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Comments Sought on Cutthroat Trout Expansion in Dry Fork of Belt Creek

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fish & Wildlife - Region 4

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) proposing to remove nonnative fishes with rotenone and allow the expansion of existing populations of westslope cutthroat trout in the Dry Fork of Belt Creek in the Little Belt Mountains.
The proposed action would allow the expansion of six populations of pure or nearly pure westslope cutthroat that are in the tributaries of Dry Fork. A separate component of this project involves construction of a fish barrier about 1.8 miles upstream of the confluence of Dry Fork and Belt Creek near Monarch.
A draft EA of the project is available on the FWP website at:
http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/recent.html
Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., May 1, 2014. Send comments to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, c/o Dry Fork Belt Creek EA Comments, 4600 Giant Springs Road, or by email to dmoser@mt.gov.
In addition a public open house on the project has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 23, at the Monarch-Neihart Senior Citizens Center.