv e . There is Canada t histle present along creek that geismic__^work would 
need to avo id. _^ ~ III 

WIBADX (ELO. FWP-7) ..^f"/, ^^"^^ •" /-^ /-'^ f '^ ^ A ^f , 4 

<^€fd%£i\so c^i'-^"''' t^ icier- b^iit i^-e^^l \ 7 .f) , 

S050 Graveyard Hill 12. N 57. E 16 N2 , SE4 , E2SW4, NW4SW4 600.00 

This tract is all grazing land with some erosive hills and dense juniper- trees which might, restrict, 
seismic work_ to poltershot_ on a portion of the se'ction. A county road runs through the section and there's a 
large cre'ek "area with a canada~thistre problem near a daiE • ^^ l^ cjipi^ si''/' ^ '^'^'^ i /'•^oi'd pooi/of £yr^i>T 

5055 Graveyard Hill 12. N 57. E 36 ALL 640.00 ^t'ffi a J i'^'d a^^^ "^Offs 

Rocking Chair Butte f /e i°/? TS^o*^.^/^ 7fy^ 

This section of land is all grazing land with Cedar Creek running through it. There are a lot of erosive 
soils on this section especially granular clay soils which have lots of fossils present. Cu\-\-cral / oa Ifo^'h^^' <:" ^ 

5058 Wibaux 13. N 59. E 4 LOTS 1,2, S2NE4 161.04 rP'iotArCPi <S -f- f> "J a fj 
Freeman Creek "/o olf -fr^c-ts 

There are 108.9 acres of cropland on this section with the remainder being grass. Th/ere's a reservoir 
present along a drainage area. StVpa-^^ ri"i 'r>/o,r, eic . hfff^ 7 /y^ tf^^i'J 

5059 Freeman Creek 13 .N 59. E 16 ALL 640.00 
Wibaux 

There are 109.3 acres of cropland/hayland on this section with the rest being grazing. Spring Creek 
runs the length of the section. There is a dam present and a stockwater nipsline. "' 

5060 Red Top Butte 13. N 59. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This section is all grazing land with a highway through it. Beaver Creek meanders through the section 
and is an excellent overflow area with some woody species present. There's also an stockwater well, located near 



an old homesite on this section. 



CCoieAnJ u^Jji^ ha^'5^ifl'»l "s' 'Sfrfi^iiy,^ hJeH zic, J"^-^ 



5054 Wibaux 14. N 59. E 36 W2 * 320.00 f-f-'a 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE ^ I '^ 

SURFACE . 
5068 Odland Dam SW 15. N 59. E 27 ALL * 640.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE . 









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RECEIVED 

OCT 2 2 2002 

D.N.R.C. 



Central Land Office 
Conrad Unit 



Memo 




To: Teresa Kinley, Hydrogeologist, Minerals Man, 

From: Erik Eneboe, Conrad Unit Manager, 

Date: October 1 7, 2002 

Re: September 4, 2002 Oil and Gas Lease Sale 
Conrad Unit, CLO 

Please find attached Steve's comments pertaining to the December 3, 2002 Oil and Gas Lease 
Sale. Per your request, comments on any non-state owned surfaces are also included. 

I recommend proceeding the with standard lease sale on all tracts of land reviewed for this 
sale. I believe potential development of Oil and Gas operations on these tracts is prudent and 
is possible using mitigation measures to minimize any adverse environmental impacts. 

The tracts reviewed are located in located in the plains region of Glacier, Pondera and Toole 
Counties and do not require the "Sensitive Area / Rocky Mountain Front" special stipulation. 
If you have any questions, feel free to call. 

cc: Garry Williams, Area Manager, CLO 



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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

CONRAD UNIT OFFICE 




October 16, 2002 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydro geologist, MMB 

FROM: Steve Dobson, LUS, Conrad Unit, CLO 

RE: December 3, 2002 Oil & Gas Lease Sale 



PO BOX 961 
CONRAD, MONTANA 59425-0961 



RECEIVED 

OCT 2 2 2002 

D.N.R.C. 



