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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.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is revising its' forest plan which will determine how American bison and their habitat are managed for decades to come. The final decision will be made by Forest Supervisor Mary C. Erickson. Region 1’s Regional Forester is also considering listing species of conservation concern during the forest plan revision process.

Public comment on the forest plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement ended June 2019. Over 21,000 people participated with 3,000 unique comments submitted. Thank you for contributing comments to list American bison as a species of conservation concern, and supporting strong standards to benefit the migratory giants.

The Custer Gallatin is expected to release a Final Environmental Impact Statement and decision late Summer 2020 with a 60-day period for objections. To have your objection considered, you must have contributed a substantive comment during the forest plan revision process.


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Key Documents

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)

American Bison E-newsletter

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)