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Rattlesnake Creek Dam Removal Project—Draft EA

11/13/2019

The City of Missoula acquired the approximately 45-acre lower Rattlesnake Creek Dam property and associated infrastructure and water rights in 2017. FWP, the City, and Trout Unlimited then developed a partnership to evaluate and implement mitigation options for the deteriorating dam structure on lower Rattlesnake Creek, located in Missoula on the lower mainstem, approximately 3.5 miles upstream from the confluence with the Clark Fork River. The partnership evaluated the current condition of the dam and associated facilities and developed a range of conceptual alternatives for managing site infrastructure while incorporating ecological restoration of the stream corridor and affected areas. A Draft EA describes the proposal. The proposed action (Alternative 3) is an active restoration option that would include full dam infrastructure removal, reconstruction of the creek and floodplain to tie in 200-feet downstream of the dam, raising the channel profile to improve floodplain connection, construction of off‐channel habitat features, and revegetation of the constructed streambanks, floodplain and disturbed areas.

(Region 2 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

FWP Proposing Regulation Changes for Holter Yellow Perch and Walleye

11/12/2019

At its November 12 meeting, the Fish and Wildlife Commission tentatively approved a regulation change for yellow perch and walleye on Holter Reservoir. This proposed change is based on criteria outlined in the 2010 – 2019 reservoir fisheries management plan. Annual fisheries monitoring this fall found that perch abundance had declined to 1.8 perch per net for a three-year average catch of 7.5 perch per net. At this population level the management plan recommends reducing the angler bag limit to reduce impacts from harvest. The department proposed reducing the perch limit from 50 perch per day with no possession limit to 25 perch daily and in possession. Walleye abundance this fall was 1.5 walleye per net for a three-year average catch of 2.4 walleye per net. The management plan does not prescribe specific action for walleye at this population level but based on several years of abundance below the management goal the department feels that action to improve walleye abundance is appropriate. The department is proposing to reduce the walleye bag limit from 10 walleye daily, only 1 fish over 25 inches in length to 5 fish daily, only 1 over 25 inches. Possession limit would remain twice the daily limit. To submit comments to these regulation changes, please email fwpfsh@mt.gov attention Holter Regulations or via US mail to Holter Fish Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. The department will accept comment on these proposals until November 21.

(Headquarters - Fishing)

Stumptown Addition to Garrity Mtn WMA

11/08/2019

FWP invites public review of its proposal to acquire approximately 600 acres of privately owned land as an addition to FWP’s adjoining 9,907-acre Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area (GMWMA). The acquisition parcel is located along the NE portion of GMWMA, 1.5 miles west of Anaconda in Deer Lodge County in west-central Montana. Called the Stumptown Addition, the parcel would provide critical winter range for elk and deer, an important spring calving area for elk, and summer range for bighorn sheep. The addition also includes 0.7 miles of Warm Springs Creek and its associated riparian area. The addition would support a diversity of game species and many nongame species. It would be managed for fish and wildlife habitat as well as to improve public recreational access and opportunities. The project is proposed to be funded by the Natural Resource Damage Program, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, FWP’s Habitat Montana Fund, and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund. FWP will hold a public hearing in Anaconda on November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) at 6:00 p.m. at the AOH Hall (321-323 East Commercial Street) to discuss the proposal, answer questions and take public comment

(Region 2 - Acquisitions, Trades & Leases)

Notice of Repeal of ARM 12.6.301 Pertaining to Tagging of Carcasses

11/08/2019

On July 5, 2019, the Fish and Wildlife Commission published MAR Notice No. 15-516 pertaining to the proposed repeal of the rule at page 921 of the 2019 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 13. The commission has repealed the rule as proposed. No comments or testimony were received.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Notice of Adoption of ARM 12.6.1010 Pertaining to Two-Way Communication While Hunting

11/08/2019

On July 5, 2019, the Fish and Wildlife Commission published MAR Notice No. 12.515 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed adoption of the rule at page 919 of the 2019 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 13. The commission has adopted the rule as proposed. Please see the adoption notice for more information and a summary of the comments received.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Notice of Adoption of ARM 12.6.1005 Pertaining to Kill Site Verification

11/08/2019

On July 5, 2019, the Fish and Wildlife Commission published MAR Notice No. 12-517 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed adoption of the rule at page 923 of the 2019 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 13. No comments or testimony were received. The commission has adopted the rule as proposed.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Environmental Assessment Decision Notice

10/30/2019

Reconnect Hardy Creek with the Missouri River by reconstructing a stream channel through a gravel pit, redefining the channel downstream of the gravel pit, and removing or modifying several culverts in lower Hardy Creek. Restoration of the channel will allow Hardy Creek to function as a spawning and rearing tributary for trout in the Missouri River.

(Region 4 - Decision Notices)

 

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