Glacier County 

#5004 34N, 6W, Sec 36 280 acres 

Pondera County 

#5049 28N, IW, Sec 36 640 acres 

Toole County 

#5030 31N, IE, Sec26 160 acres 

#5031 3 IN, IE, Sec 36 640 acres 



#5032 35N, 3E, Sec 36 640 acres 



All acres enrolled in CRP / / / 

E 1 /2 in CRP, W 1 /2 in ag production 

All acres are in ag production 

El/2NE4inCRP 77^ C /^ P ^ f'/}*^ /'^■'^ t^Jf h^ , 
El/2SE4inCRP ^y/AV^ 2$ -f^'i t^''-^^^ 

W1/2NE4 in ag production /f^-.oJ'- 

W1/2SE4 in ag production 
Wl/2 in ag production 

All acres in native range, tract has some 
cultural sites within the boundaries. 






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Kinley, Teresa 



From: Gary Olson [grolson@mcn.net] 

Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 9:29 AM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Co: Eneboe, Erik; Taylor, Graham 

Subject: Dec. 3 DNRC Oil and Gas Lease sale 

Teresa, 

Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Of the tracts in my working area, only one is particularly wildlife sensitive. 
App# 5004, Glacier County, T34N, ROW, section 36 is currently in the planning stages of a cooperative wildlife 
habitat improvement project. The lessee, Roger Sammons, Enk Eneboe (DNRC), and myself (FWP) are 
developing a cooperative management plan involving shelterbelts, food plots and permanent vegetation to benefit 
wildlife, particularly upland gamebirds. The potential of oil and gas activity on this tract makes the site much less 
attractive for wildlife habitat development. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will allocate considerable amount of 
time, effort and dollars to establish wildlife habitat on this tract. Therefore, 1 am asking that this area be excluded 
from the lease sale. Thanks! 

Gary Olson 

Wildlife Biologist 

MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks 

300 N. Virginia, #303 

Conrad, MT 59425 

271-7033 



X -t^l^^^ ^'-^^ ^"''^ iTnehae on Oct 20^ x^^ aU-f 



10/23/2002 



Central Land Office 



Memo 



To: Teresa Kinley, MMB 

From: Robert Vlahovich 

Date: October 24, 2002 

Re: December 3, 2002 Oil & Gas Lease Sale 



RECEIVET 

OCT 2 4 2002 

D.N.R.C. 



The following are comments on tracts in ttie Helena Unit arranged by application number: 

5012 Forested with some harvest potential. Deer and elk use frequently. Some possible 
grizzly use. 

5018 Dearborn River in SW Va. Considerable deer, elk and antelope use. 

5019 Dearborn River runs through section. Some ag ground (hay) on Brugraff surface. Elk, 
deer and antelope use. 

5020 County road in SWSWy4. Deer and antelope use. 

5021 Highway 434 passes through section. Some wet areas in NW%. Deer, elk, and 
antelope use. 

5022 Cunniff Creek in NEVi. Elk, deer and antelope use. 

5023 Deer, elk and antelope use. Some wet areas in NV2 and SE%. 

5024 County road in west side. Deer, elk and antelope use. 

5025 Deer, elk and antelope use. 

5026 Dearborn River in NEVi. Deer, elk and antelope use. 

5027 Springs in NEVi. Deer, elk and antelope use. 

5028 Milan reservoir, picnic area nearby, county road. Considerable water fowl use. Deer 
and antelope use. 

5029 Pond in NENE Smith Creek in sy2Sy2, water fowl use. Deer and antelope use. 

Note: All of the above tracts could be considered a part of the greater "Front" area, and 

should receive the Front area stipulation. ,, / -^ > 

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C:\USER\R\Akinleyteresa.doc /he K ocK^ 1*_______ 7—— 7 " 



Kinley, Teresa 



From: Kalitowski, Jim 

Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 8:38 AM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: SEC 16, T1S-R7E 

Teresa, This section is mostly timbered and is in fact a Classified Forest tract. The grazing permit is issued to Daniel 
Brelsford. This is one of the tracts that is in the proposed "no minerals" zone. 

