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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 

FOR JUNE 7, 2000 

STATE OF MONTANA OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE 



STATE DOCUMENTS COLLECTION 

LiC ^ 2000 

HELENA, MONTANA 59620 



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 

MARC RACICOT, 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 



May 4, 2000 



To Whom it may concern: 



We have reviewed the attached Environmental Assessment for the June 7, 2000 lease sale. 
The stipulations, as listed in Appendix A, sufficiently mitigate environmental concerns with leasing 
the proposed tracts. There is no need for an EIS for this lease sale. 



Monte Mason, MMB Chief 



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Date 



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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 

MARC RACICOT, GOVERNOR 1625 ELEVENTH AVENUE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



DIRECTOR'S OFFICE (406) 444-2074 PO BOX 201601 

TELEFAX NUMBER (406) 444-2684 HELENA, MONTANA 59620-1601 



ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 

ON THE 

June 7, 2 00 

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 June 7, 2000 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 135 tracts 
of land totaling 58,483.49 acres for the purpose of oil and gas exploration 
and development. A listing of these tracts and their locations are found in 
Appendix A. Included among these tracts are three (application numbers 5066, 
5067, and 5068) with oil and gas mineral estate owned by Montana Department of 
Transportation (MOOT) and two (application numbers 5134 and 5135) with oil and 
gas mineral estate owned by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks 
(DFWP) . Once these nominations are received, DNRC-TLMD contacts the 
appropriate agency for their permission for leasing. Each agency determines 
whether to lease their minerals with appropriate stipulations or to deny 
leasing. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has 
received approval from the MDOT to proceed with the leasing process for their 
tracts. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has informed DNRC 
that it has no interest in leasing its tracts at this time. 

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. Since application numbers 5134 and 5135 in Lewis and Clark County 
(see Appendix A) have been withdrawn from leasing by DFWP, no further review 
of these tracts has been conducted in this environmental assessment. This 
withdrawal reduces the number of tracts to 133 and the acreage reviewed in 
this environmental assessment to 57,182.85 acres. 

By leasing lands for oil and gas exploration, the trusts administered by 
TLMD benefit from rental and potential royalty income. 



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 Conseirvation 

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 talcen 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 - TrustLand 

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 Paries Regional Offices and 

Field Biologists at applicable Area Resource Offices 
Montana Natural Heritage Program 
USDI Fish and Wildlife Service 
Custer National Forest Supervisor 
Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor 
BLM Lewistown District Manager 
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 contains public comments received by the 
April 28, 2000 public comment deadline. Late comments are included in Appendix 
B; 

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Issues reviewed for this process include: 

The presence of sensitive plant and animal communities. 

The presence of historical or cultural sites. 

Potential impacts of oil and gas related activities on soils, 

hydrology, wildlife, vegetation, and human resources. 
Potential for "No Surface Occupancy" restrictions. 
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 B. Four of these stipulations are placed on all leases 
and are denoted in Appendix B 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 or F-2 (see Appendix B) . 

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, two special 
stipulations have been developed (Appendix B, stipulations F-1 and F-2) . Both 
stipulations create a tiered environmental review process with the potential 
for future denial of activities. 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 
outlines Land Board review and approval and delineates the review process. An 
impact analysis is not required prior to leasing a tract with either of these 
stipulations. ( 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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V. Public Notification 

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

VI. Resource Analysis 

The following issues were analyzed for potential impact on state owned 
land: 

A. Wildlife: 

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

For the June 7, 2000 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale several stipulations have 
been applied to various tracts due to wildlife concerns. Both sensitive areas 
stipulations are utilized in this environmental assessment. DNRC tracts on 
the Rocky Mountain Front in Lewis and Clark County (application numbers 5105 
through 5107, 5114 through 5133, and 5136) have the Rocky Mountain Front 
sensitive areas stipulation (number 21 in the application list in Appendix A) 
applied to address wildlife concerns for various species, including grizzly 
bears, ferruginous hawks, elk, bighorn sheep, northern goshawks, Montana 
Arctic grayling, and trumpeter swans. The Rocky Mountain Front sensitive 
areas stipulation is also utilized on the DNRC tracts in Teton County 
(application numbers 5100 and 5101) for various species including grizzly 
bears and bighorn sheep. 

The sensitive areas stipulation (number 20, Appendix A) is applied to 
application numbers 5015 through 5017, and 5013 in Phillips County to address 
wildlife concerns for various bird species frequenting the Lake Bowdoin 
National Wildlife Refuge area (see Montana Natural Heritage Program 
information on Phillips County) . It also covers potential concerns for swift 
fox on these tracts. In addition, the sensitive areas stipulation is utilized 
on application number 5104 in Lewis and Clark County for grizzly bears. 

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The wildlife survey stipulation (see number 13 in Appendix A) is 
utilized on application numbers 5069 through 5093, and 5014 in Phillips County 
for swift fox. This stipulation also includes ferruginous hawks in 
application numbers 5089 through 5093. The wildlife survey stipulation is 
also applied to application number 5064 in Toole County and application 
numbers 5108 through 5113 in Lewis and Clark County for ferruginous hawks. 

The TLMD contact Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks stipulation 
(number 12, Appendix A) is applied to the seven tracts in Bighorn County and 
ten tracts in Custer County proposed for the June 7, 2 000 MT oil and gas lease 
sale due to sage grouse concerns. It is also applied to application number 
5098 in Carter County for sage grouse concerns. Moreover, it is utilized for 
prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets on application numbers 5037 and 5006 in 
Powder River County and for prairie dogs on application number 5026 in Custer 
County. Finally, potential hunting concerns resulted in application number 
5004 in Chouteau County receiving this stipulation. 

In addition, the TLMD contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stipulation 
(number 18, Appendix A) is utilized on application number 5093 in Phillips 
County since it is adjacent to the Webb Waterfowl Production Area. Utilization 
of the l/8th-mile buffer stipulation for rivers or lakes/reservoirs (number 11 
in Appendix A) on application numbers 5025 and 5033 in Custer County covers 
concerns for possible sturgeon chub in the Powder River. Highway tracts in 
Phillips County (application numbers 5066 through 5068) fall within the swift 
fox area delineated by MNHP. The no-surface occupancy stipulation that is 
applied to these tracts (number 16, Appendix A) also covers potential concerns 
for swift fox. 

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-feet buffer stipulation is utilized for various 
scenarios on 86 tracts (see stipulation 7 in application list in Appendix A) . 
Streams, ponds, wetlands, etc. on application numbers 5105 through 5107, 5114 
through 5133, and 5136 in Lewis and Clark County and numbers 5100 and 5101 in 
Teton County are covered by application of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive 
areas stipulation (number 21, Appendix A) . In Phillips County, streams, ponds, 
wetlands, reservoirs, etc. are addressed on application numbers 5013, and 5015 
through 5017) through the utilization of the sensitive areas stipulation (number 
20, Appendix A). This sensitive areas stipulation also covers these features on 
application numbers 5039 through 5041, and 5035 in Powder River County. 

Other stipulations are applied to larger water bodies. For this sale, the 
1/8-mile buffer stipulation for rivers and related acreage and/or for lakes (see 
stipulation 11 in the application list in Appendix A) has been utilized for the 
Powder River and Horseshoe Lake. It is applied to application numbers 5025 and 
5033 in Custer County that contain reaches of the river and to application 
number 5091 in Phillips County that contains a large portion of Horseshoe Lake. 



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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 June 7, 2000 MT Oil and Gas 
Lease Sale, rough/steep topography or fragile, unstable soils have resulted in 
stipulation 10 (see Appendix A) being applied to 35 various tracts. Soils and 
other surface concerns that may arise during a site-specific review are also 
handled through the standard operating plan review stipulation (see number 1, 
Appendix A) . Steep topography and unstable soils on the Lewis and Clark County 
tracts (application numbers 5105 through 5107, 5114 through 5133, and 5136) and 
Teton county tracts (application numbers 5100 and 5101) are covered by 
utilization of the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (number 21, 
Appendix A) . The sensitive areas stipulation (number 20, Appendix A), applied 
to tracts in Powder River County (application numbers 5039 through 5041 and 
5035) and Lewis and Clark County (application number 5104) covers concern for 
unstable soils and steep topography in these areas. 

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, plants that the Montana 
Natural Heritage Program information indicates to be of potential concern on the 
Rocky Mountain Front in Lewis and Clark County are covered by utilization of the 
Rocky Mountain Front Sensitive Areas stipulation on application numbers 5105 
through 5107, 5114 through 5133, and 5136. These plants include: small yellow 
lady's slipper, giant helleborine, and Great Basin downingia. 

In Sheridan County, utilization of the vegetation survey stipulation 
(number 14, Appendix A) covers concerns for smooth goosefoot, Schweinitz' 
flatsedge and Fendlers cat's eye which occur on application number 5065. This 
survey stipulation is also applied to application number 5098 in Carter County 
for Astragalus racemosus var. Racemosus . In Powder River County, it is utilized 
on application number 5006 for Scribner's panic grass. Chaffweed is covered by 
applying the stream, pond, prairie pothole, etc. buffer stipulation (number 7, 
Appendix A) to application numbers 5073 and 5074 in Phillips County. This 
stipulation also covers possible concerns for scarlet ammania on application 
number 5014 in Phillips County. 

The sensitive areas stipulation is utilized on application numbers 5039 
through 5041, and 5035 in Powder River County per Land Board direction. These 
four tracts are adjacent to and within Custer National Forest. The MNHP 
information included Scribner's Panic grass as a plant of concern in this area, 
so this stipulation would address its possible occurrence on the tracts. This 
stipulation is also utilized on application numbers 5015 through 5017, and 5013 
in Phillips County. It would cover possible concerns for scarlet ammannia on 
these tracts . 

In addition, some tracts contain wooded areas that occur outside the area 
covered by the riparian buffer stipulation (number 7, Appendix A) . In order to 
minimize disturbance to this vegetation, the avoid wooded areas stipulation is 
utilized on 17 tracts for the June 7, 2000 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale (see 

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stipulation 9 in application list, Appendix A) . For tracts in Lewis and Clark 
County and Teton County where the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas 
stipulation (number 21, Appendix A) is utilized, wooded areas are covered by 
this stipulation. The sensitive areas stipulation (number 20, Appendix A), 
provides for review of wooded areas on application numbers 503 9 through 5041, 
and' 5035 in Powder River County, and number 5104 in Lewis and Clark 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 (number 15, in Appendix A) is utilized in addition to 
stipulation 4. Stipulation 15 is applied to application number 5025 in Custer 
County for leafy spurge . 

E. Land use conflicts: 

Nominated tracts are reviewed by TLMD field office personnel for current 
land use, and potential conflicts are noted. Each lease contains a clause that 
indicates the oil and gas lessee agrees to be responsible for payment of actual 
surface damages arising from oil and gas exploration or development. A special 
stipulation is added to the lease for land involved in the Conservation Reserve 
Program (CRP) (Appendix A, stipulation 8) . This stipulation is applied to 
application number 5048 in Hill County, number 5102 in Fallon County, number 
5012 in Sheridan County, and numbers 5055 and 5058 in Toole County. The lease 
terms also prohibit drilling within 200 feet of a residence or barn. 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. For this sale, the "no surface occupancy" stipulation 
of the school site is applied to application number 5025 in Custer County due to 
the presence of this facility on the tract (see Appendix A, stipulation 17) . In 
addition, another "no surface occupancy" stipulation (number 16, Appendix A) is 
utilized for highway tracts in Phillips County (application numbers 5066 through 
5068) . Utilization of the Rocky Mountain sensitive areas stipulation (number 
21, Appendix A) on application number 5136 addresses concerns for existing uses 
on this tract in Lewis and Clark County. 

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 27 tracts on the June 7, 2000 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) . 



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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 B, stipulations K-M. For the June 7, 2000 sale, the existing 
facilities stipulation (number 19 in Appendix A) is applied to application 
number 5099 in Liberty County. 

H. Sensitive Areas 

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

(Appendix B, stipulations F-1 and F-2) . For this June 7, 2000 Montana oil and 
Gas Lease Sale, DNRC received 47 public comments, i.e., 14 form e-mails, 25 form 
e-mails with additional comments, 7 letters, and 1 e-mail letter. Three 
comments oppose oil and gas leasing and development on the Rocky Mountain Front, 
thirteen comments oppose leasing and development on the Sun River Wildlife 
Management Area and the Rocky Mountain Front. Thirty-ohe comments oppose oil 
and gas leasing and development of DFWP land within the Sun River Wildlife 
Management Area (application numbers 5134 and 5135) in Lewis and Clark County as 
well as school trust land (application number 5136) adjacent to the Sun River 
Wildlife Management Area (SR-WMA) . The DFWP land has been withdrawn from 
leasing by DFWP. DFWP considers Section 36 in Township 21 North, Range 8 West 

(application number 5136) to be a part of the SR-WMA since they hold a grazing 
lease from DNRC on this tract. However, there is no agreement between the two 
agencies that commits school trust lands to the SR-WMA. The grazing lease only 
authorizes DFWP to control grazing activities. Discussions between the two 
agencies regarding issues relating to the SR-WMA have been ongoing for about the 
past 16 months. These discussions continue. 

Within the public comments opposed to oil and gas leasing and development 
of school trust land on the Rocky Mountain Front and in the SR-WMA, four 
comments opposed oil and gas leasing and development adjacent to the Chute 
Mountain Outstanding Natural Area in Teton County (application numbers 5100 and 
5101) . These tracts had recently been leased with utilization of the Rocky 
Mountain Front Sensitive Areas Stipulation. The Department proposes to apply 
the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation (see number 21 in Appendix 
A; F-2 in Appendix B) to application numbers 5105 through 5107, 5114 through 
5133, and 5136 in Lewis and Clark County and application numbers 5100 and 5101 
in Teton County due to their location on the Rocky Mountain Front and proximity 
to areas with concerns including water quality, existing uses, vegetation, and 
wildlife. 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. 

Other areas on this sale have the sensitive areas stipulation (see number 
20 in Appendix A; F-1 in Appendix B) applied. In accordance with Land Board 
direction, the placement of this stipulation on application numbers 5039 through 
5041, and 5035 in Powder River County results from their location adjacent to 
and/or within the Custer National Forest. The sensitive areas stipulation is 
also utilized on tracts adjacent to and within the Lake Bowdoin National 

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wildlife Refuge (see application numbers 5013, 5015, 5016 and 5017) in Phillips 
County due to their location and to concerns about various bird species. In 
addition, the sensitive areas stipulation is applied to one tract in Lewis and 
Clark County (application number 5104) due to its location northwest of Wolf 
Creek in central Lewis and Clark County and its proximity to the MNHP grizzly 
bear area. 

VII. Impact Analysis 

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

If a lease is denied, the only resource that would be negatively impacted 
is the loss of revenue from rental and royalty payments to the appropriate 
trust. All other resources would not be affected. 

B. Leasing Alternative 

Comments received on potential impacts for these tracts are located in 
Appendices C and D. Agency comments were requested on March 31, 2000 and April 
12, 2000 and must have been received by April 26, 2000 for consideration in 
formulating the stipulations. Agency comments are included in Appendix C. The 
tract list was made available to the public in early April 2000 for interested 
party comments. These comments must have been received by April 28, 2000 for 
consideration in formulating the stipulations. Public comments are included in 
Appendix D. Late comments are located in Appendix E. Tracts nominated for oil 
and gas leasing and proposed stipulations are listed in Appendix A. 

VIII. Need for an Environmental Impact Statement 

The DNRC-TLMD is required to evaluate each action to a "level of detail 
appropriate to the following considerations: ...the complexity of the proposed 
action, ... the environmental sensitivity of the area af fected, . . . 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 

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Don Kendall, 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 

Martin Miller, Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Kemper McMaster/Ann V. , USDI Fish and Wildlife Service 

Elizabeth McFarland, Ashland District Ranger, Custer National Forest 

Owen Billingsley, Bureau of Land Management, Havre, MT 

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 



05-02-00 



STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - JUNE 7, 2000 



PRE -SALE APPLICATION REPORT 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 



BIG HORN 



5036 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 

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

5019 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,12 

5020 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 

5021 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 

5022 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 

5023 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,12 



8.S 42. E 36 ALL 

B.S 43. E 1 LOTS 2, 4, S2 , S2NE4, SE4NW4 

8.S 43. E 2 LOTS 1, 4, S2 , S2NW4 , SW4NE4 

8.S 43. E 6 LOTS 6, 7, E2SW4, SE4 

8.S 43. E 7 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, E2W2 , E2 

8.S 43. E 8 SW4, S2NW4 , NW4NW4, SW4SE4 

8.S 43. E 17 NW4, NE4NE4, NW4SE4 



CARTER 



5094 


1, 


.2, 


.3, 


r4, 


i5, 


,10 


5095 


1, 


,2, 


r3, 


r4, 


r5, 


,7 


5096 


1, 


r2, 


r3, 


,4, 


r5, 


,7,10 


5097 


1, 


.2, 


.3, 


,4, 


r5, 


,7 


5098 


1, 


.2, 


r3, 


,4, 


r5, 


,7,12,14 



4.S 


61. E 


36 


LOTS 1, 


2, 


3, 


4, 


W2E2, 


W2 


7.S 


57. E 


36 


ALL 












7.S 


58. E 


36 


ALL 












8.S 


57. E 


16 


ALL 












8.S 


58. E 


16 


ALL 













CHOUTEAU 

5004 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 



27. N 15. E 35 ALL 



CUSTER 



5024 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5025 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,11,12,15,1 
7 

5026 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5027 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5028 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12 

5029 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5030 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5031 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5032 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,12 

5033 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,11,12 



l.N 53. E 16 ALL 
l.N 54. E 16 ALL 

2.N 52. E 4 LOTS 3, 4, SW4NE4 , S2NW4 , 
N2SE4, SE4SE4 

2, 3, 4, N2S2, N2 



2, 3, 4, N2 



2 


.N 


53 


.E 


36 


LOTS 1, 


3 


.N 


51 


.E 


16 


ALL 


3 


.N 


51 


.E 


36 


ALL 


3 


.N 


52 


.E 


16 


ALL 


3 


.N 


52 


.E 


36 


LOTS 1, 


3 


.N 


53 


.E 


16 


ALL 


4 


.N 


53 


.E 


36 


ALL 



FALLON 



PAGE 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGB 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



5102 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 

5103 1,2,3,4,5,7,10 



5.N 
5.N 



59. E 
60. E 



24 E2 
16 ALL 



320.00 
640.00 



HILL 



5047 
5048 
5049 
5050 
5051 
5052 
5053 



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

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

1,2,3,4,5,7 

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

1,2,3,4,5 

1,2,3,4,5,7 

1,2,3,4,5,6 



36. N 


12 


E 


7 


LOTS 1, 2, 3, 


E2W2 




266 


13 


36. N 


12 


E 


16 


ALL 






640 


00 


36. N 


12 


E 


18 


N2NE4, SE4NE4 






120 


00 


36. N 


12 


E 


28 


N2N2 , SE4NE4 , 


SW4NW4 , 


NE4SW4 * 


280 


00 


36. N 


12 


E 


30 


NW4NE4 






40 


00 


36. N 


12 


E 


33 


S2SW4 






80 


00 


37. N 


11 


E 


36 


LOTS 1, 2, 3, 


4, W2E2 


W2 * 


643 


11 



LEWIS & CLARK 



5104 


2,3,4,5,6,20 




16. N 


5.W 


16 


5105 


2,3,4,5,6,21 




17. N 


6.W 


16 


5106 


2,3,4,5,6,21 




17. N 


6.W 


36 


5107 


2,3,4,5,6,21 




18. N 


5.W 


16 


5108 


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


13 


19. N 


5.W 


22 


5109 


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


13 


19. N 


5.W 


26 


5110 


1,2,3,4,5,7,13 




19. N 


5.W 


28 


5111 


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


L3 


19. N 


5.W 


30 


5112 


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


13 


19. N 


5.W 


32 


5113 


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


13 


19. N 


5.W 


36 


5114 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


13 


5115 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


14 


5116 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


23 


5117 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


24 


5118 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


25 


5119 


2,3,4,5,6,21 




19. N 


8.W 


26 


5120 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


34 


5121 


2,3,4,5,21 




19. N 


8.W 


36 


5122 


2,3,4,5,21 




20. N 


7.W 


30 


5123 


2,3,4,5,21 




20. N 


7.W 


31 


5124 


2,3,4,5,21 




20. N 


7.W 


32 


5125 


2,3,4,5,21 




20. N 


8.W 


2 


5126 


2,3,4,5,21 




20. N 


8 .W 


11 


5127 


2,3,4,5,21 




20. N 


8 .W 


14 


5128 


2,3,4,5,6,21 




20. N 


8.W 


36 


5129 


2,3,4,5,21 




21. N 


7.W 


21 


5130 


2,3,4,5,21 




21. N 


7.W 


22 


5131 


2,3,4,5,21 




21. N 


7.W 


27 


5132 


2,3,4,5,21 




21. N 


7.W 


35 


5133 


2,3,4,5,21 




21. N 


7.W 


36 


5136 


2,3,4,5,21 




21. N 


8.W 


36 



NW4, W2SW4, SE4SW4, SE4SE4 

LOTS 1,2,3,4,5,6, E2SW4, E2 

ALL 

ALL 

ALL 

ALL 

E2, N2NW4, E2SW4 

NE4 

ALL 

ALL 

NE4NE4, W2E2, SE4NW4 , E2SW4 

S2SW4 

LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, S2S2 

NE4, E2NW4, S2 

NE4 

ALL 

ALL 

ALL 

SE4 

NE4, NE4SE4 

NW4, N2SW4 

S2SW4, SW4SE4 

W2NE4, W2, N2SE4 

N2NW4, SW4NW4, SW4SW4 

NW4, S2 

NE4NE4 

NW4, NW4SW4, SE4SW4 , S2SE4 

N2NE4 

SE4NE4, E2SE4 

ALL 

LOTS 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, W2NE4 , 

NW4, N2SW4, NW4SE4 



320.00 
628.75 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
480.00 
160.00 
640.00 
640.00 
320.00 

80.00 
310.20 
560.00 
160.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
160.00 
200.00 
240.00 
120.00 
480.00 
160.00 
480.00 

40.00 
320.00 

80.00 
120.00 
640.00 
650.62 



PAGE 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



LIBERTY 



5042 


1,2 


3 


4 


5 


5043 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,6 


5044 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,6,7 


5045 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,6 


5046 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,6 


5001 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,9,10 


5099 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,19 


PHILLIPS 








5069 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5070 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5013 


2,3 


4 


5 


6,20 


5014 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5015 


2,3 


4 


5 


6,20 


5016 


2,3 


4 


5 


20 


5017 


2,3 


4 


5 


6,20 


5071 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,6,7,10,13 


5072 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,10,13 


5073 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5074 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,10,13 


5075 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,10,13 


5076 


1,2 


3 


5 


7,13 


5077 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,10,13 


5078 


1,2 


3 


4 


5 , 7 , 13 


5079 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5080 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5081 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,6,7,10,13 


5082 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5083 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5084 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5085 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5086 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5087 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5088 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5089 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5090 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5091 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,11,13 


5092 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13 


5093 


1,2 


3 


4 


5,7,13,18 



32. N 


6.E 


3 


S2NW4, N2SW4 






160.00 


32. N 


6.E 


12 


SW4, E2 




* 


480.00 


32. N 


7.E 


2 


LOT 2 




* 


29.91 


33. N 


6.E 


27 


SE4 




* 


160.00 


33. N 


6.E 


34 


W2SW4, NE4 




* 


240.00 


35. N 


5.E 


7 


W2NE4, SE4NW4, 


NE4SW4, 


NW4SE4 


200.00 


37. N 


4.E 


2 


SE4SE4 






40.00 



31. N 


30. E 


16 


ALL 




31. N 


30. E 


36 


ALL 




31. N 


31. E 


13 


SE4NE4, S2SW4 


NW4SE4 


31. N 


31. E 


16 


ALL 




31. N 


31. E 


22 


N2SE4 




31. N 


31. E 


23 


N2NE4, SW4NE4 


N2SW4 


31. N 


31. E 


36 


ALL 




32. N 


29. E 


1 


SE4NE4, N2SE4 




32. N 


29. E 


3 


LOTS 1, 2, 3, 


4, SE4NE4 


32. N 


29. E 


21 


N2 




32. N 


29. E 


36 


ALL 




33. N 


29. E 


1 


LOT 1, SE4NE4 
SE4SW4 


E2SE4, SW4SE4, 


33. N 


29. E 


12 


W2NE4 




33. N 


29. E 


16 


ALL 




33. N 


29. E 


27 


N2SW4 




33. N 


29. E 


32 


SE4 




33. N 


29. E 


33 


S2SW4 




33. N 


29. E 


36 


ALL 




34. N 


28. E 


16 


ALL 




34. N 


28. E 


36 


ALL 




34. N 


29. E 


29 


S2 




35. N 


28. E 


10 


E2 




35. N 


28. E 


15 


N2 




35. N 


28. E 


16 


ALL 




35. N 


28. E 


36 


ALL 




35. N 


29. E 


16 


ALL 




36. N 


28. E 


16 


ALL 




36. N 


28. E 


36 


ALL (SUBJECT TO 70-16-201, 








MCA) 




37. N 


28. E 


16 


ALL 




37. N 


28. E 


36 


ALL 





640.00 
640.00 
160.00 
640.00 
80.00 
200.00 
640.00 
120.00 
225.12 
320.00 
640.00 
240.06 

80.00 
640.00 

80.00 
160.00 

80.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
320.00 
320.00 
320.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 

640.00 
640.00 



PAGE 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



POWDER RIVER 

5037 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,12 

5038 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10 

5039 2,3,4,5,20 

5040 2,3,4,5,6,20 

5041 2,3,4,5,20 
5035 2,3,4,5,20 

5006 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,12,14 



1 


.S 


47 


.E 


10 


SW4N 
SE4 


E4, NW4, SW4SW4 


1 


.S 


47 


.E 


16 


ALL 




1 


.S 


47 


.E 


36 


ALL 




2 


.s 


47, 


.E 


16 


S2 




2 


.s 


47 


.E 


36 


W2, 


SE4 


7 


.s 


48 


.E 


36 


LOTS 
NW4, 


1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 
N2SW4, NW4SE4 


9 


.s 


47 


.E 


29 


S2 





E2SW4, 



W2NE4, 



480.00 

640.00 
640.00 
320.00 
480.00 
630.32 

320.00 



ROOSEVELT 



5003 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 
5005 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 



28. N 
30. N 



57. E 3 6 ALL 
57. E 3 6 ALL 



640.00 
640.00 



ROSEBUD 

5002 1,2,3,4,5,7,10 



12. N 33. E 31 LOTS 16-30 



618.43 



SHERIDAN 












5065 


1,2, 


^3, 


,4, 


.5, 


r7, 


,14 


5O07 


1,2, 


3, 


,4, 


r5. 


