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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 

FOR MARCH 5, 2002 

STATE OF MONTANA OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE 



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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 



January 28, 2002 



To Whom It May Concern: 

I hav e reviewed the attached Environmental Assessment for the March 5 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. 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 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 
appro\ es 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 EIS for this lease sale. 



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Monte G. Mason, Chief 
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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 

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 S9620-1601 



ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 

ON THE 

MARCH 5, 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 March 5, 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) has received nominations for 75 tracts 
of land totaling 32,546.10 acres for the purpose of oil and gas exploration 
and development. A listing of these tracts and their locations are found in 
Appendix A. 

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 
Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor 
Bureau of Land Management, Billings 
U.S. D.I. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Peck Agency 
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 4 public comments as of the January 25, 2002 public comment 
deadline. The department has received no late comments as of the January 28, 
2002 completion of this environmental assessment. If any late comments regarding 
the March 5, 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. 

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Potential for "No Surface Occupancy" restrictions. 
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 asterislc. 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 . 

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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 
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 and Augusta). 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/tlmdhortie.htin). 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 

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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 March 5, 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 
proposed for use in this environmental assessment. DNRC tracts on the Rocky 
Mountain Front in Lewis and Clark County for which the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation (number 16 in the application list in Appendix A, F-2 
in Appendix B2) is recommended are application numbers 5057 through 5075. 
Utilization of this stipulation on these tracts would address wildlife concerns 
for various species, including grizzly bears, lynx, ferruginous hawks, northern 
goshawks, elk, westslope cutthroat trout, and trumpeter swans. The sensitive 
areas stipulation (number 15 in Appendix A, F-1 in Appendix B-2) which is applied 
to application numier 5056 in Lewis and Clark County covers concerns for lynx and 
bighorn sheep. 

The wildlife survey stipulation (see number 11 in Appendix A) is utilized 
on application number 5054 in Carbon County for prairie dogs. In Petroleum 
County (application numbers 5014-5017) the wildlife survey stipulation is applied 
for ferruginous hawks and sage grouse. 

The TLMD contact MT-DFWP regarding wildlife concerns stipulation (number 
12, Appendix A) is utilized in Fergus County on application number 5018 for MT- 
DFWP' s concern for turkeys, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and elk. The stream, 
etc. buffer stipulation (number 7, Appendix A) applied to this tract would cover 
water and fisheries concerns. 

The navigable river (no-surface occupancy) stipulation is utilized on 
application numbers 5007 and 5008 in Dawson County. It covers wildlife and 
fishery concerns for the Yellowstone River and related acreage including: spiny 
softshell, interior least terns, pallid sturgeon, sturgeon chub, blue suckers, 
and paddlefish. 

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 49 tracts (see stipulation 7 in application list in 
Appendix A) . Streams, ponds, wetlands, reservoirs, etc. on application numbers 
application numbers 5057 through 5075 in Lewis and Clark County are covered by 
utilization of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (number 16, 
Appendix A) on these tracts. These areas on application number 5056 in Lewis and 
Clark County and number 5029 in Valley County are covered by the use of the 
sensitive areas stipulation (number 15, 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 numbers 5007 and 5008 in Dawson County for the 

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Yellowstone River and related acreage in Sections 5 and 8, T14N, R55E. The 
river, lake/reservoir (1/8-mile) buffer stipulation (see stipulation 13, Appendix 
A) is utilized on application number 5001 in Glacier County due to a prairie 
pothole lake. 

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 March 5, 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 application number 5018 in 
Fergus County, number 5014 in Petroleum County, and numbers 5024 and 5032 in 
Valley County. 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 5057 through 5075) 
are addressed by utilization of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas 
stipulation (number 16, Appendix A) . These concerns are covered for application 
number 5056 in Lewis and Clark County and number 502 9 in Valley County by 
application of the sensitive areas stipulation (number 15, Appendix A) on these 
tracts . 

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 Montana Natural 
Heritage Program indicated Great Basin Downingia to be of potential concern in 
Lewis and Clark County in T20N, R6W, northeast of school trust land in T19N, R07- 
08W. Vegetation concerns are covered by utilization of the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation (number 16, Appendix A) on application numbers 5057 
through 5075 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 application number 5018 in Fergus 
County, number 5017 in Petroleum County, and number 5030 in Valley County for the 
March 5, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale. For tracts in Lewis and Clark County 
(application numbers 5057 through 5075) where the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive 
areas stipulation (number 16, Appendix A) is utilized, wooded areas are covered 
by this stipulation. The sensitive areas stipulation (number 15, Appendix A) 
provides for review of wooded areas and/or other vegetation on application number 
5056 in Lewis and Clark County and number 5029 in Valley 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 (see stipulation W in Appendix B2) is utilized in addition to 
stipulation 4. No tracts on the March 5, 2002 sale required 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 numbers 5011 and 5012 in Daniels County, number 5010 in Richland 
County, and number 5004 in Sheridan 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 March 5, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease 
Sale did not have tracts warranting potential restrictions due to existing 
surface uses, i.e. irrigation center pivots, on this 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 11 
tracts on the March 5, 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. No tracts on the March 5, 2002 sale required any 
of these stipulations. 

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 
(Appendix B2 , stipulations F-1, F-2, and F-3). For the March 5, 2002 MT Oil and 
Gas Lease Sale, MT-DNRC received 4 public comments regarding Rocky Mountain Front 
tracts in Lewis and Clark County by the January 25, 2002 comment deadline. These 
4 letters (see Appendix D) advocated application of the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation to tracts in Lewis and Clark County. As of the 
January 28, 2002 completion of this environmental assessment, the Department has 
not received any late comments. 

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The MT-DNRC proposes to apply the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas 
stipulation (number 16 in the application list in Appendix A) to 19 tracts on the 
March 5, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale. This recommendation is proposed for 
application numbers 5057 through 5075 in Lewis and Clark County. This proposal 
is due to the location of these school trust lands in northwestern Lewis and 
Clark County, i.e. (the lower elevation eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain 
Front, generally west of Choteau and Augusta) and proximity to areas with 
concerns including wildlife, water quality, and vegetation. 

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. Therefore, the broad socioeconomic and natural resource concerns 
expressed by some commentors relative to the overall impacts from surface use of 
state lands for exploration or development will be addressed if/when a proposal 
for use is submitted by the lessee. 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 15, Appendix A) is 
applied to one tract in Lewis and Clark County, (application number 5056) due to 
its location west of Wolf Creek in central Lewis and Clark County and its 
location within the Montana Natural Heritage Program's lynx area and in an area 
designated by MT Dept . of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as bighorn sheep range. In 
accordance with previous Land Board direction, the sensitive areas stipulation 
(number 15 in Appendix A, F-1 in Appendix B2) is also utilized on application 
number 5029 in Valley County due to its location adjacent to the Bitter Creek 
Wilderness Study 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. 
All other resources would not be affected. 

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 December 27-28, 2001 and requested comments by January 23, 2002 for 

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consideration in formulating the stipulations. Agency comments are included in 
Appendix C. The tract list was made available to the public in early January 
2002 for interested party comments. These comments must have been received by 
January 25, 2002 for consideration in formulating the stipulations. Public 
comments are included in Appendix D. Late comments would be located in Appendix 
E, but none have been received as of the January 28, 2002 completion date of this 
environmental assessment. 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 affected, . . .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 

Craig Roberts, Area Manager, Northeast Land Office, DNRC-TLMD 

Mark Ahner, 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 

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 

Paul Sihler, Montana Dept . Of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena 

Martin Miller, Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Fred Wambolt, Bureau of Land Management, Miles City 

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) . 



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APPENDIX A: Nominated Tract Locations and Stipulations 



STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - riARCH 5, 2002 

PRE-SALE APPLICATION REPORT 



APPt» 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 
CARBON 

5054 1,2,3,4,5,11 4.S 

5055 1,2,3,4,5,7 5.S 



21. E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, SW4NE4 , 

E2SW4, W2SE4 
22. E 16 ALL 



358.00 
640.00 



DANIELS 



5011 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 

5012 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 

5013 1,2,3,4,5,6 



34. N 45. E 1 LOTS 3, 4, S2NW4 , SW4 

34. N 46. E 6 LOTS 1 THRU 7, S2NE4 , SE4NW4 , 

E2SW4, SE4 
34. N 46. E 7 LOTS 1, 2, E2NW4 , NE4 



320.90 
629.97 

314 .71 



DAWSON 

5007 1,2,3,4,5,14 

5008 1,2,3,4,5,14 



14. N 55. E 
14. N 55. E 



YELLOWSTONE RIVERBED AND 
RELATED ACREAGE 
YELLOWSTONE RIVERBED AND 
RELATED ACREAGE 



197.90 
166.00 



FERGUS 

5018 1,2, 3,4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 



13. N 



2 0.E 16 ALL 



640.00 



GLACIER 



5001 1,2,3,4,5,13 

5002 1,2,3,4,5,7 

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



36. N 


5.W 


36. N 


5.W 


36. N 


5.W 



20 SW4SE4 

27 SW4NW4, NW4SW4, S2SW4 

29 S2N2, NW4NE4 



40.00 
160.00 
200.00 



HILL 

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



36 .N 



1 3 . E 3 6 ALL 



640.00 



LEWIS & CLARK 



5056 
5057 
5058 
5059 
5060 
5061 
5062 



3,4,5,15 
3,4,5,16 
3,4,5,6, 16 
3,4,5,6,16 
3,4,5,6,16 
3,4,5, 16 
3,4, 5, 16 



15 


.N 


4 


.W 


32 


LOTS 1 THRU 8, 


E2 


19 


.N 


7 


.W 


8 


N2N2, NE4SW4 




19 


.N 


7 


.W 


10 


N2NW4 




19 


.N 


7 


.W 


14 


SW4SW4 




19 


.N 


7 


.W 


15 


NW4NW4, SE4SW4 


, S2SE4 


19 


.N 


7 


.W 


16 


ALL 




19 


.N 


7 


.W 


17 


E2NE4, SW4NE4, 


NW4 , S2 



624 


.72 


200 


.00 


80 


.00 


40 


.00 


160 


.00 


640 


.00 


600 


.00 



PAGE 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



5063 2,3,4,5,16 

5064 2,3,4,5,16 

5065 2,3,4,5,16 



5066 
5067 
5068 
5069 
5070 
5071 
5072 
5073 
5074 



2,3 

2,3 



5, 16 
5,6,16 
5, 16 

6, 16 

6,16 

16 

16 

6,16 

16 



5075 2,3,4,5,16 



19. N 

19. N 

19. N 

19. N 
19. N 
19. N 
19. N 
19. N 



19. 
19. 



19. N 

19. N 

19. N 



7.W 
7 .W 



7.W 20 



8 .W 



2, 3, E2NE4, NW4NE4 , 

S2NE4, NE4NW4, 
N2SE4 



18 E2E2 

19 LOTS 1, 
E2NW4 
NW4NE4, 
NE4SW4, 

21 S2SW4 

23 W2W2 

28 NW4NW4, S2NW4 

2 9 NE4NE4, NW4 

30 NE4, N2SE4, SW4SE4 
32 N2NE4, SE4NE4 , NE4NW4 
34 N2N2, NE4SW4, SE4 

3 6 ALL 
4 LOTS 3, 4, S2NW4, NW4SE4, 



LOTS 3, 
S2SE4 
LOTS 1, 
SE4SW4, 



2, 3, 4, S2N2, 
SE4, N2SW4 



160.00 
321.65 

280.00 

80.00 
160.00 
120.00 
200.00 
280.00 
160.00 
360.00 
640.00 
282.56 

603.40 



MCCONE 

5006 1,2,3,4,5,7 



22. N 47. E 20 S2NW4 , N2SW4 , SE4SW4, S2SE4 



280.00 



PETROLEUM 



5014 
5015 
5016 
5017 



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



5,7, 10, 11 
5,7, 11 
5,6,7, 11 
5,6,7, 9, 11 



15. N 25. E 16 N2 

15. N 25. E 24 SW4 

15. N 25. E 29 NW4 , S2 

15. N 25. E 30 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, E2 , E2W2 



320.00 
160.00 
480.00 
620.40 



RICHLAND 



5009 1,2,3,4,5,7 

5010 1,2,3,4,5,7,1 



24 .N 

25 .N 



55. E 

56. E 



16 ALL 
3 6 ALL 



640.00 
640.00 



SHERIDAN 










5004 


1,2, 


3, 


■ 4, 


.5,6, 


7 


VALLEY 










5019 


1,2, 


.3, 


.4, 


5,7 




5020 


1,2, 


.3, 


i4, 


5,7 




5021 


1,2, 


.3, 


r4, 


5,7 




5022 


1,2, 


■ 3, 


r4, 


. 5,7 




5023 


1,2, 


,3, 


.4, 


.5,7 




5024 


1,2, 


,3, 


,4, 


.5,7, 


1 


5025 


1,2, 


, 3, 


,4, 


. 5,7 




5026 


1,2, 


,3 


,4, 


,5,7 




5027 


1,2, 


, 3 


,4, 


,5,7 




5028 


1,2, 


,3 


,4 


,5,7 




5029 


2,3 


,4 


, 5 


, 15 





36. N 



32. N 
32. N 
32 .N 



32 
32 



32 .N 
32. N 
32. N 
32. N 
32. N 
33. N 



53. E 36 ALL 



3 9.E 1 LOTS 1 THRU 12, S2 

3 9. E 2 LOTS 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 THRU 12, S2 

3 9.E 3 LOTS 1 THRU 12, S2 

3 9.E 4 LOTS 1 THRU 12, S2 

3 9.E 5 LOTS 1, 8, 9, SE4 

3 9.E 11 N2, W2SW4 
39. E 12 ALL 

4 0.E 6 LOTS 3, 4, 
4 0.E 7 ALL 
40. E 18 E2 
3 8.E 16 ALL 



6, 11, 12, S2 



640.00 



704 . 36 
648.51 
703.68 
704.76 
256.55 
400.00 
640.00 
511.62 
640.00 
320.00 
640.00 



PAGE 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



5030 


1 


,2 


,3 


,4 


,5, 


, 7 


5031 


1 


,2, 


,3 


,4 


,5, 


,7 


5032 


1 


,2. 


,3 


,4 


,5, 


,7 


5033 


1 


,2, 


,3 


,4 


, 5, 


, 7 


5034 


1, 


,2, 


,3 


,4, 


,5, 


,7 


5035 


1, 


,2, 


,3, 


,4, 


. 5, 


, 7 


5036 


1, 


,2, 


,3, 


,4, 


,5, 


,7 


5037 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


,4, 


,5, 


,7 


5038 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


,4, 


,5, 


,7 


5039 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


,4, 


,5, 


, 7 


5040 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


.4, 


, 5, 


, 7 


5041 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


,4, 


.5, 


, 7 


5042 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


,4, 


.5, 


,7 


5043 


1, 


,2, 


>3, 


,4, 


. 5, 


,7 


5044 


1, 


r2, 


-3, 


,4, 


.5, 


. 7 


5045 


1, 


.2, 


.3, 


.4, 


.5, 


,7 


5046 


1, 


,2, 


>3, 


.4, 


.5, 


,7 


5047 


1, 


.2, 


.3, 


r4, 


■ 5, 


,7 


5048 


1, 


.2, 


3, 


.4, 


.5, 


7 


5049 


1, 


,2, 


.3, 


,4, 


.5, 


7 


5050 


1, 


.2, 


.3, 


.4, 


.5, 


,7 


5051 


1, 


,2, 


3, 


.4, 


.5, 


7 


5052 


1, 


.2, 


.3, 


.4, 


-5, 


.1 


5053 


1, 


.2, 


3, 


.4, 


.5, 


1 



10 



33. N 


38. E 


36 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


3 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


4 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


5 


SW4, E2 


33. N 


39. E 


6 


LOTS 1 THRU 6, NE4 


33. N 


39. E 


9 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


10 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


15 


NW4, N2SW4, SE4 


33. N 


39. E 


16 


N2, SW4, N2SE4 


33. N 


39. E 


17 


SE4 


33. N 


39. E 


19 


LOTS 1, 6, 7, 12, E2 


33. N 


39. E 


20 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


21 


W2NW4, SW4, S2SE4 


33. N 


39. E 


22 


E2, SE4NW4, E2SW4, SW4SW4 


33. N 


39. E 


26 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


27 


ALL 


33. N 


39. E 


28 


ALL 


33 .N 


39. E 


29 


ALL 


33 .N 


39. E 


30 


LOTS 1 THRU 12, E2 


33. N 


39. E 


31 


LOTS 1 THRU 11, NE4 


33. N 


39. E 


32 


LOT 4, N2 


33. N 


39. E 


33 


N2 


33. N 


39. E 


34 


N2 


33. N 


39. E 


35 


N2 



640 . 00 
640 . 00 
640.00 
480.00 
392.21 
640.00 
640.00 
400.00 
560.00 
160.00 
480.00 
640.00 
320.00 
480.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
791.20 
526.60 
346.40 
320.00 
320.00 
320.00 



* 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 



PAGE 



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. 



PAGE 



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 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. 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. 

16. 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 

PAGE 5 



STIPULATIONS 



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. 



PAGE 



Appendix Bl: Example Oil and Gas Lease. 



DS-423 
Amended 9/08/99 



State of Montana 
OIL AND GAS LEASE 



No. 



THIS rNDENTURE OF LEASE, entered into between the State of Montana, through its Board of Larjd Commissioners, 
hereinafter referred to as lessor, and the person, company, or corporation herein named, hereinafter 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 annua] rentals herein stated, the receipt of which for the first year 
of this lease is hereby acknowledged, the royalties to be paid, and the covenants to be kept and performed by the lessee, hereinafter set 
forth, hereby grants, demises, leases and lets to the lessee, for the purpose of mining and opcratmg 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: 

Descnplion 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 from the land, subject to all of the terms and conditions herein set forth; provided, 
however, thai: 

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

(b) Ifoil 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 dniled 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 after 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 a 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 with substantial economic loss due to litigation regarding this lease or another lease in the immediate 
area held by the lessee, state 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 the lands hereby leased, except the interest conveyed by this lease However, lessor agrees that sales, leases, or other dispositions of 
any interest or estate m 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 ($1 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 in no case be less than one hundred dollars ($100 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-in well approved by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Trust Land Management Division 
(Department) on the lease Rental paid for any year must be credited against any royalty that accrues dunng that year 

6. ROYALTY ON OII>-lhe lessee shall pay in money or in kind to the lessor at its option as hereinafter provided during the 
full term of this lease a royalty of 1 3%, 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 GAS-The lessee shall also pay in money or in kind to the lessor at its option as hereinaner provided dunng 
the full icrm of this lease, free of costs and deductions, a royalty on the gas produced from the wells under this lease -.vhether the wells 
produce oil and gas or gas alone, of twelve and one-half pcrccntum ( I 2'/j° o) 



8. SHUT IN CAS ROYALTY-The royalty on gas, including casinghead gas and all gaseous substances not sold or used off 
the premises, must be at the rale 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 

1 0. FULL PRODUCTION REQUIRED-All wells under this lease shall be so dnlled, maintained and operated as to produce 
the maximum 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 

11. ROYALTY PAVMENT-The lessee shall pay to the lessor in cash for such royalty oil and gas at the rate 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 pnce actually paid or agreed to be paid to the lessee. 

