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Comment to BLM on APR grazing application

The American Prairie Reserve (APR) has applied to change the class of livestock from cattle to bison on their permit to graze public lands on the Flat Creek Allotment in south Phillips County. The APR is requesting in their application to:

  1. Change the class of livestock from cattle to bison.
  2. Seeking permission to remove interior fencing and manage their private lands along with the public lands as one common pasture.
  3. Change the allotment grazing season to year-round from the current May 1 – Nov. 15 grazing season.

In short, APR is asking the BLM for preferential treatment.  Your input matters; submit a comment to the BLM asking them to not set a new precedent by giving special treatment for bison grazing.  Click here to download the comments submitted by UPOM.

Comment deadline is April 30.  Submit your comment via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

UPOM at EQC Meeting on Sage Grouse

UPOM attended the meeting of the Environmental Quality Council on sage grouse and testified on behalf of landowners and property rights. To  listen to the hearing, please click here

Public Hearings on Sage Grouse Plans

The potential for the Sage Grouse to be listed under the Endangered Species Act poses a significant threat to landowners, recreationalists, agriculture, and natural resource development, which is why putting in place a plan to protect Sage Grouse that takes into consideration the needs of private property owners is essential. We encourage you to review the Sage Grouse Management Plan and attend your local area meetings to express your views on the proposal. 

Nov. 13th, Dillon Hearing

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM 

Location: U of M Western, Mathews Hall, Lewis & Clark Room 

Nov. 18th, Billings Hearing

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM 

Location: FWP Region 5 Headquarters

Nov. 19th, Baker Hearing

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM 

Location: Senior Citizens Center

Video: The other side of stream access

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There are two sides to every story. Unfortunately, all too often there is one side that is championed by the media and one side that is downplayed. UPOM is dedicated to ensuring that the rights of Montanas landowners are protected in the ongoing battle to uphold private property rights. 

The video (right) on the Mitchell Slough controversy, produced by the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC), gives a very good explanation of the Mitchell Slough case and what that case really meant for private property owners across the state of Montana. 


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