The main issue here is there is no public access. Whoever leases the tract will be paying for something they can't get to. 
It is adjacent to a residential district. The road going into it goes by several homes. There is a spring development with a 
pipeline to a water tank. 

If you need anymore info let me know. 

tnV!rdnr^enU assess y^tf^-t. Aid Furiker ^c-flan heeJeJ, 



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APPENDIX D: Public Comments Received Before Deadline 

NOTE: For this December 3, 2002 Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale, MT-DNRC received 3 
public comments regarding tracts in Lewis and Clark County by the October 25, 2002 
public comment deadline. These letters advocated application of the Rocky 
Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation and/or the sensitive areas stipulation 
to tracts in Lewis and Clark County. 

The MT-DNRC proposes to apply the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation 
(number 22 in the application list in Appendix A) to application numbers 5018-5020 

and 5022-5029 in Lewis and Clark County. This proposal is due to the location of 

this school trust land north and west of Highway 200 in Lewis and Clark County. 

These locations fall in the southern portion of the Rocky Mountain Front, i.e. 
(the lower elevation eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front, generally west of 

Choteau, Augusta, and Bowmans Corner) depicted in the Interagency Rocky Mountain 

Front Wildlife Monitoring/Evaluation Program publication. 

Pursuant to the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation, "No surface 
activities shall occur on the lease premises unless and until the Operating Plan 
or Amendment is approved by the Board." After completion of an environmental 
review, the Land Board may approve, modify, or deny surface activity on the lease. 

Use of the Rocky Mountain Front stipulation by the Land Board results in a lease 
agreement that expressly precludes any utilization of the surface by the lessee, 
unless the lessee can formulate an operating and reclamation plan that meets the 
Land Board's approval as constituting the best use of trust resources or the best 
interest of the State of Montana. The stipulation also recognizes and requires 
that any surface utilization of the lease lands would have to adhere to applicable 
resource guidelines prepared by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and 
Parks. The stipulation also expressly incorporates a requirement that the 
environmental impact statement include impact analysis on an ecosystem scale. It 
is important to note that, unlike the large blocks of Federal ownership along the 
Rocky Mountain Front, a decision by the Land Board on whether to allow school 
trust lands to be utilized for exploration or development does not determine 
whether such activity will occur. The state school trust parcels are scattered 
along the eastern transition area east of the Front, within an area where private 
mineral ownership is abundant. The Land Board does not have authority over 
private land interests. 

In addition, MT-DNRC proposes to utilize the sensitive areas stipulation (number 
21, Appendix A) on 2 tracts in Lewis and Clark County, (application number 5012 
and 5021) due to their location northwest of Wolf Creek and south and east of 
Highway 200 in central Lewis and Clark County and their location within the 
Montana Natural Heritage Program's grizzly bear area. 



MEIC 

MONTANA ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION CENTER 



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October 15, 2002, 2002 



RECEIVED 



Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation UL I i b (iUU^: 

P.O. Box 201601 n M P P 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 U.I>l.r\.U. 

To whom it may concern, 

Please include my comments into the official record: 

DNRC has received nominations for the December 3, 2002 Oil and Gas Lease 
Sale and thirteen of the sites are located in Lewis and Clark county along the southern 
terminus of the Rocky Mountain Front. I believe the sites, 5018, 5019, 5020, 5022, 5023, 
5024, 5025, 5026, 5027, 5028, and 5029, fall within the boundary of the "Interagency 
Rocky Mountain Front, Wildlife Monitoring/Evaluation Program, Management 
Guidelines for Selected Species" adopted by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife 
and Parks in September of 1987. Two of the remaining sites, 5012 and 5021 are located a 
short distance outside this boundary, yet still within critical wildlife habitat. 

