NPS releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Yellowstone bison management – Explore Big Sky

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On June 6, the National Park Service released its Final Environmental Impact Statement, with a range of possible actions for a bison management plan at Yellowstone National Park, intended to build on the existing Interagency Bison Management Plan, approved in 2000.
“This plan allows the NPS to manage bison based on new scientific information and changed circumstances, explore ways to increase the transfer of bison to American Indian Tribes, and continue working closely with Tribal Nations and agency partners in management,” a June 6 NPS press release stated.
Three alternative options to bison management are outlined in the FEIS, according to NPS. 
The first alternative recommends that NPS continue management according to the existing management plan. 
“This would maintain a population range of bison similar to the last two decades (3,500 to 5,000 bison after calving), continue hunt-trap coordination to balance population regulation in the park by using harvest and hunting opportunities outside the park, increase the number of brucellosis-free bison relocated to Tribal lands via the Bison Conservation Transfer Program, and work with the State of Montana to manage the already low risk of brucellosis spreading from bison to cattle,” the release stated. 
The second alternative is “preferred” according to NPS—bison would be managed within a population range of about 3,500 to 6,000 after calving, “with an emphasis on using the Bison Conservation Transfer Program to restore bison to Tribal lands and Tribal treaty harvest, and public hunting outside the park to regulate numbers.”
The third alternative would rely on natural selection, bison dispersal and public and tribal harvests in Montana as primary ways to regulate population. Bison population would likely range from 3,500 to 7,000 or more after calving, according to NPS. 
After a 30-day wait period effective June 7, NPS will publish its decision for bison management in the Federal Register. 
According to the release, Yellowstone National Park is committed to the Interagency Bison Management Plan’s objectives. They include maintaining a wild, free-ranging population, reducing the risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle, managing bison that leave the park and enter Montana lands, and maintaining Montana’s brucellosis-free status for domestic livestock. 
“The FEIS also considers the bison management actions likely to occur on lands outside the park in Montana, maintains NPS’s continued commitment to working with the State of Montana, Tribes, and other federal partners to balance bison management efforts, while acknowledging the NPS does not have jurisdiction or control over actions such as hunting or tolerance for bison beyond the park boundary,” the release stated. 

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01jun1:00 am31jul(jul 31)11:55 pmPAINT UNDER THE BIG SKY1:00 am – (july 31) 11:55 pm Event Type :ArtsEvent City:Big Sky,Bozeman,Livingston/Paradise Valley,West Yellowstone
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CALL FOR ARTISTS:  Paint anytime from June 1-28

EXHIBITION & SALE:  June 29 – July 31

Calling all artists and nature
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What is Paint Under the Big Sky?  PUBS is a plein air event for all painters of any ability (over the age of 16).  Sponsored by the Big Sky Artist’s Studio & Gallery and the Big Sky Artists Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a strong community of artists in the Big Sky area, the paint-out hopes to introduce painters to our extraordinary landscape for an opportunity to create, meet and have fun.  Plein air painters record our landscape for generations to come.

Artists are invited to travel to Big
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AGES 6-15   During the month of June, artists from across the
AGES 6-15
During the month of June, artists
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Sky to paint our beautiful scenery for “Paint Under the Big Sky”.

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Embrace the freedom and
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11jun4:00 pm6:00 pmSarah Vogel, Guest Author4:00 pm – 6:00 pm The WaypointEvent Type :EducationEvent City:Big Sky
Sarah Vogel is an attorney, advocate and author of The Farmer’s Lawyer, a memoir about a David and Goliath fight as a young single
Sarah Vogel is an attorney, advocate and author of The Farmer’s Lawyer, a memoir about a David and Goliath fight as a young single mother against the federal government on behalf of thousands of farmers nationwide who were facing foreclosure.  Sarah later became the first woman in U.S. history to be elected as a state Commissioner of Agriculture.  She is a lifeline advocate for family farmers, small businesses, women, and Native Americans.  She current serves as a member of the Agriculture Subcommittee to USDA Equity Commission.
Sarah will be available to read excerpts from her memoir The Farmer’s Lawyer and will welcome an open Q&A.  Books are available to borrow from the Big Sky Community Library at the Lone Peak High School in Big Sky.
The Waypoint Theater
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