.7, 


,9 


5008 


1,2, 


^3, 


.4, 


.5, 


.7, 


.10 


5009 


1,2, 


^3, 


,4, 


.5, 


.7, 


,10 


5010 


1,2, 


3, 


.4, 


,5, 


.9, 


,10 


5011 


1,2, 


,3, 


.4, 


.5, 


-6, 


7,9 


5012 


1,2, 


.3, 


.4, 


.5, 


6, 


7,8 



32. N 


57 


.E 


36 


ALL 






35. N 


53 


.E 


2 


W2SW4, 


SE4SW4, 


SW4SE4 


35. N 


53 


.E 


3 


SE4NE4, 


SW4SE4, 


, E2SE4 


35. N 


53 


.E 


10 


NW4NE4 






35. N 


53 


.E 


11 


NW4NW4 






36. N 


53 


.E 


16 


ALL 






36. N 


53 


.E 


36 


ALL 







640.00 
160.00 
160.00 
40.00 
40.00 
640.00 
640.00 



TETON 

5100 2,3,4,5,21 

5101 2,3,4,5,21 



23. N 
23. N 



8.W 16 ALL 

8.W 17 N2NE4, SE4NE4 



640.00 
120.00 



TOOLE 



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

5054 1,2,3,4,5,7 

5055 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 
5057 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 



35. N 


3 


.E 


16 


33. N 


1 


.W 


16 


33. N 


2 


.W 


16 


34. N 


1 


.w 


16 



ALL 

ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

RIERDON FORMATION 

ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

DUPEROW FORMATION 

E2, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

MISSION CANYON FORMATION 



640.00 
640.00 



640.00 
320.00 



PAGE 



APP# 



STIP 



TWP 



RGE 



SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



5058 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 

5059 1,2,3,4,5,7 

5060 1,2,3,4,5,7 



5061 1,2,3,4,5,6 

5062 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 

5063 1,2,3,4,5,7 

5064 1,2,3,4,5,7,10,13 



34. N 


2.W 


16 


34. N 


2.W 


36 


35. N 


l.W 


30 


36. N 


l.W 


2 


36. N 


l.W 


11 


37. N 


l.W 


36 


37. N 


3.W 


36 



ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

RIERDON FORMATION 

ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

RIERDON FORMATION 

LOTS 1,2,3,4, SE4SW4, SE4^m4 , 

NE4SW4, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

MISSION CANYON FORMATION 

S2S2 

ALL 

ALL 

ALL 



640.00 
640.00 
266.44 



160.00 
640.00 
640.00 
640.00 



LESSOR: DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 
PHILLIPS 

5066 1,2,3,4,5,16 

5067 1,2,3,4,5,16 

5068 1,2,3,4,5,16 



31. N 



31. N 
31. N 



30. E 2 TRACTS OF LAND IN THE SE4SW4, 

SE4, SE4NE4 
30. E 11 A TRACT OF LAND IN THE NW4 
30. E 15 A TRACT OF LAND IN THE W2SW4 



7.60 



6.60 
4.25 



LESSOR: DEPT OF FISH WILDLIFE & PARKS 
LEWIS & CLARK 



5134 DFWP withdrew tract 
513 5 DFWP withdrew tract 



21. N 
21. N 



8.W 24 ALL 

8.W 25 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, W2NE4, 
NW4SE4, NE4SW4 



PAGE 5 
* Part or all of the tract is not state-owned surface. 



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 & 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 TLMD prior to plugging a well 
on the lease premises . 

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 steep topography, surface 
use may be restricted or denied. Seismic activity may be restricted to 
poltershots . 



STIPULATIONS 



11. 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. 

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. 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. 

14. 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. 

15. 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. 

16. 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. 

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

18. Potential wildlife conflicts have been identitied 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. 

19. 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 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. 



STIPULATIONS 



20. This lease includes areas that may be environmentally sensitive. Therefore, if 
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. TL^4D shall review the 
Operating Plan or Amendment and notify the lessee if the Operating 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. 

21. 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. 



STIPULATIONS 



(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. 



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

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 & Conservation, Trust Land Management Division, 
P.O. Box 201601, Helena, MT 59620-1601. 

Individuals with disabilities needing assistance or special services, please 
call Barbara Hamburg at (406)444-2074 at least 1 week prior to the sale. 

STATE BOARD OF LAND COMMISSIONERS 



3 



APPENDIX B: Exas^le Stipulations for Oil and Gas Leasing. 



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



Not-if ication 

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. 

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. 

Weeds 

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

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

Royalty Calculation 

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

CRP Land and D amages 

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

Sensitive Areas 

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

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

After an opportunity for an informal hearing with the lessee, surface 
activity may be denied or restricted on all or portions of any tract if 
the Director determines in writing that the proposed surface activity will 



be detrimental to trust resources and therefore not in the best interests 
of the trust . 

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. 

Navigable Rivers 

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



Surface not State Owned 

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

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

No Surfa ce 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 Facilitiea 

L. 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 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. 

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. 

Foreste d 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 

0. 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. 

Miscella neous 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 steep topography, 
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 coal 

lease. Lessee's right to search, develop, and produce oil and gas may be 
restricted by such prior existing lease rights. 



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

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



APPENDIX C: Agency Comments Received Before Deadline 



TO: Teresa Kcnley 

FROM: Bob Vlahovich, Forester f[{/ 

DATE: April 26, 1999 

SUBJECT: June 2, 1999 - O & G Lease Tract Comments 



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The following are brief comments on proposed lease tracts by application number: 



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^ 5072 Steep slopes in W'/j&S'/j, demons Creek in NE'X, area was severely burned in 1988 - Canyon 
Creek Fire, reseeded to reduce erosion. 

~^ 5073 Steep slopes running from NW to SE, springs in SW'/* & NEVi, burned in 1988, reseeded to 
reduce erosion. Recreational cabins on private land to the west, borders USPS on south. 

^5101 "Dry Creek" in SW'/4SW'/4NE'/4 

^ 5075 Dry Creek in SE'/«NW'/4 

^ 5076 Dry Creek in extreme NW'/4 

^ 5077 Old out buildings in SW'/4, antelope use 

^ 5078 Antelope use 

^ 5079 Antelope use 

"" 5 1 00 Reservoir/Mosher Ditch, ranch buildings in NW'/4 

- 5080 Elk Creek in SW'/4 

^ 508 1 Burnt in 1988 Canyon Creek Fire 

■- 5 102 Burnt in 1988 Canyon Creek Fire 

^ 5082 Burnt in 1988 Canyon Creek Fire, Spring in NENE 

" 5083 Burnt in 1988 Canyon Creek Fire, Reservoir in SWVi 

"^ 5 107 Burnt in 1988 Canyon Creek Fire, county road through tract 

-> 5084 County road in SEVi 

^ 5085 Reservoir and stock tank in NE'/4 

^ 5086 Cord, Nilan Ditch, high recreation use at Nilan Reservoir immediately to west of tract 

^ 5087 County road, reservoir in NE'/4 

^ 5088 Canal in E'/i, corral and shed in center of tract 
~~ 5089 Canal in NE'/4, some evidence of old seabody, seashells, etc. 



- 5090 Pond in NEViNE'/4 
^5091 County road, powerline 

^ 5092 Florence Canal SE'/4, county road, irrigated hay in WVi 

^ 5093 Smith Creek in SE'/«SE'/4 

- 5094 Game range, pond in NE'/4NE'/4NE'/4 
^ 5095 Game range 

""5105 Game range, pond in NESENW 

^5106 Game range, Barr Creek 

■- 5096 Game range 

^ 5097 Game range, Barr Creek SESE 

^ 5098 Game range 

-^099 Game range, Barr Creek, game range HQ in Lot #7 (SESE) (T^I >v) {^'^ i*^) (SVt /'<»» ^ (o) 

General comments -while all ofthe tracts exhibit some wildlife use the Sun River Game Range is ^'^* ^e Tc„f.\ 
considered to be of very high value habitat. Any operations in this area would require a high degree of Xooo y„/^ 
cooperation and coordination with FWP to avoid or mitigate impacts. ~7><» £ /- 

All of these tracts are west of Highway 287 and could be considered as part of the "Front" Alon,^ /j, /^ /^.„y- 

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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 

TRUST LAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION 

MARC RACICOT, 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 



March 31, 2000 



MEMORANDUM 



TO: Patrick Rennie, Archaeologist, Ag. & Grazing Management Bureau 

FROM: Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist, Minerals Management Bureau ^ JM^t /C . 

RE: June 7, 2000 State of Montana Oil an(d 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 
April 26, 2000. 

Thank you for your help. 



Attachment 






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Page 1 of 1 



Kinley, Teresa 

From: Nyberg, Harvey 

Sent: Monday, April 03, 2000 8:08 AM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: RE: June 7, 2000 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Thanks. I distributed your note to regional staff. They can follow up if needed. 

Harvey 

Original Message 

From: Kinley, Teresa 

Sent: Friday, March 3 1 , 2000 6:3 1 PM 

To: Nyberg, Harvey 

Subject: June 7, 2000 MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

I am in the process of sending out our preliminary tract list for the June 7, 2000 MT Oil and Gas 
Lease Sale to the FWP regions for comments. I have not located any tracts on the sale in FWP 
Region 5. I usually only send the list out to those regions that have tracts, so for this sale I m\\ not 
be sending one to you. The list will be posted on the departmental web site, if you are 
interested. Please let us know if you have any questions on this information. 

Teresa Kinley 

Minerals Management Bureau 

Trust Land Management Division 

MT-DNRC 



4/3/00 



Kinley, Teresa 



From: Kendall, Don 

Sent: Monday. April 03, 2000 9:22 AM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Subject: June 7 O & G Sale 

The tracts listed for SLO are all in Big Horn County, and have all been reviewed previously. None involve CRP. There are 
no changes that I am aw/are of, so no further analysis or slips, are needed. 

Thanks. 

Don 



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Kinley, Teresa 

From: 
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To: 
Subject: 



Baumgartner, Bill 

Wednesday, April 05, 2000 8:35 AM 

Kinley, Teresa 

June 7, 2000 State of Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale 



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8238 appl#5004.<Joc 

Teresa, enclosed is the information requested for the tract located in Chouteau county, application number 5004. 

Bill Baumgartner 

Land Use Specialist, Lewistown Unit 

Northeastern Land Office 



Kinley, Teresa 



From: 
Sent: 
To: 
Subject: 



Baumgartner, Bill 

Wednesday, April 05, 2000 8:46 AM 

Kinley, Teresa 

Oil & Gas Appl. #5004 



Teresa, I sent that response to you without correcting the last paragraph in the attached letter. It should read; " The only 
other comment is to emphasize that this area receives a lot of recre 
public, surrounding landowners and outfitters." That sounds better. 



I other comment is to emphasize that this area receives a lot of recreational use and is important hunting grounds for the 



April 4, 2000 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist, MMB 

FROM: Bill Baumgartner, Land Use Specialist, NELO 

RE: June 7, 2000 State of Montana Oil and Gas Lease Sale 

Application # 5004 Ryan Butte/Tiger Butte, T27N, R15E, Sec. 35 All, 640 acres. 

This state tract has excellent wildlife value with good hunting opportunities for elk, deer, and 
upland game birds. It is utilized by the public for recreational purposes (hunting). 



No cultural resources were found on the tract during the field review although there are cultural 
resources in the surrounding areas. TAe C/l^^^7/'/'t</^>i^)a/-, /r ^^/^/^i/ -^ y^<»j-^s ^^/^ 

There is a surface spring and a good surface flow of water in the drainage lying in the E2SW4 
There is no CRP on this tract. / ^-^ J -" • 

Soils are fairly fragile. The tract has steep rolling hills with 1-3% rock outcrop and surface rock. 
There is also open upper basin type terrain with shallow soils that support excellent grass and 
forb establishment. Plants exhibit good vigor, production and diversity. Surface disturbance of 
vegetation and soils could increase potential for soil erosion. TAe /*// r-^^/r Sa'J's- a*J/e,r 's-/f^/> 

Approximately one half of the tract has timber although the canopy cover is only 1-15% and the 

stand would not support a commercial harvest at this time. The timber resource is not 

significant. ~T^e £0^0 1 J t^coJ-fJ ai^eas 5V,;^<.,/< //tr*, urill be a^^^c/ to t^/j Tt-Ae^j 

The only other comment would be to emphasize would be that this area receives a lot of • 
recreational use and is important hunting grounds for the public, surrounding landowners and 
outfitters. ij /^ 

The T/~/H0 ccA-tbc-f- /H'DFUP st^/SiiU-ff'ayy t^i If ^f udolM Xi 



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Kinley, Teresa 



From: Elletson, Judy 

Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 2:47 PM 

To: Kinley, Teresa 

Cc: Wentland, Harold; Knapp, Steve 

Subject: MT Oil and Gas Lease Sale, June 7, 2000 

My comments pertain to the electronic tract list you emailed on 3/31/00. 

Generally, I recommend no surface occupancy or other activity be allowed on any of the sites in Region 6 
during the March 1 through July 1 period. This will help protect breeding and nesting upland game birds, and 
fawning and early rearing of big game animals. 



Thank you for the opportunity to comment. 

Harold J. Wentland, 
Wildlife Program Manager 



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Ag. & Grazing: RECEIVED 



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WILDLIFE 



W.T. Deer 

Mule Deer } 

Antelope 

Elk 



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Turkey 

Sage Grouse 

Other Game Birds X 



Song Birds 

Predators 

Other 



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X 



CULTURAL 



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SURFACE WAXER 



River ( Neune ) 
Lake (Neuone) 



Perennial Stream (Neune) 
Intermittent Stream 



Spring 

Reservoir 

Other 



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SOILS 



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Remarks : 



Non-Commercial 



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IMPROVEMENTS 



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7.5 MINUTE SERIES (TOPOGRAI 

[2 770 000 FEET a/.-v-.t: 





MONTANA 



Natural Heritage 
Program 

A pr(fgram of the 

Natural Resource Information System 



RECEIVED 

APR 1 " '/ 

D.N.R.C. 



P.O. Box 201800 • 1515 East Sixth Avenue • Helena, Montana 59620-1800 • Fax:406-444-0581 • Phone:406-444-3009 



April 6, 2000 

Teresa Kinley 

MT DNRC, Trust Land Management Division 

1625 Eleventh Ave. 

Helena, Montana 59620-1601 



Dear Teresa, 

I am writing in response to your request for information on species of special 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# 


LOCATION 


NUMBER OF 
OCCURRENCES FOUND 


Big Horn 


5018-5023,5036 


TOSS, R42-43E 


1 


Carter 


5094 


T04S,R61E, Section 36 





Carter 


5095-5098 


T07-08S, R57-58E 


3 


Chouteau 


5004 


T27N,R15E, Section 35 





Custer 


5024-5033 


TOIN, R53-54E; T02N, R52-53E; 
T03N, R51-53E; T04N, R53E 


4 


Fallon 


5102-5103 


T05N, R59-60E 


1 


Hill 


5047-5052 


T36N, R12E 





Hill 


5053 


T37N, RUE, Section 36 





Lewis & Clark 


5104 


T16N,R05W, Section 16 


1 


Lewis & Clark 


5105-5106 


T17N, R06W 


4 


Lewis & Clark 


5107-5113 


T18-19N, R05W 


4 


Lewis & Clark 


5114-5136 


T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W 


11 



Electronic access to the Montana Natural Heritage Program is available at URL 
http://nris.state.mt.us/mtnhp/ 
The Nature Conservancy and Montana State Library 



COUNTY 


APP# 


LOCATION 


NUMBER OF 
OCCURRENCES FOUND 


Liberty 


5042-5046 


T32N, R06-07E; T33N, R06E 





Liberty 


5001 


T35N, R05E, Section 7 





Liberty 


5099 


T37N,R04E, Section 2 





Phillips 


5066-5070, 
5013-5017 


T31N,R30-31E 


10 


Phillips 


5071-5093 


T32-35N, R29E; T34-37N, R28E 


3 


Powder River 


5037-5041 


T01-02S, R47E 





Powder River 


5035 


T07S,R48E, Section 36 


2 


Powder River 


5006 


T09S,R47E, Section 29 


1 


Roosevelt 


5003 


T28N, R57E, Section 36 





Roosevelt 


5005 


T30N,R57E, Section 36 





Rosebud 


5002 


T12N,R33E, Section 31 





Sheridan 


5065 


T32N, R57E, Section 36 


6 


Sheridan 


5007-5012 


T35-36N, R53E 


1 


Teton 


5100-5101 


T23N, R08W, Sections 16 & 17 


1 


Toole 


5034 


T35N,R03E, Section 16 





Toole 


5054-5055, 
5057-5063 


T33-37N. ROIW; T33-34N, R02W 


1 



Toole 



5064 



T37N, R03W, Section 36 



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. 



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



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(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 



Explanation of Element Occurrence Reports 



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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 
commxmities, and other biological features that 
are rare, endemic, disjunct, threatened or 
endangered throughout their range in Montana, 
wilnerable 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 quality 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 capabilities 
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 
Inany of diese are ver>' scraighcforTvard, 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-sHpper 
{Cypr^xdiumfasciadatum) 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 quite 
rare in parts of its range, especially at the 
periphery. 

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

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

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

X Believed to be extinct; historical records 
only. 



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, himdreds or thousands 
of miles outside their usual range. 

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

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



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

Abbreviations indicate the categories defined in 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Notice of 
Review and indicate the status of a taxon \mder 
the federal Endangered Species Art 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 FR7596, Feb. 28, 1996). 

Current categories are: 

LE listed endangered 

LT listed threatened 

PE proposed endangered 

PT proposed threatened 

C candidate: Substantial information exists 

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



proposals to list as threatened or 
endangered. 

NL not listed or no designation (see below) 

XN non-essential experimental population 

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

U.S. Forest Service Status 

The status of species on Forest Service lands as 
defined by the U.S. Forest Service manxial 
(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 listing (P), and known or 
suspected to occur on national forests. 

S sensitive species, subspecies or variety, 

for which the Regiond 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 docximented 
on BLM lands, or needing further study for 
other reasons. 



Other terms that may be used in this 

report 

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

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

Precision - the level of location accuracy of the '.- 
record. 

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

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

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

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

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



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

If you have questions or need further 
assistance, please contact us either by phone at 
(406/444-0914), e-mail (mcnhp@nris.state.mt.us) 
or at the mailing address shown on the first page. 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5018-5023 & 5036 
TOSS, R42-43E in Big Horn County 



Scientific Name: ATHENE CUNICULARIA 

Common Name: BURROWING OWL 

Global Rank G4 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

NEST SITE; FLEDGED 5 YOUNG IN 1979. ACTIVE, BUT NO PRODUCTION DATA IN 1980. 

Size (acres): 



Last observation: 1980 
General site description: 

LOCATED IN PRAIRIE DOG TOWN. 

Land owner/manager 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

Comments: 



Information source 



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

Survey site name: HANGING WOMAN CREEK # 1 5 

County: BIG HORN 

USGS quadrangle: STROUD CREEK 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 3600 

Location: 

FOLLOW COUNTY ROAD CA. 26 MILES ENE FROM DECKER TO HANGING WOMAN CREEK, THEN JEEP 
TRAIL CA. 3 MILES EAST UP HORSE CREEK. 

TRS comments: 



TownshipVRange: 

008S043E 



Section: 
23 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5095-5098 
T07-08S, R57-58E in Carter County 



Scientific Name: ASTRAGALUS RACEMOSUS VAR RACEMOSUS 
Common Name: 

Global Rank G5T5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

SCATTERED COLONIES. 

Last observation: 1988-06-18 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

IN GRASSLANDS, WITH STIPA COMATA AND AGROPYRON SMITHII. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

LESICA, PETER. DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA, MT 59812. 

Survey site name: CAMP CREEK ^ /> _/ a/ t-^^ -, T c^ ^ /?<r»7/=- t- ,, 

AfpU(^i<^'^ ^'^^ ^<^^7 I ^^ J K5 7C^ Sec. JU, 

County: CARTER , ,^-^ 

USGS quadrangle: GREASY HILL ^ ^ j / >. V. j,, "'^"''■J 



//fc/i/ ^/^ ilc-^ A/H iu<T -M<^ tr^c'T. A^iii^fejvn S 



Precision: G ' ^/ j l / / i, , / 

Elevation (ft): 3580 fft„„ -^Aa-f^ s-^.v^ys- ^ tV^^^-^-^'c- /*»^ /Ca t^ r//^ 

Location: As/e^i i^ M^re To //^ ^^rM ^"^ Ar^-/. 

ALONG HIGHWAY 212; CA. 6 MI. SOUTHEAST OF HAMMOND. Qi-i^.'^U^r- V-r ^V^- .' D.^T't^c 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

007S056E 36 SE4 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5095-5098 
T07-08S, R57-58E in Carter County 



Scientific Name: ASTRAGALUS RACEMOSUS VAR RACEMOSUS 
Common Name: 

Global Rank G5T5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

50+ WIDELY SCATTERED PLANTS; TWO SUBPOPULATIONS; 90% VEGETATIVE, 1 PLANT WITH FRUIT. 

Last observation: 1997-08-14 Size (acres): 10 

General site description: 

AREA CONSISTS OF ROLLING UPLANDS AND VALLEY BOTTOM. PLANTS ON DRY, OPEN BOTTOM AND 
LOWER SLOPES IN CLAY OVER SHALE PARENT. AGROPYRON DASYSTACHYUM AND SARCOBATUS 
VERMICULATUS/AGROPYRON DASYSTACHYUM HT. ASSOCIATED PLANTS INCLUDE ERIOGONUM 
PAUCIFLORUM, STIPA VIRIDULA, ARTEMISIA TRIDENTATA, AND GUTTIEREZIA SAROTHRAE. 

Land owner/manager 

BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFFICE 

Comments: 

OBSERVED BY J. VANDERHORST AND S. COOPER. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: DUNCAN CREEK /\ppll<^^ i^o/t A^a- So^f. T TS^ / 5<P ^ 5>r / 6 

County: CARTER /^^z/, /^ / /^ ^,7^, /-;>^ 7^/5 r/?^. ^^ 

USGS quadrangle: BLACK POINT NE ^^^^ ^,J^^ ^,^J ^..,^^ ^Y/o,^ Cuts -/Jfr^^fA 

Precision: S y/^ sec/^ldh. TA e ve ^ e-/i>/JtiH TCir^^c^ ^iZ/^^/ff/u^ 

Elevation (ft): 3500 ^,7/ /j^ ^c^/i^e^^ -^ 7^/r 7^^,^/j A^^-". 

Location: 

DUNCAN CREEK; CA. 1 6 AIR MILES NORTHWEST OF ALZADA. 

TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: a I 

007S058E 15 NE4 /\ ppJ'^Ai:^^^ Mo. So9(. A ^j,/^, -^^ 5^^. 3 fe 

/^ ~ ^-3 ^./fS i^t^ifty frji^ '5"/ 7^. 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5095-5098 
T07-08S, R57-58E in Carter County 



Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 

Common Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Global Rank 04 Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

Species occurrence data: 

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

Last observation: 1997-05 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

Land owner/manager 

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

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Information source 

WITTENHAGEN, K. W. 1991. 1991 PROGRESS REPORT ON THE FERRUGINOUS HAWK IN SOUTHEASTERN 
MONTANA. UNPUBL. REP. U.S. BUR. LAND MANAGE., MILES CITY, MONTANA. 24 PP. 

Survey site name: WEST OF ALZADA 

County: CARTER 

USGS quadrangle: GOMER DRAW; COCHRAN RESERVOIR 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

GENERALLY ALONG US 2 12, WEST AND NORTH OF ALZADA. 

TRS comments: 

Ttac-ts dn -f-/ie Tane 7, Xood /hT O.'l 
^i^d b-a^ Lectse Sale ^re ^crt /occ^-rfd 

nhp4406c.txt ~~ A/& InifiAc-t MTNHP ref. 007 

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Township\Range: 


Sectit 


008S059E 




008S058E 


00 


009S059E 


00 


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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5024-5033 

TOIN, R53-54E; T02N, R52-53E; T03N, R51-53E; T04N, R53E in Custer County 



Scientific Name: HYBOPSIS GELIDA 
Common Name: STURGEON CHUB 

Global Rank G2 

State Rank: S2 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: C 

ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

A WIDESPREAD POPULATION, FAIRLY ABUNDANT. 

Last observation: 1996 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

TURBID WATERS WITH MODERATE CURRENTS & DEPTHS. 

Land owner/manager 

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

Comments: 

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

Information source 

TEWS, A., B. GARDNER AND B. GARDNER. 1999. STATUS OF NATIVE FISHES OF "SPECIAL CONCERN" IN 
MONTANA. UNPUBLISHED REPORT OF REPORTS ON 1 6 SPECIES. INCOMPLETE - IN PROGRESS. 

Survey site name: LOWER MISSOURI & YELLOWSTONE RIVER DRAINAGES. 

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

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1860 

Location: 

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

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

1 8N056E 36 CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 



#Name? 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5024-5033 

TOIN, R53-54E; T02N, R52-53E; T03N, R51-53E; T04N, R53E in Custer County 



Scientific Name: MENTZELIA NUDA 

Common Name: BRACTLESS MENTZELIA 

Global Rank GS Forest Service status: 

State Rank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

APPROXIMATELY 20 PLANTS, MOSTLY IN FLOWER AND FRUIT. 

Last observation: 1999-07-30 Size (acres): 1 

General site description: 

ACTIVE BLOWOUT OVER 100 FEET IN DIAMETER ON TOP OF LONG, SANDY RIDGE IN DISSECTED PLAINS, 
WITH THE SPECIES CONCENTRATED AT THE SOUTH RIM AND SIDEWALLS PLUS A COUPLE IN BOTTOM. 
ASSOCIATED WITH ORYZOPSIS HYMENOIDES, ASTRAGALUS CERAMICUS AND DALEA CANDIDA. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BREWER CONSERVATION EASEMENT 

Comments: 

OBSERVED BY B. HEIDEL. 

Information source 

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

1800. 
Survey site name: SKUNK CREEK /\ i>pU^fi<f>^ A'o. TOXS T/A;/^5f£; Sac, I L. 
County: POWDER RIVER /'5 abi>t^ 3 -h U- fii'les /7^/„ /X* r,7>». J'-^A^s 
USGS quadrangle: POWDERVILLE /)r>?nu^:iy Fm 4^^^,^/j^ ^/,y ^^^r eA^^:Hcr^ ^ 
Precision: S 0'^^'^''/^ >J*i&'/7^/ ^^^ ^VTSz/c^- 
Elevation (ft): 3040 /l/o '^/>'^^. 

Location: 

APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES EAST OF POWDERVILLE ON COUNTY ROAD AND THEN APPROXIMATELY 2 
MILES NORTH. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

001S054E 1 NE4 



#Name? . MTNHP ref. 005 

Page 1 of 4 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Speciesof Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5024-5033 

TOIN, R53-54E; T02N, R52-53E; T03N, R51-53E; T04N, R53E in Custer County 



Scientific Name: CHENOPODIUM SUBGLABRUM 

Common Name: SMOOTH GOOSEFOOT 

Global Rank G3G4 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: 81 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

ELM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

APPROXIMATELY 35 PLANTS, IN FRUIT. 

