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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Land Proposal Scoping Notice for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

Thu May 25 10:48:57 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is working with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to conserve twenty-one sections (approximately 13,398 acres) of Weyerhaeuser property located northwest of Whitefish, Montana, that we refer to as the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project. The proposal entails TPL purchasing the entire property from Weyerhaeuser. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) would provide funding for the purchase of five of the sections (approx. 3,180 acres) and would retain a perpetual conservation easement on the land to conserve important native fish habitat within the Swift Creek watershed. FWP is proposing to purchase a perpetual conservation easement (CE) from TPL on the remaining sixteen sections (approx. 10,218 acres) of land using a variety of funding sources. The purpose of the FWP-held easement would be to protect critical wildlife habitat in perpetuity, continue sustainable commercial forest management, and prevent development of the property. Public recreational access would continue under the terms of the proposed conservation easement in a manner similar to current allowed uses.

(Region 1 - Recreation News )

Great Falls Annual Kids Fishing Day

Thu May 25 09:34:55 MDT 2017

Central Montana’s 24th annual fishing day for youngsters will take place 9 a.m. to noon, June 10, at Wadsworth Pond on the west side of Great Falls.

(Region 4 - Education )

Commission to take up Quiet Waters Initiative (table attached)

Wed May 24 14:29:59 MDT 2017

Based upon the review of the public comment, the Fish and Wildlife Commission will suggest the following motion for discussion at the meeting to discuss the Quiet Waters proposal to be held at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater in Helena on Friday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m. The table below contains columns which describe the present regulations on the body of water and the modified proposal based upon public comment. This proposal will serve as the foundation for discussion, and the Commission may approve, deny, or modify the motion.

(Headquarters - Commission )

All About Bats at Montana WILD - June 30th

Wed May 24 09:29:18 MDT 2017

Come and learn about bats, Montana’s only flying mammal, at Montana WILD during our All About Bats event! Explore a replica bat cave, make bat crafts, and build a bat house from 4-6 p.m. and listen to an informational bat program from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight for bat watching from 9:30-10:30 p.m.

(Headquarters - Education )

Don’t forget your AIS prevention pass

Wed May 24 08:42:00 MDT 2017

A new program initiated by the 2017 Montana Legislature and recently signed into law by Gov. Steve Bullock is helping fund the fight against aquatic invasive species in Montana.

(Region 7 - Fishing )

Hunter Education Class Scheduled for Libby

Tue May 23 13:34:33 MDT 2017

A Hunter Education Class has been scheduled for Libby beginning Wednesday, May 31 at Libby Elementary School. The class is free of charge. By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985, must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. A student must be at least 10 years old to take the course.

(Region 1 - Education )

Spring Black Bear Season To Close In Bear Management Unit 700

Tue May 23 11:36:32 MDT 2017

By order of the Montana Fish &Wildlife Commission, the hunting of all black bears in Bear Management Unit 700 will close one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

(Headquarters - Hunting District Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings )

Don't forget your AIS prevention pass

Tue May 23 09:07:08 MDT 2017

A new program initiated by the 2017 Montana Legislature and recently signed into law by Gov. Steve Bullock is helping fund the fight against aquatic invasive species in Montana.

(Headquarters - Aquatic Invasive Species )


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