NPS Releases Public Scoping Comment Report for Yellowstone-area Bison Management Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock) announced today the release of the public scoping comment report for the Yellowstone-area Bison Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/EIS). The public scoping comment period for the Plan/EIS began on March 16, 2015 and closed on June 15, 2015. During this comment period, the NPS and the State held three open houses to provide information regarding the planning effort and encourage the public to submit their comments and ideas for consideration. Over 3,000 pieces of individual correspondence were received including letters and online comment submissions. Approximately 8,830 individual comments were identified within those correspondences. The scoping report is being released and is based on the comments received. The report has two components. The first provides a summary of comments received by comment topic and includes demographic information from commenters. The second provides a more in-depth look at the public comments and includes representative quotes for each topic. Names and addresses of individuals providing comments are not included in either component. The report may be viewed and further information obtained on the project website at The NPS and State of Montana will use the comments received to further refine and develop the alternatives for inclusion in the draft EIS. The public will be invited to comment on the draft EIS, which is expected to be released in late summer, 2016. Feature Photo: Bison on the National Elk Refuge. h/t USFWS / Tony Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer / Pitchengine Communities #buckrail #news