Last observation: 1999-07-30 Size (acres): 1 

General site description: 

ACTIVE BLOWOUT OVER 100 FEET IN DIAMETER ON TOP OF A LONG, SANDY RIDGE IN DISSECTED 
PLAINS, WITH THE SPECIES CONCENTRATED ON THE EAST RIM. ASSOCLVTED WITH ANDROPOGON 
HALLII, PSORALEA LANCEOLATA AND TRADESCANTL\ OCCIDENTALIS. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BREWER CONSERVATION EASEMENT 

Comments: 

OBSERVED BY B. HEIDEL. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: SKUNK CREEK 

County: POWDER RIVER 

USGS quadrangle: POWDERVILLE ^. r^ j. r^ L A I 

Precision: S P'ish'ice omc^ dis?',^.' lar /!aff.'/-q-h 

Elevation (ft): 3040 - A^^ /»^/?^- 

Location: 

APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES EAST OF POWDERVILLE ON COUNTY ROAD AND THEN APPROXIMATELY 2 
MILES NORTH. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

001S054E 1 NE4 



#Namc? MTNHPref. 004 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5024-5033 

TOIN, RS3-54E; T02N, R52-53E; T03N, R51-53E; T04N, R53E in Custer County 



Scientific Name: PHYSARIA BRASSICOIDES 
Common Name: DOUBLE BLADDERPOD 

Global Rank 05 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: Si USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

ELM Status: No Status 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

APPROXIMATELY 20 PLANTS IN FRUIT. 

Last observation: 1999-07-30 Size (acres): 1 

General site description: 

UPPER AND MIDSLOPE POSITIONS OF DEEP SAND BLOWOUT LOCATED ON A GRASSY RIDGETOP. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BREWER CONSERVATION EASEMENT 

Comments: 

NO EVIDENCE OF DISTURBANCE. OBSERVED BY B. HEIDEL. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: SKUNK CREEK 

County: POWDER RIVER 5ee Ccisi^r Cot^i^-fy /^- I 

USGS quadrangle: POWDERVILLE /),^ss-/'/^//*r /-?^/A/ ^//^ ^''r7^*c^ 

Precision: S -MO^^p^cT — 

Elevation (ft): 3040 

Location: 

APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES EAST OF POWDERVILLE ON COUNTY ROAD AND THEN APPROXIMATELY 2 
MILES NORTH. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

001S054E 1 NE4 



#Namc? MTNHPref. 008 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5102-5103 
TOSN, R59-60E in Fallon County 



Scientific Name: ASTRAGALUS RACEMOSUS VAR RACEMOSUS 
Common Name: 



Global Rank 
State Rank: 



G5T5 
S2 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 
COMMON. 

Last observation: 1987-06-10 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

GRASSLANDS ALONG HIGHWAY. WITH AGROPYRON SMITHII AND GUTIERREZL\ SAROTHRAE. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

ORIGINALLY DETERMINED AS A. R. VAR. LONGISETUS - SPECIMEN REVIEW IS NEEDED TO VERIFY 
VARIETY. OTHER MONTANA SPECIMENS HAVE BEEN ANNOTATED OR DETERMINED TO BE A. R. VAR. 
RACEMOSUS. 

Information source 

LESICA, PETER. DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA, MT 59812 

Survey site name: BAKER 

County: FALLON 

uses quadrangle: BAKER ^ 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 3150 

Location: 

ALONG HIGHWAY 7, CA. 8 MILES SOUTH OF BAKER. 



TownshipVRange: 

006N059E 



Section: 
21 



TRS comments: 



lie f/lf,:^ 



nhp4406f txt 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5104 

T16N, R05W, Section 16 in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 

Common Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 

Global Rank G4T3 Forest Service status: THREATENED 

State Rank: SI 82 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED HABITAT 
Species 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. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987- 
1992, THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1.3 BEARSA^AR, ACCORDING TO THE 
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED 
FROM THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY 
OBSERVED. 
Last observation: Size (acres): 

General site description: 

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

Land owner/manager 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER 
NATIONAL PARK; FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA 
NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL FOREST; 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 18; SWAN 
RIVER OXBOW PRESERVE 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

SERVHEEN, C. 1993. GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY PLAN. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO THE U.S. FWS. 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. 1 8 1 PP. 

Survey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

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

USGS quadrangle: f\ fipltc^-^l^ov. f^i^^tf^ 57^^ TfGA/ /S-StJ ^ec./G A 

Precision: U ^^>«c ^>.7^A^ >^^''^^^ ^''^'- ^^^' T^i^ i^^-i >^ 

Elevation (ft): 3200 ir\ &%- ^U^IU) locaied ea^'(- of Htfk/<k^ XcXS. 

Location: ^'^ "~rAe S€f\^ /~f'J\/e at^as sT'y^*^/!fif'!vy^ £0/// A^i" a^diV 

THIS RECORD ENCOMPASSES AN AREA FROM CANADA SOUTH TO STATE HIGHWAY 200, AND FROM z^ M^y 
EAST FRONT TO SWAN AND STILLWATER RIVERS. 7^ '^'^ A.^^ 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5105-5106 
T17N, R06W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 
Common Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 



Global Rank 
State Rank: 



G4T3 
S1S2 



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



Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED HABITAT 

Species 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. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987- 
1992, THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1.3 BEARSATAR, ACCORDING TO THE 
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED 
FROM THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY 
OBSERVED. 

Last observation: Size (acres): 

General site description: 

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

Land owner/manager 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER 
NATIONAL PARK; FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA 
NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL FOREST; 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 18; SWAN 
RIVER OXBOW PRESERVE 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

SERVHEEN, C. 1993. GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY PLAN. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO THE U.S. FWS. 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. 1 8 1 PP. 

Survey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

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



/^fipl'C^i^ /Vutrxbers S'/OS 7/7/1/ /ti>U Se^. / G 

// Ai '"''^ ^^^r'^ '^^'^^ ^^^ 5e<.3(^ 
art. c^lft^H -f^e frU^/fr /)ea^ ^^r^ ^»f/ are '^ />^ >^<:^/i 

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



USGS quadrangle: 
Precision: U 

Elevation (ft): 3200 

Location: 



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TownshipVRange: 

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Section: 



TRS comments: 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5105-5106 
T17N, R06W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: PHLOX KELSEYI VAR MISSOULENSIS 

Common Name: MISSOULA PHLOX 

Global Rank G2 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

State Rank: S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 
1989: PLENTIFUL. 

Last observation: 1989-06-01 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

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

Land owner/manager 

HELENA NATIONAL FOREST, LINCOLN RANGER DISTRICT 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

SCHASSBERGER, L. AND P. ACHUFF. 1991. STATUS REVIEW OF PHLOX KELSEYI VAR. MISSOULENSIS, 
LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, HELENA, MT. 37 PP. 

Survey site name: LEWIS & CLARK PASS 
County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: BLOWOUT MOUNTAIN 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 6200 

Location: 

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

MOUNTAIN). 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

le^i iyf^r. r^f^e are /^ c/cses/- T^^ch ^ 

nhp4406j.txt . . MTNHP ref. 005 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5105-5106 
T17N, R06W in Lewis & Clarli County 



Scientific Name: HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS 

Common Name: BALD EAGLE 

Global Ranlc G4 Forest Service status: THREATENED 

State Rank: S3B,S3N USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: NEST SITE & TERRITORY 

Species occurrence data: 

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

Last observation: 1999 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

NEST SITE AND TERRITORY, NEST IN PONDEROSA PINE. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

REPORTED BY BRUCE BRADSHAW, A KAYAKER. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: CUNIFF CREEK 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK /^pp. Uc S I OS h - Z 'A ^ ^^/^ ^/^^' ^^""f^'^^^f"' 

USGS quadrangle: KRONE RANCH /lp/>. yto Si o h !s -^ Cf. 'A -^ 5' /i ^'^"^ ^"^ '^ 

Elevation (ft): 4250 5^^, fi^^ / /^^ /^/?A^7^'<=^ A/u^i;frs 

Location: T/OsZn./ ^f Ol^/.c^Y^^ . ^^^;g^^^^^%^;X5;;^^^'^ 

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

Townshtp\Range: Section: TRS comments: ^ /i^pj.t^-f'.ayy A/(,^her ^/o>j T I^M /^S*^ t^,^'^'"^ 

017N006W 1 CENTER . , , , ^ 

ttfd 5'llX 7-,, 
^'^^ -^ G ZS '^ Ai.lps au^/ Fro», 7^/r S'/p. 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5105-5106 
T17N, R06W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: CYGNUS BUCCINATOR 
Common Name: TRUMPETER SWAN 
Global Rank G4 

State Rank: S2B,S2N 



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



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

ADULT OBSERVED INCUBATING ON NEST. 

Last observation: 1984-05-22 
General site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

NONE. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: BEAN LAKE 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: BEAN LAKE 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 4650 

Location: 

TAKE THE BEAN LAKE RAOD SOUTHWEST FROM AUGUSTA AND CONTINUE 0.5 MILE STRAIGHT AHEAD 
PAST THE TURNOFF TO BEAN LAKE. POND IS ON WEST SIDE OF ROAD. 



Township\Range: 

018N006W 



Section: 
19 



TRS comments: 



^X^^s ^.^ 5-^'^-./^. -They Are hc^iecf cry^ 
-^ iLcky Av^^U^ Fred a^J A^ ^^^ ^'^"'-'^ 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5107-51 13 
T18-19N, R05W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 
Common Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 

Global Rank G4T3 Forest Service status: THREATENED 

State Rank: S1S2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Apph'c^r.ffy.J^c.olol TI^A/ ^ShJ ^ec./Q, /s /cc^M 



Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED HABITAT 

Species occurrence data: ' ^^^j) ';;j^l j^ 'W^y j^^ TA r '^cA/. . 

OCCUPIED HABITAT. THIS OCCURRENCE IS APPARENTLY SEPARATED FROM THAT IN THE MISSION "^'^ fjj^i^ 
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. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987- 
1992, THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1.3 BEARSA'EAR, ACCORDING TO THE 
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED 
FROM THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY 
OBSERVED. 

Last observation: Size (acres): 

General site description: 

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

Land owner/manager 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER 
NATIONAL PARK; FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA 
NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL FOREST; 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 18; SWAN 
RIVER OXBOW PRESERVE 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

SERVHEEN, C. 1993. GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY PLAN. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO THE U.S. FWS. 
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA. 1 8 1 PP. 

Survey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

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

USGS quadrangle: Applic^fiay. nu^^hers S/o^ Hr^ 5jli a^J S//3 UT Ha/ AS iO, 

Precision: U . /, ,; a- // . / / /i ^/^ ^ 

^Hcl /HOi-^ -tAah a *H'le au^y rn"* T^i* fr,^T/y ^far a^i^^ . /ififi/'Ceirta>^ 

Elevation (ft): 3200 y^utnher r//a ) t^ T 19^^ /C^tJ Sec. 3 X h Cct hy //^y2^y. T-H ^ ^ f '/^ ^o :i '/^ 

Location: »^i Its ^'^ 7^ frl-2.i./y a<a*f. ~ A^q Xm/Oa^T- 

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: 

nhp44061c.txt fi ffolluHtov, hum^'r SfO^r '"^ '[JJHi^ el^/e ^^''■' MTNHP ref. 008 

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Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5107-51 13 
T18-19N, R05W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS 

Common Name: BALD EAGLE 

Global Rank G4 Forest Service status: THREATENED 

State Rank: S3B,S3N USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

BLM Status: SPECL\L STATUS 

Occurrence Type: NEST SITE & TERRITORY 

Species occurrence data: 

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

Last observation: 1999 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

NEST SITE AND TERRITORY, NEST IN PONDEROSA PINE. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

REPORTED BY BRUCE BRADSHAW, A KAYAKER. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: CUNIFF CREEK 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

uses quadrangk: KRONE RANCH ^Af.fl.c,il^ /— *"" ^'^ ' J" ^'^--V As^ S'<-ll' 

Precis,,.: M o„,„„ U ^ 3 /. /<, ^ ^z /».■/- -"X ,/"--^^'' '■''' ^^ 

Location: ''"'%1f^. /^Af T 5 ,-.» r/-/, W ^rea^ y/ZA^/'^^ >i"'// ^ ^'/^"^/^ '^'^''' /^if^^ 

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

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: /y^/)//c^7'c^ '^«««"^^^^^^ ' Sfc^O 

,^rf ^ 6 ^ ^ /^'/'^^ ^^"X '^'^ '^^'^ '"'^' 
-Tke^e -t-rach arc ^^c-t Cu-i i>y * rl^^^r an J 

'^^ S/d>9 Tffy^ ^^^ ^'-,^ 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5107-51 13 
T18-19N, R05W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 

Common Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Global Rank 04 Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

Species occurrence data: 

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

Last observation: 1997-05 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

Land owner/manager 

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

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: CROWN BUTTE AREA 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK; CASCADE 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

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

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

1 9N002 W CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 

Afpl'Cai.W Mc^^l^ers SI0<6 -fhrou^h r// 3 

nhp4406k.txt . )^ ou-Z-T^Je 'f^e f^^'''''^^'^""''^ ^**'/' ^''<"'»' MTNHP ref. 009 

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Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Safe, \ppU 5107-51 13 
T18-19N, R05W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: DOWNINGIA LAETA 

Common Name: GREAT BASIN DOWNINGIA 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 

Last observation: 1887 ^ Size (acres): 

General site description: 

UNKNOWN. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: AUGUSTA 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: AUGUSTA 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 4000 

Location: 

AUGUSTA 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

020N006W 17 

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Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 51 14-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in UwU & Clark County 



Scientinc Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 
Common Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 



Global Rank 
SUte Rank: 



G4T3 
SIS2 



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



Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED HABITAT 

Species 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. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987- 
1992, THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1 .3 BEARS/YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE 
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED 
FROM THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY 
OBSERVED. 

Last observation: S'^* (acres): 

General site description: 

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

Land owner/manager 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER 
NATIONAL PARK; FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA 
NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL FOREST; 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 18; SWAN 
RIVER OXBOW PRESERVE 

Comments: 

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

InrormatioD source 

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

Survey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

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

uses quadrangle: fi pfUc^r,a>. Aum h^rs S I llf. fhr..,ty J I X, i>. TH A/, ^^ U 

Pr«:i,ion: U ^a^ ««/- i<^ 5"/ -I 1 T^r«,^ 5-/i<. /' >, / -i<^ A^ /? 7t^, ^„ J 

afi/}. -»**Af^5 S'/Ai- Hro^^A r/^r /i TXoa/ ^irU a^J 
Elevation (rt): 3200 " , c- - ^ j.l /<■,-»>! -t--. y, , i 

^/). tlK'oii'rs ^1X9 ■f'i'-"'tA ^'^^x'" ^^^/ ^yuJ and ttumhfr 
Location: SI To Ih TX.I A/,^6i0 are in -Hie fi^ccAy Al<"''<-^'i''h FrcK-t. Thfie 

THIS RECORD ENCOMPASSES AN AREA FROM CANADA SOUTH TO STATE HIGHWAY 200, AND FROM 
EAST FRONT TO SWAN AND STILLWATER RIVERS. -ftt.cH A.HI ^"^e -//e /2ccJt:y /h<i'i'>-p'i>J/y 

Townshlp\Range: Section: TRS comments: fnjn-t ^ eti-Si'-^'i/f ^reas sf:/>^^^i,o>\ aJdeJ 

nhp44061.txt to -f^elr /a>s<". MTNHP ref. 008 

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Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, AppM 51 14-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in UwU & Clark County 



SclentiHc Name: ACCIPITER GENTILIS 

Common Name: NORTHERN GOSHAWK 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

SUte Rank: S3S4 USFWS Endangered Species Act SUtus: 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
Occurranca Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

NEST SITE AND TERRITORY. 19 SEPTEMBER I99I: ADULTS PRESENT IN STAND AREA. 10 JULY 1990: 

ADULT CALLS HEARD. 
Last observation: 1 99 1 -09- 1 9 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

COULD NOT LOCATE NEST. 

Land owner/manager 

LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGER DISTRICT 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

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

Survey site name: BAILEY CREEK 
County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: STEAMBOAT MOUNTAIN 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 5600 

Location: 

CA. 12.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF AUGUSTA BETWEEN BAILEY CREEK AND CYANIDE CREEK, ACCESSIBLE 

VIA COUNTY RTE 434 AND FS ROAD UP ELK CREEK. 



Townsbip\Range: 
018N008W 



TRS comments: 



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Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App'' 5114-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in LewU & Clark County 



Scientific Name: ACCIPITER GENTILIS 
Common Name: NORTHERN GOSHAWK 
Global Rank G3 

SUte Rank: S3S4 



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



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

NEST SITE AND TERRITORY. VERY AGGRESSIVE FEMALE, NEST OBSERVED. 

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

General site description: 

MATURE/OLD GROWTH DOUGLAS FIR. 

Land owner/manager 

LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGER DISTRICT 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

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

Survey site name: FORD CREEK 
County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: DOUBLE FALLS 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 5700 

Location: 

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



NORTH ON TRAIL. 

TownshipXRange: 

019N009W 



Section: 



TRS comments: 

NW4 



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Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5114-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewta & Clark County 



Sclentmc Name: DOWNINGIA LAETA 
Common Name: GREAT BASIN DOWNINGIA 



Global Rank 
SUte Rank: 



G5 
SI 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act SUtus: 

BLM Status: WATCH 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 

Last observation: 1887 
General site description: 

UNKNOWN. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 



Size (acres): 



Information source 

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

Survey site name: AUGUSTA 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK 
USGS quadrangle: AUGUSTA 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 4000 
Location: 

AUGUSTA 



TownshipXRange: 

020N006W 



Section: 

17 



TRS comments: 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 51 14-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: CYGNUS BUCCINATOR 

Common Name: TRUMPETER SWAN 
Global Rank G4 

State Rank: S2B.S2N 



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



Size (acres): 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

ADULT PAIR WITH 2 CYGNETS OBSERVED. 

Last observation: 1988-06-28 
General site description: 

UNKNOWN. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 
NONE. 

Information source 

JONES, CEDRON. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 
201800, HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 

Survey site name: ANDERSON LAKE 
County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

uses quadrangle: NILAN RESERVOIR 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 4524 

Location: 

FROM AUGUSTA, FOLLOW THE BENCHMARK ROAD (#235) CA. 1 1 MILES WEST TO ANDERSON LAKE. 



Townsliip\Range: 
020N008W 



Section: 



TRS comments: 



'yee 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5114-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientinc Name: CYGNUS BUCCINATOR 
Common Name: TRUMPETER SWAN 
Global Rank G4 

State Rank: S2B,S2N 



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



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

ADULT PAIR WITH 4 CYGNETS OBSERVED. 

Last observation: 1 990-06- 1 8 
General site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 



Information source 

JONES, CEDRON. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 
201800, HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 

Survey site name: FORD CREEK 
County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: DOUBLE FALLS 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 4700 

Location: 

FROM AUGUSTA, FOLLOW BENCHMARK ROAD PAST NILAN RESERVOIR CA. 6 MILES TO POND ON SOUTH 



SIDE. 

Township\Range: 

020N008W 



Section: 



TRS commenU: 

SW4 






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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5114-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clarli County 



Scientiflc Name: THYMALLUS ARCTICUS MONTANUS 
Common Name: MONTANA ARCTIC GRAYLING 



Global Rank 
State Rank: 



G5T2Q 
SI 



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



Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

CANAL WITH RESIDENT POPULATION. FROM OCTOBER TO APRIL, FISH ARE CONFINED TO POOLS AT 
DROP STRUCTURES. SPAWN IN UPPER 6 MILES OF SUN SLOPE CANAL. THOUGH NOT A FLUVIAL 
POPULATION, THEIR UNIQUE ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES MAKE THESE FISH WORTH TRACKING. 

Last observation: 1999 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

IRRIGATION CANALS. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); SUN RIVER PROJECT 

Comments: 

CANAL IS SOURCE OF FISH FOR INTRODUCTION. BOUNDARIES MAY VARY UP AND DOWN CANAL OVER 
TIME. GRAYLING HAVE BEEN OBSERVED IN FAIRFIELD. 

Information source 

MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE & PARKS. 1959-TO DATE. MONTANA RIVERS INFORMATION SYSTEM. 
INFORMATION SERVICES UNIT, FISHERIES DIVISION, HELENA, MT. 

Survey site name: SUN RIVER SLOPE CANAL 

County: TETON 

uses quadrangle: GOLDEN RIDGE; LOWRY; GILMAN; SPLIT ROCK JUNCTION; PISHKUN RESERVOIR 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 4 1 SO 

Location: 

THE SUN RIVER SLOPE CANAL, FROM ITS ORIGIN IN PISHKUN RESERVOIR TO THE GREENFIELDS MAIN 

CANAL, VIA THE SPRING VALLEY CANAL. 



TownshipVRange: 

021N005W 



Section: 



TRS comments: 

CENTRUM; 7 MORE TOWNSHIPS. 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural HeriUge Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App<* 51 I4-S136 

TI9N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: DOWNINGIA LAETA 

Common Name: GREAT BASIN DOWNINGIA 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act SUtus: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

MOST PLANTS SINGLY SCATTERED IN PLAGIOBOTHRYS SCOULERI, OTHERS BETTER DEVELOPED 

BETWEEN POTENTILLA ANSERINA AND POLYGONUM SPP. 
Last observation: 1988-06-29 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

TEMPORARILY FLOODED MEADOW IN "GUMBO"; MANY PLACES COVERED THICKLY WITH 

PLAGIOBOTHRYS SCOULERI, 2 INCHES HIGH. 

Land owner/manager 

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 

Comments: 

NONE. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR 
County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

uses quadrangle: SPLIT ROCK JUNCTION 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 4140 

Location: 

(WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR; CA. 4.5 MILES NW OF AUGUSTA.) 



TownshipVRange: 

021N007W 



Section: 



TRS comments: 

SE4 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species orSpecial Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, Apptt 51 14-5136 

T19N, R08W; T2a-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scienlinc Name: CYGNUS BUCCINATOR 
Common Name: TRUMPETER SWAN 
Global Rank 04 

State Rank: S2B,S2N 



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



Size (acres): 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

ADULT OBSERVED "INCUBATING" ON NEST. 

Last observation: 1 983-05-29 
General site description: 

A POND CA. 200 YDS LONG BY 100 YDS WIDE. 

Land owner/manager 

SUN RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 

Comments: 

NONE. 

Information source 

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

Survey site name: SUN CANYON ROAD 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: BARR CREEK 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 4500 

Location: 

TAKE THE SUN CANYON ROAD OUT OF AUGUSTA FOR CA. ? MILES TO WHERE IT DROPS ONTO THE 

FLATS, THEN TURN LEFT ON DIRT TRACK FOR CA. I MILE. 



TownshipVRange: 

021N008W 



Section: 

3 



TRS comments: 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species ofSpecial Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 51 14-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clark County 



ScientiHc Name: EPIPACTIS GIGANTEA 
Common Name: GIANT HELLEBORINE 
Global Rank G4 

SUte Rank: S2 

Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

Last observation: 1991-08-04 



Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 
USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 
BLM Status: WATCH 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

LIMESTONE ROCKS SHOWING SOME TRAVERTINE IN PLACES WITH HABENARU DILATATA, 
THALICTRUM DASYCARPUM. 

Land owner/manager 

WAGNER BASIN RESEARCH NATURAL AREA 



Information source 

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

Survey site name: WAGNER BASIN 

County: TETON 

USGS quadrangle: CASTLE REEF 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 5200 

Location: 

WAGNER BASIN ALONG BROOKLET NEAR GIBSON RESERVOIR. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

022N009W 25 ADDITIONAL SECTIONS. 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species ofSpecial Concern: Oil and Cas Lease Sale, App# 51 14-5136 

T19N, R08W; T20-21N, R07-08W in Lewis & Clark County 



Scientific Name: CYPRIPEDIUM PARVIFLORUM 

Common Name: SMALL YELLOW LADY'S-SLIPPER 

Global Ranl( G5 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

SUteRank: S3 USFWS Endangered Species Act SUtus: 

BLM Status: WATCH 

Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

1987: 51-100 INDIVIDUALS. NORMAL VIGOR. APPARENT COLLECTING ALONG ROAD, NOXIOUS WEED 
CONTROL. HYBRIDIZATION WITH C.MONTANUM EVIDENCED BY INTERMEDIATE CREAM-COLORED 
SPECIMENS (C. X COLUMBIANUM). 1985: LOCALLY COMMON, FLOWER BRIGHT YELLOW. 

Last observation: 1987-05-30 Size (acres): 2 

General site description: 

10-35% NORTHEAST SLOPE. MOIST. LIMESTONE SOILS. C.MONTANUM, P.MENZIESII, P.TREMULOIDES, 
A.GLABRUM, S.ALBAS, S.CANADENSIS 

Land owner/manager 

LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGER DISTRICT 

Comments: 

SITE ELEVATION RANGES FROM 4380-4450 FEET. 

Inrormation source 

PHILLIPS, H. WAYNE. LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST, 1 101 15TH STREET NORTH, P.O. BOX 869, 
GREAT FALLS, MT 59403. 406/791-7743. 

Survey site name: PISHKUN CANAL ROAD 

County: LEWIS AND CLARK 

USGS quadrangle: SAWTOOTH RIDGE 

Precision: S 

Elevation (ft): 4380 

Location: 

ALONG AND BELOW PISHKUN CANAL ROAD, IMMEDIATELY UPSTREAM AND SOUTHWEST OF BRIDGE 
OVER SUN RIVER. 



TownshipVRange: 

022N009W 



TRS comments: 

E2E2 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: AMMANNIA COCCINEA 

Common Name: SCARLET AMMANNIA 

Global Rank OS Forest Service status: 

State Rank: SH USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 
UNKNOWN. 

Last observation: 1903-08-25 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

UNKNOWN; SPECIES OCCURS IN WET, OFTEN ALKALINE, AREAS. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

GENERAL LOCATION (HISTORICAL RECORD). 

Information source 

BLANKENSHIP, J. W. 1905. A CENTURY OF BOTANICAL EXPLORATION IN MONTANA, 1805-1905: 
COLLECTORS, HERBARIA AND BIBLIOGRAPHY. MONTANA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE SCIENCE STUDIES 
1(1):1-31. 
Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN /{ppUca-tio^ nu».\ier^ ^^ I 3 T3l/^,e.3l£ Sec. t3 

County: PHILLIPS 5"^'^ TS/^, ^ ? /£ ^^-. ^^ 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN ^^ ^ '^ T 7/ /</,/€ 3/-^ 5>o^3 

Precision: G i _z. // -j-i t 

Elevation (ft): 2210 ir'-i f j ^,-/- a r- 

Location: ./, 

LAKE BOWDOIN, NEAR MALTA (fflSTORICAL RECORD), ^t H pa^^fi r^f ^^'^ 



TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: 

030N031E 4 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Piiillips County 



Scientific Name: PLEGADIS CHIHI 

Common Name: WHITE-FACED IBIS 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: 

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

ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

A COLONY, WITH ROUGHLY 45 BREEDING PAIRS IN 1987 AND 1988. BLACK- CROWNED NIGHT HERONS 

ALSO PRESENT. 
Last observation: 1988 Size (acres): 

General site description: 
UNKNOWN. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

NONE. 