This area is important to wildlife, so I am urging you to apply the "Rocky 
Mountain Front Sensitive Area Stipulations" to these lease sites 5018, 5019, 5020, 5022, 
5023, 5024, 5025, 5026, 5027, 5028, and 5029. This will ensure the proper environmental 
reviews are conducted along with a chance for meaningful public comment if any surface 
activity is proposed. I am also urging the department to apply the "Sensitive Area 
Stipulation" to lease sites 501 2 and 5021 . 

I am also urging the state to develop a long-term permanent policy for oil and gas 
leasing located along the Rocky Mountain Front that assures future protection of wildlife 

Mountain Front should not be considered just another place to drill for oil and gas. 
Montanan's overwhelmingly support protecting this state and national treasure and it 
should be protected at all costs. 

Sincerely^ -Jj^^ /^oc ky /noi^^^-^^il^ front 5^"^'^'^ "'"''^ ^ 

BradBorst fiutnhers S'^l ^ - SO^O and 56Ji^- So-^.'f ,'n Lpk/.s a^J 

Issue Specialist/Organizer Clark Coun-hu . 

Montana Environmental Information Centef YAe Seh ^lilVe areas S7'='/)u^~/la^^ UAJl he 
P.O.Boxll84 ,J.i ^j ^^/> /, , - I ^^ 

Helena, MT 59624 ^'h^^d oh q-pp /rco-ftaK num\)ers. ^Oix. ^nj S^x./^ 

Si tic e. 7J^(y are easi~ af Hu/y ^oa ^hj iJi-fl^'ih/nT-A//ih 

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Mr. Monte Mason ,, / _/< i/ L 

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation ^ tijpufa 7/<?/? Ll> II pe 
P.O. Box 201601 af:i>2.eJ ^'^ a/>/> /'^'^-t ''a ^ 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 .ut.hers '^oix .^J S^ ^/^ ,-:,ce /^ ^ 

Re: December 2002 Oil and Gas Lease Sale are ^^ ^ ^ ^'^ ^^^'^ '^'^^ ^^'^ '^ ^^ 



Dear Mr. Mason: 



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Please accept the following comments regarding the oil and gas lease applications 
prepared for the September 4, 2005 oil and gas lease sale. We ask that the conservation 
lease stipulations (stipulation 19) adopted by the Montana Land Board January 19, 1999, 
be applied to all leases within the Bob Marshall ecosystem. For the December 3, 2002 
sale that would include leases: 5012, 5018, 5074, 5019, 5020, 5021, 5022, 5023, 5024, 5025, 
5026, 5027, 5028. and 5029. 

The stipulations adopted by the Land Board recognize the state's investment and trust 
responsibility in restoring and protecting wildlife in the Bob Marshall ecosystem and 
provides greater assurance to the public that these resources will continue to be 
managed wisely. A common policy is needed among land management agencies to 
respect and protect areas with unique and outstanding wildlife and wildland values, as 
exist within the Bob Marshall ecosystem. 

The Stipulations require the DNRC to fully assess the potential environmental 
impact of oil and gas development, provide the public with meaningful opportunities to 
comment, and allow the Land Board the authority to deny surface activity. It is our 
understanding that the conservation stipulations, adopted in 1999, have been applied to 
all leases within the Bob Marshall ecosystem. We ask that as a matter of policy, the 
conservation stipulations continue to be applied to all state owned mineral leases within 
the Bob Marshall ecosystem. 

We appreciate the opportunity to comment. 

