MILES CITY, Mont.--Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to acquire a permanent right of-way easement on 1.8 acres of accreted land located between Amelia Island Fishing Access Site and the Yellowstone River from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). FWP also proposes to develop the Amelia Island FAS and the accreted land adjacent to the FAS. Proposed developments include a designated parking area, a singlewide concrete boat ramp; a concrete vault latrine, informational signs, additional fencing, and improvements to the access road.
Amelia Island Fishing Access Site is located west of the town of Hysham along the Yellowstone River in Treasure County. In 2008, 4.8 acres of land was donated to FWP for the purpose of providing additional public access to the Yellowstone River and developing a FAS. The site provides the only public access to the Yellowstone River for a 46-mile stretch from Myers Bridge FAS, located 10 river miles upstream, and Rosebud West FAS, located 36 river miles downstream. The FAS is considered to be in a critical location for fishing, boating and floating access and is expected to receive moderate to heavy angler use. Although FWP owns the adjacent Amelia Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the WMA does not offer a suitable site for boat access to the river. Existing facilities at the FAS include a gravel access road, a pioneered parking area, a pioneered boat launch, and fencing along the southern property boundary. Interested parties may find more information at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/.
The public comment period will extend for (30) thirty days. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2013 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the addresses below:
Amelia Island FAS Proposed Right-of-Way Acquisition and Development Project
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 7
352 I-94 Business Loop
PO Box 1630
Miles City, MT 59301