Information source 

PRELLWITZ, DWAIN (FRITZ). U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. BOWDOIN NWR, MALTA, MT 59538. 
406/654-2863. 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 
County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2200 

Location: 

LAKE BOWDOIN, IN BOWDOIN NWR, CA. 7 MILES EAST OF MALTA. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

030N031E 4 CENTER 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Pliiliips County 



Scientific Name: NYCTICORAX NYCTICORAX 

Common Name: BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2S3B,S USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

NESTING. 300+ PAIRS IN 1988. 300 PAIRS IN 1987, 150 PAIRS IN 1986. 

Last observation: 1988 Size (acres): 

General site description: 
LAKE. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

Information source 

PRELLWITZ, DWAIN (FRITZ). U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BOWDOIN NWR, MALTA, MT 59538. 
406/654-2863. 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 
County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2210 

Location: 

SOUTHWEST BAY OF LAKE BOWDOIN, CA. 7.5 AIR MILES EAST OF MALTA. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

030N031E 4 NW4 



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Page 3 of 10 



06-Apr-(M) Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: CHLIDONIAS NIGER 

Common Name: BLACK TERN 

Global Rank 04 Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

NESTING, ESPECIALLY DURING LOW WATER YEARS. 

Last observation: ^^^ (acres): 

General site description: 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIOSfAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATES NOT AVAILABLE. 

Information source 

PRELLWITZ, DWAIN (FRITZ). U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BOWDOIN NWR, MALTA, MT 59538. 
406/654-2863. 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 
County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 
Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2210 

Location: 

LAKE BOWDOIN IS CA. 7.5 AIR MILES EAST OF MALTA. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

031N03IE 27 






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Page 4 of 10 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: STERNA HIRUNDO 

Common Name: COMMON TERN 

Global Rank GS Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: 

Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

4 ADULTS OBSERVED, ONE PAIR VERY AGGRESSIVE. ALSO, ADULTS WERE FEEDING ONE RECENTLY 
FLEDGED YOUNG. EVIDENCE OF BIRDS NESTING, ESPECIALLY DURING LOW WATER YEARS. 

Last observation: 1996-07-25 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

MUD LAKE IS A PERMANENT, MAN-MADE LAKE WITH SILT/MUD SUBSTRATE. SHALLOWS PRESENT ON 
THE NORTH SHORELINE AND NO EMERGENT VEGETATION IS PRESENT. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE; BLM: MALTA FIELD OFFICE; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND 
(INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); PEARCE WATERFOWL PRODUCTION AREA 

Comments: 

SITE INCLUDES LAKE BOWDOIN AND MUD LAKE. 

Information source 

PRELLWITZ, DWAIN (FRITZ). U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BOWDOIN NWR, MALTA, MT 59538. 
406/654-2863. 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN AND MUD LAKE 

County: PHILLIPS 

uses quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 2210 

Location: 

LAKE BOWDOIN IS CA.,7.5 AIR MILES EAST OF MALTA. 

TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: 

031N03IE 

030N031E . 2 



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Page 5 of 10 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App^ 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: STERNA CASPIA 

Common Name: CASPIAN TERN 

Global Rank GS Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2B,SZN USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

1 1 NESTS OBSERVED ON EAST PELICAN ISLAND. 

Last observation: 1992-06-02 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

LOW ISLAND IN ALKALINE LAKE. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 



Information source 

PRELLWITZ, F. 1992. [LETTER TO CEDRON JONES, MTNHP, OF 20 OCTOBER REPORTING ON COLONIAL 
NESTING BIRDS AT LAKE BOWDOIN, 1987 - 1992.] 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 
County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 
Precision: S 

Elevation (ft): 2200 

Location: 

FROM MALTA, GO CA. 7 MILES EAST ON OLD US HWY 2 TO LAKE BOWDOIN NWR. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

031N031E 27 SB4 






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Page 6 of 10 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: HIMANTOPUS MEXICANUS 

Common Name: BLACK-NECKED STILT 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2B,SZN USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

COMMON NESTING SPECIES WITH NESTS AND YOUNG BIRDS AT MANY LOCATIONS AROUND THE 
REFUGE. 16 APRIL 1988: STILTS ARRIVED ON NESTING TERRITORY AT REFUGE. 

Last observation: Size (acres): 

General site description: 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

D. M. PRELLWITZ OBTAINED SOME INFORMATION FROM AMERICAN BIRDS MAGAZINE: FALL 1988, VOL. 
42, NO. 3. HE IS REQUESTING MORE INFORMATION FROM THE REFUGE. 

Information source 

PRELLWITZ, DWAIN (FRITZ). U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BOWDOIN NWR, MALTA, MT 59538. 
406/654-2863. 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 

County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2210 

Location: 

LAKE BOWDOIN IS CA. 7.5 AIR MILES EAST OF MALTA. 



Township\Range: 

031N031E 



Section: 

27 



TRS comments: 






nhp4406p.txt 



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MTNHPref. 005 
Page 7 of 10 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: BIRD ROOKERY 
Common Name: BIRD ROOKERY 
Global Rank Z 

State Rank: Z 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

ELM Status: 



Occurrence Type: BIRD ROOKERY 

Species occurrence data: 

GREAT BLUE HERON. 1990: 30 NESTS. 1991: 42 NESTS, 1992: 36 NESTS, ON EAST & WEST PELICAN 
ISLANDS. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. CA. 300 PAIR IN 1987; 1990: 335 NESTS; 1991: 493 NESTS; 1992: 
505 NESTS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. ROUGHLY 300 BREEDING PAIRS IN 1987 (SEC. 4, PLUS A 
SMALLER COLONY CA. 1 .5 MILES SE). 

Last observation: 1992 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

THREE ISLANDS WITH NESTING BIRDS IN CENTER (PELICAN ISLANDS) AND SOUTH CENTRAL (WOODY 
ISLAND) LAKE BOWDOIN. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

NONE. 

Information source 

STUTZMAN, JIM. U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BOWDOIN WETLAND MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, P.O. 
BOX J, MALTA, 59538. 406/654-2863. 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 

County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2200 

Location: 

LAKE BOWDOIN, IN BOWDOIN NWR, CA. 7 MILES EAST OF MALTA. 



Township\Range: 

031N031E 
030N031E 



Section: 



04 



TRS comments: 



NE4NW4 



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Page 8 of 10 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species ofSpecial Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5066-S070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Phillips County 



ScientiHc Name: PELECANUS ERYTHRORHYNCHOS 

Common Name: AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 

Global Rank G3 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S2B,SZN USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 

Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

THREE ISLANDS WITH NESTING BIRDS, ABOUT 1700 PAIRS IN 1987. 1988: 1846 PAIR. 1989: 1709 PAIR. 1990: 
1767 PAIR (ALL BUT 1 ON WOODY ISLAND). 1991: 2047 PAIR(1728 ON WOODY ISLAND, REST ON EAST 
PELICAN ISLAND). 1992: 2745 PAIR (2668 WOODY; 77 EAST). 

Last observation: 1992- - Size (acres): 

General site description: 

THREE ISLANDS WITH NESTING BIRDS IN CENTER (PELICAN ISLANDS) AND SOUTH CENTRAL (WOODY 
ISLAND) LAKE BOWDOIN. 

Land owner/manager 

BOWDOIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

Comments: 

CORMORANTS AND GREAT BLUE HERON ALSO PRESENT. 1992: CASPL\N TERNS ALSO ON EAST PELICAN 
ISLAND. 

Information source 

PRELLWITZ, F. 1992. [LETTER TO CEDRON JONES, MTNHP, OF 20 OCTOBER REPORTING ON COLONIAL 
NESTING BIRDS AT LAKE BOWDOIN, 1987 - 1992.] 

Survey site name: LAKE BOWDOIN 

County: PHILLIPS 

uses quadrangle: LAKE BOWDOIN 

Precision: S 

Elevation (ft): 2200 

Location: 

LAKE BOWDOIN, IN BOWDOIN NWR, CA. 7 MILES EAST OF MALTA. 



TownshipVRange: 

031N031E 



Section: 

34 



TRS comments: 

N CENTER; 27 SE4 



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Page 9 of 10 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App^ 5066-5070, 5013-5017 
T31N, R30-31E in Piiillips County 



Scientific Name: VULPES VELOX 

Common Name: SWIFT FOX 

Global Rank G3 Forest Service status: SENSITIVE 

State Rank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: C 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

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

Last observation: 1996 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

ROLLING, GLACIATED MIXED-GRASS PRAIRIE WITH LIMITED SHRUB. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: LEWISTOWN FIELD OFFICE; FORT 
BELKNAP INDIAN RESERVATION 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

ZOOLOGIST, MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, P.O. BOX 210800, 
HELENA, MT 59620-1800. 406/444-3009. f^^pUc^-f^o^ f^^^h*t. T^fc^ rj/yt/^ 1^l0^ 5^c. X 

Survey site name: BORDER PRAIRIE ^oLy T3)a/ /^ JeE Te^.)t 

County: VALLEY; PHILLIPS; BLAINE; HILL ^^^"^^ ''^''^^ )^ 7^£ ^'•< /^ 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) ^^ 5^ *^ ' V /. ■ / .^ ^^ . -hr ^t •^«/^-/^' 

Precision: G y^;^ y ^/// ^^ a^^^t/ -/o fe^yfj '^af /^^tf -fr^c-f-^ ^-<ll Cove^ 

Elevation (ft): ftr/f>j.-f.W QchC erni _ ^r s-^'/~-^ ^ .^ /}/> Ac* //^ />*./»r h er-^ 



SOTO 731 A/, A?oE, fe^. 3C, ^-jj,^,^ -^.-/-s i^UI M^^e -/^ t^;/J/>fe 



Location: Ahd. S O /u / Jl aj / >^^oc , -?e<-. yio ' "77,^,^^ 

A VERY LARGE AREA MOSTLY NORTH OF THE MILK RIVER FROM CHINOOK TO HINSDALE AND 'jurt^^y ^//O 
EXTENDING TO CANADA. a^M lk 7^./. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: /<^'»T<»r. 

037N0 1 BE CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER MANY TOWNSHIPS 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5071-5093 

T32-35N, R29E; T34-37N, R28E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: CENTUNCULUS MINIMUS 

Common Name: CHAFFWEED 

Global Rank OS Forest Service status: 

State Rank: 82 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

LOCALLY COMMON. SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 

Last observation: 1997-06-24 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

FOUND ON THE MOIST MARGINS OF A WETLAND IN THE UPLANDS NORTH OF ASSINIBOINE CREEK, 
WITH ELEOCHARIS ACICULARIS AND PLAGIOBOTHRYS SCOULERI. 

Land owner/manager 

BLM: MALTA FIELD OFFICE 

Comments: 

OBSERVED BY P. LESICA. 

Information source 

LESICA, PETER. DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, MISSOULA, MT 59812. 

Survey site name: GARLANDCREEK fij^licA^^an Mc 5'^73.' T^^^, R:t^e, Se^.xi 

County: PHILLIPS , / -/ V>!'t t-'t^ IT/^/jc ^o* 4.>s 

USGS quadrangle: GARLAND CREEK -^ , _ ^ 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 2740 ^^"^ J''' /'';_"' ""?/"" '"/""l^/j p/^A-h ^j '.f/Ja^ /^r 






Location: /^.^ 

NORTH OF ASSINIBOINE CREEK 



TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: -/"?'/ f/3t^~M'' '^'^^ ■ ^*^ '^^• 

032N029E 22 /5 cih<f^ ^' ** / 



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Page 1 of 3 



06-ADr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5071-5093 

T32-35N, R29E; T34-37N, R28E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 

Common Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Global Rank 04 Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

Species occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF AT LEAST 2 PAIRS. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS 
ALL REPORTED NEST OBSERVATIONS IN THE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM 
MTNHP.) 

Last observation: 1996-07 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; BLM: MALTA 
FIELD OFFICE 

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. 

Information source 

GRENSTEN, J. 1993. [LETTER OF 14 JULY RE: FERRUGINOUS HAWK OBSERVATIONS ON THE PHILLIPS 
RESOURCE AREA.] 6PP. 

Survey site name: NORTH OF LORING 

County: PHILLIPS 

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

GENERALLY NORTH OF THE OLD BN SPUR LINE BETWEEN CHAPMAN AND WHITEWATER. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

036N032E CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 

'' 5d ^ I T'3u>A/ /?as-^ 5ec.3(o 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5071-5093 

T32-35N, R29E; T34-37N, R28E in Phillips County 



Scientific Name: VULPES VELOX 

Common Name: SWIFT FOX 
Global Rank G3 

State Rank: SI 



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



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

LIMITED DATA AVAILABLE; BUT PROBABLY AT LEAST 4 BREEDING PAIRS ARE PRESENT. THE 
BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL REPORTED OBSERVATIONS LOCATED WITHIN 
20 KM OF ONE ANOTHER. SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA AVAILABLE FROM MTNHP. 
Last observation: 1996 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

ROLLING, GLACIATED MIXED-GRASS PRAIRIE WITH LIMITED SHRUB. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: LEWISTOWN FIELD OFFICE; FORT 
BELKNAP INDIAN RESERVATION 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

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

Survey site name: BORDER PRAIRIE 

County: VALLEY; PHILLIPS; BLAINE; HILL 

uses quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 

Location: 

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



Township\Range: 

037N018E 



Section: 





TRS comments: 

CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER MANY TOWNSHIPS 



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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5035 

TOTS, R48E, Section 36 in Powder River County 



Scientific Name: DICHANTHELIUM OLIGOSANTHES VAR SCRIBNERIANUM 
Common Name: SCRIBNER'S PANIC GRASS 

Global Rank G5TS Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S 1 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 

Occurrence Type: 

Species occurrence data: 

UNKNOWN; SOME FIELD SURVEYS DONE IN 1984 AND IN 1995. BUT SPECIES NOT RELOCATED: LESICA 
"....SEARCHED ALONG THE ROADS IN THE BLOOM CREEK DRAINAGE EAST OF FORT HOWES WITHOUT 
SUCCESS." (SEE EF). 

Last observation: 1995 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

ALONG MOIST DITCH, PLANTS SCATTERED IN BUNCHGRASS UNDER PINUS PONDEROSA. 

Land owner/manager 

CUSTER NATIONAL FOREST, ASHLAND RANGER DISTRICT 

Comments: 

Information source 

HEIDEL, B. L. AND H. MARRIOTT. 1996. SENSITIVE PLANT SPECIES SURVEY OF THE ASHLAND DISTRICT, 
CUSTER NATIONAL FOREST, POWDER RIVER AND ROSEBUD COUNTIES, MT. UNPUBLISHED REPORT TO 
THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE. MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM. 94 PP. PLUS APPENDICES. 

Survey site name: BLOOM CREEK 

County: POWDER RIVER 

USGS quadrangle: SAYLE 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 3800 

Location: 

BLOOM CREEK DRAINAGE, 30 MILES SW OF BROADUS (HISTORICAL COLLECTION). 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

007S047E 

007S048E 7 

/{pp.No-^ S03S: r^S) /^W^E^ 'Sec. ■?& 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5035 

TOTS, R48E, Section 36 in Powder River County 



Scientific Name: HYBOPSIS GELIDA 
Common Name: STURGEON CHUB 
Global Rank G2 

State Rank: S2 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: C 

ELM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

A WIDESPREAD POPULATION, FAIRLY ABUNDANT. 

Last observation: 1996 



Size (acres): 



General site description: 

TURBID WATERS WITH MODERATE CURRENTS & DEPTHS. 

Land owner/manager 

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

Comments: 

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

Information source 

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

Survey site name: LOWER MISSOURI & YELLOWSTONE RIVER DRAINAGES. 

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

USGS quadrangle: (EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS QUADS) 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1860 

Location: 

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



Township\Range: 

018N056E 



Section: 
36 



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TRS comments: 

CENTROID-OCCURRENCE EXTENDS OVER NUMEROUS TOWNSHIPS 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5006 

T09S, R47E, Section 29 in Powder River County 



ScientiHc Name: DICHANTHELIUM OLIGOSANTHES VAR SCRIBNERIANUM 

Common Name: SCRTONER'S PANIC GRASS 

Global Rank GSTS Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S 1 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

SPECIMEN COLLECTED. 

Last observation: 1948-06-19 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

SCATTERED IN BUNCHGRASS UNDER PONDEROSA PINE. 

Land owner/manager 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; BLM: MILES CITY FIELD OFFICE; PRTVATELY OWNED LAND 
(INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

COLLECTED BY W.E. BOOTH. 

Information source 

Survey site name: RED PRONG CREEK 
County: POWDER RIVER 

USGS quadrangle: SAYLE HALL 
Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 3800 

Location: 

30 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BROADUS. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

009S047E 31 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5065 

T32N, R57E, Section 36 in Sheridan County 



Scientific Name: CYPERUS SCHWEINITZII 

Common Name: SCHWEINITZ' FLATSEDGE 

Global Rank G5 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: 82 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

RHIZOMATOUS, WITH MANY THOUSANDS OF STEMS IN SANDHILLS AREA, BUT WIDELY DISPERSED 

AND OCCASIONAL IN HIGHLY RESTRICTED MICROHABITAT. 
Last observation: 1999-07-15 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

BLOWOUTS AND SPARSELY VEGETATED RIDGES IN SAND HILLS; WITH ORYZOPSIS HYMENOIDES, 
PSORALEA LANCEOLATA, STIPA COMATA, SPOROBOLUS CRYPTANDRUS, CRYPTANTHA FENDLERI. 

Land owner/manager 

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

Comments: 

NOT ALL SECTIONS IN LEAST RECTANGLE HAVE BEEN SURVEYED. 

Information source 

HEIDEL, B. 1999. FIELD SURVEYS AND RESULTING DOCUMENTATION CONDUCTED AS PART OF MTNHP 
STUDY PROJECTS, MAY 26-SEPT. 4, 1999. 

Survey site name: MEDICINE LAKE SANDHILLS 

County: SHERIDAN 

uses quadrangle: SUNNYHILL SCHOOL; CAPENEYS LAKE 

Precision: S 

Elevation (ft): 1970 

Location: 

MEDICINE LAKE SANDHILLS, SOUTHEAST OF MEDICINE LAKE, CA. 25 AIR MILES NORTH OF 
CULBERTSON. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

03IN057E 4../,w,^/.. /I/. 5-<9 65 732A/ ^S^E 5>o36 



031N058E 18 



— '032N057E 36 /5 /"//<' 5 /■/'<' loca-l''^6n^ Jis^fcJ for -Sch kpih'.fr.' -r/cifsJ^^. 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5065 

T32N, R57E, Section 36 in Sheridan County 



Scientific Name: CRYPTANTHA FENDLERI 

Common Name: FENDLER CATS-EYE 

Global Rank G4 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

EST. 10,000+ PLANTS IN 1999, A HIGH-RAINFALL YEAR; ANNUAL SPECIES, POPULATION SIZE 

FLUCTUATES FROM YEAR TO YEAR. 

Last observation: 1999-07-17 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

OPEN SAND OF BLOWOUTS AND OTHER SPARSELY VEGETATED SETTINGS INCLUDING LIVESTOCK 
TRAILS AND OLD ROADS; WITH ORYZOPSIS HYMENOIDES, PSORALEA LANCEOLATA, STIPA COMATA, 
SPOROBOLUS CRYPTANDRUS, CYPERUS SCHWEINITZII. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; MEDICINE 
LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE; MEDICINE LAKE WILDERNESS 

Comments: 

THERE IS A REPORTED, BUT UNMAPPED, POPULATION IN T3 IN R57E S33. 

Information source 

HEIDEL, B. 1999. FIELD SURVEYS AND RESULTING DOCUMENTATION CONDUCTED AS PART OF MTNHP 
STUDY PROJECTS, MAY 26-SEPT. 4, 1999. 

Survey site name: MEDICINE LAKE SANDHILLS 

County: SHERIDAN 

USGS quadrangle: SUNNYHILL SCHOOL; CAPENEYS LAKE 

Precision: S 

Elevation (ft): 1970 

Location: 

MEDICINE LAKE SANDHILLS, SOUTHEAST OF MEDICINE LAKE, CA.25 MILES NORTH OF CULBERTSON. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

031N057E 

031N058E 17.18,19 fi^ Apjicai^Oh //o. SOioS T3^A/^ /Z5lE, Sftc.3Q> 

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Page 2 of 6 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5065 

T32N, R57E, Section 36 in Sheridan County 



Scientific Name: CHENOPODIUM SUBGLABRUM 
Common Name: SMOOTH GOOSEFOOT 

Global Rank G3G4 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: S 1 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

ELM Status: WATCH 
Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

MORE THAN 100 PLANTS; VERY SPARSE AND WIDELY SCATTERED. 

Last observation: 1999-07-15 Size (acres): 1 

General site description: 

DUNE BLOWOUTS ON ROLLING SAND PLAIN, USUALLY IN LARGEST BLOWOUTS, WITH ORYZOPSIS 
HYMENOIDES - PSORALEA LANCEOLATA P.A. POSITIONED ON BACKSLOPES WITH LOOSE SAND, LESS 
OFTEN ON LEEWARD DEPOSITS ON TOP. ASSOCL\TED PLANTS INCLUDE: CYPERUS SCHWEINITZII AND 
CRYPTANTHA FENDLERI. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

OBSERVED BY B. HEIDEL. 

Information source 

HEIDEL, B. 1999. FIELD SURVEYS AND RESULTING DOCUMENTATION CONDUCTED AS PART OF MTNHP 
STUDY PROJECTS, MAY 26-SEPT. 4, 1999. 

Survey site name: MEDICINE LAKE SANDHILLS 

County: SHERIDAN 

USGS quadrangle: SUNNYHILL SCHOOL; CAPENEYS LAKE 

Precision: S 

Elevation (ft): 1970 

Location: 

1 MILE SOUTH AND 2.5 MILES WEST OF SUNNYHILL SCHOOL; RESTRICTED ACCESS. 

TownshipVRange: Section: TRS comments: 

031N058E 



032N057E 36 

03IN0S7E 11 16 



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Page 3 of 6 



06-ADr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5065 

T32N, RS7E, Section 36 in Sheridan County 



SclentiHc Name: SCIRPUS HETEROCHAETUS 
Common Name: SLENDER BULRUSH 



Global Rank 
State Rank: 



G5 

81 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: 



Size (acres): 



Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

ABUNDANT, IN FRUIT. 

Last observation: 1943-08-10 
General site description: 
MARSH. 

Land owner/manager 

MEDICINE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE; STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED 

Comments: 



Information source 

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

Survey site name: SOUTH OF DAGMAR 
County: SHERIDAN 

USGS quadrangle: DAGMAR 
Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1955 

Location: 

MEDICINE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, 2 MILES SOUTH OF DAGMAR. 



Township\Range: 
032N058E 



Section: 

4 



TRS comments: 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App^ 5065 

T32N, R57E, Section 36 in Slieridan County 



Scientific Name: CRYPTANTHA FENDLERI 
Common Name: FENDLER CATS-EYE 
(;iobalRanl{ G4 

State Rank: 81 

Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

COMMON. 



Forest Service status: 

USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 



Size (acres): 



Last observation: 1943-07-29 

Cieneral site description: 

ALONG PRAIRIE ROAD. - 

Land owner/manager 

MEDICINE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR 
CORPORATE); MEDICINE-BRUSH WATERFOWL PRODUCTION AREAS 

Comments: 



Information source 

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

Survey site name: MEDICINE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 

County: SHERIDAN 

LSGS quadrangle: DAGMAR 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 1970 

Location: 

MEDICINE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. ALONG PRAIRIE ROAD 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF 
MEDICINE LAKE. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

032N058E 18 



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Page 5 of 6 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5065 

T32N, R57E, Section 36 in Sheridan County 



Scientiric Name: CRYPTANTHA FENDLERI 
Common Name: FENDLER CAPS-EYE 

Global Rank 04 Forest Service status: 

State Rank: SI USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: 

BLM Status: WATCH 

Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 

OVER 100 PLANTS IN ONE POCKET, WITH RELATIVELY VIGOROUS GROWTH AND ABUNDANT FRUIT. 

Last observation: 1998-08-14 Size (acres): 1 . ■ 

General site description: 

CENTER OF SMALL, STABILIZING BLOWOUT SHAPED LIKE A SHALLOW BOWL, IN LOOSE SAND 
ASSOCIATED ON GENTLY ROLLING SANDPLAINS, WITH STIPA COMATA AND SPOROBOLUS 
CRYPTANDRUS. 

Land owner/manager 

PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE) 

Comments: 

NOTED BY B. HEIDEL AND D. SMITH. 

Information source 

HEIDEL, BONNIE. [BOTANIST] MONTANA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, 1515 EAST SIXTH AVENUE, 
P.O. BOX 201800, HELENA, MT 59620-1800. WORK: 406/444-3009. 

Survey site name: SAND CREEK 

County: SHERIDAN 

uses quadrangle: SUNNYHILL SCHOOL 

Precision: M 

Elevation (ft): 1975 

Location: 

CA. 12 AIR MILES EAST OF MEDICINE LAKE (TOWN). 

TownshipXRange: Section: TRS comments: 

032N058E 31 NW4SE4 



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Page 6 of 6 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5007-5012 
T35-36N, R53E in Sheridan County 



Scientific Name: AMMODRAMUS BAIRDII 
Common Name: BAIRD'S SPARROW 
Global Rank G4 

state Rank: S3S4B,S 

Occurrence Type: 
Species occurrence data: 



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



Last observation: 1953jj )6-03 
C.eneral site description: 



Size (acres): 



Land owner/manager 

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

Comments: 



Information source 

DAVIS, C. V. 1961. A DISTRIBUTIONAL STUDY OF THE BIRDS OF MONTANA. PH.D. DISSERTATION. 
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, CORVALLIS. 462 PP. 

Survey site name: RAYMOND 



County: SHERIDAN 




uses quadrangle: RAYMOND 




Precision: G 






Elevation (ft): 2300 






Location: 






RAYMOND. 






Township\Range: 


Section: 


TRS comments 


036N054E 


13 





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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5100-5101 

T35N, ROSE, Sections 16 & 17 in Teton County 



ScientiHc Name: URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBILIS 

Common Name: GRIZZLY BEAR 

Global Rank G4T3 Forest Service status: THREATENED 

State Rank: SIS2 USFWS Endangered Species Act Status: LT 

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED HABITAT 

Species 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. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. FROM 1987- 
1992, THE AVERAGE KNOWN HUMAN-CAUSED MORTALITY WAS 1 1.3 BEARSATAR, ACCORDING TO THE 
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ARE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED 
FROM THE RECOVERY ZONE BOUNDARY TO INCLUDE AREAS WHERE BEARS ARE REPEATEDLY 
OBSERVED. 