Sincerely, 

Kris Dunn 

President 

MWA Island Range Chapter 

Central Field Office 

1400 First Avenue North, Great Falls, Montana 59401 

1:406-453-9434 f: 406-453-9434 e: mwacent&wiUmontaun.org 

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Greg Gordon 
669 Dearborn River Rd. 
Cascade. MT 59421 
(406) 788-7749 
October 19.2002 



DNRC 

POB 201601 

Helena. MT 59620-1601 

RE: Rocky Mountain Front leasing 



RECEIVE 

OCT 2 2 2002 

D.N.R.C. 



As you are no doubt aware. Montanans have consistently and repeated voiced their 
concerns over oil and gas leasing on the Rocky Mountain Front advocating that land management 
agencies leave the Front just the way it is. 

Oil and gas leasing, and subsequent exploration and drilling would severely impact 
sensitive wildlife species such as grizzlies and harlequin ducks through habitat fragmentation and 
disturbance. Oil and gas leasing would necessitate roads, increased traffic, dust, and pollution, all 
contributing to wildlife fragmentation and disturbance. The latest Forest Service EIS details these 
impacts. 

Leasing would also fundamentally alter the character of the Front, that quality which 
makes it unique. This was ultimately Forest Supervisor Gloria Flora's reason for withdrawing the 
Forest Service lands along the Front from leasing. DNRC should follow suit with this wise 
decision and maintain state lands in the condition that Montanans cherish. 

DNRC has an obligation to manage state lands for Montana's schoolchildren. The short 
term profits generated from leasing may financially benefit school districts, but leave us 
impoverished as a people. The long term benefits from not leasing far outweigh any short term 
gains. 

Furthermore, as a responsible global citizen, DNRC has an obligation to reduce 
greenhouse gases and should investigate solar and wind production before pursuing non- 
renewable fossil fuels. 

The Rocky Mountain Front is one of the most dramatic and special places on earth. Let's 
not squander our children's inheritance by leaving them with an impoverished landscape. I urge 
you to apply "Sensitive Area Stipulations" to lease sites 5018-5029. 

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APPENDIX E: Late Comments 



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United States Department of the Interior :- -^-"r '^7) 

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE yr\j q 4 2C0Z 

MONTANA FIELD OFFICE 
100 N. PARK, SUITE 320 P'^'^'^.G. 

HELENA, MT 59601 U'.----'- 

PHONE (406) 449-5225, FAX (406) 449-5339 

File: M.29 (1) November 1 , 2002 

Teresa Kinley '^'- ^^' ^^pM"^ ^'^ * ^^^,.^^ ^..../-^e ^r... 

Department ot Natural Resources and Conservation /-e^5<^ syc-, 7" ^ ^^„i,er Sol to elue^O'h 

1625 Eleventh Avenue .-f.p'^hfo. U ^--J'j'/'^.^g ZjZ'X'l'^r/rWtiP^ r'^-^V ^-- -^^'' "^ 

P O Box 201601 joco-f'"" ^^'A '"•^ y<-'-i^ ^1 ^y ^ '^ 
Helena, 'Montana 59620-1601 ^^llf^'^/l^t/Zo^'y+^^^hi'-'^ u}c>, a^^/uJ/o a//>M'j^ 

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This is in response to your September 30, 2002 andJune 27, 2002 letters requesting comments 
from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) on the proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale in Big 
Horn, Blaine, Carter, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Gallatin, Glacier, 
Golden Valley, Hill, Lewis and Clark, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Pondera, Powder River, 
Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Toole, Valley, Wheatland, and 
Yellowstone Counties in Montana. These comments have been prepared under the authority of, 
and in accordance with, the provisions of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 el seq.) and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.). 