12. CS-KIND OIL OR GAS-At the option of the lessor exercised not more frequently than once 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 connected or into any storage designated by the State 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 MARKET VALUE-In all cases where there is no posted field pnce 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. 

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

15. POOLING AJSD UlSITIZATION-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 State lands. Federal 
lands, pnvately-owned lands or Indian lands. Such agreements shall not change the percentage of royalties to be paid to the state from 
the 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 LOAM ACQUISITIONS-If the land under this lease is "mortgaged land" acquired by the State in connection with 

a mortgage given to the State as secunty for a loan and such mortgage land has been sold by the State subsequent to July 1 , 1 927, 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 State, a royalty of one percentum (1%) 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 
the State so that such one percentum royalty docs not increase the total royalty to be paid under this lease, and if such mongage land was 
sold by the State between March 15, 1935, and July I, I9CI, the lessee shall pay directly to the holder of such land under certificate of 
purchase or other conn-act or deed from the Slate, a royalty of six and onc-founh percentum {6%%) of the oil and gas produced from such 
land to be calculated as hereinbefore specified 

1 7. 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 its discretion and as provided by law, cancel and terminate this lease 
upon the failure of the lessee (I) to commence wilhin five (5) years of the effective date of this lease, drilling of at least one well upon 
the leased premises of such diameter and to such depth as may be necessary to make a reasonable test for oil and gas, or (2) pay in advance 
a delay drilling penalty of one dollar and twenty-five cents (SI 25) per acre for the sixth year of the lease in addition to the annual rental, 
or (3) pay in advance a delay dniling penalty of two dollars and fifty cents (S2.50) per acre per annum for the seventh through the tenth 
year of the lease in addition to the annual rental The lessee shall notify the Department of the commencement of dnlling of any well 
within 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 MOLE CLAUSE-Following the termination of the founh year of this lease, if the lessee dnlls a dry hole on the lease 
premises prior to discovery of oil or gas or if after discovery of oil or gas, production thereof in paying quantities ceases, the lease may 
be terminated by the Board unless the lessee (1) commences drilling of another well for oil and/or gas before the 7th year of this lease 
or second anniversary of the lease following completion of the well, whichever comes later, or (2) unless the lessee, on or before such 
anniversary dale resumes payment of any delay drilling penalties imposed by the Board For purposes of this lease "dry hole" is defined 
j5 ,1 cotnplclcd well which is not capable of producing oil and/or gas in paying quanlilics when completed 

19. DRILLING EXTENSION-If at the expiration of the pnmary term hereof oil or gas is not being produced from the lease 
premises in paying quantities, but the owner of the lease is then engaged in dnlling on the premises for oil and gas, then the lease continues 
in effect so long as such dnlling opcrrjtions 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 quantities is being 
produced from the leased premises 

20. DUE DILIGENCE-Upon completion of a commercially productive oil or gas well upon the leased premises, the lessee 
shall proceed with reasonable diligence to dnil such additional wells to the depth of the fonnation found commercially productive, or to 
such depth as may be necessary to economically test, develop and operate the deposits discovered 

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

22. WASTE PROHIBITFD-ln conducting all explorations, mining or drilling operations under this lease, the lessee shall 
Cicrcise all reasonable care and precautions in order to prevent waslc of oil and gas The lessee shall also at all times use all reasonable 
care and precautions to prevent the entrance of water to the oil or gas bearing strata to the destruction or injury thereof 



23. LOGS REQUrRED-The lesste agrees to keep a correcl log of each well drilled under this lease, showing the formations 
passed through, the depth at which such formation wis reached, the thickness 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 drilled, and upon request, to file the log with the Department 

24. PROGRESS REPORTS REQUIRED- When called upon to do so, the lessee shall also file progress reports with the 

Department 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 prescribe and shall show the amount of oil or gas produced and saved dunng 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 State 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 INSPECT-Representatives of the lessor shall at all times 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 supervising tests that they may deem 
necessary to ascertain the condition of the wells being dnlled 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 little as possible with the use of (he 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 two 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 ovmer, the lessee, or the Sute of 
Montana by reason of the lessee's entry upon, use and occupancy of, the stirface 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 ov/ner 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 owner or lessee of the surface who is claiming damages, 
one by the lessee hereunder, and the third by the two 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 Stale 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 Department 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 nghl 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 afler such tennination, a wrincn surrender and relinquishment of those lands. 

31. CANCELLATION-lt 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 Commissioners upon failure of the lessee to fully discharge all the obligations provided 
herein, after written notice from the Board and reasonable time fixed and allowed by it 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 written 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 surrender 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 apparanjs necessary for the preservation of any oil or gas well 
or wells It IS hereby agreed that any succeeding lessee, or in the event there be no succeeding lessee, the lessor, wishing to have such 
propcny 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 its Board of Land Commissioners, shall be unable to agree with the lessee upon the reasonable cash value of 
such casing, equipment and apparatus, then the 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 is 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 ihc 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 Department, the Department may appoint an appraiser for the lessee or 
succeeding lessee Unless the Department gives written aulhorizjiion. ihc lessee may not remain in possession or manage the land and 
property fonnerly covered by the lease Dunng the lime the lessee remains in authonzed possession, the lessee shall be entitled to retain 
the same share of the products of the lands as mured 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 all of his property from the lands wiih reasonable diligence If any of the property of the lessee 
is not removed from the leased premises within su nionlhs of the lenr.inalion date of the lease as herein provided the same shall be deemed 
forfeited In the State of \(oniana and shall become ili property 



33. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS-Thc lessee agrees lo comply with. all applicable laws, 
miesand regulations in efTect at thedate of this lease, panicularly the Rules Governing the Issuance of Oil and Gas Leases on State Lands 
of the Stale 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 depnve the lessee of an existing property right 
recognized by law. 

34. WARRANTY OF TITLE-It is understood and agreed that this lease is issued only under such title as the State 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 royalty is payable, then the rentals and royalties herein provided shall be paid the lessor only 
in the proportion 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. SPECUL PROVISIONS: 

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



37. EXECUTING PARTIES BOUND-All covenants and agreements herein set forth between the parties hereto shall extend 
10 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 authority granted him by the Board of Land 
Commissioners of the State of Montana, has hereunto set his hand and affixed the seal of the Board of Land Commissioners this 

day of 



Lessee 



Director of the Department of Natural Resources Address 

and Conservation 



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 

*B. 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. 

*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. 

.qensitive 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. 

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 
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 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. 

Na v igable R ivers 

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

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. 

DO. 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. 



APPENDIX C: Agency Comments Received Before Deadline 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

NORTHEASTERN LAND OFFICE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



(406) 228-2430 Telephone 
(406) 228-2439 FAX 
co6593©sUte.mtus 
HrichardsSsUtejnLus 



April 14,2000 



MEMORANDUM 



n M "^ p 



GLASGOW UNIT OFFICE 

PO BOX locr? 

224 6 STREET SOUTH 

GLASGOW, MONTANA 59230-1007 



TO: Teresa Kinley, Hy(dro-Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau, Helena Office 

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

RE: Montana Oil & Gas Lease Sale, June 7, 2000 

Attached with this memorandum are the comments for the State land tracts that are administered 
by the NELO, Glasgow Unit Office for the upcoming oil and gas lease sale. If you should have 
questions, please contact the Glasgow Unit Office. 

C:NELO 



•AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER- 



¥- T^^ CL-iiural r^ sources yt/Ou /^, y^W J^ ^Mfc/ 7^ 



5007 Archer 

Plentywood SW 



35. N 53. E 2 W2SW4 , SE4SW4 , SW4SE4 



160.00 



This tract has upland bird and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native r£uigal2md and dryleuid 
agriculture . 



5008 Archer 



-35. N 53. E 3 SE4NE4, SW4SE4, E2SE4 



160.00 



jjZ^ This tract has a developed spring for livestock water located on the SW4SE4 and teepee rings 
' located on hilltops. The developed spring and the teepee ring sites would need to be avoided by 

seismic operations and other associated oil and gas activities. Tract has upland bird and wildlife V*'''* 
habitat resources. Tract is native rangeland and dryland agriculture. TA€ ■S-h-etjt^ /^n,r/, /~('^i^ru<Jir'^fi Tc 
, r-,- ^^. ^ , , . , „ / . , J J. / J -i.1 ' L.J.-/ ^ / ' / "- 



500 9 Archer 



35. N 53. E 10 NW4NE4 



40.00 



This tract has upland bird and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native rangeland. 



5010 Archer 

Plentywood SW 



35. N 



53. E 11 NW4NW4 



40.00 



>>^ This tract has teepee ring sites located on the silty range site. The teepee ring sites would need 
to be avoided by seismic operations and other associated oil Eind gas activities. Tract has upland 
bird and wildlife hsiiitat resources. Tract is native rangeland. > , , ■ / J I _^ .^> V 



5011 Archer 36. N 53. E 16 ALL 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE ON THE E2 . 



640.00 



This tract is all dryland agriculture and has no wildli/e ha±iitat resources. 

^ 5012 Plentywood SW 36. N 53. E 36 ALL 

Kisler Butte STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE ON THE NE4 . 



640.00 



This tract has an ephemeral stream identified as Plentywood Creek. The Plentywood Creek smd 

associated areas would need to be avoided by seismic operations and other associated oil and gas 

activities. This tract has upland bird amd wildlife habitat resources. This tract is native 

raingeleind, conservation reserve program acreage and dryland agriculture. Thfi T^'f'rr'nfn f fc ^^/y^^ "> T.^i. A T, g 

TETON (CLO-C, FWP-4) 



+5100 Castle Reef 
Ear Mountain 



23. N 



.W 16 ALL 



640.00 



^5101 Castle Reef 
Ear Mountain 



23. N 8.W 17 N2NE4, SE4NE4 



120.00 



TOOLE (CLO-C, FWP-4) 
5034 Grassy Butte 



35. N 



3.E 16 ALL 



640.00 



5054 Shelby 

Antelope Coulee SW 



33. N l.W 16 ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 
RIERDON FORMATION 



640.00 



5055 Shelby 
Virden 



33. N 



2.W 16 ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 
SWIFT FORMATION 



640.00 



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RGE SEC 



APPtt 



TOPO 



TWP 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



5057 Antelope Coulee NW 



34. N l.W 16 E2, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 
MADISON FORMATION 
STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 



320.00 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 

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 



December 27, 2001 



MFMORANDUM 



TO: 



Patrick Rennie, Archaeologist, Ag. & Grazing Management Bureau 



FROM: Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau J />._^ 

RE; March 5, 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 
.lan'uary 23, 2002. 



Thank you for your help. 



Attachment 









Kinley, Teresa 

From: Gary Olson [grolson@mcn.net] 

Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 5:29 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Cc: Graham Taylor 

Subject: Re: MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale, March 5, 2002 

Teresa: I have reviewed the tracts in Glacier County (5001, 5002, 5003) and 
have no specific wildlife comments. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. 

Gary Olson C'o^^^^-^ >7c/^J. 

Original Message 

From: "Kinley, Teresa" <tkinley®state . mt . us> 
To: "Olson, Gary" <grolson®mcn. net> 
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 3:55 PM 
Subject: MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale, March 5, 2002 

> I am sending the tract list and my request for comments letter as attached 

> files in Word 2000 format. Tract list is a Word file, FIELD302.doc and it" 

> is in plain text. Courier New font, 8 or 10 point size. I have also 

> attached an additional Word 2000 file which includes a general location 
map 

> for informational purposes . 
> 

> As noted in the attached letter, the deadline for comments is January 23, 

> 2002. 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 questions. Thank you for your assistance. 
> 

> 

> <<FIELD302 .doc>> <<MARMAP02 . doc>> <<FW40LSN . doc>> 
> 




MONTANA 



Natural Heritage 
Program 



P.O. Box 201800* 1515 East Sixth Avenue • Helena, MT 59620-1800 • fax 406.444.0581 • tel 406.444.3009 • http://nris.state.mt.us 
January 2, 2002 

Teresa Kinley 

MT DNRC, Tru.st 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 where these species were found. The results 
are summarized as follows: 



COUNTY 


APP# 


Carbon 


5054 


Carbon 


5055 


Daniels 


5011-5013 


Dawson 


5007-5008 


Fergus 


5018 


Glacier 


5001-5003 


Hill 


5005 


Lewis & Clark 


5056 


Lewis & Clark 


5057-5075 


McCone 


5006 


Petroleum 


5014-5017 


Richland 


5009 


Richland 


5010 


Sheridan 


5004 


Valley 


5019-5053 



LOCATION 



T04S,R21E, Section 36 

T05S, R22E, Section 16 

T34N, R45E, Section 1 ; and, 
T34N, R46E, Sections 6 & 7 

T14N, R55E, Sections5&8 

T13N,R20E, Section 16 

T36N, R05W, Sections 20, 27 & 29 

T36N,R13E, Section 36 

T15N,R04W, Section 32 

T19N, R07-08W 

T22N, R47E, Section 20 

T15N, R25E 

T24N, R55E, Section 16 

T25N, R56E, Section 36 

T36N, R53E, Section 36 

T32-33N, R38-39E ; and, T31N. R40E 



NUMBER OF 
OCCURRENCES FOUND 

1 

2 



6 



1 
8 

1 






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



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 and communities that comprise high- 
quality wetlands, 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. 

I hope the enclosed information is helpful to you. Please feel free to contact me at (406)-444-2817 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) 




Electronic access to the Montana Natural Heritage Program is available at URL 
http;//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 



Explanatibii^of ^^^efit Occurrence Reports 






Since 1985, the Montana Natural 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 
specimen 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 defined 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 Distribution, and search capabihties 
by county, management unit, or USGS 7.5' 
quadrangle. Also available is the Montana Rare 
Plant Field Guide, which contains photos, high- 
quality diagnostic illustrations, and supporting 
information for over 300 rare plant species in 
Montana. 



Cprtain 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 

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 -slipper 
{Cypripedium/asciculatum} 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 extirpation. 

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 qmte 
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 e.xtinct; historical records 
only. 



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. 

? 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: 
SlB, 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 Wildlife 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 Wildlife 
Service (61 FR 7596, Feb. 28, 1996). 

Current categories are: 

LE listed endangered 
listed threatened 
proposed endangered 
proposed threatened 



LT 
PE 

PT 
C 



candidate: Substantial information exists 
in U.S. Fish and Wildlife files on 
biological vulnerability to support 



proposals to list as chreatened or 

endangered. 

NX 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 Usted first. Example: LELT - 
species is hsted 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 are 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 L5 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 C^iv^er/manage^ - 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 IIS. 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- 



28-Dec-Ol 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 



Species of Special Concern: T04S, R21K, Section 36, Carbon County 

APP#5054 



Scientific Name: LAMPROPELTIS TRIANGULUM 
ommon Name: MILK SNAKE 

lobal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: 52 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
species occurrence data: 



Last observation: 1951-08-11 
reneral site description: 



Size (acres): 



^and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED NEAR JOLIET; HEAD MISSING. POD POINT: 71 .27.6. 

Information source: 

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

»urvev site name: JOLIET 



County: CARBON 




uses quadrangle: FROMBERG 




Precision: G 




Elevation (ft): 




Location: 




JOLIET. 




Township\Range: Section: 


TRS comments 


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Species of Special Concern: TOSS, R22E. Section 16, Carbon County 

APP# 5055 



Scientific Name: LAMPROPELTIS TRIANGULUM 
]!ommon Name: MILK SNAKE 

Jlobal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

jtate Rank: S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
pccurrence Type: 
»pecies occurrence data: 



.ast observation: 1951-08-11 
leneral site description: 



Size (acres): 



;>and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED NEAR JOLIET; HEAD MISSING. POD POINT: 7 1 .27.6. 

Ilnformation source: 

ZOOLOGIST, MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 210800, 
HELENA, MT 59620- 1 800. 406/444-3009. 

Survey site name: JOLIET 

County: CARBON 

uses quadrangle: FROMBERG 

Precision: G 



Elevation (ft): 

Location: 
JOLIET. 

TownshipVRange: 

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jSpecius of Special Concern: TOSS, R22E, Section 16, Carbon County 

APP# 5055 



kientific Name: HEMICARPHA DRUMMONDII 
Common Name: DRUMMOND-S HEMICARPHA 



plobal Rank: 
State Rank: 



G4G5 
SH 



Forest Service status: 

USFVVS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 



Size (acres): 



bccurrence Type: 
^pecies occurrence data: 

NOT ABUNDANT; 3-6 INCHES TALL. 

.ast observation: 1 94 1 -08-03 

leneral site description: 

MOIST, SANDY SOIL. 

^and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 
NONE. 

Ilnformation source: 

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



1800. 




Survey site name: FROMBERG 




County: CARBON 




USGS quadrangle: FROMBERG 




Precision: G 




Elevation (ft): 3600 




Location: 




FROMBERG. 




TownshipVRange: Section: 


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28-Dec-Ol Montana Natural Heritage Program 

[Species of Special Concern: TI4N, R55E, Sections 5 & 8, Dawson County 

APP# 5007-5008 



IScientiHc Name: TRIONYX SPINIFERUS 
Common Name: SPINY SOFTSHELL 

ilobal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S3 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

|Occurrence Type: 

>pecies occurrence data: 

SINCE 1970: 4 REPORTS ON THE YELLOWSTONE, 5 REPORTS ON THE TONGUE AND ONE ON THE POWDER. 
THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL REPORTED OBSERVATIONS IN THE 
YELLOWSTONE RIVER DRAINAGE. SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM MTNHP. 

Last observation: 1997 Size (acres): 

ll General site description: 

LARGE RIVERS AND THEIR SANDY BANKS (UP TO 50 METERS FROM WATER - USED FOR NESTING). 

j Land owner/manager: 

BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFHCE; BLM: BILLINGS HELD OFHCE; BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFHCE; 
PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

I Comments: 

NOTE 3 HISTORIC REPORTS FROM THE BIG HORN RIVER DRAINAGE, AROUND CROW AGENCY. 