Last observation: S*" (acres): 

General site description: 

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

Land owner/manager 

SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS; BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS; GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS; GLACIER 
NATIONAL PARK; FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST; LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST; HELENA 
NATIONAL FOREST; LOLO NATIONAL FOREST; 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 18; SWAN 
RIVER OXBOW PRESERVE 

Comments: 

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

Information source 

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

Survey site name: NORTHERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 

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

USGS quadrangle: /\p/f/ru,4.'o^ A/u^hrs '> t Od T X3 A/ /I'S'LJ Sc<. 1 1^ 

Precision: U ^^^ ^'^' ~^^ ^ ^^ ^^^'''T 

Elevation (ft): 3200 "'' t,//^/. ///j frU./y ^e.. c^re. ^. -Me ^^^y A>c..f^;. 

Location: fn^t^-f- 7C^r!f'\^ cf^''^ 5"/,;^/,/^ //<,>, e^/// ^f ^^c/^/^^J -li ■^/'''f^-'s^^ 

THIS RECORD ENCOMPASSES AN AREA FROM CANADA SOUTH TO STATE HIGHWAY 200, AND FROM t^?^ 
EAST FRONT TQ SWAN AND STILLWATER RIVERS. t^^tS-. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

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06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5054-5055, 5057-5063 
T33-37N, ROIW; T33-34N, R02W in Toole County 



Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 

Common Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Global Rank G4 Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 

Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 

Species occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF CA. 20 PAIRS. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL 
NEST SITES IN THE KEVIN RIM AND BUCKLEY COULEE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA 
AVAILABLE FROM MTNHP.) 

Last observation: 1994 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

THE KEVIN RIM IS A SANDSTONE ESCARPMENT THAT RUNS CA. 8 MILES, GENERALLY N-S, AND THAT 
FACES EAST. THE CLIFFS AND ADJACENT BADLANDS, GRASSLANDS AND DRAWS HOST A VERY HIGH 
DENSITY OF RAPTOR NESTS, PRIMARILY BUTEO REGALIS AND FALCO MEXICANUS. 

Land owner/manager 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: GREAT 
FALLS FIELD OFFICE 

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. ADDITIONAL RAPTORS NESTING: 
FALCO SPARVERIUS, FALCO MEXICANUS, BUTEO JAMAICENSIS, BUTEO SWAINSONI, AQUILA 
CHRYSAETOS, CIRCUS CYANEUS, BUBO VIRGINIANUS. 

Information source 

DUBOIS, K. 1988. KEVIN RIM/SWEETGRASS HILLS RAPTOR SURVEY. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. 8 
PP. PLUS DATA APPENDICES. 

Survey site name: KEVIN RIM, BUCKLEY COULEE 

County: GLACIER; TOOLE 

USGS quadrangle: MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL; KEVIN NORTH; HILLSIDE COLONY; SUNBURST; GLACIER COLON 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 4100 

Location: 

THE KEVIN RIM IS A PROMINENT LANDMARK WEST OF 1-15 AND 8 TO 14 MILES SOUTH OF THE 
CANADIAN BORDER. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

035NOO3W SPANS MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS 

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Page 1 of 1 



06-Apr-OO Montana Natural Heritage Program 

Species of Special Concern: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, App# 5064 

T37N, R03W, Section 36 in Toole County 



Scientific Name: BUTEO REGALIS 
Common Name: FERRUGINOUS HAWK 

Global Rank G4 Forest Service status: 

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

BLM Status: SPECIAL STATUS 
Occurrence Type: OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT 
Species occurrence data: 

BREEDING POPULATION OF CA. 20 PAIRS. THE BOUNDARIES FOR THIS OCCURRENCE ENCOMPASS ALL 
NEST SITES IN THE KEVIN RIM AND BUCKLEY COULEE AREA. (SPECIFIC OBSERVATION DATA 
AVAILABLE FROM MTNHP.) 

Last observation: 1994 Size (acres): 

General site description: 

THE KEVIN RIM IS A SANDSTONE ESCARPMENT THAT RUNS CA. 8 MILES, GENERALLY N-S, AND THAT 
FACES EAST. THE CLIFFS AND ADJACENT BADLANDS, GRASSLANDS AND DRAWS HOST A VERY HIGH 
DENSITY OF RAPTOR NESTS, PRIMARILY BUTEO REGALIS AND FALCO MEXICANUS. 

Land owner/manager 

STATE LAND - UNDESIGNATED; PRIVATELY OWNED LAND (INDIVIDUAL OR CORPORATE); BLM: GREAT 
FALLS FIELD OFFICE 

Comments: 

FULL EXTENT OF OCCUPIED BREEDING HABITAT IS UNKNOWN. ADDITIONAL RAPTORS NESTING: 
FALCO SPARVERIUS, FALCO MEXICANUS, BUTEO JAMAICENSIS, BUTEO SWAINSONI, AQUILA 
CHRYSAETOS, CIRCUS CYANEUS, BUBO VIRGINIANUS. 

Information source 

DUBOIS, K. 1988. KEVIN RIM/SWEETGRASS HILLS RAPTOR SURVEY. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. 8 
PP. PLUS DATA APPENDICES. 

Survey site name: KEVIN RIM, BUCKLEY COULEE 

County: GLACIER; TOOLE 

USGS quadrangle: MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL; KEVIN NORTH; HILLSIDE COLONY; SUNBURST; GLACIER COLON 

Precision: G 

Elevation (ft): 4100 

Location: 

THE KEVIN RIM IS A PROMINENT LANDMARK WEST OF 1-15 AND 8 TO 14 MILES SOUTH OF THE 
CANADL\N BORDER. 

Township\Range: Section: TRS comments: 

035N003W SPANS MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS 

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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
AND CONSERVATION 



MARC RACICOT, GOVERNOR 



162S ELEVENTH AVENUE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



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



April 12, 2000 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydrogeologist, MMB 

FROM: Steve Dobson, LUS, CLO 

RE: Oil and Gas Sale June 7, 2000 for Teton and Toole Counties 



PO BOX 201601 
HELENA, MONTANA 59620-1601 



RECEIVED 

APR 1 1 2000 

D.N.R.C. 



Below are the tracks you requested to be reviewed in Toole and Teton counties for tfie above sale. 



TETON COUNTY 
APP# LEGAL DESCRIPTION ACRES 



FIELD NOTES 



5100 



T23N,R8W,SEC16 



640 



The old north trail dissects this 



track from north to south through die center of the section. This track also holds grizzly and bighorn 

sheep. North Fork ofDeep Creek cuts the S2 of the NE4 of the section. ~fhe 9ocky Mauniii'.H /I*'^-/ 5-^/i5/'^> 

5101 T23N, R8W, SEC 17 120 This track holds grizzly and ''<''»$•'■ 

bighorn sheep. North Fork ofDeep Creek cuts the S2 of the NE4 of the section. TAe ^ocUy Akninioin Froff^ 

TOOLE COUNTY 

5034 T35N, R3E, SEC 16 640 Surface is native range. Abundant 

oil and gas activity throughout the sectirai. No resource concerns. 

5054 T33N, Rl W, SEC 16 640 Surface is native range. Extensive 
oil and gas activity throughout the section. No resource concerns. 

5055 T33N, R2W, SEC 16 640 . Surface is CRP. 

5057 T34N, RIW, SEC 16 320 Surface is in agricultural 



production. No resource concerns. 



APP# 



LEGAL DESCRIPTION 



ACRES 



FIELD NOTES 



5058 T34N,R2W, SEC16 640 Surfece is in CRP 



5059 T34N, R2W, SEC 36 
production. No resource concerns. 

5060 T35N,R1W,SEC30 
No resource concerns. 

5061 T36N,R1W,SEC2 
production. No resource concerns. 

5062 T36N,R1W,SEC11 
production. No resource concerns. 

5063 T37N,R1W,SEC36 
No resource concerns. 

5064 T37N, R3W, SEC 36 
No resource concerns. 



640 



266.44 



160 



640 



640 



640 



Surface is in agricultural 



Surface is native range. 



Surface is in agricultural 



Surface is in agricultural 



Surface is native range. 



Surface is native range. 



DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION 

NORTHEASTERN LAND OFFICE 



STATE OF MONTANA' 



^gl^JSgi^^Jy / (406) 22»-2430 Telephone i 1 \. _,*__} GLASGOW UNIT OFFICE 

^^>W«»^p// (406) 228-2439 FAX ^ ~ PO BOX 1007 

XO*-:!:-'^/ co6593©8tale.mLus 224 6 STREET SOUTH 
HrichardsdsUlejntus f^'l "i '7 2"''] GLASGOW, MONTANA 59230-1007 

April 14,2000 H M n r-^ 

MEMORANDUM 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydro-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 EOUM. OPPORTUNTTY EkmOYER" 



TWP RGE SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES S CONSERVATION 
LEWIS & CLARK (CLO-H, FWP-4) 



+5136 Barr Creek 

LIBERTY (NELO-H, FWP-4) 
■•■5042 Chester 



21. N 8.W 36 LOTS 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, W2NE4, 
NW4, N2SW4, NW4SE4 



32. H 6.E 3 S2NW4, N2SW4 



■f5043 Chester 



■•■5044 Joplin 



■•'5045 Chester 



■•■5046 Chester 



5001 Mount Lebeuion 
Haystaclc Butte 



32. N 6.E 12 SW4, E2 

STATE DOES NOT OWH THE 
SURFACE. 

32. N 7.E 2 LOT 2 

STATE DOES MOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

33. N 6.E 27 SE4 

STATE DOES HOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

33. N e.E 34 W2SW4, NE4 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 

35. N 5.E 7 W2NE4, SE4NW4, NE4SW4, NW4SE4 



■►5099 Hawley Hill 



37. N 4.E 2 SE4SE4 



LESSOR: DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION 
PHILLIPS (NELO-G, FWP-6) 
■•■5066 Malta NE 31.N 30.E 2 TRACTS IN SE4SW4, SE4, SE4NE4 



7.60 



■•■5067 Malta NE 



■•■5068 Malta NE 



31. N 30. E 11 TRACT IN NW4 



31. N 30. E 15 TRACT IN W2SW4 



6.60 
4. 25 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES £ CONSERVATION 
PHILLIPS (NELO-G, FWP-6) 
••■5069 Malta NE 31. N 30. E 16 ALL 



■•■5070 Malta NE 



31. N 30. E 36 ALL 



5013 Lake Bowdoln 31. N 31. E 13 SE4NE4, S2SW4, NW4SE4 * 160.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SUBFACE. 

This tract has a large waterfowl production area identified as Mud Lake that encompasses am area 
in the center of the section. Tract also has a large irrigation cemal that crosses tract. The area 
has high waterfowl and wildlife habitat resources. The Mud Lake priiirie pothole would need to be 
avoided by seismic operations and other oil and gas activities. Tract has other small prairie pot 
holes, that would need to also be avoided by the oil and gas lessee. Tract is all native rangelzmd. 

a I ree tin. . 
This tract has two livestock reservoirs and a developed spring with tank for livestock water. The 
surface water resources would need to be avoided by seismic operations and other oil and gas 
activities. Tract has waterfowl amd wildlife habitat resources. Tract is all native rangeland. 

' PAGE 5 

APP# TOPO TWP RGE SEC DESCRIPTION ACRES 

5015 Lake Bowdoin 31. N 31. E 22 N2SE4 * 80.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE . 
Thla tract has a large prairie pothole located on the north tiaXi. of section. Tract is also located 
next to the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. This tract has high waterfowl and wildlife h2U3itat 
resources . The prairie pothole and the immediate area next to the Bowdoin Wildlife Refuge would need 
to be avoided by seismic operations and other oil «md gas activities ., Tract is all native rzmgelemd. 

5016 Lake Bowdoin 31. N 31. E 23 N2NE4, SW4NE4, N2SW4 200.00 

This tract has jm irrigation ditch and some associated wetlands\praire potholes. These sites would 
need to be avoided by seismic operations and other oil and gas activities. This 2u:ea also has some 
waterfowl and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is all native rangelauid. "Thl^ tWc-/ h adjttcen-f- TZ 
■t^^ A-iikf Bci,/.-/^!^^ /VailiiHcil (4i!idl'ff Kefn^e. TA^ yftirifi"/' airfoi ft,'/)u/i'^'''^ i»/"// Ac i^i/i^J-Ac, MJn^c^r 

5017 Lake Bowdoin 31. N 31. E 36 ALL * 640.00 /••^>x^y>er- 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE Iua4 ^^a^J 

SURFACE. D.'-'fc-H,r>^ 

This tract has extensive surface prairie potholes with limited applications for any type of oil imd 
gas activities. The majority of this section, on most years, probably is covered with water. Tract 
is also located next to the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. This tract has extensive waterfowl 
production resources along with some uplzmd bird amd wildlife heibitat resources . There would be very 
limited areas that could be utilized for oil auid gas activities. This tract is native rangelamd. The 




d 

smi Ca-rlanrt ri-aaV "• • "•■ •"^•'•- 32.K 29. E 1 , ^, ^... _. 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE Til /4t .» -f-fOc^r 

SURFACE. /f«i''. 

This tract has very steep terrain and has an ephemeral stream identified as Garland Creek. Garlamd 
Creek and the associated uplands near the creek would need to be avoided by seismic operations and 
other associated oil amd gas activities. Tract has waterfowl amd wildlife habitat resources. This 
tract is native rangeland. Thi ^'f'eefi -hpofr^fiJiy s/yA/oVi**?. a><e/ i-^e sfretfttx^ po-f^Je, eh:. duTrcr- ■sh^Jti!a>^ 

5072 Garland Creek 32. N 29.E y LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, SE4NEr\^^^ ^^.^^ 225.12 s^//V /^ 

This tract has very steep terrain and has am ephemeral stream identified as Garlamd Creek. Garland 
Creek amd the associated uplamds near the creek would need to be avoided by seismic operations and 
other associated oil and gas activities . Tract has waterfowl amd wildlife habitat resources . This 
tract is native rangeland. fke ■iHcfi -hpo^r^/}Jty y ri-/)* /* //<»>, a),c( -Mf ?/''''•*'»./ /kr/'Wc, eh. ^<^f*''- S^/'/^'^'^ 77«.> 

5073 Garland creek 32.N 29. E 21 'n2 ^/?.y.,/>/- "°°° ^^ /^r r^./V 

This tract has a stockwater pit located on the NE4NW4 and teepee rings located on the W2NW4 . The '^ - 

stockwater pit amd associated area and the teepee ring sites would need to be avoided by seismic 
operations and other associated oil and gas activities. Tract has wildlife habitat resources. This 
tract is native rangelamd. 



5074 Malta NW 32. N 29. E 36 ALL 640.00 

-^ This tract has taep«a rings locatsd on tha S2SW4 . Tha teapea ring site would naad to ba avoidad by 
saismic and othar associated oil and gas activities. Tract has wildlife habitat resources. This 
tract is native rangeland. Jle u,.lJt.lr SHt^ry r;^/?«/«/.V, L,:lt b' aJJ ,J r.>r -^u.ri- /Cx </^<- -^ //^ y/vsr/r /ortf.'<r^ 
IM A\T-AfHfi-s area </#.///»«» /sV /3^ 7^/i ^.c./w^ 

5075 Lovajoy 33. N 29. E 1 LOT 1, SE4NE4, E2SE4, SW4SE4, 240.06 
Austin Coulee SE4SW4 

^r" This tract has teepee rings located on the E2E2 and Little Cottonwood Creek an ephemeral stream. The 
teepee ring site zuid the Little Cottonwood Creek areas would need to be avoided by seismic 
operations and other associated oil and gas activities . Tract has wildlife habitat resources . This 
*'"='' ^'r^"" rangeland. yx, ^i^^.^^^f,, ^^, ,fi^J„yi^ u,; 1/ i^ ^iM^J ^ ^/. -f.^crs /e.^^. 

Austin Coulee >'^/- r/../9/^ 

-fke 'f'-'cf-' /or^-^.'ay^ i^ /^/ 7^ >/V/^j-' aten /^r ///j 
This tract has Little Cottonwood Creek an ephemeral stream. The Little Cottonwood Creek and ^t'ttt,/. «? — -— -. 
associated areas would need to be avoided by seismic operations and other associated oil zmd gas ^\ 

activities. Tract has wildlife habitat resources. This tract is native rangeland. T^f ^fre^n, efc. ho fT^^r- j 

5077 Garland Creak 33. N 29. E 16 ALL ^ 640.00 ""t- a ^ ^ 

y!*- 7Xf ■sff(pi;)fic^^r'!/jA)r.^/cr Uits^Uf 
^^ This tract has teepee rings scattered on the uplzuid benches near the thin hilly range sites. Ae ^clh ^'^•'/'■J'V' 
teepee ring areas would need to be avoided by saismic operations juid other associated oil and gas b*^'^'^'^^'^"' 
activities. Tract has wildlife habitat resources. This tract is native rangelzmd. I7\e tu,' U /, ft' ^ur- wey TTi/^/ii ^, 
i^,ll ie addfd fir s^.ff/^ alee -fy -Me f'-'cfi M^/>'a^ M AtT-A/Hf^i ati^ /Zk -/A:i ^^/'a.^^ ' 

5078 Garland Creek 33. N 29. E 27 N2SW4 80.00 

This tract has uplamd bird and wildlife habitat resources. This tract is native rangeland. 7^^ i^', /^^ A fe Sf'-^y 



9 Garland Creek 33. N 29.E 32 SE4 



^ 



This tract has a livestock water well on the SW4SE4 and teepee rings located on the SE4SE4 . The 
livestock well and the teepee rings site would need to be avoided by seismic operations and other 
associated oil amd gas activities. This tract has wildlife haOoitat resources. Tract is native fke sir-ee,i'i l^ull 

5080 Garland Creek 33. N 29. E 33 S2SW4 80.00 

^l<^ This tract has teepee ring sites locate'on the northern edge of tract. The teepee ring sites would 
need to lae avoided by seismic operations and other associated oil amd gas activities. Tract is 
native rangeland. rJ,e ..]fj I, Fc ^urufy ■, i.'pula-f-.'eny'-: H he aJJ ^J 7% ^/Z. /-r^ o'i /■***', ^/<s <" 7^ //^7^«^c 



loCaf.^a^ ,n fiir-A/HP'f arec Ft' iA:s ahfmaf. L J^fiir su, A-/ /Zrx 

5081 Garland Creek 33. N 29. E 36 ALL * 640.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

This_ tract has Cottonwood Creek an ephemeral stream located on in the middle of this section. The 

Cotton Hood Creek and associated areas would need to be avoided by seismic operations auid other 

associated oil amd gas activities. This tract has waterfowl, upland bird and wildlife habitat . .. , > y 

resources. Tract is native rangeland. Tite ^frfaf. fii»ieA, ^/c ^^^f^ y/'^-zCf y/ov-v ^//Z i^fi a^LiLe</ "^ tA'i V/a ffs /«a 

5082 Hubert Hill 34. N 28. E 16 ALL 640.00 

This tract has a livestock reservoir located on the NE4 . The livestock reservoir and. associated 
area would need to be avoided by seismic operations anA other associated oil and gas activities . 
This tract has upland bird and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native rauigeland. T^C 1 1'^Cam, rfiTfn/^'.r^ />•>' 
eft. huFfifr ■5f:/)Hfa+-'<^ i^'ji At^aeldfJ-^ ^.t ^/^H-t /e^^w. V\eh,U4l,Fe "'^''-'Y ?•)//•< l" t;^ <./ // hf ^d eUJ Fir 5<^/? /Cy 

5083 Lovejoy 34. N 28. E 36 ALL due T^o //f f-ucl-i hcn-f.'irr. ity 640. OO *> '^T'-^/fA^T arf^ 
Hubert Hill ^r iM'.z <af,;H,^f 

jL^ This tract has a livestock reservoir on the NE4 and a livestock water pipeline and tank on tha NW4 . 
Tract also has several teepee ring sites located on the hilltops. The livestock reservoir, livestock 
water pipeline and the teepee ring sites need to be avoided by seismic operations and other 
associated oil and gas activities . This tract has uplamd bird and wildlife habitat resources . Tract 
is native rangeland. J^^ ^4rfa„^ /;^V, resfr^^:^^ e ^c. h^i s:/^.^?^'^ uHI if ^J^^J ^ //'^ ^iv/J" 

-The u'JdI-fe soruey 5-/>,^y,'^ v,7/ he aJJ'J For ^u,f-f /^ ^« *> zf />4 -^^»rF'. /^^- i'<^ ;^ 



■•'5084 Lovajoy 34. N 29. E 29 S2 320.00 

Hub«rt HiH ^^ />/-p»-;^ S r^>» H,eAts 

5085 Rorsashoa Laka 35. M 28. E 10 E2 320.00 

^<^ This tract has a livastock resarvoir on the SW4SE4 and teepea rings locatad on the SE4SE4 . The 

reservoir and teepee ring sites need to be avoided by seismic operations euid other associated oil 
and gas activities. This tract has upland bird and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native 
rangaland. 7> c s-trea'^, />oi'J, rf^frM:^ eh h^f^^fr st:,Jc,/^f,i^ i,:i( Ije a,^<Jf^ -^ A-j 7^->r/^j /-^^k.. T?,? 

5086 Horseshoe Lake 35. N 28. E 15 N2 320.00 ' 
This tract has upland bird and wildlife haibitat resources. Tract is native remgeland. 

Cttea fir -M'^ 11'^^/. ^KQE 6 

APP# TOPO TWP RGE SEC DESCRIPTION ACRES 

5087 Horseshoe Lake 35. M 28. E 16 ALL 640.00 

This tract has a livestock reservoir located on the NE4NE4 . The livestock reservoir and associated 
areas would need to be avoided by seismic operations and other associated types of oil and gas 

activities. This tract has upland bird and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native rangeland. ' ''€ ^'/''fatr,^ 
fc>^, re !<"■>'.■:<,(/■<:. hufffr yt;,fHUfr^feh:. ^■^. ff.^^Utr^ l;/I be a<^J^J ^ 7^/-, y^^^jg /»^^_ -f^f, ^;^//,/r r^/-*-?/ rf;/>',U,t}^ ^;// 

5088 Horseshoe Lake 35. N 28. E 36 ALL 640.00 *<" "'/''W ^r »4/,/> 
Martin Lake f^y, J^ ^ ^ ^j^^ 

Hubert Hill ^, .• ^ 

This tract has a livastock water pit locatad on the NW4SE4. The livestock water pit and associatea "^ anittu,/ 

2u:ea would need to be avoided by seismic operations and other types of oil emd gas activities. This . 

tract has upland bird emd wildlife hadjitat resources. This tract is native rangelemd. Tff 'sir^a'^ /liiJ. /'f^''r^.:r 

29. E 16 ALL 640.00 



■^ 5089 Martin Lake 35. N 



This tract has a livestock water tank located on the SW4SW4 and two prairie potholes located on the 
NW4SW4 and W2KW4, The livestock water temk and prairie potholes would need to be avoided by seismic 
operations and other types of oil and gas activities. This tract has upleuid bird and wildlife , ,, 

hiJsitat resources. This tract is native reuigeland. T*'' rf'fai^^ /Jc'>-t^ /'^r■£^',r'^(' ^of^i/fj €'/<". b'^'^^'' ■'''V'* '"^ 
■e4e-. k/\H deaddjj -fo Hh -tract's /^«5e'. The ^ilJl^Frs^ruf shp.W'jJ oe ^JdeJ /^/- s^^.ft A>^ <J„e A //^ /«r/i /or^y,W> 

5090 Horseshoe Lake 36. N 28. E 16 ALL 640.00 /»T-/\////>'s ureq 

Sunnyslope School f^ ^ -T^.'j 

tjLf This tract has a livestock water pit located on the SE4NE4 and scattered teepee ring sites located .^ f/^ '^'ni 
' on hilltops on the thin hilly range site. The livestock water pit and the teepee ring sites would '*"'''• J>«m 
need to be avoided by seismic operations and other types of oil 2uid gas activities . This tract has ^z*"'/ 
upltmd bird and wildlife habitat resources. This tract is native reuigeland. T^e rAe*,*, Aj5^ (^^^S'^'^^j'^'^m 'J, ' 

+5091 Horseshoe Lake 36. N 28. E 36 ^LOTS 1 THRU 8, E2NE4, NE4SE4^ ^^/. 640.00 ;„ f*IT~y^^.,' 

Martin Lake ( £ HORSESHOE LAKE / ^ v ^ ^ «f 

{■Suh]oc-^i^ VO-llo'Xd) ^--^ ^. y^^ 



5092 Sunnyslope School 37. N 28. E 16 ALL 



"'^^'>^,. 



This tract has praire potholes located through tract. The prairie pothole areas would need to be 
avoided by seismic operations juid other types of oil and gas activities . This tract has upland bird 
and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native rangaland. , , , . ,, / /' / -r-, , i 1 1. f- ^ ^ 4-'a 

7Ae H^e^^, />^. />-->' ^.^ A^^^'.^- ^^' ^'^z*-^^' A'// i" cuLOJ ^ /A ^-^^ ^f'^. TVfp '^'''*''^.^T'^,yy 

509^ Loring NW '57. N 28. E 36 ALL 6i0.00 J:"'! bf^fdfa 

This tract has a livestock water pit located on the HE4NE4 and prairie pothole areas located through , 

out tract. The livestock water pit auid the prairie potholes would need to be avoided by seismic ' ' 

operations and other types of oil amd gas activities. This tract has upliuid bird and wildlife A7T- /f//iA 

habitat resources. Tract is native rangeland. j / // I J' J O^Ji'tt fZr 

T/. r^,.« /^W, ^..-..,>, eh. i#, ./^-/"'■•- l-:/l L.JMJ-^ -/'!■' ^''^' /--, ^'-^ 



POWDER RIVER (ELO, FWP-7) 
5037 North Stacey School 



l.S 47. E 10 SW4NE4, NW4, SW4SW4, E2SW4, 
SE4 



5038 North Stacey School 
Stacey 



l.S 47. E 16 ALL 



5039 Stacey 

Elk Ridge 



l.S 47. E 36 ALL 



5040 Stacey 



2.S 47. E 16 S2 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE. 



5041 Home Creek Butte 
Samuelson Ranch 



2.S 47. E 36 W2, SE4 



+5035 Bloom Creek 



7.S 48. E 36 LOTS 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, W2NE4, 
NW4, N2SW4, NW4SE4 



5006 Bradshaw Creek 



9.S 47. E 29 S2 



ROOSEVELT (NELO-G, FWP-6) 
■fSOOB HcCab« East 



28. N 57. E 36 ALL 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 



APP» 



TWP RGE SEC 



DESCRIPTION 



5005 Froid SE 30. M 57. E 36 ALL 

Brush Moxintain SW STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE ON THE N2 OR SW4 . 



