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Lake Elmo Asian clam removal

10/16/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has recommended that it drain Lake Elmo in Billings Heights next year to eradicate invasive Asian clams found there in 2019. Department fisheries biologists and managers issued a draft environmental assessment on plans to address the invasive clams. The document also lists plans to improve fish habitat and add state park amenities while the lake is dry. People are encouraged to comment on the draft environmental assessment and its recommendations by Nov. 18, 2020.

(Region 5 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

Clark's Lookout State Park Emergency Closure

10/15/2020

Clark's Lookout State Park is closed to all public occupation and recreation. A large cottonwood tree has blown over and is leaning onto the latrine, posing a threat to persons entering and parking in the park due to the instability of the tree until it is remove.

(Region 3 - Rules)

Lost Trail Conservation Easement Draft Environmental Assessment

10/09/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public input on a proposal to purchase a conservation easement to protect approximately 7,256 acres of timberland and wildlife habitat in northwestern Montana near Marion, Montana. The property is part of approximately 630,000 acres purchased by SPP Montana, LLC (SPP) from Weyerhaeuser in December 2019. This proposed conservation project is a collaborative effort involving SPP, The Trust for Public Land (TPL), and FWP. The proposed conservation easement, to be held by FWP, would allow SPP to retain ownership of these timberlands, preclude development, protect important wildlife habitat and key landscape connectivity, and provide permanent public access and associated recreational opportunities. A virtual public hearing will be held Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The online meeting will include a presentation and opportunity for questions and public input. The meeting will be livestreamed on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r1 and the FWP YouTube channel. Instructions for participating in the virtual meeting will be posted online beforehand.

(Region 1 - Conservation)

Blacktail Meadows Kinds Pond Decision Notice

10/08/2020

This Decision Notice has been prepared to remove Common Carp, Longnose Sucker, and White Sucker from Blacktail Meadows Kids Pond to improve the quality of this urban youth trout fishery. These species were introduced during a flooding event in the nearby Pigtail Slough and have decreased the quality of the trout fishery. The proposed action is to draw the pond down by pumping and remove these fish using rotenone. The pond would be actively or naturally detoxified within 7 days, and rainbow or cutthroat trout would be stocked multiple times the following spring and in subsequent years. FWP received no comments during a 30-day comment period ending on September 30, 2020. Based on the Environmental Assessment and need to improve this fishery, it is my decision to proceed with the removal of common carp, longnose sucker, and white sucker from the Blacktail Meadows Kids Fishing Pond. 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)

Decision Notice Issued for Cottonwood Campground Repair at Cooney Reservoir State Park

09/29/2020

(Roberts, MT) – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has issued a decision notice for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed repairs at Cooney State Park’s Cottonwood Campground. The decision recommends moving forward with Alternative-B, as outlined in the Draft Environmental Assessment. Alternative-B is the preferred proposed action.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

Decision Notice Whiskey Ridge Conservation Easement

09/29/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) is proposing to purchase and manage a conservation easement (CE) on 4,306 acres owned by David Bergum and 313 acres owned by David Bergum, Ryan Hagen, and Daniel Hagen north of Winifred, MT. This proposed CE, called the “Whiskey Ridge Conservation Easement,” will protect and conserve in perpetuity ~ 4,619 deeded acres of mixed sagebrush-grassland habitat adjoining the Missouri River Breaks in deer/elk hunting districts (HDs) 417 and 426. It also includes terms to minimize the spread of disease between domestic sheep and the Southern Missouri River Breaks (HD 482) bighorn sheep herd. This CE will also guarantee free public access for hunting and other recreational pursuits on these deeded CE lands, satisfying MFWP’s objectives in providing access and recreational opportunities to the public.

(Region 4 - Decision Notices)

Decision Notice Wolf Creek Conservation Easement

09/29/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) is proposing to purchase and manage a conservation easement (CE) on Pheasants Forever’s Wolf Creek property outside of Denton. This proposed CE, called the “Wolf Creek Conservation Easement,” will protect and conserve in perpetuity ~ 1,000 deeded acres mixed sagebrush-grassland habitat adjoining the Beckman Wildlife Management Area. This CE will also guarantee free public access for hunting and other recreational pursuits on these deeded CE lands, satisfying MFWP’s objectives in providing access and recreational opportunities to the public.

(Region 4 - Decision Notices)

Mt Jumbo WMA Forest Habitat Restoration Project--Decision Notice

09/28/2020

FWP has issued the Decision Notice (DN) for a draft environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal to conduct forested habitat restoration treatments on approximately 100 acres of forest land on its 120-acre Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area, northeast of Missoula in Missoula County. Upon completion of the 30-day public comment process, and by inclusion of information noted in the DN, FWP accepts the draft EA as final. FWP has selected the preferred action (Alternative B), as proposed and described in the draft EA for this proposal. FWP expects to request approval for this proposal at the regularly scheduled Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting on October 22, 2020.

(Region 2 - Decision Notices)

Environmental Decision Notice for Montana-Dakota Utilities' Miles City 2 Project Easement Amendment

09/28/2020

Thank you for your input and feedback on the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed action to create a redundant power source for the town of Miles City, MT. FWP finds there to be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. Therefore, it is concluded that the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. After review of this proposal, it is the decision of FWP to accept the draft Environmental Assessment as supplemented by this Decision Notice and changes herein as final, and to recommend proceeding with the proposed 60-kV Right-of-Way across 8.65 acres of Miles City Fish Hatchery. The Final Environmental Assessment may be viewed on FWP's Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov or be obtained from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 7 Headquarters, P.O. Box 1630, Miles City, MT 59301, (406} 234-0900.

(Region 7 - Decision Notices)

Madison River Recreational Management Proposed Rules and EA

09/28/2020

On October 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., the Fish and Wildlife Commission (commission) will hold a telephonic public hearing via ZOOM meeting platform to consider the proposed administrative rules and environmental assessment regarding the recreation management on the Madison River. Because there currently exists a state of emergency in Montana due to the public health crisis by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, there will be no in-person hearing.

Live Stream of October 20 Public Hearing:

Interested parties may provide public comment through remote conferencing in the following way:

  • Dial by telephone, 1-646-558-8656
  • Meeting ID: 966 3461 5176
  • Password: 373576

On August 13, 2020, the commission approved initiating rulemaking on two petitions for rulemaking to address recreation management on the Madison River. The proposed rule language differs and may conflict with each other to address the same issue. Members of the public can comment on the various management alternatives of the proposed management of the Madison River. Based on the details provided by the public comment, the commission will make a reasoned and informed decision whether to adopt all, portions of, or none of the proposed language. The commission may also opt to change the proposed rule language prior to final adoption based on the public comment it receives.

Public comment will be taken on all management alternatives contained in this rule proposal notice along with the corresponding environmental assessment. The commission will evaluate all comments received and will make a decision which rule language to adopt, if any.

(Headquarters - Rules)

 

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