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: YELLOWSTONE RIVER DRAINAGE 

County: ROSEBUD; DAWSON; PRAIRIE; CUSTER; BIG HORN; TREASURE; YELLOWSTONE 

uses quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1980 

Location: 

THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER BETWEEN BILLINGS AND INTAKE, PLUS THE TONGUE RIVER AND THE HRST 
FEW MILES OF THE POWDER RIVER. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

006N039E 17 CENTRUM - MANY ADDITIONAL TOWNSHIPS 

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jSpecies of Special Concern: T14N, R55E, Sections 5 & 8, Dawson County 

APP# 5007-5008 



scientific Name: STERNA ANTILLARUM ATHALASSOS 
ommon Name: INTERIOR LEAST TERN 

lobal Rank: G4T2Q Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S1B,SZN USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LE 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

ccurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

pecies occurrence data: 

BREEDING AREA WITH CA. 10-40 ADULTS, UP TO 18 NESTS AND UP TO 45 HATCHLINGS REPORTED EACH 
YEAR. NEST INITIATION OCCURS MID-jtjNE TO EARLY JULY, THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE 
ENCOMPASS ALL REPORTED TERN SIGHTINGS ON THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER. SPECIHC OBSERVATION 
DATA AVAILABLE FROM MTNHP. 

Last observation: 1995-07 Size (acres): 

jeneral site description: 

LARGE RIVER WITH CHANNEL BARS AND ISLANDS USED FOR NESTING. 

l,and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFHCE 

IComments: 

MOST BREEDING ACTIVITY LOCATED BETWEEN FALLON AND GLENDIVE. BIRDS ALSO NEST ON THE 
NORTH DAKOTA PORTION OF THE RIVER. NEST INITIATION DATES MAY VARY WITH RUN-OFF PATTERNS. 

nformation source: 

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

[Survey site name: LOWER YELLOWSTONE RIVER 

County: PRAIRIE; RICHLAND; DAWSON; WIBAUX; CUSTER 

|USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

recision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1970 

Location: 

YELLOWSTONE RIVER BETWEEN MILES CITY AND SAVAGE. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

013.\052E 26 CENTROID -OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 



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18-Dec-Ol Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: TI4N, R55E, Sections 5 & 8, Dawson County 

APP# 5()()7-50(t8 



cientific Name: SCAPHIRHYNCHUS ALBUS 
bmmon Name: PALLID STURGEON 

lobal Rank: G1G2 Forest Service status: 

tateRank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LE 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

ccurrence Type: 

pedes occurrence data: 

THIS OCCURRENCE IS BASED ON RECORDS OF HSH TAGGED AT FORT PECK BEING FOUND UP THE 
YELLOWSTONE. AND COLLECTIONS OF INDIVIDUALS AT NUMEROUS POINTS ALONG BOTH RIVERS. 
HIGHEST USE AREA APPEARS TO BE IN THE YELLOWSTONE RT/ER BELOW THE INTAKE DIVERSION DAM 
AND, IN NORTH DAKOTA, THE MISSOURI RIVER FROM THE CONFLUENCE WITH THE YELLOWSTONE 
DOWNSTREAM TO THE HEADWATERS OF LAKE SACACAWEA. THE MONTANA PORTION OF THE 
YELLOWSTONE RIVER IS USED PRIMARILY IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER. POPULATION ESTIMATES ARE 
NOT AVAILABLE; BUT CATCH DATA OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES SUGGEST SIGNIHCANT 
DECLINES. 

.ast observation: 1994 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

BROAD RIVERS WITH MODERATE CURRENT AND MANY STRETCHES WITH SANDY BOTTOM. 

^and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION; PIROGUE 
ISLAND STATE NATURAL PARK; BLM: MILES CITY HELD OFHCE; STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

romments: 

BOUNDARIES OF OCCUPIED HABITAT NOT WELL DEFINED. 

nformation source: 

U.S. nSH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. 1993. PALLID STURGEON RECOVERY PLAN. U.S. HSH AND WILDLIFE 
SERV., BISMARCH, N.D. 55 PP. 

survey site name: LOWER MISSOURI & YELLOWSTONE RIVERS 

ounty: DAWSON; CUSTER; MCCONE; PRAIRIE; RICHLAND; ROOSEVELT; VALLEY; WIBAUX 

uses quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MANY QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1860 

Location: 

THE MISSOURI RIVER BELOW FORT PECK DAM AND THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER BELOW MILES CITY. 

TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: 

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>pecic.s of Special Concern: T14N, R55E, Sections 5 & 8, Dawson Countv 

A PP# 5007-5008 



cientific Name: HYBOPSIS GELIDA 
:ommon Name: STURGEON CHUB 

Jlobal Rank: G2 Forest Service status: 

tateRank: 52 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: C 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
>ccurrence Type: 
pecies occurrence data: 

A WIDESPREAD POPULATION, FAIRLY ABUNDANT. 

-ast observation: 1996 Size (acres): 

reneral site description: 

TURBID WATERS WITH MODERATE CURRENTS & DEPTHS. 

..and owner/manager: 

FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION; BLM: MILES CITY HELD OFRCE; PRTVATELY OWNED LAND 
(INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

Comments: 

BOUNDARIES OF OCCUPIED HABITAT NOT WELL DEFINED. HISTORICALLY REPORTED FROM LOWER 
MILK, TETON & TONGUE RIVERS. 

nformation source: 

TEWS, A., B. GARDNER AND B. GARDNER. 1999. STATUS OF NATIVE HSHES OF -SPECIAL CONCERN' IN 
MONTANA. UNPUBLISHED REPORT OF REPORTS ON 16 SPECIES. INCOMPLETE - IN PROGRESS. 

urvey site name: LOWER MISSOURI & YELLOWSTONE RIVER DRAINAGES. 

Zounty: DAWSON; CUSTER; VALLEY; ROOSEVELT; RICHLAND; MCCONE; WIBAUX; PRAIRIE; POWDER 

RIVER 

JSGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 
recision: G 

Jlevation (ft): 1860 

Location: 

MISSOURI RIVER BELOW FORT PECK DREDGE CUTS; YELLOWSTONE RIVER BELOW MILES CITY; POWDER 
RIVER TO WYOMING BORDER. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

018N056E 36 CENTR01D--0CCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 



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28-Dec-Ol Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: T14N. R55K. Sections 5 & 8, Dawson County 

A FP# 5007-5008 



Scientific Name: CYCLEPTUS ELONGATUS 
Common Name: BLUE SUCKER 

Global Rank: G3 Forest Service status: 

jStateRank: S3? USFVVS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

lOccurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

POPULATION APPEARS TO BE HEALTHY AND STABLE. 

Last observation: 1995 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

PREFER SWIFT CURRENT HABITATS; SPAWN IN TRIBUTARIES & MAINSTEMS. 

Land owner/manager: 

FORT PECK RESERVOIR; FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION; BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFHCE; PRIVATELY 
OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

Comments: 

BOUNDARIES OF OCCUPIED HABITAT NOT WELL KNOWN. 

Information source: 

TEWS, A., B. GARDNER AND B. GARDNER. 1999. STATUS OF NATIVE HSHES OF "SPECIAL CONCERN' IN 
MONTANA. UNPUBLISHED REPORT OF REPORTS ON 16 SPECIES. INCOMPLETE - IN PROGRESS. 

Survey site name: LOWER MISSOURI & YELLOWSTONE RIVER DRAINAGES. 

County: VALLEY; CUSTER; ROOSEVELT; RICHLAND; MCCONE; DAWSON; WIBAUX; PRAIRIE; ROSEBUD 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE QUADS) 
|i Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1900 

Location: 

MISSOURI RIVER BELOW FORT PECK; MILK RIVER BELOW HINSDALE; LOWER MOST REACH OF BIG 
MUDDY CREEK; YELLOWSTONE RIVER BELOW CARTERSVILLE; TONGUE RIVER BELOW GARLAND. 

TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: 

026N041E 5 EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS 



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Page 5 of 6 



28-Dec-Ol Montana Natural Heritage Program 

jSpccies of Special Concern: T14N. R55E, Sections 5 & 8, Dawson County 

APP# 5007-5008 

iScientific Name: POLYODON SPATHULA 
ommon Name: PADDLEFISH 

iGlobal Rank: G4 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S 1 S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

ccurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

FISH RESIDE IN GARRISON RESERVOIR IN NORTH DAKOTA, THE FORT PECK DREDGE CUTS AND 
POSSIBLY SOME RIVER REACHES. THEY MIGRATE INTO THE RIVER REACHES, ON HIGH FLOWS IN THE 
SPRING, TO SPAWN. 

Last observation: 1996 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

OCCASIONAL nSH REPORTED IN THE YELLOWSTONE ABOVE CARTERSVILLE DAM, IN THE BIGHORN 
AND IN THE TONGUE. 

Land owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM; MILES CITY FIELD OFFICE; FORT PECK 
INDIAN RESERVATION; STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

Comments: 

THOUGH REPORTED AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, P.ADDLEHSH APPARENTLY DISAPPEARED FROM 
THESE WATERS UNTIL THE EARLY 1960s, WHEN THE MATURING POPULATION RESIDENT IN GARRISON 
RESERVOIR BEGAN ASCENDING THE MISSOURI AND YELLOWSTONE RIVERS TO SPAWN. 

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: YELLOWSTONE & LOWER MISSOURI RIVERS 

County: RICHLAND; PRAIRIE; CUSTER; DAWSON; MCCONE; ROOSEVELT; ROSEBUD; VALLEY; WIBAUX 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MANY QUADS) 

jPrecision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1900 

Location: 

MISSOURI RIVER BELOW FORT PECK DAM, MILK RIVER BELOW VANDALIA DAM AND YELLOWSTONE 
RIVER BELOW FORSYTH. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

028N055E 34 EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS 



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T15N, 
APP# 


R04U 
5056 


Montana Natural Herita>;e 
. Section 32, Lewis & Clark 


Program 
County 



Scientific Name: FELIS LYNX 
Common Name: LYNX 

Global Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

POTENTIAL HABITAT. THIS OCCURRENCE RECORD CONSISTS OF LARGE CONTIGUOUS AREAS THAT 
WERE GENERALIZED FROM SPECIRC HABITATS IDENTIHED 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-HR, ENGELMANN SPRUCE AND 
SUBALPINE HR 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-HR 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 
VERTEBRATES. UNPUBLISHED REPORT. MONTANA COOPERATIVE WILDLIFE RESEARCH UNIT, THE 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. VII + 1302 PP. 

Survey site name: STATEWIDE 

I County: 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 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

INCLUDES MUCH OF WESTERN & SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

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nhp6666g.cor ^^1 MTNHPref. AMAJH03010*001*MT 

Qut-ih'i'y. Page 1 of 1 



l-Dec-01 
)ecies of Special 


Concern: 


T19N, 
APP# 


Montana Natural Heritage Program 

R()7-08^^ . Lewis & Clark County 

5057-5075 



ientific Name: ONCORHYNCHUS CLARKJ LEWISI 
immonName: WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT 

)bal Rank: G4T3 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

ite Rank: S3 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

fcurrence Type: AGGREGATED OCCURRENCE - OCCUPIED HABITAT 

ecies occurrence data: 

APPROXIMATE NUMBERS OF STREAMS: - WITH PURE POPULATIONS = I ; - WITH POTENTIALLY PURE 
POPULATIONS = 0; - WITH 90-99% PURE POPULATIONS = 5. IDENTIHED POPULATION AGGREGATES': NONE. 

St observation: Size (acres): 

ineral site description: 

POPLTLATIONS TESTED PURE IN: LIME GUCH. 

ind owner/manager: 



mments: 

FOR INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC POPULATIONS, CONTACT MONTANA HSH, WILDLIFE & PARKS OR 
QUERY THE MONTANA RIVERS INFORMATION SYSTEM @ http://nris.slate.mt.us/wis/mrisl.html. 

brmation source: 

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF HSH, WILDLIFE & PARKS. 1999. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND 
CONSERVATION AGREEMENT FOR WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT (ONCORHYNCHUS CLARKI LEWISI) 
IN MONTANA. 28PP. 

rvey site name: TETON RIVER BASIN 

)unty: LEWIS AND CLARK; TETON 

f>GS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE QUADS) 
[ecision: G 

[evation (ft): 

•cation: 

THIS OCCURRENCE INCLUDES ALL STREAM SEGMENTS WITHIN THE SUN RIVER WATERSHED THAT 
SUPPORT POPULATIONS THAT ARE 90% OR MORE PURE. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

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MTNHP ref. AFCHA02088*013*MT 

Page 1 of 9 



-Dec-01 
)ecies of Spet 


•iai Concern: 


T19N, 
AFI'# 


Mont 

R()7-08\V. L 

5057-5075 


una 

CM i; 


Natural Heritage Program 
i & Clark County 



Sentific Name: FELIS LYNX 
Immon Name: LYNX 

bal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

ite Rank: S2 USFVVS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

BLM Status: 

currence Type: 

ecies occurrence data: 

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

5t observation: 1999 Size (acres): 

;neral site description: 

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

ind owner/manager: 



)mments: 

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. 

formation 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 
VERTEBRATES. UNPUBLISHED REPORT. MONTANA COOPERATIVE WILDLIFE RESEARCH UNIT, THE 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTAI'>IA. MISSOULA. VII + 1302 PP. 

irvey site name: STATEWIDE 

junty: 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 

SGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER MULTIPLE QUADS) 

recision: G 

(evation (ft): 

ication: 

INCLUDES MUCH OF WESTERN & SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA 



TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 



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Page 2 of 9 



l-Dec-01 Montana Natural Heritage Program 

[ecies of Special Concern: T19N. R()7-{)8\V. Linus & Clark County 

AFP# 5057-5075 



lentific Name: ACCIPITER GENTILIS 
Immon Name: NORTHERN GOSHAWK 

jbal Rank: G5 

kte Rank: S3S4 

|currence Type: 

ecies occurrence data: 

NEST SITE AND TERRITORY. 19 SEPTEMBER 1991: ADULTS PRESENT IN STAND AREA. 10 JULY 1990: 
ADULT CALLS HEARD. 



Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 
USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 
BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



st observation: 1991-09-19 Size (acres): 

^neral site description: 

COULD NOT LOCATE NEST. 

Ind owner/manager: 

LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGER DISTRICT 

jmments: 

UTM: 379800 (N) 5240400 (W). CENTRUM=APPROXIMATE NEST SITE. 

■formation source: 

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST, LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST. [NO DATE], [PRINTOUT FROM ORACLE 
DATABASE ON GOSHAWK NEST SITES LOCATED ON THE LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST.] 1 IPP. 

rvey site name: BAILEY CREEK 

unty: LEWIS AND CLARK 

5GS quadrangle: STEAMBOAT MOUNTAIN 

reclsion: M 

evation (ft): 5600 

)cation: 

CA. 12.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF AUGUSTA BETWEEN BAILEY CREEK AND CYANIDE CREEK, ACCESSIBLE 
VIA COUNTY RTE 434 AND FS ROAD UP ELK CREEK. 



Township\Range: Section: 

018N008W 14 



TRS comments: 



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Page 3 of 9 



l-Dec-01 


Concern: 


Montana Natural Heritage 

T19N, R07-()8n. Lewis & Clark County 
APP# 5057-5075 


Program 



entific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 
Immon Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Fobal Rank: G4 Forest Service status: 

ite Rank: S3B,SZN USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

currence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

ccies occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF CA. 5 PAIRS. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL 
REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIHC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 

MTNHP.) 

tst observation: 1997-05 Size (acres): 



ineral site description: 



ind owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 



mments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 



Iformation source: 

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

irvey site name: CROWN BUTTE AREA 

)unty: CASCADE; LEWIS AND CLARK 

?GS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

•ecision: G 

evation (ft): 

ication: 

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



r 



Township\Range: 

0I9N002W 



Section: TRS comments: 

7 CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 



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Page 4 of 9 



-I)ec-01 

ecies of Special 


Concern: 


T19N, 
APP# 


Montana Natural Heritage 

R07-08\\ . Lewis & Clark County 

5057-5075 


Program 



entific Name: ACCIPITER GENTILIS 
inimon Name: NORTHERN GOSHAWK 

bal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

tc Rank: S3S4 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

urrence Type: 
cies occurrence data: 
NEST SITE AND TERRITORY. VERY AGGRESSIVE FEMALE, NEST OBSERVED. 

St observation: 1994-06-15 Size (acres): 

neral site description: 

MATURE/OLD GROWTH DOUGLAS HR. 

nd owner/manager: 

LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGER DISTRICT 

mments: 

UTM: 372.1 (E) 5253.8 (N). CENTRUM=APPROXIMATE NEST SITE. 

'ormation source: 

PILLIOD, D. 1994. NORTHERN GOSHAWK INVENTORY ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAJ>JGER DISTRICT, 
LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST. UNPUBLISHED REPORT. CHOTEAU, MT. 4 PP. 

rvey site name: FORD CREEK 

^unty: LEWIS AND CLARK 

fGS quadrangle: DOUBLE FALLS 

;cision: M 



evation (ft): 



5700 



(cation: 

TAKE FS RD 235 CA. 14 MILES WEST FROM AUGUSTA TO FORD- WILLOW CREEK TRAIL, THEN CA. 1 MILE 
NORTH ON TRAIL. 



TownshipVRange: Section: 

019N009W 1 



TRS comments: 

NW4 



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Page 5 of 9 



S-I)ct-()1 

pecies of Special Concern: 


Montana Natural Heritage Program 

T19N, R()7-()8\V, Lewis & Clark County 
APP# 5057-5075 



ientiHc Name: DOWNINGIA LAETA 
.mmon Name: GREAT BASIN DOWNINGIA 



obal Rank: 
ate Rank: 



G5 

SI 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 



;currence Type: 

ecies occurrence data: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 

ist observation: 1 887 



Size (acres): 



eneral site description: 

UNKNOWN. 

ind owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Dmments: 



[formation source: 

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

|irvey site name: AUGUSTA 

Ipunty: LEWIS AND CLARK 

IGS quadrangle: AUGUSTA 

•ecision: G 

levation (ft): 4000 

acation: 

AUGUSTA 



Township\Range: Section: 

020N006W 17 



TRS comments: 



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MTNHP ref. PDCAM06080*006*MT 

Page 6 of 9 



!-Dec-01 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 



3tcies of Special Concern: T19N. R()7-08\V, Lewis & Clark County 

A PP# 5057-5075 



ientific Name: CYGNUS BUCCINATOR 
)mmon Name: TRUMPETER SWAN 

obal Rank: G4 

ite Rank: S2B,S2N 



Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 
USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 
ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



bcurrence Type: 
ecies 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, 
ist observation: 1994 Size (acres): 

!neral site description: 

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

md owner/manager: 

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

imments: 

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

formation source: 

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

^rvey site name: SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT 

aunty: LEWIS AND CLARK 

5GS quadrangle: NILAN RESERVOIR; BEAN LAKE; DOUBLE FALLS; BARR CREEK 

decision: G 

llevation (ft): 4500 

3cation: 

VARIOUS POTHOLE LAKES GENERALLY WEST TO SOUTHWEST OF AUGUSTA. 