Your letter requested comments on tracts of land near identified grizzly bear habitat and a 
National Wildlife Reflige. In reference to the tracts near the Natural Heritage Program's area for 
-^grizzly bears the Service supports the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (F-2) and 
recommends applying this stipulation to tracts adjacent to or near all National Wildlife Refuges 
including the Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge. Furthermore the Service recommends that 
any sites proposed for activity be reviewed to determine whether listed species may be affected. 
A list of threatened and endangered species by county is attached. Per pK^\ci.'.Lan-l Bcc,rJ J:r^ci^6n h^ 

In Montana,"the Service has special concern for migratory birds, endangered and threatened ^-"^"^^ ^'^, ^^'"_' 
species, and other important fish and wildlife resources. Habitats frequently used by important -jifc y/Jt^cF-c 
fish and wildlife resources are wetlands, streams, and riparian (streamside) woodlands. S^cc\a\€//'^^'''^'_f^ 
attention is given to proposed developments that include modification of wetlands, stream ^^ ^'"' ''^. ^ '^^ 
alteration, or contamination of important habitats. The Service recommends ways to avoid, /,^^,,>^y PoraH 
minimize, rectify, reduce, or compensate for damaging impacts to important fish and wildlife pfoa^,'J'i<-f.'i/-'^/. 
resources and their habitats that may be attributed to land and water resource development 
proposals. 
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The Service has responsibility, under a number of authorities, for conservation and management 
offish and wildlife resources. Chief among the federal statutes which our office administers are 
the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The 
Coordination Act requires that fish and wildlife resources be given equal consideration in the 
planning, implementation, and operation of federally funded, permitted, or licensed water 
resource developments. 

For actions that involve stream channels or wetland the Service recommend that you work 
closely with the Corps of Engineers (COE) regulatory office (406-441-1375) regarding any 
Section 404 permits that may be needed. With regard to such permits, depending on permit type 
and other factors, the Service may be required to review permit applications and recommend fish 
and wildlife protection or mitigation measures to the COE as appear reasonable and prudent at 
that time. On site inspection by Service personnel may be necessary to provide technical 
assistance regarding wetland avoidance or mitigation. 

Should you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Dan Brewer within our office at (406) 
449-5225, extension 216. Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments. 



Sincerely, 




R. Mark Wilson 
Field Supervisor 



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FEDERALLY-LISTED ENDANGERED, THREATENED, PROPOSED AND 
CANDIDATE SPECIES IN MONTANA COUNTIES 



PCH = Proposed Critical Habitat 
FT = Proposed Threatened 



C = Candidate 

LT = Listed Threatened 

LE = Listed Endangered 

* = Listed endangered except in non-essential experimental population area 





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HHH 




BIG HORN 


Cvnnmvs ludovicianns 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


c 


Hullaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Charadrius monlanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 




BLAINE 


Scaphirhynchus albus 


Pallid Sturgeon 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black- footed Ferret 




LE* 






CARTER 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 




CHOUTEAU 


Scaphirhynchus alhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 




LE 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnom vs ludo vician us 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 




CUSTER 


Scaphirhynchus alhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 




LE 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Sterna antillarum athalassos 


Interior Least Tern 




LE 


Mustela nii^ripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 



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C iiarjdnus monnnus 


Mountain Plover 


PI 


Cvnomvs hidoviciunus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




DANIELS 


fhiliiicclus IcuL-Dccphulus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 




DAWSON 


Scaplurhvnchu.s iilhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 


I.E 


Sterna untilLirum ulhalussos 


Interior Least Tern 


LE 


Huliueetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 




FALLON 


Halicieelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 




FERGUS 


Scaphirhvnchus albus 


Pallid Sturgeon 


LE 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Slustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 


LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 


Cynomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




GALLATIN 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Ursus arctos horribilis 


Grizzly Bear 


LT 


Zaitzevia thermae 


Warm Spring Zaitzevian Riffle Beetle 


C 


Spiranlhes diluvialis 


Ute Ladies' Tresses 


LT 


Canis lupus 


Gray Wolf 


LE* 


Lvnx canadensis 


Canada Lynx 


LT 


Thymallus arcticus 


Montana Arctic Grayling 


C 




GLACIER 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Ursus arctos horribilis 