* 640.00 



This tract has habitat typas for upland birds and wlldllf*. Tract is native rangaland and dryland 
•grlcultur-. Con^^-J M^^'f 



ROSEBUD (ELO, FWP-7) 

5002 Regnal Coulee 
Hecker Ranch 
Grebe Ranch 
Kincheloe Ranch 



12. N 33. E 31 LOTS 16-30 



SHERIDAN (MELO-G, FWP-6) 



5065 Capttneys Lalca 

Sunnyhlll School 



32. N 57. E 36 ALL 



This tract has upland bird and wlldllfa habitat rasourcas. Tract Is natlva rangaland, tama grass and 
alfalfa hayland and dryland agriculture. 






5007 Archer 35. N 53. E 2 W2SW4, SE4SW4, SW4SE4 160.00 
Plantywood SW 

This tract has upland bird and wlldllf • habitat resourcas . Tract is nativa rangeland and dryland 
agrictiltura . 

5008 Archar 35. N 53. E 3 SE4KE4 , SW4SE4, E2SE4 160.00 

v^ This tract has a developed spring for livestock water located on the SW4SE4 zuid 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 uplzmd bird and wildlife ^rUf 
habitat resources. Tract is native rangeland and dryland agriculture. TA^ S-f>-fC/tt<. /^"c/. /•r':i'n/^(Ji'r"C -fc. . 

5009 Archer 35. N 53. E 10 MW4NE4 40.00 
This tract has uplzmd bird and wildlife habitat resources. Tract is native rangeland. 

5010 Archer 35. N 53. E 11 NH4NH4 40.00 
Plantywood SW 

^ 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 smd gas activities. Tract has upland 
bird and wildlife hzQsitat resources. Tract is native rangeland. , , , , / / / ^ ..z^ '^ 

soil Archer 36. N 53. E 16 ALL * 640.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE ON THE E2 . 

This tract is all dryland agriculture and has no wildlife habitat resources . 

5012 Plentywood SW 36. N 53. E 36 ALL * 640.00 

Kisler Butte STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 

SURFACE ON THE NE4 . 

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

associated eureas would need to be avoided by seismic operations anA other associated oil zmd gas 

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

rangelzmd, conservation reserve progreun acreage a nd drylzmd agriculture. Tdfi ^~frfatr) f/r- ^^mr^ ^ f'^f /^ ii a>\ 

TETON (CLO-C, FWP-4) 

+5100 Castle Reef 23. N 8.W 16 ALL 640.00 

Ear Mountain 

+5101 Castle Reef 23. N 8.W 17 N2NE4, SE4NE4 120.00 

Ear Mountain 

TOOLE (CLO-C, FWP-4) 

5034 Grassy Butte 35. N 3.E 16 ALL 640.00 

5054 Shelby 33. N l.W 16 ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 640.00 
Antelope Coulee SW RIERDON FORMATION 

5055 Shelby 33. N 2.W 16 ALL, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 640.00 
Virden SWIFT FORMATION 



TWP RGE SEC DESCRIPTION 



5057 Antelope Coulee NW 34. N l.W 16 E2, BELOW THE BASE OF THE 

MADISON FORMATION 
STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 



^ 



i»/f -hiacH Araw ^ X.va«» y. XOC6 AiT 0.1 J G^^^ / ^ _/ ■ ^ ^-^ 

t^e^^f sc/f. Tr»cH ^^e A.^f^ ,j:Ht ^^^rrtU i^f^re/fi'^ C o,vr; r-,.r^^., 5 ^, l>,:Ct -ti/iC^ r,^^ -, Pt-. 

GARFIELD (NELO-G, f~WP-7) -fAf 4/e^/''ty| //Oi ^t^mkti. 

5^226- Barney Pinnacle 15. N 30. E 36 HE4, NE4NW4, NE4SE4 240.00 

This tract contains habitat for various wildlife species and upland birds. 



PHILLIPS (NELO-G, FWP-6) 

5136 Clanton Coulee 30. N 31. E 16 ALL * 640.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE ON THE S2 AND SW4NE4 . 
This tract contains habitat types for upland birds. 

5137 Clanton Coulee 30. N 31. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This tract contains habitat for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has a reservoir and a 
livestockweil on the NE4 . The SE4SE4 contains one identified tepee ring.**- 

5138 Pinks, 30. N 32. E 36 ALL 640.00 
Regal Coulee 

This tract contains habitat for wildlife and upland birds. The NW4 contains 
.scattered tepee rings on the tops of ridges. 

5139 Regal Coulee, 30. N 33. E 36 ALL 640.00 

Spencer Point ■'■'.. 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife. The NE4NE4 contains a jjit for livestock 
watering. 

PHILLIPS (NELO-G, FWP-6) 

•5144 Malta NE 31. N 30. E 2 TRACTS IN SE4SW4, SE4, SE4NE4 • 7.60 

This tract contains habitat types for upland birds and wildlife. ' /I L J J I J- 

-Thi-i >, « MOOT -fruci- ioiAe /lo 1i^r/-^ce OC 00/!^scy c/ A.-^^A^^y/'ft^f^^-h/"^'"^'^ ^' '' '^^ '^'^ ^ '^ 

5145 Malta NE 31. N 30. E 11 TRACT IN NW4 6.60 

This tract contains habitat types for upland birds and wildlife. / / _/ _Z/ -/. i> 

►5146 Malta NE / 31. N 30. E 15 TRACT IN W2SW4 4.25 

This tract contains habitat types for upland birds and wildlife. / ^e/£/<^e/ Z^ T^f^r ~/ro<-/r 

• 5147 Malta NE 31. N 30. E 16 ALL 640,00 

This tract contains habitat types for upland birds and wildlife. The shallow hill tops that 
are found through out tract contain tepee rings. The SE4SE4, contains a stock water pit. 

••5148 Malta Ne 3r.1fl 30. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This tract contains no habitat for wildlife or upland birds and has no identified cultural 
resources. 

5004 Forks 34. N 33. E 16 ALL 640.00 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. The NE4, contains tepee 
rings at various locations. 

5005 Forks 34. N 33. E 17 SE4NE4, SE4SW4, SE4 240.00 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract has a livestock reservoir located on the 
SE4SW4. ■ ~ 

5006 Forks 34. N 33. E 20 NE4ME4 40.00 
This tract contains habitat types for wildlife. Tract has tepee rings through out silty site. 



Jl » 5019 Horseshoe LaVe 36. N 28. E 36ClOTS 1 THPU 8, E2NE4, MF^SE4</(// -taarrr" ^'- f.\:^£--' 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings AIC^^ 

scattered through out the native rangeland. TMe rWerJ/^ke v/f-At-Zf^ hu rfcr ■$-(■; ^i^L)-/,;^ Cer?^**^ 

a' 4 -Me d'fc,m,eff /»o~r-t. bt-Zfer s/:/)*/^/;,^ <ul/l bt'^J^'^ A -M-'' i^*^f^ /case. T* e L^i'/e/Afe ^i^rt^fy a/^t.-s^-yT 

5020 Salsbery Reservoir 36. N 32. E 36 ALL 640.00 7 -f-^ aef ''"'iS 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings •^*'^.;^»>, ^... 

scattered at various locations through out tract. Tract has a livestock reservoir located on /(^ /tjy^ /' 
the NW4SE4. 5/^,^^^ t^T.r^c-ir.Jc A^^. i /.'/> ^-U.^ ^ tr.^ ^^ '^ 

5021 Thoeny Hills West 36. N 33. E 3 S2SW4 80.00 St^,/^-/-/- 
This tract has habitat types ^f upland birds <fl^ 

5022 Thoeny Hills West 36. N 33. E 9 E2E2 160.00 r^/'f^^ihe^^i 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings located ^ 
on the E2NE4. 

5023 Thoeny Hills West 36. N 33. E 10 W2W2 160.00 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings 
located on the SW4NW4. 

5024 Thoeny Hills West 36. N 33. E 16 ALL 640.00 
Salsbery Reservoir 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings 
located on the W2NE4, and SW4SW4. 

5025 Salsbery Reservoir 36. N 33. E 21 NE4NW4, N2NE4, SE4NE4 160.00 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. This tract has a livestock 
reservoir located on the NE4NW4 ■ -^ -h-eao^^ re S^r^^.'r^ ■e'/^c. 6 ^ f/~<P^ ^i^ '^ 'tU^'-'-'/ ^ 7^-^ 

5026 Salsbery Reservoir 36. N 33. E 22 E2E2 160.00 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. This tract has tepee rings 
located on the NW4NE4NE4, SW4NE4NE4, E2SE4NE4, NE4NE4SE4. C f>t-^^>nwo n^^ ctp^V an ephemeral stream 
is located on tract. '5trP'fMjeh-.^^fT>rS///:>^JM^^l^r^^ 

5027 Salsbery Reservoir 36. N 33. E 23 NW4, S2 ' 480.00 
Dead Horse Coulee 

This tract contains habitat types for wtldl-ife and upland birds. This tract has tepee rings 

located on the SW4NE4SW4. Tract has a livestorrk- raservoi-r located on the SE4SE4^ The /__/_/ 

ephemeral stream Cottonwood creek c rosses tract. <'-t^^^y^ p/c . >4 -J^jto^ T^i ^ a-^'^^^f-^-/ 23 //'a^ . 

5028 Dead Horse Coulee 36. N 33. E 25 S2 320.00 

This tract contains habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings 

located on the E2NE4SE4, NW4NW4SE4, N2SW4. Thg ^^phpnipral gfrpam C ottonwood creek crosses x--/-'a 

tract. Tract has an area that is described as a Golden Eagle nesting site , -y^ ^fA^f't'^^^'^*'^ ^'■'z 

5029 Dead Horse Coulee 36. N 33. E 26 N2 > ' 320.00 ^ 
Salsbery Reservoir 

This tract has habitat types for wildlife and upland birds. Tract has tepee rings located on 
the W2NE4 . Cottonwood creek an ephemeral stream crosses tract. . , , / - - 

5030 Salsbery Reservoir 36. N 33. E 27 E2NE4 89. 00 
This tract has habitat types for upland birds and wildlife. 

5031 Dead Horse Coulee 36. N 33. E 36 ALL 640.00 

This tract contains habitat types for upland birds and wildlife. Tract has a livestock 
reservoir located on the NW4SE4. Cottonwood creek an ephemeral stream crosses the N2 of tract. 



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Kinley, Teresa 



From: 
Sent: 
To: 
Subject: 



Moore, Sharon 

Wednesday. April 19, 2000 11:11 AM 

Kinley, Teresa 

June Oil & Gas Sale 



Hi Teresa, 

Attached is the info for the June Oil Sale. I 'd appreciate you giving me a cal/ after you have 
time to review the information. I'd like to discuss with you concerns for Custer County tracts. Thanks. 



Sharon 



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Jun* Oil Sale.doc 



STATE OF MONTANA 
OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - JUNE 7, 2000 



HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 



DESCRIPTION 



LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION 



CARTER (ELO, FWP-7) 



5094 Capitol NW 4.S 61. E 36 LOTS 1, 2. 3, i, W2E2, H2 629.20 

This section is all grazing land with some erosive soils. There is a problem with leafy 
spurge but the standard we,ed stipulation should be adequate. "TUf Cfiy^^//" Sa.'is. ^iipud'i'^O'^ U/\t' v^ 
a Med. ii iAis -^mcH /^ise. 

+5095 Black Point 7.S 57. E 36 ALL 640.00 



+5096 Black Point NE 7.S 58. E 36 ALL 



+5097 Black Point 8.S 57. E 16 ALL 

Qreasy Hill 



+5098 Black Point NE 8.S 58. E 16 ALL 



some 



CUSTER (ELO, FWP-7) 

Many of these sections in Custer County have really rough topography and any development 
would have to take in to consideration the potential for severe erosion problems. Reclamation of 
these soils would be very difficult if not impossible in areas. We may need a special stipulation 
to deal with these concerns. 

5024 Snake Butte l.N 53. E 16 ALL 640.00 
This section is all grazing land with real rough breaks and erosive soils. There may be -ft, 

me access restrictions because of topography. T*^ OHsiahlp Sc!h of^J/er ^fee/f i7)/><)^^^y ■s^,-/)ci/ti-f-i{n^ Wil' Of 
JdeJi -^o T^.'i ^c^ /eaif. 

5025 Powderville l.N 54. E 16 LOTS 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 640.00 

W2NW4, E2NE4, SE4, and Powder 
River Bed and Related Acreage. 
This section of grazing land has the Powder River running through it, good wildlife section 
which has legal access for hunting. There is a noxious weed problem on this lease with leafy spurge 
present. Any development would have to take this in to consideration. There may also be some 
restrictions bepause of the Powder River and all of the .trees along the hardwood bottom.^ , i J I J. iji 
nf'ft-n'ile bluffer y^;/)i<UiffT^ H^e avcitJ i^jcdeti area's sa^.A-fAe crU-caC hjeed Pr^hlem. st.'fi, lu!ll Oe adafcl To /^<s 
-r>-*c¥i /ease, ' '. 

5026 Maxwell Butte 2.N 52. E 4 LOTS 3, 4, SW4NE4, S2NW4, 320.56 
Mills Creek West N2SE4, SE4SE4 

This section is all grazing land with really rough hills and erosive soils. There is a .,/ , 
prairie dog town located on this section, fke li>fify.h/e foih a^cl/or- sfeP/> TH/'oy-yf^ y sf't/fufi-f'oi^ 1^' '' "^ 
addfci -k Hf} -h-tc+'s Jfoif, y/te^CoK-hici- OFUjfi st-'/inLit/ay^ A*// ifadtf^J -A 7>fA fracfk /r^s'', For fifA,r',e 

5027 Mills Creek East 7*^f.N 53. E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, N2S2, N2 653.32 tr ^iPl kra*^ 
This section is all grazing land with erosive soils. There are some rough steep rock (^ " *i'?«foY/rJ 

outcrops. There is a small intermittent drain^e with a dam , and also a stockwater well. Ti^f iitnh^kl^ ^o'l^ 
Afd/or itec/) ii)/x>^n,^^ Tf;^ultffft,i t^ill be addfti i4 -Hiis tr^d-s /fiif„<vo. U/etl «» 5 //<• fhrfumj well, rei^r^e.r^eh: 

5028 Miles City Creek 3.N 51. E 16 ALL 640.00 6m fFer 3V>^. 
This section is all grazing land with some rough steep hills and erosive hills. There are 

two reservoirs present and a stockwater well. Mizpah Creek meanders through the southeast part of 
the section and any development would need to avoid negatively impacting that creek and tfie hardwood .. 
bottom. Tke HHifyile so-Js axci/or ifec/i iii />o^n,/)Ay^ 3-/,'/»«/«7^'«/» w^.V he erdaeJ Ti -^Ali -frtrlt/^'fc. 7f adtrrf,a^^-^e 
a yold uouleJ areas, and -Me sYrf^t*,^ t-ff/l, rfsfr^-tr, e^- J/fFFer **>'#. ttrJ/l A< ef^t/i^ ib "^h irtic+'i M/rsf. 

5029 Maxwell Butto'^/^ 3.N 51. E 3 6 ALL 640.00 

This section is really rough grazing land with erosive soils. There is a creek, dam and , 
stockwater well present. -^^.^^V ^^/.- /" ^'- ^'/^ ^^ -'^'^'^ ^ ^^' V>.^. /^-. 

2^/c. acid-iioy,! He 5-^r*'«, M-zer^.r^^ u^ll,etc. b^rrrr^ ,/^ 



DESCRIPTION 



5030 Forty Creek 3.N 52. E 16 ALL 

Bear Jaw Creek 



This is a section of really rough grazing land with erosive soils, fke (Aifi'hthlc So/Is attei /jr ■^Tfi'/) 
-ttpc^ryAy U./^UfTe^ If?// he od<:ifd -^ tAh -h*>ct't /^csf. ^ ^ 

5031 Mills Creek West 3.N 52. E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, N2 534.80 - 

, j^ This section of grazing land is really rough hills with very erosive soils. JTiC O^r^ahlf J*' '' ^"'r/gr 

5032 Bear Jaw Creek 3.N 53. E 16 ALL 640.00 

This section is all grazing land, a conOjination of native and tame grass. Ash Creek runs 
through this section. There was a problem in the past with Cainada thistle but standard weed ^ /^Z- 
stipulation should be adequate. There are erosive soils present . ~r>>e ^frttitu h<^^S^' sf.'^ufaTtotf taMCi~r^ 

5033 Tepee Butte 4.N 53. E 36 LOTS 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 640.00 

SW4NE4, H2, NW4SE4, and Powder 
River Bed and Related Acreage 
This section is all grazing land with the Powder River running through it. Any development 
would have to prevent negative impacts to the river and hardwood bottoms along the river. There are 
noxious weeds present which should be covered standard weed stipulation. ,, I ^ J 

Tkt '/t-M.le rive^ bH^f?r ■stijaitU-fftry. Ij/// b^ a£f£/f>cl -^ ^;y -fracir /c^se 6s t^e/^a^ /v di^tiCt iif<i^^ 

FALLON (ELO, FWP-7) 

5102 Willard 5.N 59. E 24 E2 320.00 

This tract of land has 68.7 acres of CRP, 132.4 acres of cropland, with the remainder being 
grass. There are two reservoirs along an intermittent drainage. Historic sites include an old / / / 
homestead. ~fi^f C0^ P ■5iT/>uLf!ay. txe/ -^ sfrfcr»,^ re^frycu'r, e^c. ^(,/^/^i- •sT;/)i</''>r/r>^ i^^f/ 6f ai/a/'e/ik 
-fj,i"j -fracf's /fidSf, TAe Ci,(tc<r^f Acy^^v^r •ft,yi,/tii'>t^ /r ^5^ «*'-«/>»/ To o// AT 0,1 ^ fo.:} /(^^if^ . 

5103 Webster NW 5.N 60. E 16 ALL 640.00 
This section has 115.6 acres of hayland, the remainder is in grazing. The grazing land is a 

combination of sandy soils and badlands that are very erosive. There are some unique outcrops of 

rock along with an interesting assortment of rocks including petrified wood, scoria, agate, 

quartzite, and gravel. I found one broken point and a flake. There is also some red rock that may 

be fire cracked and from hearths. Potential is high for cultural sites because of the material . , 

present. Jj^^ QuHcr^l te^cur,^, ^^,y»U-f/c^^ h ^JJ^ ^ ^ff ^~ O'' T 9"' Z'*^^" '^^^ U-^^^^h/^ 

POWDER RIVER (ELO, FWP-7) 

5037 North Stacey School l.S 47. E 10 SW4NE4, NW4, SW4SW4, E2SW4, 480.00 

SE4 
This tract of land is all grazing with some erosive soils. There is a woody draw that has 
some undeveloped springs present. There is a prairie dog town. ~f^f Oi/t^ljl t/Jicdcdt arta^ S'iffi- *l-td fAf 
■S-ff^a*!, i/>r,'^f, eh:, buffer sy>y<,/*j','o>, l^) H he aeUfJ -ib -^'l ^''•"'^t /^f^^. TAf l^'^tLC-mf^cJ- OFufi sf''/"''*/lct. 

5038 North Stacey School l.S 47. E 16 ALL *"'" '* ^'''f*''' Ti) -7%A T'*'^ g^i^foo /^/- /»/^4/^.V^r 
Stacey _______ '"^^ bJacj^- _. 

This section is all grazing land with some steep erosive hills with Ponderosa Pine. There \ f^^*/ f^nrtXI. 
may be some access restrictions because of topography. Section is watered by a stockwater well. 'Tie~s7r?am. 
L/ell,e^C, ^»^ffr -i/i'/iy, and -/-A^ ayj'd A/Oi-./tv/ arfas f/y'/f/i,^'*^ wH' t><> add^ -^ 7^/j ■/r«c-f'i /AtT'', T V Uinfyii- fells 

5039 Stacey l.S 47. E 36 ALL 640.00 / Ai^/or S My* 
Elk Ridge \_iZ>fit>fr*/3^/ sr,/'- 

This section has really rough erosive hills with some Ponderosa Pine. May be some access \ U)N lt>l%o b^ 
restrictions because of topography . There is one reservoir and about a mile of stockwater pipeline. ! 4Lddfd. 

5040 Stacey 2.S 47. E 16 S2 * 320.00 /> "■ l^r,J j9,m^ 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE idfrec-f:'a>y. 

SURFACE . 
This tract of land appears to be primarily grazing land that is in or bordering the Custer 
National Forest. There are steep erosive hills with Ponderosa Pine. There may be a homesite or 
buildings present from looking at the topo map. There is also a creek present. , . / /, 



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DESCRIPTION 



S041 Homa Creek Butte 2.S 47. E 36 W2, SE4 480.00 

Samuelson Reuich 

This section has rough steep erosive hills with Ponderosa Pine. May be some access 
restrictions because of topography. East Fork Marvell Creek runs through this section and there is 
a developed spring. Marc noted a possible quarry site near the spring. Potential is probably high 
for cultural sites. This section borders Custer National Forest. ~rkf "i f*\t,' i-l\/t are^% Ji'ifiitttiffayx llt^i I yee^J^ 
h< added -t M:^ ^Tti IaVl^'x'^ ^jTjr/^r^.fc^ fi&^'"''V'^''^ ^'*^'^'-' '"^^"'•''^^^ /'W^'^^t^A.^ 

+ 5035 Bloom Creek -*-^ u A/-i-f^U C/-J-TVr^g ^ °?J^ LOfs" , 2,T, 4, 5, 6, 7, W2NE4, 630.32 f fi ■■■ // r . 



_*- / f Ji , J. Z",,/^ AJ / NW4, N2SW4, NW4SE4 ,, , ,, •-/ / 

Iradshaw Creek 9.S 47. E 29 S2 320.00 

his tract of lamd is all grazing land with some hills with Ponderosa Pine. Soils are 

ind there is a prairie dog town on one of the open flats between the hills. There are two 

:s . Leafy spurge is starting to move in to this area but there was none that I saw at the 

ly review, y/if avf'-J UOctJft/ areas rt!/>i<f'ii'oy^ '^/"i' -^^ (iKrfahff Soi/^ ^A^/ar sfciy 'Ai/cft^yi>4^ 

ID (ELO, FWP-7) ^f A^^fJ rar i/^icA f^o-^^c/ n'rr£!iS. 4^^/ ^r^.r^e ^OryS. 



5002 Regnal Coulee 12. N 33. E 31 LOTS 16-30 618.43 

Hecker Ranch 
Grebe Ranch 
Kincheloe Ranch 

This section has a lot of current oil activity and there has also been several dry holes 
drilled. There are some erosive soils present. y-^^ Un^^i/i' ^o) h ^^J/at ■? fe ^^ 




DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL d r- ^ p- 
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION^E-CEIVED 

EASTERN LAND OFFICE Jf^f\ I j[ iggg 

MARC RACICOT, GOVERNOR L/ . IN . iX . L^ 

STATE OF MQN lANA ^^ 



BOX 1794 



OFHCE: (406)232-2034 ^ 321 MAIN 

FAX: (406)232-3807 /\/ji-e ; 'Tt^c+^ ^te^loujy te^^t- J ^ILES CITy/mONTANA 59301-1794 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist, MMB 

FROM; Sharon Moore, Land Use Specialist ^fcz^LOrO 

DATE: December 29, 1998 

RE: March 3, 1998 OIL & GAS SALE 

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

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



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

The following are comments for tracts up for lease: 

AEM LEGAL APRPc; 

CARTER ^^^^^ 

^►5009 36-7S-57E ALL 640 

This IS a section of all grazing land. Water sources 

include a stock Ma±,ejt;L..pi.t and South Cottorrwood Creek 

->5°1° 36-7S-58E ALL 640 

shale^^ifiT^hfr °^ i^""^ ^^ ^^^ grazing land with some very poor 
Shale soils that can be very erosive. There is a stockwater dam 
;^?n^?h2 r.^"? a tXibut|.ry. to Cottonwood creek. There was a pr^blim 
ll^r^ ^l ""^^^ noxious weeds, specifically Canada thistle along 
the creek area. The si.e^^ eh. bufTrr sfpc^/^f;^^, L // ^^ ajJy) A f^h 7^^//^^^^ 

■*' ^°^1 . 16-8S-57E ALL 640 

r^v J^'^^ section of grazing land has the North Fork of Willow 

SS^wo";;^^^ ''^^?''^'^ '^ ""^^^^ ^= ^ ^^^ge overhead power line- A^/^ 
.w^?2fl nKoH? °^°?:1 pipelines present. In the past there was a For Fr'fe, 
^real problem with Canada thistle along the drainage. Bu.eLj,, 

•AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER' 



' 5012 16-8S-58E ALL 640 

This section has 37 acres of hay land with the remainder 
being grazing land. There's a siDall_.,intermitteDt"drainaga. and ,^_ 
^tockwater.-P.its^.9iE._??-.^BS- There has been a real problem on this 
"section with Canada thistle and Musk thistle. , , , 

~pie s-h-ea^,, etc. /!>^/^/~er s-^,/a^/at.'o» A//// he a^/^/fd -/^ y^^'i Yy^c/s /fi^sc 
POWDER RIVER ^ -^ tcu- 

5047 36-3S-47E ALL 640 
This is a rather rough ..sectlo,n. of grazing land that has 

Ponderosa Pine present. It borders the Custer National Forest. 
There are tisj2_J,nter7yJ:tent_dX-aina^a_with.-.±.wo^.da ^ / 

Tiff sens! -hve area -i st/-if^+i'c>^ u,;jl ie aMec/ -h-T^'i -^^c-fs /^"se svVjc*' ,y-*5^j/'«5 Qusre^MfUc.:^/ 

5048 30-3S-48E LOTS 1, 2, E2NW4, NE4 314.54 ihJ^jU^J 
This tract is grazing land with a tribu tary to _E.umpkin Creek j^^^" 

running through it. The Ashland Highway also intersects this ^,>^^/i>>i 
section. Historic sites include the remnants of an old ,, / ,. 
homestead. V<e ^-h-eafu, €h. is, Ffer- 57^/;^ /« //o/, ^,// j^e ^^/a/i't/ t^ 7^'^ -rr^cH /c^se 

QstlflirAl f.eionrceS are a<r/i:/rfssecf rn Ji'.yyf S'/fyO^. Ati-ie '■/.y / Ccrtrr, H'fht^^y 

5049 36-3S-48E ALL 640 
This section of grazing land has some rather broken 

drainages running through it. The aQiJLs_are..very_er.QsiYej^ The 
highway cuts through thq southwest^ corner , / .- /^^^^ /. .y./^ y4/e 

5050 ^ 36-4S-47E LOTS 1-16, W2 939.41 
This section is all grazing land with quite, a ..lot of. timber 

Present . iiai^^rL_aaurces. include three developed spring s which 
woul d need to be, protected. Because of the_.steepness and 
roughness of the terrain there would pro^bably be .some physical 
limitations to seismic activity and oil development. Good 
habitat for deer and elk. A corner ^f^A'.^ h-AcY- t^Jjoi-.^ (it,'STf-rr /u^<fio>'''/ ^rPST^. . , 
TAe 5*»/tr'/Vf are^s sti/}^/^h'on c^'Jf he ai^i^<°^ /s -/^>h -/rci^-^ /ease ^er '^^■^^ ^■vtt</ /^c^r^y'^''^fcr,oh , 

5051 16-4S-48E ALL 640 
This is a very rough rugged section of grazing land with 

Ponderosa .Pine present. There may_ij.e_^j?.ili.e_sp.rj:ngs. present but I 
didn't find them during my field review but with this rough 
country it's easy to miss one. There _wpu Id. be ..some physical 
lJjnitatip,ns._to. seismic .activity, and oil development. Good ., / x^/- 
habitat for deer and elk. 7>^ r;^<'I->^'^1f?^ i:;/??;^"^^///^?^'^';, c^;// j^e^'/a^^^/ '^ ^"^ 
-hjc-f-'s /case a/c.^6 t^:-/^ -Me a-^i>,'cf UJi^r/fit/ ^7reas s-/;/>. Xa/ a/^^/i<:», -M^ /'^s^ *^'// Cei^ty-^/j^ J-{e ., , 

' ' u/iS'firi/^ SOI'/ 

5052 36-4S-48E ALL 640 ^/eep /^/'^V^/^ 
This is a section of grazing land with some ^scattered ^ 

Ponderosa Pine. There are JtLHQ....dams. pres.ent and about a mile of 
st.ockwater pipeline. TJ,^ av.-Ul e^ooJe^ are^^ a^^ ^/yea„„^ Ja^^^^/-c. ib^fTer ^^/''■/'<:/:c.i 
i^;il ie a^^ed 7c -/^h i^^ir/-: y^^^sc. 