Township\Range: 


Section: 


TRS comments 


O20NOO8W 






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19 




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02 




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03 





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l-Dec-01 Montana Natural Heritage Program 

lecies of Special Concern: T19N, R(t7-()S\\', Lewis & Clark County 

APP#5(>57-5(»75 

lentific Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 
[ion Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 

)bal Rank: G4T3 Forest Service status: THREATENED 

fteRank: S1S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

urrence Type: OCCUPIED HABITAT 

cies 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 549-813 BEARS WITH A MINIMUM OF 306 BEARS (INCLUDING THE 
MISSION MOUNTAINS PORTION), ACCORDING TO THE U.S. RSH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987-1992, 
THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1.3 BEARS/YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. 
nSH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIHED 
FROM THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY 
OBSERVED. 

St observation: ^'^^ (acres): 

neral site description: 

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

nd 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; CORPORATE TIMBERLANDS; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND 
(INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; THE NATURE CONSERVANCY EASEMENT 
34; THE NATURE CONSERVANCY EASEMENT 38; MONTANA LAND RELIANCE EASEMENT 4; UNIVERSITY 
OF MONTANA LAND - BANDY RANCH; THE NATURE CONSERVANCY EASEMENT 1 8; SWAN RIVER OXBOW 
PRESERVE 

)mments: 

"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.) 

formation source: 

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

irvey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

Dunty: FLATHEAD; GLACIER; PONDERA; TETON; LEWIS AND CLARK; POWELL; MISSOULA; LAKE; 

LINCOLN 

SGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

levation (ft): 3200 ^ 

ocation: 

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: 

ip6666heor MTNHP ref. AMAJB01021*008*MT 

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|28-Dec-01 



Montana Natural Heritage Program 



|Species of Special Concern: T15N, R25E, Petroleum County 

APP# 5014-5017 



Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 
:ommon Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Jlobal Rank: G4 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S3B,SZN USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

ccurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

pecies occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF AT LEAST 10 PAIRS. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS 
ALL REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIRC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 

MTNHP.) 

.ast observation: 1996-06 Size (acres): 

ieneral site description: 



^and owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; BLM: 
LEWISTOWN HELD OFHCE; WAR HORSE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Ijlnformation source: 

ROGERS, R. AND A. ROGERS. 1995. PROJECT REPORT: A SURVEY OF NESTING FERRUGINOUS HAWKS 
(BUTEO REGALIS) ON PUBLIC LANDS IN PETROLEUM AND FERGUS COUNTIES, MONTANA. 

[Survey site name: VALENTINE AREA 

tOunty: PETROLEUM; FERGUS 

JuSGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

LARGE AREA GENERALLY SOUTH OF THE MISSOURI RIVER AND NORTH OF WINNETT. 



TownshipVRange: Section: 

017N025E 20 



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Montana Natural Hcritanc Program 

T32-33N. R38-3'>t:, and, T31N. K4(li:. \ alley ((umty 
A PP# 5019-5053 



entific Name: POPULUS DELTOIDES / SYMPHORICARPOS OCCIDENTALIS WOODLAND 
mmon Name: 

)bal Rank: G2G3 Forest Service status: 

tc Rank: S ? USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

currence Type: Sample point, representative ripanan community 
cies occurrence data: 

This woodland is a linear (80 to 150 feet wide) patch of less than 5 acres on the first terrace up from Buggy Creek. This size 
and orientation is typical for Populus dcltoides stands along this and similar drainages in this vicinity. The creek is 
sufficiently downcut at this point, about 6 to 7 feet below terrace, that the capillary fringe cannot supply moisture even at 
high water. The upper canopy, composed primarily of Populus dcltoides, but including Fraxinus pensylvanica, has a total 
cover of about 30 to 409'c and height varies between 25 and 35; tree diameters are in the 9 to 16 inch range and overall give 
the impression of a relatively two-aged stand with the more numerous, smaller diameter F. pensylvanica headed for eventual 
dominance. Populus dcltoides establishment is correlated with flood episodes sufficient to leave a fresh deposit of alluvium 
coupled with an abundant seed crop. The shrub layer is dominated by Symphoricarpos occidentalis that is highly variable in 
its cover across the stand (10 to 80% canopy cover). Shepherdia argenlea is a minor component and Amelanchier alnifolia is 
headed that way due to extremely heavy hedging; both were probably established when the stream was not so downcut. The 
undergrowth is actually dominated by Pascopyrum smithii and Poa pratensis. which together approach 80% canopy. More 
than trace amounts of Elymus glaucus and Nassella viridula testify to the relatively mesic nature of this site. Only two forbs, 
Galium boreale and Aster falcatus, occur in greater than trace amounts, though other mesic site indicators are present 
including Aster laevis and Galium trifidum. Several forbs indicative of disturbance, including Hedeoma hispida. Glycyrrhiza 
lepidola, and Artemisia ludoviciana, are present in trace amounts. Iinmediately adjacent communities on the same terrace 
include Symphoricarpos occidentalis, Pascopyrum smithii, Pascopyrum smithii - Poa secunda, and Artemisia cana / 
Pascopyrum smithii. 
St observation: 1999-07-29 Size (acres): 

neral site description: 

This landscape has been minimally inventoried, especially the floodplains of Buggy Creek and to an even lesser degree its 
tributaries (principally Canyon, Crooked and Alkali Creeks), but all these systems appear to have Populus dcltoides (plains 
Cottonwood), Salix spp. (willow) and Artemisia cana (silver sagebrush) communities represented. On the fioodplains of the 
downstream portion of Buggy Creek (Landscape) P. dcltoides / Symphoricarpos occidentalis (- - / western snowberry), S. 
occidentalis, A. cana / Elymus lanceolatus - Nasella viridula (- - / thickspike wheatgrass - green needlegrass), Pacopyrum 
smithii (western wheatgrass) and Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) Herbaceous Vegetation were observed to occur in 
a complex mosaic of small to large patch communities. These representations are among the best developed of riparian 
communities within the greater study area. Upstream (on Buggy Creek) floodplains have appreciable coverages of a 
depauperate community occurring on heavy soils provisionally labeled P. smithii - Poa secunda (western wheatgrass - 
Sandberg's bluegrass) and lesser cover in small, swale-associated patches of the provisional P. smithii - [Carex stenophylla] 
(western wheatgrass - threadleaf sedge) and on salt-affected sites P. smithii - Distichlis spicata (western wheatgrass - inland 
saltgrass). Salix exigua (sandbar willow) is dominant in narrow streamside stringers. Common communities, usually 
comprising the grassland matrix of the rolling uplands, include those dominated by or where either P. smithii or Elymus 
lanceolatus (thickspike wheatgrass) have high coverage (exceeding 25%) with Stipa comata (needle-and-thread) and 
Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama) as accessory species. Where swales (and deeper soils?) are found or on gentle to steep 
protected or northerly-facing slopes the Stipa curtiseta - [Elymus lanceolatus] (porcupine grass - [thickspike wheatgrass]) 
association may occur, though not with the high predictability found in the Dry Fork Creek Landscape; more predictably 
sites of higher moisture status are E. lanceolatus - Nassella viridula (thickspike wheatgrass - green needlegrass). Where 
grazing has been intensive for extended periods or on turnback lands or simply on coarser-textured soils various 
permutations of the S. comata - B. gracilis association are found, often with Sclaginella densa (dense spikemoss) 
approaching sod-like coverage. This landscape differs somewhat from others within the study area in that even where 
steeper, somewhat eroding slopes were examined Juniperus horizontalis (creeping juniper)- dominated serai stands were not 
encountered. 

|ind owner/manager: 

BLM: MALTA HELD OFFICE 

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lecies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39I:, and, 131 N. R4()E, Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



imments: 



This site should be monitored for utilization hy cattle and wild ungulates; there is a question whether these sites have the 
capacity to support a shrub composition that retlects a more mesic nature, naincly the presence or even abundance of Cornus 
sericea. This species can be extirpated by ungulate browsing and judging by the severe hedging of Amclanchier ainifolia and 
yet healthy populations of desirable native graminoids the culprit, if there is one, would seem to be wild ungulates. 

brmation source: 

rvey site name: BUGGY CREEK LANDSCAPE 

Iunty: VALLEY 

GS quadrangle: CORNWELL RESERVOIR 
:ision: S 

jvation (ft): 2470 

cation: 

The southern end of the Buggy Creek Landscape is located about 12 air miles northwest of Glasgow, MT. It is most easily 
reached by lra\eling west from Glasgow on State Highway 2 approximately 10.5 miles. Take to the north a county road that 
leads directly to and through the Cornwell Property, this county road intersects Highway 2 between Sections 23 and 24 of 
Township 30 N and Range 38 E. Take the county road north about 1.7 miles to where it drops into the Alkali Creek drainage 
and cros.ses same (on Cornwell ranch among outbuildings) and then climbs out of the shallow coulee and heads up onto the 
benchlands. Drive approximately 7.4 miles north across benchlands: then park and walk due west to Buggy Creek on the east 
bank of which is developed a linear stand of Populus deltoides. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

03iN038E 2 

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Kcics of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E, and, T31N, R40E. Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



lentific Name: CENTUNCULUS MINIMUS 
mmonName: CHAFFWEED 

obal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

tc Rank: 52 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 



currence Type; 

ecies occurrence data: 

OVER 1 .000,000 INDIVIDUALS IN AT LEAST 3 SUBPOPULATIONS, WITH HIGHEST NUMBERS AND 

DENSITIES IN THE NE4 OF SECTION 6. IN FRUIT AND LATE FLOWERING. 
St observation: 1999-07-12 Size (acres): 3 

•neral site description: 

BROAD. GENTLE MARGINS OF SWALES IN THE MIDDLE OF UPLAND PLAINS; ON GLACIAL TILL WITH 
LOESS ON TOP. IN WELL-DEVELOPED COMMUNITY DOMINATED BY PASCOPYRUM SMITHII - 
ELEOCHARIS ACICULARIS; ASSOCIATED WITH GNAPHALIUM PALUSTRE AND ALOPECURUS 
CAROLINIANUS. 

ind owner/manager: 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

)mments: 

OBSERVED BY B. HEIDEL. 

formation source: 

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

rvey site name: WEST FORK PORCUPINE CREEK 

unty: VALLEY 

OS quadrangle: DRY FORK CREEK 

ecision: S 

evation (ft): 2830 

I )cation: 

APPROXIMATELY 28 MILES NORTH OF GLASGOW. 



TownshipXRange: 


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Montana Natural Heritage Program 



ecies of Special Concern: T32-33N. R38-3VI:, and, T31N. R4()i:. Valley County 

A FP# 5019-5053 



intific Name: STIPA CURTISETA HERBACEOUS VEGETATION 
nmon Name: 



bal Rank: 
te Rank: 



G? 

S? 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 



;urrence Type: SAMPLE POINT, REPRESENTATIVE UPLAND COMMUNITY 
cics occurrence data: 

This grassland type constitutes the matrix vegetation over much of the uplands within this State Lands block. It is associated 
with Silty Range Sites; this site specifically occurs on a gently rolling surface at 2.920 to 2,970 feet elevation. Soils are 
moderately well-drained with clay loam to silt loam textures predominating. Stipa curtisela, the dominant and diagnostic 
graminoid, averages about 40 to 50% canopy cover but exhibits distinguishably greater cover (to 70%) within the gentle, 
shallow swales where the cover of Nassella viridula is also higher. Because Pascopyrum smithii and Elymus lanceolatus are 
poorly represented and Carex inops (C. stenophylla too) and Calamagrostis inontanensis are well-represented the plot from 
which the element is described is slightly atypical for the type as it occurs within this landscape and perhaps for the type at 
large. The shrub component is represented by Artemisia frigida alone with barely greater than trace amounts. The forb layer 
is characteristically diverse with Anemone patens, Vicia americana, Sphaeralcea coccinea and Arnica sororia being 
consistently present. 
it observation: 1999-07-09 Size (acres): 

neral site description: 

This site is comprised of a primarily rolling upland landscape wherein are scattered a few shallow basins ringed with 

(emergent vegetation types and at least one spring that has a peatland developed about its source. Two intermittent streams, 
the West Fork of Porcupine Creek and Dry Fork Creek, drain most of the area and have very narrow, if any, associated 
riparian stringers. Only two of numerous basin wetlands were examined and found to be dominated by the Eleocharis 
acicularis (needle spike-rush) community type from the wettest portions (almost pure E. acicularis) to the drawdown zone 
where Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) and E. palustris (common spikesedge) are important members of the 
community. In the vicinity of the spring, perhaps where upwelling occurs and peat has accumulated, the wettest community is 
dominated by densely set tussocks of Carex aquatilis (water sedge) and C. praegracilis (clustered field sedge)and 

IDeschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) generally constitute not more than 10% canopy cover. Slightly drier spring- 
associated vegetation is dominated by the D. cespitosa plant association wherein Juncus balticus (Baltic rush) is an important 
to co-dominant species. The uplands, especially where silty soils predominate, are dominated by a relatively unbroken 
expanse of the Stipa curtiseta / [Elymus lanceolatus] (Northern porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass) plant association: 
sites with sandier soils tend to support Stipa comata (needle-and-thread)-dominated communities. This landscape harbors by 
I far the most extensive and highest quality example of the S. curtiseta - [E. lanceolatus] association in the U. S. Though 
traversed by a limited road system and grazed by domestic stock, the whole Dry Creek Landscape is sufficiently intact and 
extensive that it constitutes the single best example of what was, before for the adjacent terrain had been put under the plow, 
a prevailing and highly productive landscape mosaic. 

id owner/manager: 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

Imments: 

The fire regime for this landscape is largely unknown. Currently the weed threat is quite manageable but there are localized 
populations of Bromus japonicus that could expand into a burned range as has occurred on landscapes slightly to the south. 

rormation source: 



Irvey site name: DRY FORK CREEK LANDSCAPE 

lunty: VALLEY 

|GS quadrangle: DRY FORK CREEK 

lecision: S 

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ccies of Special Concern: T32-33N. R38-39E, and. T31N, R40E, Valley County 

A PP#5(tl 9-5053 



vation (ft): 2850 

ration: 

This community is within the Dry Fork Creek drainage about 26 air miles due north from Glasgow, Montana. From the 
junction of State Highways 24 and 2, take Route 24 approximately 24.3 mi. to the north to a dirt road that exits to the west. 
This dirt road, which lies at the intersection of sections 7,8, 17, and 18 in Township 32 N, then immediately be;irs due north. 
Follow this road about 4 miles north, then 3.5 miles westerly and then it swings southerly for about 1.5 miles placing one 
about an eighth miles east of the northeast corner of Section 30. Navigate to the southeastern corner of the southwestern 
quarter/quarter section of the northeastern section of Section 30 (part of a Stale Land block). 

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TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

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lecies of Special Concern: T32-33N\ R38-39E, and. T31N. R40i:, Valley County 

A FP# 5019-5053 

entific Name: ERIOGONUM PAUCIFLORUM - GUTIERREZIA SAROTHRAE BADLANDS SPARSE VEGET 
mmon Name: 

jbal Rank: G? Forest Service status: 

te Rank: S7 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

currence Type: Sample point, representative badland community 

ecies occurrence data: 

The Eriogonum piiucint)rum - Gutierre/.ia sarothrae Sparse Vegetation association occurs as separate small patches, from 
somewhat less than 0.1 acres to over 2acres, in close proximity one to another so that a matrix is created across the alluvial 
flats on which ihey are found. The intervening vegetation types are predominantly Pascopyrum smithii - Bouteloua gracilis 
on deeper, less erosive soils, P. smithii clay pan. and the Puccinellia nuttalliana association on lower areas with salt 
efflorescence. The substrate is primarily shale-derived alluvium with a veneer of glacial drift that either has been deposited in 
place from glacial steams or derived from adjacent uplands with subsequent erosion. The extremely erosive substrate shows 
the effects of both wind and water with much pedicelling of woody plants. Copious amounts (>60% in places) of surface 
gravels and exposed soil (10-20%) also testifies to the deflating effects of erosion; a seemingly contradictory observation is 
the high coverage of lichens, which can reach 30 to 40%. The vegetation is sparse with mostly less than 10% canopy cover 
but values range as high as 20%. Four dwarf-shrubs, Eriogonum pauciflorum, Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Atriplex gardneri, 
and Gutierrezia sarothrae. are regularly present, though only E. pauciflorum was observed to have more than 5% cover. Two 
grasses, Puccinellia nuttalliana and Distichlis spicata, are consistently present in low amounts, generally less than 10%. The 
forb component is depauperate in cover and species richness with only Hymenoxys richardsonii, Iva axillaris and 
Thermopsis rhombifolia being found in greater than trace amounts. 

