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American bison a Species of Conservation Concern is a collaborative project dedicated to securing protection for the wild species and their habitat on National Forests.

NATIONAL FOREST DECISIONS RELEASED
NO STANDARDS FOR AMERICAN BISON HABITAT IN CUSTER GALLATIN FOREST PLAN
NO LISTING FOR AMERICAN BISON AS A SPECIES OF CONSERVATION CONCERN
FILE YOUR OBJECTIONS NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 8, 2020!

The Custer Gallatin National Forest has released a draft decision and final analysis for their forest plan which determines how habitat for American bison will be managed for decades to come.

Buffalo Field Campaign strongly disapproves of Forest Supervisor Mary C. Erickson’s decision not to include standards protecting American bison habitat.

As part of revising the Custer Gallatin forest plan, Region One Regional Forester Leanne M. Marten also designated or listed species of conservation concern.

Despite broad public and tribal support, Regional Forester Marten did not list American bison – denying them a designation securing habitat for a viable population on our National Forests.

We strongly encourage you to file your objections and become an interested person. The contact information to mail and fax your objection is on the Forest Service’s Objections Form (click on Forest Service Decision Documents).

The Forest Service states to have your objection considered, you must have contributed a substantive comment during the forest plan revision process. If you were a signatory to the submitted report, American bison a species of conservation concern, you secured your right to object.

The Forest Service requests you use their Objections Form. Your objections must be filed no later than September 8, 2020.

Thank you for contributing objections and pressuring the responsible officials to list American bison as a species of conservation concern, and adopt strong standards in the forest plan to benefit the migratory giants and their habitat on our National Forests. Check back for updates!

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If you don’t have time to become an objector, you can still demonstrate your support for American bison on our National Forests by clicking here.

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BFC OBJECTIONS

    Buffalo Field Campaign, Draft Objections (August 6, 2020) (131kb PDF).

    Buffalo Field Campaign Objections Form (August 6, 2020) (70kb PDF).

    S.M. Adams & A.R. Dood, Background Information on Issues of Concern for Montana: Plains Bison Ecology, Management, and Conservation, (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Bozeman, MT June 2011) (24 MB PDF).

    Chris Geremia et al., Status Report on the Yellowstone Bison Population, (October 2019) (1MB PDF).

    Chris Geremia et al., Status Report on the Yellowstone Bison Population, (Sept. 2017) (586kb PDF).

    Natalie D. Halbert et al., Genetic Population Substructure in Bison at Yellowstone National Park, Journal of Heredity, Advance Access published (Feb. 8, 2012) (565kb PDF).

    Philip W. Hedrick, Conservation Genetics and North American Bison (Bison bison), 100(4) Journal of Heredity 411 (2009) (262kb PDF).

    Interagency Bison Management Plan Members, Operating Procedures for the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) (Dec. 31, 2019) (799kb PDF).

    Montana Natural Heritage Program, SOC Report Animal Species of Concern (last updated April 16, 2020) (807kb PDF).

    Martrin Nie et al., Fish and Wildlife Management on Federal Lands: Debunking State Supremacy, 47 Environmental Law 797 (2017) (942kb PDF).

    Martin Nie & Emily Schembra, The Important Role of Standards in National Forest Planning, Law, and Management, 44 Environmental Law Review 10281 (April 2014) (856kb PDF).

    Lochran W. Traill et al., Pragmatic population viability targets in a rapidly changing world, 143 Biological Conservation 28 (2010) (274kb PDF).

    U.S. Forest Service, Region 2, Regional TES Species Program Leader Nancy Warren, American Bison R2 Individual Species Recommendations, (Apr. 29, 2011) (58kb PDF).

    P.J. White et al., Management of Yellowstone bison and brucellosis transmission risk – Implications for conservation and restoration, 144 Biological Conservation 1322 (2011) (598kb PDF).

    FOREST SERVICE DECISION DOCUMENTS

      Objections Form (Word 20kb)

      Interested Person Form (Word 33kb)

      Glossary of selected terms (66kb PDF).

      Supervisor Mary C. Erickson, Release of 2020 Land Management Plan, Final EIS and Draft ROD for Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision (July 9, 2020) (PDF 193kb)

      Regional Forester Leanne M. Marten Species of Conservation Concern, Custer Gallatin National Forest (Feb. 7, 2019) (PDF 123kb)

      Process for Identifying Animal Species of Conservation Concern for the CGNF Revised Forest Plan and EIS (PDF 213kb)

      Process for Identifying Plant Species of Conservation Concern for the CGNF Revised Forest Plan and EIS (PDF 291kb)

      Rationale (species evaluations) used to select animal and plant Species of Conservation Concern for the CGNF (Excel 86kb)

      2020 Land Management Plan (2.3MB)

      Draft Record of Decision Custer Gallatin National Forest Land Management Plan (PDF 782kb)

      Final Environmental Impact Statement for the 2020 Land Management Plan Summary (PDF 500kb)

      Final EIS for the 2020 Land Management Plan Volume 1 Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (part 1) (PDF 7.8MB)

      Final EIS for the 2020 Land Management Plan Volume 2 Chapter 3 (part 2), Chapter 4, Glossary, and References (PDF 6.8MB)

      Final EIS for the 2020 Land Management Plan Volume 3 Appendix A (maps) through Appendix E (PDF 100.6MB)

      Final EIS for the 2020 Land Management Plan Volume 4 Appendix F Response to Comments on the Draft EIS and Draft Revised Forest Plan (PDF 2.1MB)

      Final EIS for the 2020 Land Management Plan Volume 5 Appendix G Biological Assessment for Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Candidate Species (PDF 3.5MB)

      Appendices for the 2020 Land Management Plan (PDF 16.9MB)

      MAPS

        Map Vicinity Custer Gallatin National Forest Forest Plan Revision (1.5MB PDF).

        Map West Side Custer Gallatin National Forest Final Plan Designated Areas and Land Allocations (1.9MB PDF).

        Map Absaroka Beartooth Mountains Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan Revision Alternative F Designated Areas and Land Allocations (23.1MB PDF).

        Map Madison, Henrys Lake and Gallatin Mountains Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan Revision Alternative F Designated Areas and Land Allocations (18.2MB PDF).

        PUBLIC AND TRIBAL COMMENTS

          Public comments on the Custer Gallatin National Forest plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement, June 2019 (637 MB zip file)

          BFC Official comments Custer Gallatin National Forest plan revision, June 4, 2019 (PDF)

          Northern Cheyenne Tribe, CGNF Forest Plan Revision-Species of Conservation Concern, May 28, 2019 (PDF)

          Official Signatories’ Report, American Bison A Species of Conservation Concern, March 5, 2018 (PDF)

          Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, CGNF Comment Yellowstone Buffalo, March 1, 2018 (PDF)

          Piikani Nation, CGNF Innii Comment, March 1, 2018 (PDF)

          Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, CGNF Forest Plan Revision-Species of Conservation Concern, May 31, 2019 (PDF).

          AMERICAN BISON E-NEWS

            Helpful reference material for developing objections, standards, and listing American bison as a species of conservation concern on our National Forests.

            Welcome to our American bison e-newsletter (April 17, 2019)

            The art of developing comments (April 23, 2019)

            What's missing in the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan revision? (May 1, 2019)

            Listing American bison as a species of conservation concern (May 8, 2019)

            Seeking the truth (May 14, 2019)

            Restoring connectivity for American bison on the National Forest (May 22, 2019)

            Adopting Alternative D with strong standards for American bison  (May 29, 2019)

            Sign on! Comment for American bison by June 6 (June 3, 2019)