5053 16-4S-49E ALL 640 
This section of grazing land has Two Tree Creek r.unning 

through it. There is a well and windmill present fqr water also. 

50^. 18-4S-49E LOTS 3,4, E2SW4, SE4 285.17 

This section of land has a 59.9 acre hay field with the 
remainder being grazing land. Two^.Tree Creek; two .reseryoirs and 
a well provide water. There was a"* problem in the past with 
""Canada thistle. Historic sites include the remains of a log 
building and homestead. ,, , , , . 




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Greg Risdahl 

HC 40 Box 214 

OUve, MT 59343 

Tel: 406-554-3573 

Fax: 406-554-3574 

Teresa Kinley, Hydrologist/Geologist 

Minerals Management Bureau 

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation j_^___..._p . 

Trast Land Management Division tx tl O tl I V tZ. L/ 

!i?-^J^««ni«n, APR 2 2000 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 

D.N.R.C. 

Dear Ms. Kinley, 

Thank you for the notice of the upcoming oil and gas lease sale in my management area 
(letter dated March 31, 2000). With all the mineral interest and development currently 
occurring in southeast Montana, I thought it prudent to begin to make contact with you 
regarding these oil and gas proposals that you periodically mail out to us field biologists. 

I had a nice visit with your supervisor, Monte Mason, this morning to try and get a better 
feel just exactly where DNRC is in the process of leasing lands for oil and gas 
development in southeast Montana. Monte explained to me that the notices you send out 
have only to do with the potential leasing of the specified state school trust lands and not 
the actual mine development. If m fact a mine company decides to actually begin 
prospecting, then a further environmental review would take place. 

It is at this point that a site-specific review and environmental analysis of the impacts to 
wildlife and v^dlife habitat would take place. I beUeve this is where Montana Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) would probably be of the greatest value m determinmg what 
impacts would occur to that site or sites. 

Monte also explained to me that applying for a lease in no way means that a hole will 
ever be drilled. In the contrary, Monte mentioned that out of 33,000 leases applied for, 
only 2,200 are still ia existence; and out of those, only 467 are in production. I am sure 
you know all this, but it was very informational to me; and other field biologists would 
benefit fi'om this information as well. 

Nonetheless, I have looked through the list of leases for June 2000 in my area and will 
offer a few comments. 



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Those state leases in Big Horn county are in a general area where considerable methane 
gas and coal development are already in progress or are being considered (Decker Coal, 
Spring Creek Coal, Sandstone, Pennaco). This area also happens to be the very best sage 
grouse habitat in the extreme southeast part of Montana. MFWP and the Bureau of Land 
Management are currently cooperating on a special sage grouse lek inventory of this area 
because we are so concerned about all the potential mine activity. 

Sage grouse lek surveys have been flown here for several decades and in areas where 

coal development has been the greatest, the sage grouse leks have generally become 

extinct. In addition, this portion of Big Horn County has the best sage brush/grassland 

habitat in the southeast part of MFWP Region 7 and has excellent year-round habitat for 

both mule deer and pronghom antelope. I personally am very interested in any further 

mine activity in this area because of its high value for these species as well as other ^ i. ^i r 

species associated with the sage brush/grassland habitat, ^^f, <i'^+tlope, «^d saje. f >''"■''"' '"' 

^fiecles. They Ji^i/t ei/hT-A/Hi^r<»Mif;>,^ cfCGS, 55), Hot^ei/er, He tl/hD cc>yhfc-h OFMfiTt!/t.Ut)o'^ 

Those leases listed for Carter County also contain some very good to excellent habitat, ' 

especially application number 5098 (Black Point) on Thon^son creek. This area has very 

high numbers of both species of deer plus numerous antelope. Many antelope travel to 

winter here when snows become dfep and the weather is especially bad. The Tu/hq con-hict OFf^'P 

ififiala-tia^ Ufi'tl 6£..tJ^fJ "^ t6^/j -fr^cf-'i /case For Jefr ^xJ '7'.fe/o,xn\ Aj^-te- 

Addmg to this, bentonrte has been actively mined here for the past half-dozen years or so 
and much of the prime habitat has already been destroyed (at least temporarily). It 
remains to be seen wtat the ultimate effect on the antelope population will be - not 
knowing what the mitigation or reclamation will entail. This area has been surveyed 
annually for over 20 years and only recently have we seen the population in this specific 
area decline dramatically. It is simply because the habitat has been totally destroyed. I 
personally would advise great caution in recommending any further mine development in 
this area because so much has already taken place and the results will obviously require 
extreme mitigation measures that may never replace what has been lost. 

Those tracts listed in Custer Coimty are all in prime mule deer habitat and provide good 

antelope and sage grouse habitat as well. Before any min ing actually takes place in these 

tracts, thorough wildlife and habitat inventories should be taken just to see how much 

mitigation would be necessary. It could be considerable. 0^^'"» '^»tflo/?e, */iV ?*/<* ^^i,i^are f^oi- 

1 hank you tor the opportumty to make these mitial comments on the oil and gas /<»« si- j*/^ c/(<e ^ 
applications. If any of these tracts (or others in my area - southeast Montana) actually O FtoP / >, ferrv-f-. 
begin to have physical exploration or if mining is ever initiated, I request that MFWP be 
contacted for a more in depth analysis and review of potentially impacted wildlife and 
wildlife habitat. 

Siijcerely, / 3 o ' 
Gregoiy L. kisdahl. Wildlife Biologist 




c. John Ensign 
Don Hyyppa 



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April 24, 2000 

MEMORANDUM 

TO: Teresa Kinley, Hydrogeologist, MMB 

FROM: Casey Kellogg, Havre Unit Manager, NELO 

RE: June 7, 2000 Oil & Gas Lease Sale 

Hill & Liberty Counties 



I have reviewed each tract of land associated with the proposed Oil & Gas lease sale 
on June 7, 2000. This MEMO contains comments for the tracts that are located within 
the Havre Unit. 

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



03-31-00 STATE OF MONTANA 

OIL & GAS LEASE SALE - JtTOE 7, 2000 

HYDROLOGIST'S REPORT 
APP(* TOPO TWP RGE SEC DESCRIPTION ACRES 

LESSOR: DEPT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION ^ //df'e '. ~7/( C C^lTi/r^/ /~CJX}UrC^^ 

HILL (NELO-H, FWP-6) Monfavi^ oU i^^d ^^i /^"s^s. 

-^ 5047 Simpson 36. N 12. E 7 LOTS 1, 2, 3, E2W2 266.13 

This tract contains 231.63 acres of native rangeland and 29.5 acres of agriculture land. The agriculture land is used 
for small grains production. Historic sites consist of numerous stone circles located along the coulee edges. There 
are no other special features on this tract. 

5048 Simpson 36. N 12. E 16 ALL 640.00 

Ninemile Coulee East 

This tract contains 397.6 acres of native rangeland, 157.2 acres of CRP (in the NE4), and 82.4 acres of agriculture 
land. The agriculuire land is used for small grains production. There are no special features on this tract. 

)L. 5049 Ninemile Coulee East 36. N 12. E 18 N2NE4, SE4NE4 120.00 

Simpson 
This tract contains 63.7 acres of native rangeland, 36.2 acres of crested wheatgrass and alfalfa, and 17.1 acres of 
agriculture land. The agriculture land is used for small grains production. There are three stone circles located in 
the NW4NE4. There are no other special features on this tract. 

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5050 Ninemile Coulee East 36. N 12. E 28 N2N2 , SE4NE4, SW4NW4, NE4SW4 * 280.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE ON THE NE4SW4 . 



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This tract contains 280 acres of native rangeland. There are no other special features on this tract. 

ifr 5051 Nineraile Coulee East 36. N 12. E 30 NW4NE4 40.00 

This tract contains 39 acres of native rangeland. There is one stone circle located NE portion. There are no other 
special features on this tract. 

5052 Ninemile Coulee East 36. N 12. E 33 S2SW4 80.00 
This tract contains 80 acres of native rangeland. There are no other special features on this tract. 

5053 Simpson 37. N 11. E 36 LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, W2E2, W2 * 643.11 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE ON LOTS 1,2,3,4. 

The W2 and W2E2 portion of this tract contains 467.6 acres of agriculture land. The agriculture land is used for 
small grains production. Lots 1-4 contain agriculture land, a house, farm buildings, and tree rows. There are no 
other special features on this tract. 7>«<.s Q^r coirfrtJ hy hair/ ^f,'p '^ I /lUceJ <?k all h^f T^^'iliio^ 

LIBERTY (NELO-H, FWP-4) y, ^/^ u,,, /^,^^^^^ ^^,^ ^^^^,^ ^^j 

+5042 Chester 32. N 6.E 3 S2NW4, N2SW4 160.00 

This tract contains 150 acres of agriculture land and 10 acres of unsuitable land (county road). The agriculture land 
is used for small grains production. There are no other special features on this tract. 

+5043 Chester 32. N 6.E 12 SW4, E2 * 480.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

This tract contains mostly agriculture land. The land use is not known. There are farm buildings located along the 
eastern portion of this tract. There are no other special features on this tract. 

+5044 Joplin 32. N 7.E 2 LOT 2 * 29.91 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

There are no special features on this tract. 

+5045 Chester 33. N 6.E 27 SE4 * 160.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

There are farm buildings located in the SE4SE4 of this section. There are no other special features on this tract. 
"T^t hn>l'l''»<ji Arf Covered hySf-^iMc^s /H -f-he leaie /a/<ft,t,fr C-ree ^ec ^ir^ ^t). 

+5046 Chester 33. N 6.E 34 W2SW4, NE4 * 240.00 

STATE DOES NOT OWN THE 
SURFACE . 

There are no special features on this tract. 

5001 Mount Lebanon 35. N 5.E 7 W2NE4 , SE4NW4, NE4SW4, NW4SE4 200.00 

Haystack Butte 
This tract contains 200 acres of native rangeland. There are no special features on this tract. 

+5099 Hawley Hill 37. N 4.E 2 SE4SE4 40.00 

This tract contains 40 acres of native rangeland. There is an oil well located in the NW4SE4SE4. There is a gravel 
pit located in the central portion of this tract. There are no other special features on this tract. 

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RECEIVED 

Teresa Kinley, Geologist/Hydrologist .pn 9. «„«« 

Minerals Management Bureau '^^^ ^' -^^^ 

Dept. Natural Resources and Conservation D M R ^ 

1625 11'" Ave. l-'.l^l.ri.V-r. 

Helena, Mt 59620-1601 

Dear Ms. Kinley, 

I have reviewed the list of tracts in Liberty and Toole Counties for the June 7 2000 Oil 
and Gas Lease Sale. Only one tract, 5001, raises any concerns related to wildlife Tract 
5001 lies in an extremely rugged area on the south face of the East Buttes complex in the 
Sweetgrass Hills (Liberty County). Mule deer and elk depend on this area for year-round 
torage and escape cover. The site is typical of the best deer and elk habitat in northern 
Montana, steep grassy western exposures, limber pine and Douglas fir on east-facing 
slopes, and coulees lined with willow and cottonwood. I would suggest no occupancy 
easmg for the site based on its high value for both big game species, and the fact that it 
lies in the center of the best mule deer and elk habitat. 

Sincerely, 




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Gary Olson ~^^^ s^feefi i-c>/>0'j''''/y^/ ^-^^z- iih^f^ih le so,' }s 

Wildlife Biologist 5i-:pc.lciiUv. u) H a ho he aJA^d 4, -/Ah 
MT Dept. Fish, Wildlife and Parks l ,, , 

300 N. Virginia, #303 ^f^c-is J^^s^, 
Conrad, MT 59425 



APPENDIX D: Public Commeiits Received Before Deadline 

NOTE: For this June 7, 2000 Montana oil and gas lease sale, DNRC received a 
received 47 public comments, i.e., 14 form e-mails, 25 form e-mails with 
additional comments, 7 letters, and 1 e-mail letter. Three comments oppose oil 
and gas leasing and development on the Rocky Mountain Front, thirteen comments 
oppose leasing and development on the Sun River Wildlife Management area and the 
Rocky Mountain Front. Thirty-one comments oppose oil and gas leasing and 
development of DFWP land within the Sun River Wildlife Management Area (see 
application numbers 5134 and 5135 in Appendix A) in Lewis and Clark County as 
well as school trust land (application number 5136) adjacent to the Sun River 
Wildlife Management Area (SR-WMA) . 

The two tracts (application numbers 5134 and 5135) involve mineral estate owned 
by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (DFWP) . The DFWP land has 
been withdrawn from leasing by DFWP. DFWP considers Section 36 in Township 21 
North, Range 8 West (application number 5136) to be a part of the SR-WMA since 
they hold a grazing lease from DNRC on this tract. However, there is no 
agreement between the two agencies that commits school trust lands to the SR- 
WMA. The grazing lease only authorizes DFWP to control grazing activities. 
Discussions between the two agencies regarding issues relating to the SR-WMA 
have been ongoing for about the past 16 months. These discussions continue. 

The DNRC proposes to apply the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation 
(number 21 in the application list in Appendix A) to application numbers 5105 
through 5107, 5114 through 5133, and 5136 in Lewis and Clark County and 
application numbers 5100 and 5101 in Teton County. This proposal is due to the 
location of these school trust lands on the Rocky Mountain Front . More 
specifically, for application number 5136 the proposal results from its 
proximity to the Sun River Wildlife Management Area. For application numbers 
5100 and 5101 it is due to their proximity to the Chute Mountain Outstanding 
Natural Area. As noted above, application numbers 5134 and 5135 in Lewis and 
Clark County have been withdrawn by DFWP from leasing. 

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. 



Mason, Monte 



From: Gene, Linda, & Sarah Sentz [friends@3rivers.net] 

Sent: Monday, April 10, 2000 9:59 PM 

To: Mason, Monte; Cooney, Mike, MT Sec of State; Keenan, Nancy; nkeenan@state.mt.us; 

Mazurek, Att Gen Joe; hharris@state.mt.us; O'Keefe, Mark; mokeefe@state.mt.us; Harper, 

Rusty; Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Director 
Cc: Aderhold, Mike; Mracicot@state.mt.us 

Subject: Proposed O&G leases along the RMF and within the Sun River Game Range 

We'd appreciate if you'd confirm whether you receive this message, and (^ r ' 

whether e-mailed comments are adequate (apparently our first message ''^"'•\i^ y. 

failed to get through). Thanks, from Friends of the RMF ^ <^ 

Monte Mason, Mineral Management Bureau ' ' c^ ^^^ 

Mineral Leasing Section /T?/' 

DNRC '="V 

PO Box 201601 
Helena, MT 59620-1601 

O&G Lease Sale Comments: 

Dear Mr. Mason: 

First of all, we'd appreciate your confirmation that e-mailed comments 
are acceptable even though your preliminary lease sale notice mentions 
only a postal address. If DNRC prefers not to accept comments via 
e-mail, let us know and we'll be glad to send a hard copy of this via 
regular mail. 

Your pre-sale application report for June 7, 2000, lists all or parts of 
the following sections in Lewis & Clark County: Sections 24, 25, and 36 
of T21 N, R8W. As you know, those three sections lie within the State of 
Montana's Sun River Wildlife Management Area (aka the Sun River Game 
Range), an area specifically set aside for wildlife and administered by 
the Dept of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks. 

As you also know, the WMAs along the Rocky Mountain Front are considered 
by the State to be so sensitive that the general public is prohibited 
from setting foot on them for 5 and 1/2 months of each year (Dec 1 to 
May 15). Therefore it seems completely contradictory for the State to 
place 3 square miles of such lands on the auction block to be leased out 
for potential industrial development. 

We urge the State NOT to lease these lands now, and to permanently ■■ 

withdraw the WMAs along the Rocky Mountain Front from consideration for \ 

O&G leasing in the future. Since we went through all this only last 

year, we have written members of the State Land Board several times to 

remind them not to put this issue on the back burner, but rather to sit 

down with DNRC and DFWP and agree on a long-term solution to this 

problem, which seems to pop up on an annual basis. Please do that now. 

In Teton County, Sections 16 and 17, T23N, R8W, also are on your 
pre-sale application list. These 2 square miles along the N Fk of Deep 
Creek are adjacent to BLM lands designated as an Outstanding Natural 
Area, and we urge the State NOT to lease these two sections either. 

The State surely should be able come to a longterm resolution for not 
leasing its most sensitive lands hard by the Rocky Mountain Front. It 
seems ludicrous to keep going through this same controversy over and 
over again. Please get DNRC, DFWP, and the Land Board together and 



solve this problem with the simple decision: Place these lands 
off-limits to oil & gas leasing. 

Respectfully, 

Gene Sentz 

Friends of the Rocky Mountain Front 

PO Box 763 

Choteau. Montana 59422 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 12:05 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 

A****************************************************************************** 

recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Marcie Grayson 
Address: 522 Hickory 



City: 


Anaconda 


State: 


MT 


Zip: 


59711 


Email: 


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Submit 


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Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 1 0: 1 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Steve Barry 
Address: 328 east main #3 
City: Missoula 
State: MT 
Zip: 59802 

Email: ridgeburner@hotmail.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 

This plan to drill and explore the rocky mountain front is dissapointing. Montanans will not share in the economic wealth 
that the oil companies will, yet we get to deal with more roads, oil spills, tanks, pipelines, and other industrial problems that 
come with the drilling of oil and gas. This doesnt even take into thought what will happen to the wildlife that currently 
resides in these areas. Please dont allow the oil companies to drill or even entertain the idea of looking for oil anywhere on 
Montanas front range. 

Thanks 

Steve 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 12:22 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: John Cantley 

Address: PO Box 233 

City: Crown Point 

State: IN 

Zip: 46308 

Email: kayjohn@comnetcom.net 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 12:28 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Tom Kilmer 
Address: 621 2nd Street 
City: Helena 
State: MT 
Zip: 59601 

Email: tkilmer@stpetes.org 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 

The Lew/is and Clark National Forest had the wisdom to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the Rocky Mountain Front. They 
and the public realize that this area is more valuable for wildlife habitat, recreation, clean water, wildlife security and 
Wilderness values than it could ever be as a gas station. Please rethink this bad idea and allow no leasing. 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasureslate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 12:41 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Josh Rassi 
Address: 12 West Hayes G4 
City: Bozeman 
State: MT 
Zip: 59715 

Email: beatlejosh@aol.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! No more unnecessary development! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 6:1 1 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Jason Kurtz 
Address; 55 Morgan Place 



City: 


North Arlington 


State: 


NJ 


Zip: 


07031 


Email: 


Wild1872@aol.com 


Submit 


Submit 


Comments: 



Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! These lands are ecologically sensitive and must be protected 
from harmful uses such as oil and gas leasing. Please adopt a plan v/here all the WMA's along the Rocky Mountain Front 
are permanently withdrawn from oil and gas leasing. 



Mason, Monte 



From: Hgmnude@aol.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 8:52 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Sun River oil and gas leases 



Sir: 

What is this insanity about offering oil and gas leases on Montana State Land 
within the Sun River Game Range and critical habitat along The Front? 

How stupid does an administration have to be to inflict industrial defilement 
on some of the most ecologically valuable land anywhere in the United States 
for the sake of a few measly dollars and some swag to their cronies? 

The Forest Service decision has barred exploration from all lands around 
those of the state and you want to punch holes in the very land Montana 
itself set aside as a permanent shelter for Front wildlife? 

Wake up, you morons in the Racicot clique. The day of this kind of ugly, 
sly, sweetheart deals for extractive industry is over! Educated people don't 
want it any more and it won't fly. 

Don't embarrass yourselves further. Kill this sleazy, stupid deal before it 
stinks all over you. 

Paul Edwards 
630 Monroe 
Helena 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 8:54 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 

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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Judy Lynne Kilmer 
Address: 621 2nd Street 
City: Helena 
State: MT 
Zip: 59601 

Email: wilddivide@aol.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 

Please do not do this. Please use your head, not your wallet and prohibit oil and gas leasing on the Sun River WMA. 
Sometimes I think that you people are the most bone headed, blind fools. How can you even consider leasing this wildlife 
heaven for a few dollars in oil revenue. This area is priceless big game habitat. It is important habitat for threatened and 
endangered species. My gosh people did you not see that the Lewis and Clark National Forest decided not to lease for oil 
and gas on the front. The people of Montana DO NOT WANT OIL AND GAS LEASING IN THESE SENSITIVE AREAS. 
Please put my comments in the official record and feel free to publish them for all to see. 

Judy Kilmer 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Tuesday, April 1 1 , 2000 1 1 :47 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Data posted to form 1 of http://www.wildmontana.org/OilGas.htm 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: IVIil<e Grayson 
Address: 522 Hickory Street 



City: 


Anaconda 




State: 


MT 




Zip: 


59711 




Email: 


mgrayson@imine 


net 


Submit 


Submit 




Date: 


4/11/00 




Comments: 





Please Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing. These areas are worth far more in their natural condition 
than they will ever be for oil and gas. Protect them for our children to enjoy. 



Office of the Governor 

State of Montana 



Marc Racicot 
Governor 




State Capitol 

Helena, Montana s9620-080i 



April 25, 2000 



Michael Wood, Staff Attorney 
Alliance for the Wild Rockies 
P.O. Box 8731 
Missoula MT 59807 

Re: June 7. 2000 Preliminary Lease Sale List - Request for Comments 

Dear Mr. Wood: 

Thank you for your comments regarding the preliminary list of tracts nominated for the 
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) June 7, 2000 Oil and Gas 
Lease Sale. 1 am informed by DNRC that you have also commented to them directly as 
part of their normal review process. 

Though the vast majority of state-owned land is school trust land, some state-owned lands 
are owned and managed by other agencies for other purposes. When mineral leasing is 
requested on other agency lands, DNRC is available to include and manage other agency 
mineral estates, should that agency wish to have the minerals leased. Common examples 
are state lands managed by the Department of Transportation or the Department of Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks (FWP). However, in every case, DNRC only extends the offer to 
coordinate the leasing process. The respective management agency decides whether or 
not, and under what conditions to lease their mineral estate. The Land Board and DNRC 
do not have management authority over other agency lands. For the June 7, 2000 Oil and 
Gas Lease Sale, two FWP tracts within the Sun River Wildlife Management Area received 
nominations for oil and gas leasing. DNRC included them on the preliminary list to allow 
for public comment and also requested FWP to review and advise if they wished them to 
be put out for lease. FWP subsequently replied that they were not interested in leasing 
these two tracts for oil and gas exploration at this time. Accordingly, these two tracts will 
be removed from the final lease sale tract list. 

The other lands on the preliminary list are school trust lands and DNRC is conducting its 
normal review process, consistent with its fiduciary duty to manage such lands on behalf 
of the respective school trust beneficiaries. DNRC and FWP are also continuing their 



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discussions to determine whether FWP is interested in a broader leasing alternative that 
would provide them with the longer-term, overall management control they desire, while 
still meeting the fiduciary obligation to the school trust. 

Thank you for your interest in the management of school trust and FWP lands. Should you 
have additional comments or questions, please contact me or Monte Mason, Minerals 
Management Bureau Chief at DNRC. He can be reached at 406-444-3843. 

Sincerely, ^ 

MARC RACICOT 
Governor 

cc: Bud Clinch, Director DNRC 
Monte Mason, DNRC 



Alliance for the 

PO Box 873 1 • Missoula. Montana • 59807 
Ph: 406-72 1 -5420 • Fax: 406-72 1 -99 1 7 



April 12. 2000 

Gov Marc Racicot 

Box 200801 

Helena. MT 59620-0801 

Dear Governor, 




Wild Rockies 

Web: http://ww/^.wildrocl<ies.org/awr 
Email: awr@wildrockies.org 



I am writing on behalf of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies as well as on my own behalf regarding 
the proposal to allow oil and gas leasing within the Sun River Game Range. Both the organization 
and myself are opposed to leasing this area. 

The Rocky Mountain Front has been recognized on numerous occasions as an area of outstanding 
natural beauty. It is a transition zone from the mountains to the plains which is critical to wildlife, 
many of whom are threatened or endangered with extinction. I personally have the great 
pleasure of hunting near the game range every year. There is no other place on Earth like that 
area for sheer magnitude of both powerful and subtle beauty. For me, there is an ancient quality 
that comes from the land being relatively unchanged through the millennia. 

While the oil and gas leasing activity may provide some short-term revenue to the state, the long- 
term effects of these activities could be severe should an accident occur at any point from drilling, 
to pad construction, to pad maintenance, to transporting. Moreover, the state is here presented 
with an opportunity to express what it values more, these short-term financial benefits, or the 
lasting legacy of a unique and world renowned landscape. In a world with 6 billion people (and 
growing as I write this letter), I surely hope and pray that you will have the foresight to choose 
the latter of these options. 

Thank you for your time. 

Respectfully, 



Michael Wood 
Staff Attorney 



Missoula Office: 

80 ID Sherwood Sc. • Missoula. MT • 59802 
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April 14, 2000 



Kenneth Engeike 
157 Longview 
Homestead MT 59242 

Re: Bonuses Received on State Oil & Gas Leases 

Dear Mr. Engeike: 

Your letter asked why state school trust leases for oil and gas were issued for less bonus 
money than other leases in the eastern part of Montana. Tracts of school trust land are 
nominated by interested individuals or companies for lease, but are only issued through 
a competitive bid process. Therefore, the amount received reflects the amount that 
interested parties are willing to bid in order to obtain each particular lease. In determining 
how much to bid, a company will evaluate the geology, cost to explore and develop, 
probability of success, and proximity to market. Such factors vary dramatically from area 
to area. A competitive bid, by its very nature, determines who and how much someone is 
willing to bid for each tract. 