St observation: 1999-07-09 Size (acres): 

meral site description: 

This site is characterized as a badlands environment wherein erosion, predominantly by water but also via wind, is the 
dominant landscape process. Intricate stream-dissection has resulted in topography distinguished by a fine drainage network, 

Bhigh drainage densities and short, steep slopes with narrow interfluves. At least on the eastern, southern and northern 
perimeter of the area there exists a relatively distinct "rim" or shallow escarpment. Looking westward from the eastern rim 
the badlands seem contained in a broad, shallow, gently tilted to the southwest bowl, from the floor of which project in 
intricate profusion, hillocks, narrow ridges and bentonitic ballons, all separated by narrow alluvial flats. At the badlands 
downstream end streams have coalesced and broader alluvial flats result. The prevailing aspect is one of an intricate 
patchwork of raw dull gray exposed substrate and patches of vegetation, with the denser and more extensive vegetation 
confined to north- and east-facing exposures. Due to extreme topographic dissection there are no matrix communities; most 
communities are small patch and even fragmentary. It is from this geologically unique area that a number of new 
communities have been provisionally described, including a number dominated by Juniperus horizontalis (creeping juniper) 
that appear to function as primary colonizers of eroding positions, mostly protected slopes; included here are J. horizontalis / 
Elymus lanceolatus - Nassella viridula [creeping juniper / thickspike wheatgrass - green needlegrass], J. horizontalis / Stipa 
curtiseta - E. lanceolatus [creeping juniper /porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass]; typically occupying colluvial and 
alluvial settings are J. horizontalis / Calamovilfa longifolia [creeping juniper / prairie sandreed], J. horizontalis / Juncus 
balticus [creeping juniper / Baltic rush], and J. horizontalis / Elymus trachycaulus [creeping juniper / bearded wheatgrass]); 
drier exposures with high erosion rates exhibit J. horizontalis / Schizachyrium scoparium [creeping juniper/ little bluestemj. 
Found tucked into protected positions, drainage heads, swales and toeslopes receiving subsurface moisture are small patch 
Shepherdia argentea (huffaloberry) communities; these communities are magnets for wildlife (and perhaps consequently also 
foci for Euphorbia esula [leafy spurge] populations). The riparian and floodplain environments support communities most 
resembling those of less extreme landscapes; here are found Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)- and Juncus balticus 
(Baltic rush)-dominated sites with Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) abundant on the first terrace above intermittent 
streams. On salt-affected sites the Pascopyrum smithii - Distichlis stricta (western wheatgrass - inland saltgrass] association 
is common. Other sites, often on or influenced by bentonite. support sparse vegetation (<10 % cover) dominated by 
Artemisia longifolia (longleaf sagewort) or Atriplex gardneri / Atriplex suckleyi [Gardner's saltsage / rillscalc] and acid 
shales also tend to support depauperate communities often characterized by the Eriogonum pauciflorum - Gutierrezia 
sarothrae [few flowered wild buckwheat - broom snakeweed] association. 

ind owner/manager: 

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: 



[)g(..01 Montana Natural Heritage Prosram 

cies of Special Concern: T32-33N. R38-39I:. and, T31N. R4(»E, Valley County 
A l'P# 5019-5053 



STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 



Timents: 

Though (his is a sparse vegetation site, it still could be adversely impacted by grazing and especially by off road vehicle 
traffic of any sort, which would accelerate the already high erosion rates following vegetatin destruction. 

irmation source: 

vey site name: BITTER CREEK BADLANDS LANDSCAPE 

nty: VALLEY 

S quadrangle: DRY FORK CREEK 
cision: S 

vation (ft): 2850 

ation: 

The Bitter Creek Badland is located in northwestern Valley County, north-northwest of Glasgow, MT. From Glasgow take 
State Highway 2 nineteen and one miles west to the intersection with Vandalia and Britsch Roads (Valley County Rds.). Take 
Britsch Rd. northward for approximately 12.5 miles to the intersection with county heading westerly toward Ada and Abey 
Reservoirs, placing one at th e southern extent of the Bitter Creek Badland. Continue north-northeast on Britsch Rd. to its 
intersection with Trail #7, taking the west branch and descend the escarpment and proceed 2.7 miles west. The eroded 
benchlands badland where this community is found lies south of the road and north of Eagle Creek . 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: \ 

032N040E 6 

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cies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39K, and, T31N. R4()E. Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



ntific Name: PASCOPYRUM SMITHII - ELEOCHARIS SPP. HERBACEOUS VEGETATION 
mon Name: 



3al Rank: 
c Rank: 



Gl 

S7 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 



urrence Type: SAMPLE POINT. REPRESENTATIVE WETLAND COMMUNITY 

cies occurrence data: 

This elemenl is comprised of one, the widest and most extensive, of several concentric vegetation zones about a sink or kcitle 
hole on a gently rolling glaciated prairie upland; total area is about 3 acres. The substrate is mineral soil prcdomiantly silt to 
clay loam in texture, which is seasonally saturated and in non-drought years has standing water for a limited period. This 
zone is defined by the joint dominance of Pascopyrum smithii and Eleocharis acicularis and, with the exception of 
Alopecurus carolinianus, only trace amounts of other graminoids. Shrubs are not represented anywhere in the immediate 
landscape and with the exception of several annuals, Veronica peregrina, Centunculus minimus, and Navarretia inlertexta, 
forbs are represented in only trace amounts. The zone defined by this community grades to a nearly pure sward of 
Pascopyrum smithii toward the upland and toward standing water to a nearly pure stand of Eleocharis palustris. Across much 
of this zone there are 8 to 1 2 deep "channels" of uncertain origin filled with E. palustris (because of their longer period of 
inundation). 

t observation: 1999-07-12 Size (acres): 

leral site description: 

This site is comprised of a primarily rolling upland landscape wherein are scattered a few shallow basins ringed with 
emergent vegetation types and at least one spring that has a peatland developed about its source. Two intermittent streams, 
the West Fork of Porcupine Creek and Dry Fork Creek, drain most of the area and have very narrow, if any, associated 
riparian stringers. Only two of numerous basin wetlands were examined and found to be dominated by the Eleocharis 
acicularis (needle spike-rush) community type from the wettest portions (almost pure E. acicularis) to the drawdown zone 
where Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) and E. palustris (common spikesedge) are important members of the 
community. In the vicinity of the spring, perhaps where upwelling occurs and peat has accumulated, the wettest community is 
dominated by densely set tussocks of Carex aquatilis (water sedge) and C. praegracilis (clustered field sedge) and 
Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) generally constitute not more than 10"^ canopy cover. Slightly drier spring- 
associated vegetation is dominated by the D. cespitosa plant association wherein Juncus balticus (Baltic rush) is an important 
to co-dominant species. The uplands, especially where silty soils predominate, are dominated by a relatively unbroken 
expanse of the Stipa curti.seta / [Elymus lanccolatus] (Northern porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass) plant association: 
sites with sandier soils tend to support Stipa comata (needle-and-thread)-dominated communities. This landscape harbors by 
far the most extensive and highest quality example of the S. curtiseia - [E. lanceolatus] association in the U. S. Though 
traversed by a limited road system and grazed by domestic stock, the whole Dry Creek Landscape is sufficiently intact and 
extensive that it constitutes the single best example of what was, before for the adjacent terrain had been put under the plow, 
a prevailing and highly productive landscape mosaic. 

id owner/manager: 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

nmients: 

Though there is a component of increaser species present (both graminoids and forbs); this element can be controlled to a 
limited extent by regulating grazing to particular periods, such as well after the summer draw-down when many of these 
species have already shed seed. Certainly permitting too early access will only encourage soil hummocking, whereas 
delaying access may favor the annual/biennial grasses Alopecurus caroliniensis and Hordeum jubatum. 

ormation source: 



rvey site name: DRY FORK CREEK LANDSCAPE 
unty: VALLEY 

GS quadrangle: PRY FORK CREEK 

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MTNHPref. CEGL001581*001*MT 

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lies of Special Concern: T32-33N. R38-39E, and, T31N, R40E. Valley County 

APP# 5019-5053 



ision: S 

ation (ft): 2850 

lation: 

This community is within the Dry Fork Creek drainage about 26 air miles due north from Glasgow, Montana. From the 
I junction of State Highways 24 and 2, take Route 24 approximately 24.3 mi. to the north to a dirt road that exits to the west. 
jThis dirt road, which lies at the intersection of sections 7,8, 17, and 18 in Township 32 N, then immediately bears due north. 

Follow this road about 0.7 miles north, then walk due west about 300 paces which should place one at the north end of a small 

natural pond that lies within a gently rolling grassland landscape. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

032N040E / n 

Lea^e ^.le. The sir^,,^ u).4UJ, frc^n'-e fcfk^ f/^r. /dcyfi: Ufrer s/^M^' 



0*1 



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•Dec-01 Montana Natural Heritage Program 

ecies of Special Concern: T32-33N. R38-39E, and. T31N, R40E. Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



entific Name: EWOGONUM PAUCIFLORUM - GUTIERREZIA SAROTHRAH BADLANDS SPARSE VEGET 
iimon Name: 

ibal Rank: G? Forest Service status: 

te Rank: S? USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

lurrence Type: Sample point, represeniailve badland community 

!cies occurrence data: 

The Eriogonum pauciflorum - Gulierrezia sarothrae Sparse Vegetation association occurs as separate small patches, from 
somewhat less than 0.1 acres to over 2acres, in close proximity one to another so that a matrix is created across the alluvial 
flats on which they are found. The intervening vegetation types are predominantly Pascopyrum smithii - Bouteloua gracilis 
on deeper, less erosive soils, P. smithii clay pan. and the Puccinellia nuttalliana association on lower areas with salt 
efflorescence. The substrate is primarily shale-derived alluvium with a veneer of glacial drift that either has been deposited in 
place from glacial steams or derived from adjacent uplands with subsequent erosion. The extremely erosive substrate shows 
the effects of both wind and water with much pedicelling of woody plants. Copious amounts (>60% in places) of surface 
gravels and exposed soil ( 10-20%) also testifies to the deflating effects of erosion; a seemingly contradictory observation is 
the high coverage of lichens, which can reach 30 to 40%. The vegetation is sparse with inostly less than 10% canopy cover 
but values range as high as 20%. Four dwarf-shrubs, Eriogonum pauciflorum, Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Atriplex gardneri, 
and Gutierrezia sarothrae, are regularly present, though only E. pauciflorum was observed to have more than 5% cover. Two 
grasses. Puccinellia nuttalliana and Distichlis spicata, are consistently present in low amounts, generally less than 10%. The 
forb component is depauperate in cover and species richness with only Hymenoxys richardsonii, Iva axillaris and 
Themiopsis rhombifolia being found in greater than trace amounts. 

St observation: 1999-07-25 Size (acres): 

neral site description: 

This site is characterized as a badlands environinent wherein erosion, predominantly by water but also via wind, is the 
dominant landscape process. Intricate stream-dissection has resulted in topography distinguished by a fine drainage network, 
high drainage densities and short, steep slopes with narrow interfluves. At least on the eastern, southern and northern 
perimeter of the area there exists a relatively distinct "rim" or shallow escarpment. Looking westward from the eastern rim 
the badlands seem contained in a broad, shallow, gently tilted to the southwest bowl, from the floor of which project in 
intricate profusion, hillocks, narrow ridges and bentonitic ballons, all separated by narrow alluvial Hats. At the badland's 
downstream end streams have coalesced and broader alluvial Hats result. The prevailing aspect is one of an intricate 
patchwork of raw dull gray exposed substrate and patches of vegetation, with the denser and more extensive vegetation 
confined to north- and east-facing exposures. Due to extreme topographic dissection there are no matrix communities; most 
communities are small patch and even fragmentary. It is from this geologically unique area that a number of new 
communities have been provisionally described, including a number dominated by Juniperus horizontalis (creeping juniper) 
that appear to function as primary colonizers of eroding positions, mostly protected slopes; included here are J. horizontalis / 
Elymus lanceolatus - Nassella viridula [creeping juniper / thickspike wheatgrass - green needlegrass], J. horizontalis / Stipa 
curtiseta - E. lanceolatus [creeping juniper / porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass]; typically occupying colluvial and 
alluvial settings are J. horizontalis /Calamovilfa longifolia [creeping juniper /prairie sandreed], J. horizontalis / Juncus 
balticus (creeping juniper/ Baltic rush], and J. horizontalis / Elymus trachycaulus [creeping juniper / bearded wheatgrass]); 
drier exposures with high erosion rates exhibit J. horizontalis / Schizachyrium scoparium [creeping juniper / little bluestem]. 
Found tucked into protected positions, drainage heads, swales and toeslopes receiving subsurface moisture arc small patch 
Shepherdia argentea (buffaloberry) communities; these communities are magnets for wildlife (and perhaps consequently also 
foci for Euphorbia esula [leafy spurge] populations). The riparian and fioodplain environments support communities most 
resembling those of less extreme landscapes; here are found Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)- and Juncus balticus 
(Baltic rush)-dominated sites with Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) abundant on the first terrace above intermittent 
streams. On salt-affected sites the Pascopyrum smithii - Distichlis stricta [western wheatgrass - inland saltgrass] association 
is common. Other sites, often on or infiuenced by bentonite, support sparse vegetation (<10 % cover) dominated by 
Artemisia longifolia (longlcaf sagewort) or Atriplex gardneri / Atriplex suckleyi [Gardner's saltsage / rillscale] and acid 
shales also tend to support depauperate communities often characterized by the Eriogonum paucifiorum - Gutierrezia 
sarothrae [few flowered wild buckwheat - brooin snakeweed] association. 

ind owner/manager: 

p6666n.eor MTNHP ref. CEGL005270*002*MT 

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ccies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39K, and, T31N, R4(IE. Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



BLM: MALTA HELD OfTICE 



TUTients: 



Though this is a sparse vegetation site, it still could be adversely impacted by grazing and especially by off road vehicle 
traffic of any sort, which would accelerate the already high erosion rates following vegetatin destruction. 

)rmation source: 

■vey site name: BITTER CREEK BADLANDS LANDSCAPE 
nty: VALLEY 

GS quadrangle: GAY DAM 
cision: S 

vation (ft): 2680 

;ation: 

The Bitter Creek Badland is located in northwestern Valley County, north-northwest of Glasgow, MT. From Glasgow take 
State Highway 2 nineteen and one miles west to the intersection with Vandalia and Britsch Roads (Valley County Rds.). Take 
Britsch Rd. northward for approximately 12.5 miles to the intersection with county heading westerly toward Ada and Abey 
Reservoirs, placing one at the southern extent of the Bitter Creek Badland. Continue north-northeast on Britsch Rd. to its 
mtersection with Trail #7, taking the west branch and descend the escarpment and proceed 2.7 miles west. The eroded 
benchlands badland where this community is found lies south of the road and north of Eagle Creek. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

033N038E 7 

/-3.;ks Fr.. 4k. S.^e. Tk. 4-r..-^ d..s ,o^.,p<^r hh..e 

^;iJ...s SMA^.. -n^r.r.e, v/. ....t^v...... ^./^^^z^^^''- (M^^^i^ 

1,^ U-t:V^eci Cy.ik:^ 4r.ci's f^^se. 



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[)j.,,.()j Montana Natural Heritage Program 

cies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E, and, T31N, R4()E. Valley County 
APP# 5019-5053 



c ntiric Name: ELYMUS LANCEOLATUS - STIPA COMATA NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS HERBACEOUS 
iraon Name: 

)al Rank: G? Forest Service status: 

e Rank: S? USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

urrence Type: SAMPLE POINT. REPRESENTATIVE UPLAND COMMUNITY 

:ies occurrence data: 

This grassland is a large patch community associated with a ridge, both crest and shoulder portions and all convex or 
shedding environments in proxiinity to the ridge; it occurs on all aspects, except those facing north through northeast. On 
cooler exposures or more protected expsures Stipa curtiseta- or Elymus trachycaulus-dominated communities are found. 
Soils with a silt loam texture are developed from a thin veneer of glacial drift over shale. Artemisia frigida and Gutierrezia 
sarothrae, the only shrubs present, have less than 10% combined cover. Elymus lanceolatus provides the dominant aspect 
ranging in cover from 10 to 40% with Stipa comata and Bouteloua gracilis being subdominants. Other graminoids 
consistently present across this community are Koeleria macrantha. Carex stenophylla and Stipa curtiseta; it is somewhat 
anomalous to see S. curtiseta in such a relatively dry site. Psoralea argophylla. Phlox hoodii, and Vicia americana are the 
forbs with the highest cover values and also the most consistent distribution across this large patch. 

t observation: 2000-08-18 Size (acres): 

eral site description: 

This site is characterized as primarily a rolling upland landscape through which three primary, though intermittent, streams 
have cut to give a northwest to southeast lineation to the low ridge system. There is generally about 200 to 250 feet of relief 
between the floodplains and the ridge crests. All of the landscape has been glaciated and thinly mantled with till, which does 
not seem to appreciably change the character of the soil derived predominantly from shale and siltstone parent material. The 
prominent soil series include Phillips, Scobey, Elloam, Sunburst and Thoeny; all are fme-textured and montmorillonilic 
reflecting their sedimentary origins and represent predominantly Aridisols with Mollisols and Entisols occupying much less 
area. Upland vegetation is preponderantly Elymus lanceolatus - Stipa comata (thickspike wheatgrass - needle-and-thread), an 
association found on all exposures except those sufficiently steep that the slope by aspect interaction is expressed in a 
different type. Northerly or protected exposures are typified by Stipa curtiseta - (E. lanceolatus) (porcupine grass - thickspike 
wheatgrass), E. lancolatus - Nassella viridula (thickspike wheatgrass - green needlegrass) and most notably by Elymus 
trachycaulus (bearded wheatgrass)-dominated associations. On lowlands with heavier-textured soils (floodplains and 
terraces) occur a variety of Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass)- or Elymus lanceolatus-dominated associations 
foremost among which are P. smithii and P. smithii - [Carex stenophylla] (western wheatgrass - [narrowleaved sedge] 
Herbaceous Vegetation. On stream terraces the most common shrub is Artemisia cana (silver sagebrush) with an 
undergrowth dominated by either E. lanceolatus or P. smithii with Nassella viridula ranging from an important component to 
non-existent, largely depending in pari on grazing intensities. Juniperus horizontals (horizonal or creeping juniper) seems to 
be rather strongly associated with erosive slopes or flats. It is found in combination with a number of diagnostic graminoids 
but the most commonly expressed associations in this landscape are J. horizontalis / Schizachyrium scoparium (creeping 
juniper / little bluestem) and J. horizontalis / Elymus trachycaulus (creeping juniper / bearded wheatgrass). Schizachyrium 
scoparium - Carex inops is also a common community on erosive substrates. Eroding slopes and flats that weather to an 
acidic reaction support sparse vegetation with Eriogonum pauciflorum - Gutierrezia sarothrae (few-flowered wild 
buckwheat - broom snakeweed) Badlands Sparse Vegetation and Artemisia longifolia (longleaf sage) Sparse Vegetation 
constituting the characteristic associations. 

id owner/manager: 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

mments: 

This community is part of a dynamic system and should be maintained as such. Though seasonal cattle grazing is part of the 
system it appears to be in accord with rangeland health prescriptions, only the high cover of Selaginella densa signals some 
out of character expression. 

ormation source: 



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pecies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E. and. T31N. R40E, Valley County 

APP# 5019-5053 



rvey site name: CROW CREEK LANDSCAPE 
unty: VALLEY 

>GS quadrangle: KERR COW CAMP 
ecision: S 

evation (ft): 3090 

)cation: 

The area is most conveniently accessed by heading north on paved State Route 537, which becomes an unpaved county road 
(Hinsdale North Rd.), and following it approximately 28 miles to the junction with Duncan Rd., which bears north-northwest 
up the main branch of Crow Creek. Continue up Duncan Rd. to Target Reservoir and to the first fenceline past the reservoir. 
At the fork in the road immediately north of the fenceline take the left fork (northwest trending) for 0.65 miles to crest of the 
ridge. Park and walk due west and cross the first notch (or major swale) and continue to the next ridge crest; the element 
encompasses the ridge crest. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

^ffl.c.-i.o.^ ^5oX^ T33A/, li3'gP, Sec. !(., fill, ^'Tr'-^'-""'"'"'^'' 
Sec i^.". 10, io pof-tio,.^ ..fffW.a. /6 ^,f -^hc-/)^ /o 2 «,y,»s ^W/ fr.M ihe 

cJlc.n, -I)"- B'i-f'r Cr.el, Wi/i- r^^refcre -IHe i e„ ^.t:-^ are.. 



