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Proposed Land Acquisition for Fort Owen State Park—Draft EA

08/06/2020

Montana State Parks (a division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; FWP) proposes to acquire fee-title acquisition to an approximately 0.9-acre property (parcel) located immediately south of Fort Owen State Park (SP), which is located 1-mile northwest of the Town of Stevensville in Ravalli County. The parcel, currently privately owned, would be acquired and added to FWP’s existing 1.0-acre Fort Owen SP, in hopes of later developing a parking area for the SP. FWP would also discharge (abandon) a small portion of its public roadway easement immediately east of the current park boundary. This roadway easement allows the public to travel from public Highway 269 north along the roadway easement to the SP. The proposed partial discharge would better protect the adjacent landowner’s privacy and better delineates the park boundaries. The remainder of the roadway easement would remain intact and lead to a potential new parking area.

(Region 2 - Acquisitions, Trades & Leases)

Marten Reintroduction to the Little Belt Mountains Decision Notice

08/06/2020

This proposal is to restore a self-sustaining and genetically diverse population of marten (preferably M. caurina) to the Little Belt Mountains of central Montana. The Little Belt Mountains are an island range located 30 miles southeast of Great Falls.

(Region 4 - Decision Notices)

Draft Environmental Assessment Transfer of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Within the Thompson River Watershed

08/05/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to transfer pure Westslope Cutthroat Trout from populations threatened by hybridization into fishless streams above natural waterfall barriers in order to preserve local genetics and increase secured habitat of this species. Over the next five years, FWP would transfer up to 1,500 Westslope Cutthroat Trout from three donor populations into three fishless streams within the Thompson River drainage. Under the proposed action and preferred alternative, genetically pure Westslope Cutthroat Trout would be transferred to fishless reaches of Bear Creek, Murr Creek, or Shroder Creek in the upper Thompson River drainage. This would preserve local cutthroat trout genetics in up to 14 miles of secured habitat. These populations would provide a source of fish to augment downstream populations. In addition, this secure population would provide brood stock of locally adapted fish for reintroduction into other streams in the drainage should there be a need in the future.

(Region 1 - Species Removal & Relocation)

Lone Tree Conservation Easement Decision Notice

08/04/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a perpetual conservation easement on approximately 11,285 acres in Blaine County. The project referred to as the “Lone Tree Conservation Easement", consists of four separate parcels all located near the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The goal of the LTCE is to protect, enhance, and conserve a variety of native habitats including prairie grassland, sagebrush steppe, and prairie forest vegetation communities that provide important winter and year-long habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Utilizing the EA and public comment, a decision must be rendered by FWP which addresses the concerns and issues identified for this proposed action. FWP’s analysis supports purchasing the perpetual conservation easement encompassing approximately 11,285 acres in Blaine County, Montana that comprise the Lone Tree Conservation Easement. After review of this proposal, it is our decision to accept the draft EA as supplemented by this Decision Notice and changes herein as final, and to recommend proceeding with the proposed Lone Tree Conservation Easement, contingent on approvals by the Fish & Wildlife Commission.

(Region 6 - Decision Notices)

Woods Ranch WMA Lincoln Electric Easement Adjustment Decision Notice

07/30/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is recommending the Fish & Wildlife Commission approve a request from Lincoln Electric Cooperative Inc. (Eureka, MT), to modify their existing right-of-way easement on the Woods Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WRWMA). The proposed action, as described in the EA under "Alternative B", would modify the right-of-way easements held by Lincoln Electric to permit the replacement of approximately 0.86 miles of overhead powerline with approximately 0.65 miles of buried powerline along existing WRWMA roadways. This action would mitigate any future concerns of trees falling on the overhead lines, provide easier access for Lincoln Electric maintenance staff, and provide several benefits to the WRWMA.

(Region 1 - Decision Notices)

Mt Jumbo WMA Forest Habitat Restoration Project--Draft EA

07/24/2020

FWP seeks public review of its proposal to conduct forested habitat restoration treatments on approximately 100 acres of forest land within its approximately 120-acre Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area (MJWMA), northwest of Missoula in Missoula County. Objectives of the project are to: 1) increase forage potential on elk and deer winter range, 2) promote stand conditions that would allow fire to burn at low-severity appropriate for the habitat type, and 3) reduce fuel loading in the wildland urban interface. Treatments would involve the removal of conifer trees (both merchantable and sub-merchantable) through a combination of mechanical and non-mechanical treatments. The main purpose of this project is to improve wildlife habitat; this project would not be proposed if not for a need to conserve and improve wildlife habitat on MJWMA. FWP is coordinating this project with the Missoula Ranger District (Lolo National Forest) and the City of Missoula, which is implementing similar treatments on adjacent public land.

(Region 2 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Ash Coulee Conservation Easement Decision Notice

07/22/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposal to purchase a Conservation Easement on approximately 3,400 deeded acres in Valley County, Montana. The proposed easement, called the “Ash Coulee Conservation Easement,” would provide protection, enhancement, and public access to a unique combination of eastern Montana habitats. Utilizing the EA and public comment, a decision must be rendered by FWP which addresses the concerns and issues identified for this proposed action. FWP’s analysis supports purchasing the perpetual conservation easement encompassing approximately 3,400 acres in Valley County, Montana that comprise the Ash Coulee Conservation Easement. After review of this proposal, it is our decision to accept the draft EA as supplemented by this Decision Notice and changes herein as final, and to recommend proceeding with the proposed Ash Coulee Conservation Easement, contingent on approvals by the Fish & Wildlife Commission.

(Region 6 - Decision Notices)

Mattson Property Fishing Access Site Acquisition and Development Draft Environmental Assessment

07/10/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase 14.89 acres along US Highway 93 at Montibello Lane adjacent to Flathead Lake to be developed and managed as a day-use Fishing Access Site (FAS). The proposed site is in Lake County, approximately one mile east of Dayton, Montana along Montibello Lane. Site developments would include access roads, parking area, a concrete boat ramp, boat dock, vault latrine, on-site host site, signage and boundary fencing. The proposed acquisition and development of a FAS at this site would provide a safe and quality access for fishing, boating, swimming and other appropriate recreational activities. The project would improve overall access to recreational opportunities on Flathead Lake. The public comment period will extend for (30) thirty days, starting July 11, 2020. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., August 9, 2020 and can be e-mailed to tpowell@mt.gov, or mailed to Mattson FAS/Property Acquisition, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 490 N. Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901. Or call (406) 752-5501.

(Region 1 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

 

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