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Governor, attorney general and ag orgs appeal BLM's bison grazing lease

 

Last updated 9/1/2022 at 11:15am

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American bison walk on the Buffalo Pasture on the Fort Belknap Reservation earlier this year. Montana Stockgrowers Association, joined by North Phillips County Cooperative State Grazing Districts, and Gov. Greg Gianforte and Attorney General Austin Knudsen, have filed appeals on a Bureau of Land Management decision to allow American Prairie Reserve to lease 63,000 acres of BLM-administered land in Phillips County on which to graze bison.

Amanda Eggert

Montana Free Press

Montana livestock-producer groups and two Republican elected officeholders continued their pressure campaign to halt bison grazing on federal lands late last week, asking the Bureau of Land Management to reconsider its recent approval of grazing leases in north-central Montana.

In three separate appeals, the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Gov. Greg Gianforte and Attorney General Austin Knudsen asked the BLM to reverse its July 28 decision to approve American Prairie Reserve's application to lease 63,000 acres of BLM-administered land in Phillips County...



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