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8 Hec-Ol Montana Natural Heritage Program 

pecies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E, and. T31N, R40E, Valley County 

APP# 5019-5053 



•ientific Name: CAREX PRAEGRACILIS HERBACEOUS VEGETATION 

jmmon Name: 

lobal Rank: G3 Forest Service status: 

ate Rank: S? USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

;currence Type: SAMPLE POINT, REPRESENTATIVE WETLAND COMMUNITY 

)ecies occurrence data: 

This example of the Carex praegracilis association is comparatively extensive, for what is virtually always a small patch or 
linearly arrayed type, occurring as concentric zone about the standing water portion of the wetland. In this occurrence it is 
associated with that portion of a spring complex occurring in a shallow concavity which is suhirrigated and seasonally, and 
perhaps continually, saturated. Soils are both mottled and gleyed to the surface. Channels are present and probably contain 
water into mid-summer in a normal precipitation year (year visited relatively dry, channels obviously contained water 
relatively recently). This association graded to a Carex aquatilis type with standing water and to a Deschampsia cespitosa 
community of better drained sites. Following the wetland vegetation classification of Hansen et al. (1995) for Montana this 
site keys to, with more than 50% canopy cover of Deschampsia cespitosa, the habitat type (h. t., i.e. climax plant association) 
of the same name. However, Carex praegracilis has at least 30% canopy cover across the community and in places 
Calamagrostis stricta rivals C. praegracilis in cover. The abundance of these two graminoids argues for a continuously wetter 
environment than expressed by D. cespitosa dominance. Hansen et al. (1995) cite only mottles being present for the D. 
cespitosa h.t., whereas gleying was the dominant feature of this site's soil column. Total forb cover ranges upward of 10%, 
comprised of characteristic wetland species including Potentilla palustris, Polygonum amphibium, Triglochin maritima, Aster 
falcatus and Viola nephrophylla. There were no shrubs present in any portion of the wetland. 

ist observation: 1999-07-26 Size (acres): 

eneral site description: 

This site is comprised of a primarily rolling upland landscape wherein are scattered a few shallow basins ringed with 
emergent vegetation types and at least one spring that has a peatland developed about its source. Two intermittent streams, 
the West Fork of Porcupine Creek and Dry Fork Creek, drain most of the area and have very narrow, if any, associated 
riparian stringers. Only two of numerous basin wetlands were examined and found to be dominated by the Eleocharis 
acicularis (needle spike-rush) community type from the wettest portions (almost pure E. acicularis) to the drawdown zone 
where Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) and E. palustris (common spikesedge) are important members of the 
community. In the vicinity of the spring, perhaps where upwelling occurs and peat has accumulated, the wettest community is 
dominated by densely set tussocks of Carex aquatilis (water sedge) and C. praegracilis (clustered field sedge)and 
Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) generally constitute not more than 10% canopy cover. Slightly drier spring- 
associated vegetation is dominated by the D. cespitosa plant association wherein Juncus ballicus (Baltic rush) is an important 
to co-dominant species. The uplands, especially where silty soils predominate, are doininated by a relatively unbroken 
expanse of the Stipa curtiseta / [Elymus lanceolatus] (Northern porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass) plant association: 
sites with sandier soils tend to support Stipa comata (needle-and-thread)-dominated communities. This landscape harbors by 
far the most extensive and highest quality example of the S. curtiseta - [E. lanceolatus] association in the U. S. Though 
traversed by a limited road system and grazed by domestic stock, the whole Dry Creek Landscape is sufficiently intact and 
extensive that it constitutes the single best example of what was, before for the adjacent terrain had been put under the plow, 

I a prevailing and highly productive landscape mosaic. 
ind owner/manager: 
i STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 



)mmenLs: 

This site could easily be degraded with increased or even continued cattle use; at this point they have created a moderately 
huminocked condition (except the side nearest water developinent which is hummocked to the extent that vegetation is 
trampled out of existence). Ideally this wetland should be fenced to protect its values because even turning cattle onto this 
pasture in late summer will result in continued hummocking, it will just range further into the wetland's interior. The grazing 
preference of cattle will also favor Juncus balticus and Hordcum brachyanlherum (which arc present with less than 10% 
canopy cover) at the expense of the native graminoids with the end result being a J. balticus-dominated wetland of which 
there are a huge abundance. 

lp6666neor MTNHP ref. CEGL002660*002*MT 

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pecies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E, and, T31N. R40E. Vallev County 

A PP# 5019-5053 

formation source: 

irvey site name: DRY FORK CREEK LANDSCAPE 

unty: VALLEY 

SGS quadrangle: DRY FORK CREEK 

ecision: S 

levation (ft): 2770 

scation: 

This community is within the Dry Fork Creek drainage about 27 air miles due north from Glasgow, Montana. From the 
junction of State Highways 24 and 2, take Route 24 approximately 24.3 mi. to the north to a dirt road that exits to the west. 
This dirt road, which lies at the intersection of sections 7,8, 17, and 18 in Township 32 N, then immediately bears due north. 
Follow this road about 3.8 north. From a light rise in the road the deep green of a moderately sized wetland can be seen about 
200 m in a westerly direction. The site is in the northwestern quarter/quarter/quarter of the southwestern quarter/quarter of the 
southwestern quarter of Section 24 (T33N, R39E). 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

033N039E 24 NW4SW4SW4 

/lf,fl:c.i:.„/i.,Uer S.^^ -T3■,^,_ ^3'ie, ^'^c-/;.n XG, /III, h^'hio~l% 
oilier -irncH m i/alhy C^^^'^/. 



" AJo in\fi'^<^'i'~ 



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4, I J . ,), Montuna Natural Heritage Proj;rain 

pccies of Special Concern: T32-33N. R38-39E. and, T31N, R40i:, Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



ientific Name: CAREX AQUATILIS HERBACEOUS VEGETATION 

unimon Name: 

lobal Rank: G5 Forest Service status: 

ate Rank: S4 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
ccurrence Type: SAMPLE POINT, REPRESENTATIVE WETLAND COMMUNITY 
jecies occurrence data: 

This example ol'lhe Carex aquatilis association is comprised of several small wetland patches totaling less than two acres, 
that is at least seasonally inundated and even in the driest years is probably continuously saturated. At the time of sampling 
water depth in the channels between hummocks was 2 to 6 inches deep and occupied at least 30% of the community's surface 
area. Although the plant community composition appeared rather homogeneous, on the basis of substrate type the it varied 
from marsh to fen. The substrate varied from primarily mineral soils that were gleyed (and mottled) to the surface to a 
portion more toward the center of the wetland that appeared to be predominantly organic (partially decomposed C. aquatilis 
shoots and roots). This community, that represents the wettest portion of the wetland, was surrounded by the Carex 
praegracilis association, that typifies a water regime in which seasonal inundation is probably not a factor. There were 
scattered Scirpus maritimus plants and even small clusters in what were ostensibly the deepest portion of the wetland but 
they were insufficient to constitute a community. Carex aquatilis approaches 100% canopy cover with C. praegracilis, 
Calamagrostis striata, and Deschampsia cespitosa the only other graminoids of importance. The forb component is very 
reduced compared to the next drier zone with only Viola nephrophylla present in more than trace amounts. A Lemna spp. 
was abundant in the standing channel water. 
ast observation: 1999-07-26 Size (acres): 

eneral site description: 

This site is comprised of a primarily rolling upland landscape wherein are scattered a few shallow basins ringed with 
emergent vegetation types and at least one spring that has a peatland developed about its source. Two intermittent streams, 
the West Fork of Porcupine Creek and Dry Fork Creek, drain most of the area and have very narrow, if any, associated 
riparian stringers. Only two of numerous basin wetlands were examined and found to be dominated by the Eleocharis 
acicularis (needle spike-rush) community type from the wettest portions (almost pure E. acicularis) to the drawdown zone 
where Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) and E. palustris (common spikesedge) are important members of the 
community. In the vicinity of the spring, perhaps where upwelling occurs and peat has accumulated, the wettest community is 
dominated by densely set tussocks of Carex aquatilis (water sedge) and C. praegracilis (clustered field sedge) and 
Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) generally constitute not more than 10% canopy cover. Slightly drier spring- 
associated vegetation is dominated by the D. cespitosa plant association wherein Juncus balticus (Baltic rush) is an important 
to co-dominant species. The uplands, especially where silty soils predominate, are dominated by a relatively unbroken 
expanse of the Stipa curtiseta / [Elymus lanceolatus] (Northern porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass) plant association: 
sites with sandier soils tend to support Stipa comata (needle-and-thread)-dominated communities. This landscape harbors by 
far the most extensive and highest quality example of the S. curtiseta - [E. lanceolatus] association in the U. S. Though 
traversed by a limited road system and grazed by domestic stock, the whole Dry Creek Landscape is sufficiently intact and 
extensive that it constitutes the single best example of what was, before for the adjacent terrain had been put under the plow, 
a prevailing and highly productive landscape mosaic. 

land owner/manager: 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 



lonunents: 

This site could easily be degraded with increased or even continued cattle use; at this point they have created a moderately 
hummocked condition (except the side nearest water development which is hummocked to the extent that vegetation is 
trampled out of existence). Ideally this wetland should be fenced to protect its values because even turning cattle onto this 
pasture in late summer will result in continued hummocking, it will just range further into the wetlands interior. The grazing 
preference of cattle will also favor Juncus balticus and Hordeum brachyanthcrum (which are present with less than 5% 
canopy cover) at the expense of the native graminoids with the end result being the ubiquitous J. ballicus-dominatcd wetland. 

Iiformation source: 

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species of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E, and, T31N. R4()E. Valley County 

A PP#5(M 9-5053 



urvey site name: DRY FORK CREEK LANDSCAPE 

ounty: VALLEY 

ISGS quadrangle: DRY FORK CREEK 

recision: S 

;ievation (ft): 2770 

.ocation: 

This community is within the Dry Fork Creek drainage about 27 air miles due north from Glasgow, Montana. From the 
junction of State Highways 24 and 2, take Route 24 approximately 24.3 mi. to the north to a dirt road that exits to the west. 
This dirt road, which lies at the intersection of sections 7,8, 17, and 18 in Township 32 N, then immediately bears due north. 
Follow this road about 3.8 north. From a light rise in the road the deep green of a moderately sized wetland can be seen about 
200 m in a westerly direction. The site is in the northwestern quarter/quarter/quarter of the southwestern quarter/quarter of the 
southwestern quarter of Section 24 (T33N, R39E). 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

033N039E 24 NW4SW4SW4 

'^ '/S A I Ik tn'I^C^) ^U'ay Fro>*r -fh's S/ /p. ^i/ter ^ed'ohs cn^le/f\^rclx ^,2ocxMj 
I'f) l^<:j//ey Cout^i/. Toll's s,fe -^ 5ccf.at^ TJf /s r-i^kej (& S, S ^) , 



i 



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Montana Natural Hcritajje Prd^ram 



ptcies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39K, and, T31N, R4()i:. Valley County 

A PP#5(H 9-5053 



ientific Name: STIPA CURTISETA HERBACEOUS VEGETATION 

ommon Name: 

lobal Rank: G 7 Forest Service status: 

ate Rank: S? USFVVS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

ccurrence Type: SAMPLE POINT, REPRESENTATIVE UPLAND COMMUNITY 

jccies occurrence data: 

This Slipa curliseta - [Elymus lanceolalus] grassland community occurs as large patches to a matrix expression usually 
occupying, in this gently rolling landscape, the side slopes and concave positions. Soils are predominantly well- to 
moderately-drained clay and silt loams derived from a thin mantle of glacial drift over sedimentary formations. Grass density 
and composition varies to some degree with position with the concavities exhibiting nearly 100 % grass and forb canopy 
cover. Slipa curtiseta is the dominant and diagnostic grass with canopy cover often approaching 60%; Elymus lanceolalus 
and Carex stenophylla are consistent subdominants and Nassella viridula ranges from trace amounts on upper slopes to 
approaching a dominant in swales, providing grazing has prudent. The combined canopy cover of forbs is usually less than 
59c though the diversity ranges from around twelve to more than 20 species in any 1/10 acre area. Forbs with highest 
constancy include Vicia americana, Zigadenus venenosus, Psoralea argophylla. and Astragalus agrestis. The shrub 
component is negligible, confined to scattered Artemisia frigida. 

ast observation: 1999-07-27 Size (acres): 

eneral site description: 

This site is comprised of a primarily rolling upland landscape wherein are scattered a few shallow basins ringed with 
emergent vegetation types and at least one spring that has a peatland developed about its source. Two intermittent streams, 
the West Fork of Porcupine Creek and Dry Fork Creek, drain most of the area and have very narrow, if any, associated 
riparian stringers. Only two of numerous basin wetlands were examined and found to be dominated by the Eleocharis 
acicularis (needle spike-rush) community type from the wettest portions (almost pure E. acicularis) to the drawdown zone 
where Pascopyrum smithii (western wheatgrass) and E. palustris (common spikesedge) are important members of the 
community. In the vicinity of the spring, perhaps where upwelling occurs and peat has accumulated, the wettest community is 
dominated by densely set tussocks of Carex aquatilis (water sedge) and C. praegracilis (clu.stered field sedge) and 
Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass) generally constitute not more than 10% canopy cover. Slightly drier spring- 
associated vegetation is dominated by the D. cespitosa plant association wherein Juncus balticus (Baltic rush) is an important 
to co-dominant species. The uplands, especially where silty soils predominate, are dominated by a relatively unbroken 
expanse of the Stipa curtiseta / [Elymus lanceolatus] (Northern porcupine grass - thickspike wheatgrass) plant association: 
sites with sandier soils tend to support Stipa comata (needle-and-thread)-dominated communities. This landscape harbors by 
far the most extensive and highest quality example of the S. curtiseta - [E. lanceolatus] association in the U. S. Though 
traversed by a limited road system and grazed by domestic stock, the whole Dry Creek Landscape is sufficiently intact and 
extensive that it constitutes the single best example of what was, before for the adjacent terrain had been put under the plow, 
a prevailing and highly productive landscape mosaic. -^^ ^ prapcSeJi acfion {o.'l e ^as jea-^.^^) Jo^^ not 
landowner/manager: afPeci .J ra-L)no or u^r, Cu Hufc^l prc^cf'ces on 

lomments: 
I This community and the landscape in which it occurs need to have have documented what the effects of grazing appear to be 

on this community that is relatively rare within the US portion of the Northern Great Plains ^ i I < 

Iformation source: (rn'zit.^a^AifipeSHl-h. are ^.-/crj jhe ". cope dP 7h'<^ O.land'j^S fC^^.'^j 



f 



I 



irvey site name: DRY FORK CREEK LANDSCAPE 
ounty: VALLEY 



|SGS quadrangle: FORSMAN RESERVOIR 
■ecision: S 

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MTNHP ref. CEGLMTHP42*003*M 

Page 18 of 20 



-Dec-01 Montana Natural Heritajjc Pronrani 

ecies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-3')l.:, and, T31N, R4(IE, Valley County 

A PP# 5019-5053 



vation (ft): 2940 

.ation 



ation: 

This community is within the Dry Fork Creek drainage about 26 air miles due north from Glasgow, Montana. From the 
junction of State Highways 24 and 2, take Route 24 approximately 24,3 mi. to the north to a dirt road that exits to the west. 
This dirt road, which Hes at the intersection of sections 7,8, 17, and 18 in Township 32 N, then immediately bears due north. 
Follow this road about 0.7 miles north, then walk to the west about 200 paces which should place one slightly west of a small 
natural pond to the south and within a gently rolling grassland landscape. 



TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: 

033N039E 30 SE4SW4NE4 



9E 30 SE4SW4NE4 

rare or lie. -n-.s +r„c-hl-i'>ot l^i-H''" "- f'""p J p,,ne 

.„ ih'.4r..-k for /.'W.. "'i'^lj >.,„ .//.^ f.r.:h-'.^^c^^ 

S-Z.^/olio"' p/o«-cJ=.^ ^/' f" "'' / , /^/J,, ^cU+^ h allouej. 

rei/:«j.ofo/"-"''-r'y r""-^ 

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Page 19 of 20 



8-Dec-Ol Montana Natural Heritapc Program 

pecies of Special Concern: T32-33N, R38-39E, and, T31N. R40E, Valley County 

A F'r# 5019-5053 



L-ientific Name: STERNA HIRUNDO 
ommon Name: COMMON TERN 

lobal Rank: G5 

tate Rank: S3B.SZN 

'ccurrence Type: 
pecies occurrence data: 

12 ADULTS; PROBABLY BREEDING. 

.ast observation: 1996-07-24 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

ELM Status: 



Size (acres): 



ieneral site description: 

SITE IS IN A PERMANENT, MAN-MADE RESERVOIR OVER SILT/MUD SUBSTRATE. EMERGENT 
VEGETATION IN ORDER OF ABUNDANCE IS CATTAIL, POLYGONUM, SEDGE, BULRUSH, AND RUSH. 
SHALLOWS PRESENT ON THE NORTH SHORELINE AND MORE THAN 50% OF THE RESERVOIR MARGIN IS 
WITH EMERGENT VEGETATION. 

.and owner/manager: 

BLM: GLASGOW FIELD STATION; PRTVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

THE RESERVOIR IS ACTUALLY LARGER THAN IS SHOWN ON THE MAP. THE WARDS DAM WAS REDONE 

IN 1994. 

nformation source: 

REICHEL, JAMES D. [DECEASED] FORMER ZOOLOGIST. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 
EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 201800, HELENA, MT 59620-1800. (406) 444-3009. 

survey site name: WARDS RESERVOIR 

:ounty: VALLEY 

JSGS quadrangle: WARDS DAM 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2930 

Location: 

FROM TOWN OF OPHEIM, GO SOUTH ON HWY 24 CA. 1 3 MILES TO TOWN OF BAYLOR. THEN TURN EAST 
ON GRAVEL ROAD FOR CA. 7 MILES. WARDS RESERVOIR IS NORTH OF THIS ROAD. 



r73A/ /^?f^ Sec 5- ^kli^^^X a^J 
^031^ — ?5V A39E 5cc<& Aoh /ii,r.L>,fy'^i^ 

For LOa-fer (Concerns anj U'ou/ J C 01^ cr Uilc^/'fe present ih A.J /^^-^'T^Tt 



Township\Range: 


Section: 


TRS comments: 


034N039E 


28 


SW4 




^fpl'iC^ 1 


^lo. Nu^^er-. ^031 

r^3 3 



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Page 20 of 20 



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Kinley, Teresa 



From: Kellogg, Casey 

Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 1 :37 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Cc: Rooney, Clive 

Subject: RE: March 5, 2002, MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale 



Teresa, 



My comrrients are in the attached memo. 



MarOi aoc 




Onginal Message 


From: 


Kinley, Teresa 


Sent: 


Thursday, December 27, 2001 2:31 PM 


To: 


Roberts, Craig; Smith, Barny; Kellogg, Casey; Richards, Hoyt 


Cc: 


Rooney, Clive 


Subject: 


March 5, 2002, 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 2000 format. Tract list is a 
Word file, FIELD302.doc and it is in plain text, Couher New font, 8 or 10 point size. I have also attached an additional 
Word 2000 file which includes a general location map for informational purposes. 

As noted in the attached letter, the deadline for comments is January 23, 2002. 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 questions. Thank you for your 
assistance. 

« File: FIELD302.doc » « File: araofficel .doc » « File: MARMAP02.doc » 



January 3, 2002 
MEMOR.4NDUM 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydro-Geologist, MMB 

FROM: Casey Kellogg, Havre Unit Manager, NELO 

RE: March 5, 2002 Oil & Gas Lease Sale 

Hill County 

have reviewed the tract of land associated with this proposed Oil & Gas lease sale. I included comments for the 
pieces of land that are located within the Havre Unit. There was only one for me to comment on this time. 

I recommend proceeding with the standard lease sale on the tract of land reviewed in this MEMO. 

STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - MARCH 5, 2002 

HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 

APP# TOPO MAP TWP ROE SEC DESCRIPTION ACRES 

LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 

HILL (NELO-H, FWP-6) 

50 5 Cottonwood 3 6.N 13. E 3 6 ALL 6 4 0.00 

This tract contains 640 acres of native rangeland. There is a reservoir in the NW4 and two intermittent streams 

on this tract. There are no other special features. __ , ' / / rr- 

i^e STrfatr,^ te'ser,/''.'' r ^ ere . h^fn'i' 



<;-/-; auUi'^ A//// h uf.'l.z^J c^ f^-' ^^ 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATIONRECEIVED 

NORTHEASTERN LAND OFFICE 

m 4 2002 

n N . R.c. 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



(406) 228-2430 Telephone 
(406) 228-2439 FAX 
co6593@sUte.mtus 
Hrichanls@6liite.mLus 



GLASGOW UNIT OmCE 

PO BOX 1007 

224 6 STREET SOUTH 

GLASGOW, MONTANA 59230-1007 



December 31. 2001 



MEMORANDUM 



TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau 
FR: Randy Dirkson, Land Use Specialist, Glasgow Unit Office 
RE: March 5. 2002 Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale. 



Attached are the comments for the March 5, 2002 Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale from 
the Glasgow Unit Office. Should you have any questions, please contact the Glasgow 
Unit Office personnel. 

C: NELO 



'AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER' 



STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - MARCH 5, 2002 

HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 



APP# 



TOPO MAP 



TWP RGE SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 
CARBON (SLO, FWP-5) 
5054 Boyd 



5055 Boyd 



4.S 21. E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, SW4NE4, 
E2SW4, W2SE4 

5.S 22. E 16 ALL 



358.00 



640.00 



DANIELS (NELO-G, FWP-6) 
5011 West Fork NE 



34. N 45. E 1 LOTS 3, 4, S2NW4 , SW4 



320. 90 



This tract consists of dryland agriculture, conservation reserve program acreage, and 
native rangeland. Tract has habitat resources for upland birds and other wildlife. 

5012 West Fork NE 34.N 4 6.E 6 LOTS 1 THRU 7, S2NE4 , SE4NW4 , 62 9.97 
Peerless 4 NW E2SW4, SE4 

This tract consists of dryland agriculture and conservation reserve program acreage. Tract 
contains habitat resources for upland birds and wildlife. 
fke C^P ^f:/>c,/^i<'^ iJ.'ll h ^f'/izJ an-f7(''^ -/f^i /e^u^. 

5013 West Fork NE 34. N 46. E 7 LOTS 1, 2, E2NW4 , NE4 * 314.71 
Peerless 4 NW STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE IN THE S2NE4 . 

This tract consists of dryland agriculture. Tract has no resources for wildlife or upland 
birds . 



DAWSON (ELO, FWP-7; 

5007 Forest Park 
Hoyt 

5008 Hoyt 



14. N 55. E 5 YELLOWSTONE RIVERBED AND 
RELATED ACREAGE 

14.N 55. E 8 YELLOWSTONE RIVERBED AND 
RELATED ACREAGE 



197. 90 



166.00 



FERGUS (NELO-L, FWP-4) 
+5018 Loco Ridge 



13. N 20. E 16 ALL 



640.00 



GLACIER (CLO-C, FWP-4) 

5001 Headlight Butte 

5002 Glacier Colony 
Headlight Butte 



36. N 5.W 20 SW4SE4 

36. N 5.W 27 SW4NW4, NW4SW4, S2SW4 



40.00 
160.00 



5003 Headlight Butte 



36. N 5.W 29 S2N2, NW4NE4 



200.00 



HILL (NELO-H, FWP-6) 
5005 Cottonwood 



36. N 13. E 36 ALL 



640.00 



PAGE 1 
TWP RGE SEC 



APP# 



TOPO MAP 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LEWIS & CLARK (CLO-H, FWP-4) 

5056 Roberts Mountain 

5057 Nilan Reservoir 

5058 Augusta 

5059 Augusta 

5060 Augusta 

5061 Augusta 

Nilan Reservoir 

5062 Nilan Reservoir 

5063 Nilan Reservoir 

5064 Nilan Reservoir 

5065 Nilan Reservoir 



5066 Nilan Reservoir 
Augusta 



506"? Augusta 



5068 Nilan Reservoir 
Augusta 

Bean Lake 
Steamboat Mountain 

5069 Nilan Reservoir 
Steamboat Mountain 



5070 Nilan Reservoir 

Steamboat Mountain 



15. N 4.W 32 LOTS 1 THRU 8, E2 

19. N 7.W 8 N2N2, NE4SW4 

19. N 7.W 10 N2NW4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 

19. N 7.W 14 SW4SW4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 

19. N 7.W 15 NW4NW4, SE4SW4, S2SE4 
STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE IN THE SE4SE4. 

19.N 7.W 16 ALL 

19. N 7.W 17 E2NE4, SW4NE4, NW4 , S2 

19. N 7.W 18 E2E2 

19. N 7.W 19 LOTS 1, 2, 3, E2NE4, NW4NE4, 
E2NW4 

19. N 7.W 20 NW4NE4, S2NE4, NE4NW4, 
NE4SW4, N2SE4 

19. N 7.W 21 S2SW4 



19. N 7.W 23 W2W2 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 

19. N 7.W 28 NW4NW4, S2NW4 



19. N 7.W 29 NE4NE4, NW4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE IN THE NW4 . 

19. N 7.W 30 NE4, N2SE4 , SW4SE4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 



624.72 

200.00 

80.00 

40.00 

160.00 

640.00 

600.00 
160.00 
321.65 

280.00 

80.00 

160.00 

120.00 

200.00 
280.00 



5071 Steamboat Mountain 

5072 Bean Lake 



19. N 7.W 32 N2NE4, SE4NE4, NE4NW4 
19. N 7.W 34 N2N2, NE4SW4, SE4 



160.00 
360.00 



PAGE 



APP# TOPO MAP 
5073 Bean Lake 



5074 Nilan Reservoir 
Double Falls 

5075 Double Falls 



MCCONE (NELO-G, FWP-6) 
5006 Hudiburgh Reservoir 



TWP RGE 
19. N 7.W 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 
640.00 

282.56 
603.40 



36 ALL 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 



19. N 8.W 4 LOTS 3, 4, S2NW4, NW4SE4, 
S2SE4 

19. N B.W 5 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, S2N2, 

SE4SW4, SE4, N2SW4 



This tract consists of dryland agriculture 
or wildlife. 



22. N 47. E 20 S2NW4 , N2SW4 , SE4SW4 , S2SE4 280.00 

There are no habitat resources for upland birds 



PETROLEUM (NELO-L, FWP-4) 

5014 Texgen 

5015 Teigen 

Little Bear Lake 

5016 Teigen 

5017 Teigen 



15. N 25. E 
15. N 25. E 

15. N 25. E 



16 N2 
24 SW4 



2 9 NW4, S2 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE IN THE N2 . 



15. N 25. E 30 



LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, E2, E2W2 
STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE IN LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 
E2W2, NE4 



320.00 
160.00 

480.00 
620.40 



RICHLAND (ELO, FWP-6) 

5009 Three Buttes Creek West 24. N 55. E 16 ALL 

5010 Three Buttes Creek East 25. N 56. E 36 ALL 



640.00 
640.00 



SHERIDAN (NELO-G, FWP-6) 
+5004 Plentywood SW 



36. N 53. E 36 



ALL 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE IN THE NE4 . 



640.00 



This tract consists of dryland agriculture and native rangeland. Tract has habitat 
resources for upland birds and wildlife. Tract has an intermittent stream identified as 
Plentywood Creek. The creek would provide some habitat resources for waterfowl. 



VALLEY (NELO-G, FWP-6) 

5019 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 39. E 1 LOTS 1 THRU 12, S2 704.36 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains some habitat types for wildlife. Tract 
also contains an ephemeral stream identified as Dry Fork Creek. This creek provides minimal 
habitat resources for wildlife or upland birds. 'TLf ■^hcani hu Ff^'' "i^'/yii I^Jic^ u.ll i>p C<fi J, ji^J 

5020 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 39. E 2 LOTS 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 THRU 12, S2 648.51 
Forsman Reservoir 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains some habitat types for wildlife. Tract 
also contains an ephemeral stream identified as Dry Fork Creek. This creek provides minimal 
habitat resources for wildlife or upland birds. T/<" 576'^^*' ^i^F/^r 7 t',/?* /^ //ca., U'II he ^ i;7,e^c/ 

5021 Forsman Reservoir 32. N 39. E 3 LOTS 1 THRU 12, S2 703.68 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains some habitat types for wildlife. Tract 
also contains a livestock reservoir located on the SE4. TX 1° "^-/ff/^tn^ /vj^^/^^/z' ^-/r. ^^ Z^/T^r 

5022 Forsman Reservoir 32. N 39. E 4 LOTS 1 THRU 12, S2 704.76 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains some scattered prairie potholes that contain some habitat types for waterfowl. 

T^e 'y-frfietf^^ />f^"-"° /7<>/^i>^,^.fh: ^^^//^i PAGE 3 JA/'*-^ Z/*^ <4//// ^/^ ^A/z^y^ -/^'.j -//«^' /- /•«<»a>'. 
UtlitJ^J_. 

APP# TOPO MAP TWP RGE SEC DESCRIPTION ACRES 

5023 Forsman Reservoir 32. N 39. E 5 LOTS 1, 8, 9, SE4 256.55 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. There is a 
livestock reservoir located on the SE4 of this section. TAe re^e/v.-r si7i'at-^ <•/<". 6>^rrrr sVi^^A^y, <^ 
W;// he uf'il'i^^S ^A -//o ~i/^c/'s /ea^u' 

5024 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 39. E 11 N2 , W2SW4 400.00 
Forsman Reservoir 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5025 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 39. E 12 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains an ephemeral stream identified as Dry Fork Creek. The creek area provides some 
habitat resources for waterfowl on limited basis. T/'C ■S^'h'^'"*' , cfr . J) i^ Fln'r S7',/>''/^ ilcry UjiH k)C 

5026 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 40. E 6 LOTS 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, S2 511.62 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains some prairie potholes that contain limited habitat resources for waterfowl. ^ 

TJe y/'/Vtf/,^ /^ra/r.,- yoy^c/p, uef/fni/^ e-^r. ^^ ffpr 'TT'/'/'f /a/i'iry, ^.ll '(>'' I, -f-< /> 2. -^ cf 0\ fA'f '^""^^J/. 

5027 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 40. E 7 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
has a livestock reservoir located on the NE4 . ~fk ^ ^'frra/t, rf^f>^'',*f'<'- h''fT'<''''>ti/y^/'^'f)<^>^ hi'll 

5028 Dry Fork Creek 32. N 40. E 18 E2 320.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
has an ephemeral stream identified as Dry Fork Creek. This site provides some limited 
habitat resources for waterfowl. 'Tke SlVc'f^r efc, ^*/^'- i ti/OK /^ i'' en, c^, 1 1 jl^ f> 



''5029 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 38. E 16 ALL 640.00 

Gay Dam 
Laundry Hill 
Kerr Cow Camp 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5030 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 38. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains an intermittent stream identified as Buggy Creek. The SW4 contains a livestock 
reservoir. -Jf, e SirrA^, r fs^r^^r e f-c ^. />?' j/-/?-/*^^ t^lll h^ ui;!-^''^ en y//^ -Tr^-r^S /<^^'^' 

5031 Wards Dam 33. N 39. E 3 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 

contains an ephemeral stream identified as the West Fork Porcupine Creek. This creek 

contains some habitat types for waterfowl. Tract has 3 teepee rings on the W2SE4 . . n L, 

5032 Kerr Cow Camp ^^^ -^ ' 33 _N 39. E 4 ALL 640.00 
Wards Dam 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5033 Kerr Cow Camp 33. N 39. E 5 SW4 , E2 480.00 
This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5034 Kerr Cow Camp 33. N 39. E 6 LOTS 1 THRU 6, NE4 392.21 
This consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5035 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 9 ALL 640.00 
Wards Dam 

Dry Fork Creek 
Kerr Cow Camp 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains a livestock reservoir on the SE4 . //<r s/f^e^fn ^ r^^^r u-"'', e /'r . ^ti rr ^'i' 5-7^/^ ^ /^ 7f*>, ^.'^ 

5036 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 10 ALL 640.00 
Wards Dam 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
has an ephemeral stream identified as the West Fork Porcupine Creek. This stream contains , 
some habitat for waterfowl. T^* <" "> 't"'^'-^, e^r. /> ^ FFf,- y /./^^/^ ^'^ i^iH <6/- A ////.t V <r>, //J.V fr^<^H 

le a-ie. 

5037 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 15 NW4 , N2SW4 , SE4 400.00 

I 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5038 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 16 N2 , SW4 , N2SE4 560.00 
Dry Fork Creek 



This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat^ types for wildlife. Tract alsp 
contains a livestock reservoir on the NW4 . Tie <> h f 6 (^','^e%' . 'h^Ff^r j-/-;^«A//^ ^/// h<r i.tj/^^'-* 

5039 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 17 SE4 160.00 



This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 



5040 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 19 LOTS 1, 6, 7, 12, E2 480.00 
This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5041 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 20 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains a developed spring on the SE4SW4. TAe S-f^ea>-<^ Yr:Ao^-fc. ^'-0^^ -, f,^ tJ^^^^i^- w : // ^ <= 

5042 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 21 W2NW4 , SW4 , S2SE4 320.00 
Forsman Reservoir 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

5043 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 22 E2 , SE4NW4 , E2SW4, SW4SW4 480.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains some scattered prairie potholes that would contain some habitat types ^°^ , - 
waterfowl. J^ e ^^^^'^, h^^/^.J, y^-.-r. ^ ^./y!./.. ^fc. ^ /TTr, ^/^.^/,V>. c^Uf h r- ^////z^y^- i^^'^ ZS^, 

5044 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 26 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains a livestock reservoir on the NW4 of tract. 'P'e ■sif^'y, r^s r^ .j-i-, ^ ^r. ^^j^^ s /^../.. t'-V^ 

5045 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 27 ALL 640.00 
This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

PAGE 4 

APP# TOPO MAP TWP RGE SEC DESCRIPTION • ACRES 

5046 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 28 ALL 640.00 
Dry Fork Creek 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 

I 5047 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 29 ALL 640.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains an ephemeral stream identified as Dry Fork Creek. Tract also has a developed ^ 
livestock water spring and tank located, on the NE4. 7-^ -? 5 Z^^-^-., reservoir, S /^r,.^, e fc . f'^'tr ^ 

' 5048 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 30 LOTS 1 THRU 12, E2 791.20 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
' contains some scattered prairie pothole areas that contain some limited habitat resources 
for waterfowl. iMe 'i-^,f'>>^, pr.lr.f /^ofAo/e(,,^u' eiU^J/ eic . hcTfer r/->;^/^//^ ^ ,// ,^^ ^ /•/-^'--^ 

5049 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 31 LOTS 1 THRU 11, NE4 526.60 



This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 

cont 

f c 

5050 Forsman Reservoir - 33. N 39. E 32 LOT 4, N2 346.40 



Lnis tracT: consists or nai^ive rangexctiiu. 1 1_ i.;uiii_cixiis iicu-.j. i_au \,^^^~> ^^^ r,^^^^^^—. 

contains some scattered prairie pothole areas that contain some limited habitat resources , 
:or waterfowl. -Jje s-fre^^n i^eifc^d, pr.i ;,^e />^-^/ic/^^ ^ fc. /jM^fe^ -i-f/^A A Yf'<^ c^,'// ie '.p/-'^''d 



This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 



5051 Forsman Reservoir 33. N 39. E 33 N2 320.00 
Dry Fork Creek 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract has 
an undeveloped spring located on the NW4 of tract. ~fkf "5 /rca /« , 5/*''''tv <?^r. bc^ ff^r Yt;/>i< /^ /!en^ 

5052 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 34 N2 320.00 

This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract also 
contains some prairie pothole areas that contain some limited habitat resources for ^ 
waterfowl. -fhe 5^^"-/ /-^w-V-r /t //<./», ^^/^.-»/ cfr. ^^, /7?^ rT*/^^ ^ /''^^ ^'Z' /.- ot./-^^/ ^ 7 As 

5053 Dry Fork Creek 33. N 39. E 35 N2 320.00 
This tract consists of native rangeland. It contains habitat types for wildlife. 



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Wemland. HarCd RECEIVED 

To: kinley@state mt us JAN 1 1 2002 

Cc: Satterfield, Jim, Taylor, Graham r\ M D /^ 

Subject: September 5, 2001 State of Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Dear Ms KInley: 

My comments on behalf of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks pertain to those sites in your notice located in Blame 
(1), Hill (10), Liberty (34), McCone (1), Richland (8) and Roosevelt (1) Counties, 

I 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 waterfowl, 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 the opportunity to comment. ^ 

I here £,fe no -tr^cf --i/Jcc ^Hc conimf^t^ 

Wildlife Program Manager, Region 6 /Ijon'k*^^ O,!'^"'^ ^^ / ^^^-^ 5^/e^ T '/^^ ^ 



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Kinley, Teresa 



From: Moore, Sharon 

Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 1:28 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: RE: March 5, 2002, MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Hi Teresa, 

Thanks for sending me such a short list this time. Attached are my comments. Please let mc know if you have any 

questions. 

Hove a good weekend. 

Sharon 



March 0.1 Sale doc 




— Original Message — 


From: 




Kinley, Teresa 


Sent: 




Thursday, December 27, 2001 2:45 PM 


To: 




Andrews, Dwayne, Moore, Sharon 


Subject: 




March 5, 2002, 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 2000 format. Tract list is a 
Word file, FIELD302.doc and it is in plain text. Courier New font, 8 or 10 point size. I have also attached an additional 
Word 2000 file which includes a general location map for informational purposes. 

As noted In the attached letter, the deadline for comments Is January 23, 2002. 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 questions. Thank you for your 
assistance. 

