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Notice of Proposed Amendment to ARM 12.5.709 Pertaining to the Pilot Program for AIS in the Flathead Basin

05/24/2019

On July 5, 2019, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (department) proposes to amend ARM 12.5.709. The department is proposing to extend the rule to March 31, 2020, to allow the additional protections to remain in place through the 2019 boating season, and to give the department time to work with citizens and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) on a longer-term plan for the management of AIS in the Flathead Basin before the 2020 boating season. Please see the proposal notice for more information.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Ramshorn Creek Decision Notice

05/23/2019

The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared to remove non-native trout from 11 miles of Ramshorn Creek, a tributary to the Ruby River, to secure and expand its unaltered Westslope Cutthroat trout population. Non-native brook and Rainbow x Cutthroat hybrid trout are present in Ramshorn Creek along with genetically pure Westslope Cutthroat Trout. The proposed action is to use rotenone to remove non-native trout. One public comment requesting additional information was received during a 30-day comment period ending 6 May 2019. Based on the Environmental Assessment and need to conserve Westslope Cutthroat Trout, it is my decision to proceed with the Ramshorn Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout conservation project. I find there to be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. Therefore, I conclude that the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.

(Region 3 - Decision Notices)

Bailey, Doucette and PR 054 Reservoirs Bluegill Stocking Decision Notice

05/20/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) proposes to stock bluegill in Bailey, Doucette and PR 054 Reservoirs. Based on the Environmental Assessment, public comment, and FWP evaluation, it is my decision to proceed with the proposed stocking of bluegill in Bailey, Doucette and PR 054 Reservoirs. I find there to be no significant impacts to the human and physical environments associated with this project. Public comments received during the comment period showed general support for the proposed action. Therefore, I conclude that the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.

(Region 6 - Decision Notices)

Securing Public Hunting Access on the Graveley Ranch Conservation Easements—Decision Notice

05/20/2019

FWP has issued the Decision Notice (DN) for its proposal to accept assignment (delegation) of the “right of public hunting access” components of two conservation easements (CEs) to be held by Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT) on the 5,167-acre Graveley Ranch property and the 3,110-acre Warm Springs Creek property in Powell County north of Garrison. The CEs would permanently protect wildlife habitat and conservation values on a total of 8,277 acres by keeping the land in private ownership and management, and preventing subdivision. The CEs would also protect important big-game winter range and a variety of habitats for nongame wildlife species, and assure public hunting opportunities. No FWP funds would be involved in acquiring the CEs; the proposed action in the draft EA was for FWP to accept assignment of the right of public hunting access in perpetuity, as set forth in the CEs to be held by FVLT. Upon completion of FWP’s public involvement process, FWP accepts the draft EA as final. FWP will request approval for this proposal at the regularly scheduled Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting in June 2019.

(Region 2 - Decision Notices)

Public comment sought for open water fishing contest

05/20/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on an open water fishing contests proposed after the deadline for the 2019 season. The Western Native Trout Challenge (WNTC) is a multi-state program hosted by the Western Native Trout Initiative. The WNTC invites anglers to help celebrate our western legacy by catching native trout and char in each of the 12 participating Western states, at their own pace. In Montana, participants can fish in waters stocked with Yellowstone and westslope cutthroat trout. By attempting to catch 18 species throughout 12 states (at the mater angler level), participants can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, and learn about native trout species. Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage, http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/whereToFish/contests/ at http://westernnativetroutchallenge.org or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before May 29.

(Headquarters - Fishing)

Notice of Adoption Pertaining to No-Wake Zones on Canyon Ferry Reservoir

05/10/2019

On November 2, 2018, the Fish and Wildlife Commission (commission) published MAR Notice No. 12-507 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed adoption and amendment of the above-stated rules at page 2163 of the 2018 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 21. On March 15, 2019, the commission published a notice of extension of comment period on the amended proposed adoption and amendments at page 273 of the 2019 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 5. The commission has adopted the following rule as proposed and published in the original proposal notice published on November 2, 2018, page 2163, Issue number 21: NEW RULE I (12.11.1002). The commission has amended the following rules as proposed in the original proposal notice published on November 2, 2018, page 2163, Issue Number 21: ARM 12.11.3201 and 12.11.3205. Please see the adoption notice for more information

(Headquarters - Rules)

Environmental Assessment Fairweather Fishing Access Site Wildlife Enhancement Crop-Share Agreement for Years 2020 - 2029

05/09/2019

Based on the Environmental Assessment and public comment, I choose Alternative B, to continue the existing crop-share agreement on Fairweather Fishing Access Site. I find there are no new or significant negative impacts on the physical and human environment associated with the selected Alternative B. Therefore, I conclude that the environmental assessment is the appropriate level of analysis and that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required.

(Region 3 - Decision Notices)

Two Bridges (Bridge 51) FAS EA Decision Notice

05/02/2019

FWP has issued the decision notice for its proposal to lease approximately 2 acres of land from BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) along the Yellowstone River at Bridge 51 for the purpose of providing public access to the Yellowstone River and developing a fishing access site (FAS). The site will now be known as Two Bridges FAS. After review of this proposal, it is the decision of FWP to accept the draft environmental assessment (EA) and to recommend proceeding with the proposed Two Bridges (Bridge 51) FAS.

(Region 5 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Big Lake WMA EA Decision Notice

05/02/2019

FWP has issued a Decision Notice for its proposal to modify and renew an agricultural lease on a portion of the Big Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The purpose of the proposed lease would be to formalize a reciprocal agreement with a local rancher to mow the grass on an access road and parking areas to reduce fire fuels in exchange of receipt of cut hay and grass for use on his ranch. The rotational hay cutting of select areas within the WMA would serve to maintain and enhance waterfowl nesting and upland bird habitat. After review of this proposal, it is the decision of FWP to accept the draft environmental assessment (EA) as final, and to recommend proceeding with the proposed Big Lake WMA agricultural lease agreement.

(Region 5 - Acquisitions, Trades & Leases)

 

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