Grizzly Bear 


LT 


Canis lupus 


Gray Wolf 


LE 


Lvnx canadensis 


Canada Lynx 


LT 


Salveliniis con/luenlus 


Bull Trout 


LT 


Botrvchium lineare 


Slender Moonwort 


C 




GOLDEN VALLEY 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 





Ihiluicclus /<.■;. I . I ; 7.\.-.;,v 


Bald ^•;a^le 


1 1 


Mustela nii^ripes 


Black-footed [erret 


LE 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Doa 


C 




HILL 


Haliaectus Icucuccphalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Muslela nii^ripes 


Black-footed Ferret 


LE 


Charadrnis monlanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




LEWIS AND CLARK 


Thvmallus arcticus 


Montana Arctic Grayling 


c 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Ursus arclos horribilis 


Grizzlv Bear 


LT 


Canis lupus 


Grav Wolf 


LE* 


Lvnx canadensis 


Canada Lynx 


LT 


Salvelinus con/luenlus 


Bull Trout 


LT 


Muslela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 


LE 


Charadrius monlanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




McCONE 


Scaphirhynchus alhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 


LE 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Charadrius melodus 


Piping Plover 


LT, PCH 


Slerna antillarum alhalassos 


Interior Least Tern 


LE 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 


LE 


Charadrius monlanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




MUSSELSHELL 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Muslela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 


LE 


Charadrius monlanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dou 


C 




PETROLEUM 


Scaphirhynchus alhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 


LE 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 


LT 


Muslela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 


LE 


Charadrnis monlanus 


Mountain Plover 


PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 



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/Scientific Name 


Common Name 




' "Status 1 






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PONDERA 


Charadrius melodus 


Piping Plover 




LT 


L'rsm arclos horrihilis 


Gri/zJN Bear 




LT 


Cants lupus 


Grav Wolf 




LE 


Lviix canadensis 


Canada Lynx 




LT 


Haliacetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 




POWDER RIVER 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black -footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius monlanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnonns ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 




RICHLAND 


Scaphirhvnchus alhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 




LE 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Charadrius melodus 


Piping Plover 




LT, PCH 


Sterna antillarum aihalassos 


interior Least Tern 




LE 


Cvnonns ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




ROOSEVELT 


Scaphirhvnchus albus 


Pallid Sturgeon 




LE 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Charadrius melodus 


Piping Plover 




LT, PCH 


Slerna anlillarum aihalassos 


Interior Least Tern 




LE 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie Dog 


C 




ROSEBUD 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Xtustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Slerna anlillarum aihalassos 


Interior Least Tern 




LE 


Cynomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Don 


C 




SHERIDAN 


Charadrius melodus 


Piping Plover 




LT. PCH 


Grus amencana 


Whooping Crane 




LE 


Haliaeelus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 





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Haliaectus L'ucoccphaltis 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


L'rsus arctos horribilis 


Grizzlv Bear 




LT 


Cuiiis lupus 


Grav Wolf 




LE* 


Lvnx canadensis 


Canada Lvnx 




LT 


Muslcla nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomws ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 




SWEET GRASS 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Ursus arctos horribilis 


Grizzlv Bear 




LT 


Canis lupus 


Grav Wolf 




LE* 


Lvnx canadensis 


Canada Lvnx 




LT 


Muslela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 




TOOLE 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 




VALLEY 


Scaphirhynchus alhus 


Pallid Sturgeon 




LE 


Charadrius melodus 


Piping Plover 




LT. PCH 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Sterna antillarum athalassos 


Interior Least Tern 




LE 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 




WHEATLAND 


Haliaeetus leucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Mustela nigripes 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C 







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Common Name 




Status 


YELLOWSTONE 








Haliaectus Icucocephalus 


Bald Eagle 




LT 


Musiela nii^rlpcs 


Black-footed Ferret 




LE 


Charadrius montanus 


Mountain Plover 




PT 


Cvnomvs ludovicianus 


Black-tailed Prairie 


Dog 


C