I appreciate your interest in the proper management of Montana's school trust lands. If 
you have additional questions about our leasing process, you may wish to contact Monte 
Mason, Minerals Management Bureau Chief with our Department of Natural Resources 
and Conservation. He can be reached at 406-444-3843, or by mail at DNRC, P.O. Box 
- 201601, Helena MT 59620. 

Sincerely, 

MARC RACICOT 
Governor 

cc: Bud Clinch, Director DNRC 
Monte Mason, DNRC 



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Telephone: (406) 444-3111 Fax: (406) 444-5529 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 1 5, 2000 8:57 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: Matt Grayson 

Address: 

City: Anaconda 

State: MT 

Zip: 59711 

Email: mbgrayson@hotmail.com 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



f^rpm: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2000 10:29 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Ross Rodgers 
Address: 4738 Itana Circle 
City: Bozeman 
State: MT 
Zip: 59715 

Email: ROSSINMT@aol.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 



The State of Montana should not lease the Sun River Wildlife Management Area for oil and gas drilling This is a sensitive 
area, wherre the state has wisely prevented even foot traffic for several months of each year to prevent unacceptable 
irnpacts to wildlife core habitat; how can the state now justify an industrial presence? The entire Rocky Mountain Front 
shou d be removed from any consideration of further oil and gas leasing, but this specific area is especially sensitive and 
snou a be nrotpr.tpri ' 



should be protected 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 1 5, 2000 1 0:38 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 

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recipient; mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Thomas K. Harding 
Address: 1 003 9th Street East 
City: Whitefish 
State: MT 
Zip: 59937 

Email: sharding@digisys,net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 

There is no way that wildlife and oil/gas leases and development are compatabie. The requirements for ground and 
surface distrubances can be nothing but negative for wildlife... We ahve too little open space left for these creature as is. 
Stay out of these areas! 



Mason, Monte 

From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2000 9:33 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: David Butler 
Address: 51 1 Avenue C 
City: Billings 
State: - MT 
Zip: 59102 

Email: feynman5756@imt.net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River Wildernes Management Area off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 

Continued pursuit of 'cheap'fossil fuels prevents society from examining alternative sources of energy! 

With the continued exapnsion of human population, there must be areas of wilderness that are permanently off limits to 
the disturbances typically associated with gas and oil and exploration. 

Enough is enough! We should not TOLERATE ANY furhter encroachment upon our remaining wilderness areas. 

Wilderness Preservation should be our main priority! 

We need to permanently withdraw the Wilderness Management Areas along the Rocky Mountain Front from consideration 
for Oil & Gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2000 1 1 :02 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient; mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Bill Cunningham 
Address: P.O. Box 1404 
City: Choteau 
State: MT 
Zip: 59422 
Email: billpoll@3rivers.net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! As a Teton County resident and longtime Bob Marshall Wilderness 
outfitter I urge the State Land Board to permanently withdraw the three Wildlife Management Areas, including the 
magnificent Sun River WMA, from oil & gas leasing. This is a speculative and potentially damaging activity to some of the 
finest wildlife habitat and undisturbed wildland on the continent. It is unthinkable that we would commit these spectacular 
Front Country wildlands to any extractive activity that might reduce their overriding wilderness and wildlife values. Just say 
No! Also, equally sensitive lands (2 sections) are on the pre-sale application list along the North Fork of Deep Creek next 
to a BLM Outstanding Natural Area. These lands, and ALL state lands along the Rocky Mountain Front must be 
permanently protected from industrial exploration and development. Look for long term solutions, not short term 
expediency! 
Bill Cunningham, Choteau. MT. 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Sunday, April 1 6, 2000 1 :05 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Matthew M. Baehr 
Address: 432 South Ave. W. 
City: Missoula 
State: MT 
Zip: 59801 

Email: mbaehr@selway.umt.edu 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2000 2;56 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: David and Patti Steinmulier 
Address: 14665 Spanish Breaks Trail 



City: 


Gallatin Gateway 




State: 


MT 




Zip: 


59730 




Email: 


steinmul@aviGom 


net 


Submit 


Submit 




Comments: 





We strongly urge you to keep the Sun River Wildlife Management Area off-limits to oil & gas leasing! We went through this 
process last year, and we don't want to see this issue come up again. This magnificent country is too fragile for oil and gas 
exploration and should never again be considered for such. Please meet with the DNRC and the DFWP and agree to a 
long-term end to this problem. 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2000 10:13 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Marvin C. Hoffer 
Address: 1 05 Carroll Trail 
City: Lewistown 
State: MT 
Zip: 59457 
Email: .. mjhoffer@tein.net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Greetings, 

It is appalling that any MT. govt, agency-employees would knowingly consider, or recommend, the certain destruction of 
my public land along the RM Front by oil-gas development (alias "leasing")!! 

I spent almost 2 decades as a professional Wildlife Biologist (federal) working in the same area to preclude the 
destruction by the US FS, US BLM, and in part the state of MT. agencies, in conjunction with many other persons, groups. 

There is no room to even consider oil-gas development in this area of the world. Period! Politics and economic gain by a 
few who hold no alligence to our future can not, and should never be permitted to dictate to the majority of Americans, 
Montanans in a democratic system which we still have. 

Do but one thing: Designate all of my land (e.g., administered by state of MT. employees)along the Front as invoilate, 
withdrawn permanently from all development, specifically oil-gas profiteering, today. For once in your employ, do the 
correct thing, do not lease! 

Looking forward to your reasoned, and correct, action. Thanks. 

Marv Hoffer, Conservationist 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 8:43 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: Steve Thompson 

Address: Box 4471 

City: Whitefish 

State: MT 

Zip: 59937 

Email: sthomp@digisys.net 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Please maintain Montana's natural heritage. Keep the public in the public trust, and keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to 
oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Monday, April 1 7, 2000 1 1 :28 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: Victoria Seitz 

Address: 16-9th Ave. West 

City: 'Roundup 

State: MT 

Zip: 59072 

Email; 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Donald R. Marble 



April 14, 2000 



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RECEIVED 

APR 1 7 2000 

D.N.R -0. 



MARBLE LAW OFFICE 

WESTLAND BUILDING 

P.O. BOX 725 

CHESTER. MONTANA 59523 

(•406) 759-5I04 

1-800-823-5533 MONTANA 

FAX: MO 6) 759-5699 



Monte Mason, Mineral Management Bureau 

Mineral Leasing Section 

DNRC 

P.O. Box 201601 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 

Re : O&G Lease Sale Comments on Sun River Game Range 

Dear Mr. Mason: 

Your pre-sale application report for June 7, 200, lists 
all or parts of the following sections in Lewis & Clark 
County: Sections 24, 25, and 36 of T2lN,R8W. As you 
know, those three sections lie withing the State of 
Montana's Sun River Wildlife Management Area (aka the 
Sun River Game Range) , an area specifically set aside 
for wildlife and administered by the Dept of Fish, 
wildlife & Parks. 

Since the WMAs along the Rocky Mountain Front are 
considered by the State to be so sensitive that the 
general public is prohibited from setting foot on them 
for 5 and y2 months of each year (Dec 1 to May 15) it 
seem.s com.pletely contradictory for the State to place 3 
.-Square miles of such lands on the auction block to be 
leased out for potential oil & gas development. 

Please do not lease these lands. Please permanently 
withdraw the WMAs along the Rocky Mountain Front from 
consideration for o&G leasing in the future. 

In Teton County, Sections 16 and 17, T23N,R8W, also are 
on your pre-sale application list. These 2 square 
miles along the N Fk of Deep Creek are adjacent to BLM 
lands designated as an Outstanding Natural Area, and I 
• urge the State NOT to lease these two sections either. 



The State surely should be able to agree on a long-term 
resolution for not leasing its most sensitive lands 
hard by the Rocky Mountain Front. 



Sincerely, 




Donald R. Marble 
DRM/mw 



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From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Tuesday, April 1 8, 2000 1 1 :08 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Kathy A. Lloyd 
Address: 314 Travis Creek Rd. 
City: Clancy 
State: MT 
Zip: 59634 

Email: drakekath@aol.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! This area has too many important values for wildlife and for 
people to be subjected to the insults of oil and gas leasing. The people of Montana want to maintain the remaining wild 
character of public lands. To open up a game refuge to oil and gas leasing is ludicrous! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 12:50 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Paul Richards 
Address: P.O. Box 422 
City: Boulder 
State: Mt 
Zip: '59632 

Email: PaulRichrd@aol.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Please keep the ENTIRE Sun River Wildlife Management Area off-limits to all oil & gas leasing and development! 

Thank you for your consideration. 

Paul Richards 



Mason, Monte 



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Tuesday, April 18. 2000 7:29 PM 

mmason@state.mt.us 

Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Jonathan B Ratner 
Address: PO Box 1277 
City: Pinedale 
State: WY 
Zip: 82941 

Email: jratner@wyoming.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



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Wednesday, April 19, 2000 11:21 AM 

mmason@state.mt.us 

Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Richard Spotts 
Address: 719 Orchard Lane 
City: Ashland 
State: Wl 
Zip: '54806 
Email: spotts@ncis.net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Please keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing. 

Do not lease these state lands and permanently withdraw the WMAs along the Rocky Mountain Front from any future 
possible leasing. 

Although I am not a Montana resident, I am a frequent visitor. I care about protecting Montana's wonderful natural beauty 
and productive ecological systems. These are priceless and irreplaceable. And they should not be jeopardized by oil and 
gas development. 

Thank you very much. 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 1 9, 2000 6:03 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Gene Haire 
Address: 622 Hillsdale Street 
City: Helena 
State: MT 
Zip: 59601 

Email: gjlshaire@earthlink.net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2000 8:21 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Edwin Fields 
Address: 51 1 Lakewood Ct. 
City; Whitefish 
State: Mt. 
Zip: 59937 

Email:' fcsinc2@yahoo.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-l imits to oil & gas leasing!! can't understand why the state can't be consistant about what is 
important to to Montanans. It shouldn't take a genius to make the connection that oil and gas exploration is not compatable 
with the goals of a wildlife management area. 



Mason, Monte 



From: fornn@treasurestate.conn 

Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2000 10:38 AM 

To: nnmason@state.nnt. us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: James B Geier 
Address: P.O. Box 755 
City: Sun Valley 
State: ID 
Zip: 83353 
Email: jgeiersv@aol.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Friday, April 21 , 2000 8:50 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state,mt.us 
Name: Cathy Jo Lewis 
Address: 2220 1st ave. S. 
City: Great Falls 
State: MT 
Zip: ^59401 
Email: cjl@uazh.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 



Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! It was not set aside for that purpose. You will simply be inviting a 
lawsuit. 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Friday, April 2 1 , 2000 1 1 :27 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



A************************************************************* 

recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: Todd Riddle 

Address: toddriddle@hotmail.com 

City: Canby 

State: Or 

Zip: 97013 

Email: toddriddle@hotmail.com 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! This is a beuatifull and sensitive area owned by the people; 
private, destructive, polluting industry has no place here. I am very concerned abot governments reckless handling of land 
that is essentialy every members of this country. Do not forget who you work for! You are not to be sold to the highest 
campaign contributer but are elected by the people to serve the people. 

Watching in Oregon, 

Todd Riddle 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Friday, April 21 , 2000 2:33 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: greg weier 
Address: 1 1 2 silverridge ct. 
City: cary 
State: nc 
Zip: 27513 

Email: sasgjw@wnt.sas.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: fornn@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Friday, April 21 , 2000 4:44 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Bill Hendrix 
Address: 406 W Bridges Rd 



City: 


Deer Park 




State: 


WA 




Zip: 


99006 




Email; 


brmules@efortress. 


com 


Submit 


Submit 





Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2000 4:58 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 

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recipient; mmason@state.mt.us 
Name;.- Arlo Skari 
Address; P O Box 296 
City; Chester, 
State; MT 
Zip; 59522 
Email; askari@3rivers.net 
Submit; Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! Yes, let us pracitice some conservation and explore alternate 
energy sources before gong into these most valuable and sacred places. We as a country are becoming gasaholics to the 
detrement of almost everything including causing Global Warming. 



Mason, Monte 



From: fornn@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2000 1 :02 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Tracey Feickert 
Address: 328 East Main 



City: 


Missoula 




State: 


MT . 




Zip: 


59802 




Email: 


bigskyskier@hotmail. 


com 


Submit 


Submit 





Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2000 4:57 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: Todd Michael Stiles 

Address: Box 506 

City: West yellowstone 

State: MT 

Zip: 59758 

Email: _ METCALF@wyellowstone.com 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! The wildlands along the Rocky Mountain Front are too valuable to 

be exploited by oil and gas leasing! These WMA's are key to the integrity and health of the unique planins mountains 

ecotone that harbors unbelievable beauty and biodiversity. The rest of the country has already exploited and developed 

the Rocky Mountain Front. I am vehemently opposed to ANY oil and gas development within or even near our public lands 

and state WMA's. Montana's wildlife and wild places are far more important than a few select individuals greed and 

accumulation of wealth. Montana will lose out big time if the Front country is damaged by oil and gas leasing! Keep it wild 

for all of us Montanans and for all future Montanans! 

Sincerely 

Todd Stiles 

West yellowstone, MT 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2000 5:06 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 

Name: Christiana Jean Stiles 

Address: box 506 

City: West Yellowstone 

State: MT 

Zip: 59758 

Email: CJS@wyeliowstone.com 

Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! Leave our state WMA's alone! Our state's wildlife need wild 
places free of oil and gas and any other industrial development. Don't betray Montanans love and respect for this 
wonderful country. Open wild spaces will only become more valuable in the future, and any development would jepordize 
a healthy ecosystem. The state needs to coordinate with DNRC and FWP to secure meaningful and lasting protection of 
the Rocky Mountain Front lands as well as the Deep Creek area. Montanans want protected wild country for now and 
forever! Please take the long term responsible view of land management, and ignore the potential of short term economic 
developments! We can always have development, but we can never remake undisturbed wild country. Thanks for your 
time! 

Yours Truly, 
Christiana Stiles 
West Yellowstone, MT 



Mason, Monte 

From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2000 6:49 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Alan & Mimi Moore 
Address: 1518 W. Lakeshore Dr. 
City: Whitefish 
State: MT 
Zip; 59937 

Email: supermac@cyberport.net 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA 
off-limits to oil & gas 
leasing! 

We want the Rocky Mountains 
prtotected for our future 
generations to marvel 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Monday, April 24, 2000 6:42 PM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Doug Harvey 
Address: 2747 Caminito Cedros 
City: Dei Mar 
State: CA 
Zip: 92014 

Email: dharvey1@san.rr.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 
Just say NO. 
Thank you, 
Doug 



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April 27, 2000 



Mr. Monte Mason 

Chief, Minerals Management Bureau 

P.O. Box 201601 

Helena, MX 59620-1601 . 

Re: June 2000 Lease Sale 

Dear Mr. Mason: ■ ' . 

The following ate the comments of the Island Range Chapter of the Montana 
Wilderness Association on the DNRC's proposal to accept bids for oil and gas leases 
on the Rocky Mountain Front and those within the Sun River WMA, in June of 
2000. 

For leases on school trust lands along the Rocky Mountain Front/ MWA 
supports the conservation stipulations adopted in January 1999, by the State Land 
Board. 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 to have the 
authority to deny surface activity. These same stipulations should continue to be 
attached to all school trust lands along the Front. 

However, for the Sim River Wildlife Management Area we believe a higher 
level of protecrion is needed. This area is considered so important and so sensitive 
that for six months out of each year it is illegal for the general public even to set foot 
on it. Within the game range, there is simply no justification for allowing surface 
development. The Sun River Wildlife Management area was created for the 
purpose of preserving, protecting and enhancing wildlife - not for oil and gas 
"development. 

Continuing to conduct oil and gas leasing on a piecemeal basis in state game 
ranges and other ecologically sensitive areas conflicts with other land management 
objectives, A common policy is needed among land management agencies to protect 
the Bob Marshall ecosystem. As a matter of policy, conservation stipulations should 
be applied to all school trust lands within the Bob Marshall ecosystem. The Bob 
Marshall ecosystem can be defined using the "Umits of Acceptable Change Bob 
Marshall Wilderness Complex," adopted by the Montana Department of Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks in December,1991. However, the document needs to be updated. 
Since 1991, more data has been obtained about habitat for elk and grizzly bear as well 
as other species. 

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For other special areas, including but not limited to wildlife management 
areas, w'ildemess study areas and state parks, no leases should be issued that offer 
any possibility of surface occupancy. 

'With regard to the leasing process the DNRC has established, we renew our 
objection that it fails to comply with the Montana Environmental Policy Act. It is 
impossible, given the notice the Department publishes, for the public to determine 
whether the Department is soliciting comments for a scoping process or for an EA. 
In fact, it matters little-the DXKC does no scoping with regard to issuance of oil and 
gas leases, nor does it prepare an EA. 

The DNRC's leasing process examines neither the quantity nor the quality of 
the environmental resources or values that will be affected by its actions-it makes 
no attempt to evaluate the uniqueness and fragility of those resources and values, as 
MEPA requires. It is universally accepted that the examination of all reasonable 
alternatives comprises the heart of the MEPA process. The only alternative 
considered by the DNRC is leasing. With respect to the proposed leases on the Sun 
River VVMA and other critical areas on the Front, where everyone but the DNRC 
acknowledges that development is incompatible with existing wildlife and 
recreation values, alternatives abound: denying leases altogether, leasing with no 
surface occupancy, withdrawal of these areas from mineral leasing, land exchanges, 
and temporarily leasing to FWP tmtil a permanent resolution is achieved. 

DISTxC has an obligation to examine the long term economic consequences of 
leasing lands in areas such as the Front and Sun River W'MA, Under the agency's 
present process, where it disregards the concenis of both the public and affected 
agencies (FWP, FWS), and considers no alternative other than leasing, the agency 
has no way of knowing whether its shortsightedness detracts from the future 
economic viability of communities along the Front and diminishes the decades long 
investment which the state has made to restore and protect one of nation's premier 
wildlife areas. As economists have established, people don't move toward oil and 
gas development, they leave. It is not the boom and bust of the industry that makes 
stable communities, it is the quality of life. 

The Montaiva Environmental Policy Act requires agencies that are 
contemplating a series of actions, such as leasing all of the school trust lands in the 
Bob Marshall complex, to prepare a programmatic review. This review must 
include an examination of the cumulative effects of the action. DNRC's continued 
insistence that it is only obligated to examine the effects of individual wells 
evidences its complete disregard for the MEPA and the quality of life assiired each 
citizen in the constitution of the State. 

\Vhile improvement has been made in the public participation process, more 
progress is needed to provide meaningful public participation. The Montana 
Legislature passed the Environmental Policy Act specifically to estabhsh a process 
whereby Monteina could anticipate and prevent unexamined, unintended, and 



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bureau, commission, department, authority, agency or officer adopt guidelines to 
provide policies and procedures to facilitate public participation in their programs. 
The Act further directs that these guidelmes shail be adopted as rules and published 
in a manner which may be provided to a member of the public on request. 

It is clear tlxat the Constitution and the legislature (in the Montana 
Environmental Poliq' Act as well as in the APA) have established an affirmative 
dut)' on the part of state agencies to provide notice to the public of proposed actions 
it knows to be of significant interest, and to encourage and facilitate the public's 
participation in the formulation of those actions before final decisions are made. 

We urge that the Department to begin a process of identifying 
environmentally sensitive areas and to develop a process which provides 
meamngful information on actions and options so that the public can also 
participate in a meaningful manner. To do otherwise places the interests of those 
who would turn public resources to their private profit ahead of those for whom 
these lands are held in trust. 

Sincerely, 

Dan Bennett 

MWA Island Range Chapter 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 8:19 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



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recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Russell Sampley 
Address: 902 Hauser Blvd. 



City: 


Helena 




State: 


MT. 




Zip: 


59601 




Email: 


russell.sampley@med.va 


gov 


Submit 


Submit 




Comments: 





Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



Mason, Monte 



From: form@treasurestate.com 

Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2000 7:30 AM 

To: mmason@state.mt.us 

Subject: Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Randy Beacham 
Address: 3365 E. Ridgeview 
City: -Post Falls 
State: ID 
Zip: 83854 

Email: rrbeach@yahoo.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 

The Sun River WMA and other lands like it in the area were established and have been managed for the benefit of the 

wildlife and the public who enjoy the great hunting and outdoor traditions of Montana. Do not degrade this tradition for the 

short term economic gain of a few people. 

I urge the state of Montana to not lease these lands and to develop a plan that will permenantly withdraw the WMA's from 

oil and gas leasing. The public has stated time and agin over the past decades that that this land is too valuable as it is to 

be developed. 



Mason, Monte 



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Thursday, April 27, 2000 10:14 AM 

mmason@state.mt.us 

Do not lease the Sun River WMA 



recipient: mmason@state.mt.us 
Name: Kevin OBrien 
Address: 5418 Giadewright Dr 
City: Centrevilie 
State: VA 
Zip: 20120 

Email: kevinpob@hotmail.com 
Submit: Submit 

Comments: 

Keep the Sun River WMA off-limits to oil & gas leasing! 



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APPENDIX E: Late Comments 

NOTE: For this June 1, 2000 Montana oil and gas lease sale, DNRC received a 
received 47 public comments, i.e., 14 form e-mails, 25 form e-mails with 
additional comments, 7 letters, and 1 e-mail letter. Three comments oppose oil 
and gas leasing and development on the Rocky Mountain Front, thirteen comments 
oppose leasing and development on the Sun River Wildlife Management area and the 
Rocky Mountain Front. Thirty-one comments oppose oil and gas leasing and 
development of DFWP land within the Sun River Wildlife Management Area (see 
application numbers 5134 and 5135 in Appendix A) in. Lewis and Clark County as 
well as school trust land (application number 5136) adjacent to the Sun River 
Wildlife Management Area (SR-WMA) . 

The two tracts (application numbers 5134 and 5135) involve mineral estate owned 
by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (DFWP) . The DFWP land has 
been withdrawn from leasing by DFWP. DFWP considers Section 36 in Township 21 
North, Range 8 West (application number 5136) to be a part of the SR-WMA since 
they hold a grazing lease from DNRC on this tract. However, there is no 
agreement between the two agencies that commits school trust lands to the SR- 
WMA. The grazing lease only authorizes DFWP to control grazing activities. 
'Discussions between the two agencies regarding issues relating to the SR-WMA 
have been ongoing for about the past 16 months. These discussions continue. 

The DNRC proposes to apply the Rocky Mountain Front sensitive areas stipulation 
(number 21 in the application list in Appendix A) to application numbers 5105 
through 5107, 5114 through 5133, and 5136 in Lewis and Clark County and 
application numbers 5100 and 5101 in Teton County. This proposal is due to the 
location of these school trust lands on the Rocky Mountain Front. More 
specifically, for application number 5136 the proposal results from its 
proximity to the Sun River Wildlife Management Area. For application numbers 
5100 and 5101 it is due to their proximity to the Chute Mountain Outstanding 
Natural Area. As noted above, application numbers 5134 and 5135 in Lewis and 
Clark County have been withdrawn by DFWP from leasing. 

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. 



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File Code: 2820 

Date: April 20, 2000 



Department of Natural Resources 

Trust Land Management Division 

1625 Eleventh Avenue 

Box 201601 

Helena, MT 59620-1601 

Dear Teresa, 



Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment on your analysis of proposed oil and gas 
exploration near the Custer National Forest. 

The area you are analyzing (SI 6, S36 T2S R47E and S36 T7S R48E) for leasing occurs within, 
or adjacent to, the Ashland Ranger District's administrative boundary. Please consider the 
following issues/concerns in your environmental assessment. 

1 . Boundary lines have not been surveyed in these sections described for leasing. In order 
to properly permit any exploratory drilling and prevent any encroachment, land lines 
should be established by a registered land surveyor and recorded in the Powder River 
County courthouse. My cadastral surveyors will be available for any questions regarding 
this issue. 

2. There are roughly 40 springs and 1 1 wells on three different federal grazing allotments in 
the area. The wells feed water through approximately 23 miles of watering pipeline for 
roughly 1 ,01 8 head of permitted cattle. I request that the water quantity and quality in the 
area be monitored before, during and after any drilling, so as not to significantly affect 
the resource for that use, as well as a variety of other uses and users. 

3. Any commercial transportation of vehicles or equipment across National Forest System 
(NFS) roads, or NFS lands, will require a permit. 

4. If discharged water produces overland flow, I request that draw channels be monitored 
for erosion, as well as the impacts to the native vegetation in those draws. Therefore, 
adverse impacts can be addressed quickly. It appears that if water is allowed to flow 
overland, at least one section of NFS lands could be affected. 

5. Wildlife and cultural resources should also be addressed in a Biological Assessment and 
Cultural Resource Report. TAese ,-temi m^ou/J /te coyer<rJ l^ty -rite s/^e^.f^ re^'etj 

Please keep us updated on your analysis as you proceed. It may be possible that we will receive 
similar requests for drilling in the future, and any information you collect may be beneficial in 
helping us determine cumulative effects of such a request. 

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I have also attached a list of Forest Service grazing permittees who may also be interested in 
commenting on this proposal. If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Scott 
Studiner in Ashland 784-2344, or Pat Pierson in Billings 657-6200. 

Sincerely, 



ELIZABETHS. MCFARLAND 
District Ranger 

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Grazing permittees: 

Donald Cain 
Dallas Gaskill 
Donald Kolka 
Chris Michal 
Kyle Butts 
Cecil Kolka 
Glenn Gay 
Bill Gay 



George Walker Schemm 

14840 S. Clackamas Rv. Dr. 

Oregon City, OR 97045 



26 April 2000 



Monte Mason, DNRC . ^ ^""^ 

Box 201601 Q ^\ p Q 

Helena, MT 59620 .-*».. 



RE: Oil and Gas Leasing on the Rocky Mountain Front 



Dear Mr. Mason: 



I urge you to not allow oil and gas leasing along the RMF. The planned 
areas for leasing are sensitive and unique. Their true value will be destroyed by the 
activities associated with oU and gas exploration. The long-term return to the state will be 
minimal. The whole RMF will be degraded and its recreational and tourist value will be 
grossly reduced. 

I have lived most of my life in Montana and have a cabin in the RMF area. 
My mother and father moved to Great Falls in 1933. My family and I are well aware of 
the past history of the area and the resuhs of prior O & G exploration. It certainly didn't 
provide any long-term help to the local area. 

The contemplated areas are of infinitely greater value to the State of 
Montana as protected sensitive lands and part of the unique RMF. 



Sincerely yours, 
George Walker Schemm