« File: MARMAP02.doc » « File: FIELD302 doc » « File: araoffice1.doc » 



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STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - MARCH 5, 2002 

HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 



APP# TOPO MAP TWP ROE SEC DESCRIPTION ACRES 



DAWSON (ELO, FWP-7) 

5007 Forest Park 14. N 55. E 5 YELLOWSTONE RIVERBED AND 197.90 
Hoyt RELATED ACREAGE 

At the time that I checked on this tract and the following tract of land the river 
was up and I was unable to get out to the islands. Livestock can access them at certain 
times of the year. Leafy spurge is a real problem along this part of the river. Since 
development would not be on the island itself this limits additional restrictions we would 
need to place on this lease. ///// • / / 4- i' / J 

5008 Hoyt 14. N 55. E 8 YELLOWSTONE RIVERBED AND ^"^ '^166.00 

^ RELATED ACREAGE . / , A ^ /■ i- J :i.f-J 

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RICHLAND (ELO, FWP-6) 

5009 Three Buttes Creek West 24. N 55. E 16 ALL 640.00 

This section of land has a homesite lease, shelter belt, 449.4 acres of cropland with 
the remainder being grazing. Water sources include a well and dam. T/c "^/rr^^/ny A/r//^ rr's^mv/r c/C-. 
ffc. buTpPr -^iat^UfioK i^l/ A uf,'/'2.>=J ^^ A'-s 7V»ir/. 77r /io»,^i,ff /J Co.i^J hySec/ic^ ^ f- 

5010 Three Buttes Creek East 25. N 56. E 36 ALL -^^ /^ Z*'-^- 640.00 

This section of land has a homesite lease, 354.6 acres of CRP, and the remainder is 
grazing land. There is a tributary to Charley Creek and this area is a wetland with some 
real nice waterholes along the creek, may be spring fed. There is Canada thistle and leafy 
spurge present on this lease but standard weed stip should be adequate. A seismic review 
was done a few years ago. 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVAXION 



Cemtral Land Office 



DY H. MARTZ, GOVERNOR 



lb25 ELEVENTH AVENUE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



RECTOR'S OFFICE (40b) 444-2074 
I FFAV NUMBER (406) 444-2684 



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PC BOX 201601 
HELENA, MONTANA 59620-1601 






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To: Teresa Kinley 
From: Robert Vlahovich 
Date: 1/23/2002 

Re: March Oil & Gas Sale Comments 

The following are brief comments by tract number. 

5056 - Considerable deer and elk use. Some steep rocky areas, prior timber harvest. North fork Little 

Creek in south V^ of Section. 

5057 - Antelope use. Smith Lake in west portion. Could be considered part of "front". 

5058 - Elk Creek in £'72. Deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front" 

5059 - Antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5060 - Elk Creek in NW%. Some leafy spurge noted. Deer and antelope use. Could be considered 

part of "front". 

5061 - Elk Creek in £72.. Deer and antelope use. Tipi rings noted above Elk Creek. Could be 

considered part of "front". 

5062 - Four spnng developments on site. Deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5063 - Spring development in NE portion. Deer and antelope use. Adjacent to Haystack Butte. Could 

be considered part of "front". 

5064 - Three spnngs on tract. Elk, deer and antelope use. Adjacent to Haystack Butte. Could be 

considered part of "front". 

5065 - Blubber Creek in SE portion. Spring development in NE74. Elk, deer and antelope use. Could 

be considered part of "front". 

5066 - Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5067 - Deer and antelope use. Grass hay production in some years. Could be considered part of 

"front". 

5068 - Deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5069 - Deer and antelope use Could be considered part of "front". 



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5070 - Blubber Creek in north portion. Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front" 

5071 - Elk Creek runs through tract. Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5072 - Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5073 - Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5074 - Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 

5075 - Elk, deer and antelope use. Could be considered part of "front". 
C;\USER\RV\kinley memo.doc 



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Kinley, Teresa 



Iprom; Aderhold, Mike 

Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 4;14 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Cc: Sihler, Paul 

Subject: March 5, 2002 Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Teresa - My crew and I have reviewed the 25 tracts in FWP Region 4 up for leasing this 
quarter. We have strong concerns for four tracts: 5018 (Fergus County) and 5057,5074 & 
5075 (all in Lewis and Clark County and all along the East Front) . The Fergus Co. tract 
between the Big Snowies and Little Snowies is a rich wildlife area for turkeys, white 
tailed deer, mule deer and elk. Its a moist area with watershed values. Its also 
important for big game migration and has some fisheries value. The other tracts are in 
the Haystack Butte, Smith Lake,& Elk Creek area. They are close in and support, at 
different times of the year, elk, bear and deer and important native vegetation. If 
possible Teresa, I would like to get the 4(h), conservation stipulation, on these tracts 
so that if development is ever planned we can take another, closer look at these 
properties. Again, we appreciate the chance to review and comment on the nominated 
tracts. Sincerely, Mike Aderhold, Region 4 Supervisor 



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D.N.R.C. 



Central Land Office 
Conrad Unit 



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To: Teresa Kinley, Hydrogeologist, Minerals Man; 

From: Erik Eneboe, Conrad Unit Manager, 

Date: January 1 5, 2002 

Re: March 5, 2002 Oil and Gas Lease Sale 
Conrad Unit, CLO 

Please fine attached Steve's comments pertaining to the March 5, 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 eastern Glacier County and do not require the "Sensitive 
Area / Rocky Mountain Front" special stipulation. If you have any questions, feel free to call. 

cc: Mark Ahner, Area Manager, CLO 



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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

CONRAD UNIT OFFICE 



JUDY MARTZ, GOVERNOR 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



(406» 278-7869 PO BOX 961 

FAX: (406) 278-7077 CONRAD, MONTANA 59425-0961 



January 15, 2002 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydro geologist, MMB 

FROM: Steve Dobson, LUS, CLO, Conrad Unit 

RE: March 5, 2002 Oil & Gas Lease Sale 

App# Acres Stipulations 

5001 40 Native Range, Prairie 

Pot Hole Topography, good 
, , 1/ ,1 I I rv. waterfowl habitat during wet years. ,, , / ,\ 

5002 1 60 Agricultural land in NWSW, S2S W4 

Native Range SWNW 
Waterfowl habitat within native 
j-^ range on wet years. 

5003 200 Native Range 

Waterfowl Habitat on wet years 

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DNRC NELO 



DNRC HELENA 



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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

NORTH EASTEILN LAND OFFICE 



S'A^E Oh MON^ANJA 



(4C6i 538-7789 Teiephor.e 
140S) 51«-77fln FAX 



January 22, 2002 



6l3 NE MAIN 

PO BOX 1021 

LEWISTOWN, MONTANA S94S7-1021 



MEMORANDUM 

TO' Teresa Kinley, Hydrologisf'Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau 

FROM: Bill Baumgartner, Land Use Specialist, Lewistown Unit OfBce 5-^ 

RE- March 5, 2002, Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale. 

The fonov,ing are the comments for the March 5, 2002, Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale from the 
LewistowTi Unit Office: 

FERGUS (NELO-L, F^\T-4) 

APP?? +5018 Loco Ridge - No Additional Information 
T13N, R20E, Sec 16, All 



PETROLELM 

APP#50I4 Teigen 
T15N,R25E, Sec I6,Ny2 



Wildlife - Sagegrouse was noted on the field evaluatioa This bird has 
decreased significantly in numbers and is being watched by_the FW&P 
Cultural Resources - None found 
Water 



There is an active irrigation ditch in the N'El'i of this tract. 



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- CRP - None. All native rangeland except for county road. 
Soil Stability - The soils are stable and consist of shallow clay and dense 
clay range sites with good grass production There is no active erosion 

For Suf-e tj'LicS-f , 

APP# 5015 Teigen - Little Bear Lake 
T15N, R25E, Sec 24, SW'/i 

- Wildlife - there was sage grouse noted on the 1994 field 

Evaluation. This bird has decreased in numbers and is being watched 

by the FW&P. T^e t^./J/-^^ s^r^^/ s-^z/''^*//^ ij!// ^<' ^-y:/:i^J 

- Cultural Resources - None found ^^ ^^'^ /'--=^ /^^ ^-/^ ^^-->''- 
Water - None 

CRP - None. All native rangeland 

Soil Stability -Soils stable, no active erosion There is a good stand of 

bluebunch wheatgrass. Grass production is good. 

Timber resources - None. 



01 23 02 17:42 FA.\ 1 406 5.')S 77S0 DNRC NELO -.--. DNRC HELENA 2003 



.\PP*^ 5016Teigen ^„ -/^;> Y^^c-/- fZ^r 'Jc' ^^ f^rcu^e 

T15N, R25E, Sec, 29, N^\''^. S'/i 

- Wildlife - Good wildJife habitat along McDonald creek bottom 
Pheasants, mule deer, sage grouse noted in field evaluation Sage grouse 
popuJations have declmed and are being watched by the FW&P 

- Cultural Resources - None found. 

- Water - McDonald Creek is an important perennial resource Used for 
irrigation TA^ r/^.-^^ i. /7?- ^/./^/^//^ ^/// ^e ^y/Z/z^y^^ /-^o 

- CRP - None. All native rangeland ^''^^ ^- 

- Soil Stability - Soils are stable, no active erosion and good grass 
production and establishment. 

Timber resources - None. 



.'^PP^SOnieigen , / 

T15N,R25E, Sec 30, Lots 1,2,3,4, E'/2,£y2Wy2 TAe a- /<////> ^^^<^/ y/./'^/^X^ t.. / ^e 

Uf:i;x^J cry. ///. -/r^<y hr T^^^ f^^^'^*^ ■ 

- Wildlife - Mule deer and sage grouse noted in field evaluation. Sage 
grouse populations have declined and are being watched by the FW&P 
Cultural Resources - None found. 

- Water - McDonald Creek is an important perennial resource. 

- CRP -None. 7Ae ^^^---^ '^^■f^f; ^X'A'l^^^''^ '''^^ ^^ ' 

- Soil Stability - Soils are stable, no active erosion and good grass 

production and establishment. 
Timber Resources - None. 



OCT 1 7 2000 ReC£iV£D 

Teresa Kinlev, Hydrologist/Geologist, MMB 

OCT 1 8 2000 

From Barny D Smith, Lewistown Unit Manager, TLMD D M D /^ 

RE: Dec 5, 2000 Oil/Gas Lease Sale J^ 7ke cJf.,.^! rr^o^.ces ^/,^^/^/;'o„ ^Hlh^aJjJ 

Lewistown Unit Tracts iot^ie /f^ses ^^ -f^^ Dec ^, X^oo c; I ^„J ^^r 

#5009 Studhorse Butte Sec.7, T26N, R14E NE1/4NW1/4, N1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4: 

Surface is not Trust Land. 

Alkali Coulee goes through this tract. Our (old) aerial shows that this is grazing land. 
"Care should be taken not to damage the coulee bottom or sides while crossing." There are no 
other apparent special stipulations needed for this tract. . . , , ,, / z' /^ 

#5010 Studhorse Butte Sec.l6, T26N, R14E 

N 1/2 is not state owned It is most likely grazing land and probably has some teepee ¥^ 
rings on it "These should be avoided." 

S 1/2 is Surface Lease #2938 
This is all classified grazing land There is a P/A gas well in the SW 1/4. "There are several -^ 
teepee rings scattered about in the SEl/4. These cultural resources should be avoided. The 
Lewistown Unit Office must be notified prior to exploration and the seismic line must be flagged 
and inspected before approval will be granted." C<^t*i^C^'^ ma-fed. Ca^ereA hy 

#5002 Tiger Butte Sec.29, T27N, R16E 

NE1/4NE1/4 State Surface Lease #9238 

NE1/4NW1/4 State Surface Lease #9239 

This tract is all grazing land, and provides fair habitat for big game. There are no known cultural 
resources or water bodies. There are no special concerns or stipulations associated with this 
tract. 

^#5027 Loco Ridge All Sec. 16, T13N, R20E 

State Surface Lease #6038. 

This tract is all classified grazing land. There are no known cultural resources present There is 
a natural spring in the center of the section. This tract provides good habitat for big game There 
are no special concerns or stipulations associated with this tract either. 



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From: Brandenburg, Gary 

Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 1 1 :53 AM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: Oil & Gas sale comments for two Carbon Co. tracts 



Teresa, 

You might as well copy me for future sales because they will end up on my desk anyway. 

Sec. 36, T4S-R21E: State ownership of this lies mostly on a gravelly-benchland above Rock Creek. There is county road 
access to it on the south. This is basically a dry tract with maybe some ephemeral springs in the coulees. Deer, 
pronghorns, upland gamebirds and prairie dogs have been seen here. I have no major concerns for denying exploration on 

Snr/ty ^f;/lt,lat,cn ^,11 [,e tii'lll^J cr -H',5 /'^f/ F'r />ra,t,c '^C^i^ 

Sec. 16, T5S-R22E: I have a couple concerns on this one. There are approximately 6-miles offence, installed to enhance 
management efforts and improve the depleted Elbow Creek riparian corridor that runs south to north through the tract. Any 
exploration of this tract needs to be sensitive to the Elbow Creek management concerns as well as range improvements. 
This tract gets frequented by deer, upland gamebirds and occassonally pronghorns. 







United States Department of the Interior 

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT 



RECEIVED 



Miles City Field Office 

1 11 Garryowen Road _ ^ 9011? 

IN REPLY TO: Miles City, Montana 59301 JAN C LUUi. 



D.N.R.C. 

January 23, 2002 



Teresa Kinley 

Dept of Natural Resources & Conservation 

PC Box 201601 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 

Dear Ms. Kinley: 

Tliis oftice has reviewed your list of tracts for the March 5, 2002 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale. One comiiient was 
received from our Lands Division in review of the Dawson County tracts, which stated that "a right-of-way may 
be required across BLM for access to the river bottom tracts, depending on the route chosen, v\hen and if physical 
access is required". 

Thank you for the opportunity to provide our input and if you need further information concerning this comment, 
please contact Pam Wall. Realty Specialist, at 406-233-2846. 



Sincerely, 



Fred Wambolt 

Supervisory Land Use Specialist 



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APPENDIX D: Public Comments Received Before Deadline 

NOTE; For this March 5, 2002 Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale, MT-DNRC received 4 
public comments regarding Rocky Mountain Front tracts in Lewis and Clark County by 
the January 25, 2002 public comment deadline. These letters advocated application 
of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation to tracts in Lewis and 
Clark County. 

The MT-DNRC proposes to apply the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation 
(number 16 in the application list in Appendix A) to application numbers 5057 
through 5075 in Lewis and Clark County. This proposal is due to the location of 
these school trust lands in northwestern Lewis and Clark County, i.e. (the lower 
elevation eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front, generally west of Choteau 
and Augusta) and proximity to areas with concerns including wildlife, water 
quality, and vegetation. 

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. 
Therefore, the broad socioeconomic and natural resource concerns expressed by some 
commentors relative to the overall impacts from surface use of state lands for 
exploration or development will be addressed if/when a proposal for use is 
submitted by the lessee. 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 
15, Appendix A) on one tract in Lewis and Clark County, (application number 5056) 
due to its location west of Wolf Creek in central Lewis and Clark County and its 
location within the Montana Natural Heritage Program's lynx area and within an 
area designated by MT Dept . of Fish Wildlife and Parks as bighorn sheep range. 



Mason, 


Monte 
















From: 
Sent: 
To: 
Subject: 




Gene Sentz [friends@3rivers net] 

Thursday, January 04, 2001 8:42 PM 

Clinch, Bud 

Comments on Preliminary Lease Sale List for DNRC's March 5, 


2002 


Oil 


and Gas Sale 


January 


4, 2001 
















OScG Lease Sale Comments 

c/o Bud Clinch, Director 

Dept of Natural Resources & Conservation 

PO Box 201601 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 














RE: Please apply Stipulation 19 to proposed leases 
along the Rocky Mountain 

Front in your March 5 lease sale. 


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state 


land 


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Dear Mr 


. Clinch, 


et al : 















Please accept this public comment with regard to the Preliminary Lease 
Sale List for DNRC's March 5, 2002, Oil and Gas Lease Sale. 

This latest list includes tracts in Lewis and Clark County, within a 
number of Sections in T19N, R7W. This township lies along the Rocky 
Mountain Front and includes Haystack Butte, the historic landmark near 
Augusta, which Meriwether Lewis passed on his return journey from 
Travelers' Rest (Lolo) over Lewis & Clark Pass to Great Falls in 1806. 
Some of these state lands proposed for leasing are beautiful roadless 
prairies which extend right up to the base of Haystack Butte. 

The preliminary lease sale list includes no stipulations on these 
proposed leases, but your cover letter does say that "the final list 
will be distributed on or about February 11, 2002, and will also include 
a listing of any additional stipulations from our environmental review." 

Do you intend to apply "Stipulation 19," the Rocky Mountain Front 
stipulation, to these leases? 

We certainly urge you to do that, especially to those tracts near 
Haystack Butte and other areas close to the Rocky Mountain Front. 

Thank you for this opportunity to comment in writing before your January 
25 deadline. 

Gene Sentz 



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January 25, 2002 

Mr. Monte Mason 

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

P.O. Box 201601 

Helena, MT 59520-1601 RECEIVED 

D M u -^nno r. 1 ^ r , c , JAN 2 5 2002 

Re: March 2002 Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

D.N.R.C. 

Dear Mr. Mason: 

Please accept the following comments regarding the oil and gas lease 
applications prepared for the March 5, 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 March sale that would include leases: 5056, 
5057, 5058, 5059, 5060,5061, 5062, 5063, 5064, 5065,5066,5067, 5068, 
5069, 5070, 5071, 5072, 5073, 5074, 5075. 

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. 

Coitriil Field Office 

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We also urge the DNRC to revisit the process of notifying the public 
about oil and gas leasing. The DNRC has a responsibility to inform the public 
when when oil and gas leasing is proposed in areas with outstanding natural, 
historic and wildlife features. The current practice of sending out lists of 
legal descriptions of proposed leases covering the entire state and then 
expecting the public to determine which leases might be located in 
environmentally sensitive areas is difficult and discourages public oversight. 
It has the effect of placing the interests of those who use public resources 
for private profit above those for whom these lands are held in trust. A 
simple solution is for the DNRC to notify major newspapers in the state when 
leases are proposed in environmentally sensitive areas such as state parks, 
wildlife management areas, national refuges, national monuments, Forest 
Service and BLM roadless areas, and wilderness study areas. 

We appreciate the opportunity to comment. 



Sincerely, 



Gerfy Jennings 



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D.N.R.C. 

January 22, 2002 

Monte Mason 

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

P.O. Box 201601 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 

Dear Mr. Mason, 

Please add my comments into the official record: 

DNRC has received nominations for the March 5, 2002 Oil and Gas Lease Sale and 
twenty of the nominations are located along the Rocky Mountain Front. As you well 
know, these lease sites 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 
1987. 

Due to the environmentally sensitive nature of this area, I am urging you to apply the 
"Rocky Mountain Front Sensitive Area Stipulations" to these lease sites. 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 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 habitat 

and protects the splendor and integrity of this magnificent area. The Rocky Mountain 

Front should not be considered just another place to drill for oil and gas regardless of who 

owns the land. The Rocky Mountain front is a national treasure and should be protected 

at all costs. far -fAe /Pl^rcA S, xoo)~ Al T cPl / y &^s Z''^}" 5^/^ 

Sincerely<, ~tU ^ocky Ai^c^.f^l.^Fn.. -t rf.^ifiue 

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Issue Specialist/Organizer j^ /^euj'is -^"-f/ Cf^i-^ (^ou»Ty. 

Montana Environmental Information Center 

P.O. Box 1184 , ,, ^-f-'^, h-t'rr^fF- h LjI\I hf 

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