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Makoshika State Park Waterline Improvement Project Decision Notice

06/03/2020

Montana State Parks recently completed a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed waterline improvement project at Makoshika State Park. During the 2019 State of Montana legislative session, $1.3 million in bonded funds were approved for the extension of the municipal water system from the City of Glendive into Makoshika State Park as part of a statewide infrastructure improvement initiative. Currently, the city water service reaches as far as the park visitor center near the entrance, which is the only location throughout the entire park that visitors have access to potable water. In accordance with the Environmental Assessment process, a decision must be rendered by FWP which addresses the concerns and issues identified for this proposed action. 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 Makoshika State Park Waterline project. 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)

FY 21 Lincoln County Shooting Complex Shooting Range Grant

06/02/2020

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has released a draft environmental assessment (EA) for a Shooting Range Development Grant proposal from the Lincoln County Shooting Complex (LCSC). FWP would provide up to $6,300 in funding for projects deemed eligible for LCSC proposed improvements of adding 12 new 100-yard rifle shooting bays with benches. The LCSC is located approximately six miles south of Libby, Montana, on Farm to Market Road; Lat. 48.2151, Long. -115.2901; Section 7, Township 29 North, Range 30 West. For copies of the EA, phone FWP at 406-444-9947 (Helena) or write to FWP, Attn: Wayde Cooperider, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. For an electronic copy, visit FWP’s website at http://fwp.mt.gov (“Public Notices”). Comments must be received by FWP no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Written comments will be accepted on FWP’s website, at the address above, or by email to wacooperider@mt.gov.

(Headquarters - Recreation)

Decision Notice Amendment to Easement for Phillips 66 Decision Noticed Environmental Assessment

06/01/2020

Recently Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) published an Environmental Assessment (5-11-2020) regarding the FWP’s proposal to amend an existing easement (Reel 46 Doc No. 3831 of the official Public Record of Cascade County, Montana) held by FWP. The request for this amendment by Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC on behalf of Phillips 66 Carrier LLC is to add a new section of 12-inch diameter crude oil pipeline and to amend the existing easement to accommodate the new alignment for the new pipeline and abandon part of the existing pipeline once the new pipeline is tied into the supply pipeline running to the existing easement and then becomes operational.

(Region 4 - Decision Notices)

Everson Bench Public Scoping

05/29/2020

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will be preparing an Environmental Analysis on a proposal to purchase a conservation easement (CE) in Fergus County, Montana. The proposed CE encompasses ~2,550 acres of deeded lands owned by Keith Glass near Denton. The proposed CE serves as a gateway to the Coffee and Arrow Creek Breaks—one largely inaccessible to the public, that provides excellent mule deer and upland game bird habitat. Elk have also been expanding in this area. A CE on this property will also provide perpetual public access to ~9,000 acres of DNRC and the BLM’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument lands. Additionally, a CE on the Glass property will keep the property in private ownership while ensuring that the habitat values of the property—native sagebrush grassland juxtaposed with fertile cropland—are maintained. See attached map for additional information.

(Region 4 - Public Scoping)

W-Bar Conservation Easement Draft Environmental Assessment

05/28/2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a Conservation Easement on approximately 6,751 deeded acres in Wibaux County, Montana. Conservation easements are partnerships between FWP and willing private landowners to conserve important native wildlife habitats and provide public recreational access. The proposed easement, called the “W-Bar Easement,” would provide protection, enhancement, and public access to a unique combination of eastern Montana habitats. A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review and public comment. Public comment is welcome and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020. Written comments can be submitted online as well as mailed or emailed. There will be a public meeting held at the Wibaux County Courthouse, 203 Wibaux St., on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

(Region 7 - Conservation Easements)

Thompson Falls Trap Club Shooting Range Grant Decision Notice

05/26/2020

Shooting Range Development Program Categorical Exclusion Determination The Thompson Falls Trap Club, 5661 Mt. Hwy 200, Thompson Falls, MT 59873, proposes to purchase a gun safe, upgrade the electrical systems to the traps house, trap fields exterior lighting and interior club house lighting and outlets. The Thompson Falls Trap Club applied for a grant under the Montana Shooting Range Development Program for $2,988 in funding for the cost of purchasing these items. The proposed action is considered a minor repair or maintenance of an existing facility or equipment; or primarily social or economic in nature and that does not otherwise affect the human environment and therefore is exempt from an Environmental Assessment under MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act), IAW the MEPA Model Rules implemented under Title 75, chapter 1, MCA, the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) para. III… (5) The agency is not required to prepare an EA or an EIS for the following categories of action:...(c) minor repairs, operations, or maintenance of existing equipment or facilities; (f) actions that are primarily social or economic in nature and that do not otherwise affect the human environment. The grant proposal review is complete and the funding request for this proposed project is approved, pending Thompson Falls Trap Club’s completion of other administrative requirements under the Shooting Range Development Program. Please direct questions or comments concerning this grant, to Wayde Cooperider at FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620, or e-mail wacooperider@mt.gov.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

Great Falls Trap and Skeet Shooting Range Grant Decision Notice

05/26/2020

Shooting Range Development Program Categorical Exclusion Determination The Great Falls Trap and Skeet Club, 183 Ulm N. Frontage Rd, Ulm, MT 59485, proposes to purchase four new Pat-Trap machines. The Great Falls Trap and Skeet Club applied for a grant under the Montana Shooting Range Development Program for $16,508 in funding for the cost of purchasing these items. The proposed action is considered a minor repair or maintenance of an existing facility or equipment; or primarily social or economic in nature and that does not otherwise affect the human environment and therefore is exempt from an Environmental Assessment under MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act), IAW the MEPA Model Rules implemented under Title 75, chapter 1, MCA, the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) para. III… (5) The agency is not required to prepare an EA or an EIS for the following categories of action:...(c) minor repairs, operations, or maintenance of existing equipment or facilities; (f) actions that are primarily social or economic in nature and that do not otherwise affect the human environment. The grant proposal review is complete and the funding request for this proposed project is approved, pending Great Falls Trap and Skeet Clubs completion of other administrative requirements under the Shooting Range Development Program. Please direct questions or comments concerning this grant, to Wayde Cooperider at FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620, or e-mail wacooperider@mt.gov.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

Glendive Trap Club Shooting Range Grant Decision Notice

05/26/2020

Shooting Range Development Program Categorical Exclusion Determination The Glendive Trap Club, 402 Maple, Glendive, MT 59330, proposes to purchase two sets of mic voice calls. The Glendive Trap Club applied for a grant under the Montana Shooting Range Development Program for $3,095 in funding for the cost of purchasing these items. The proposed action is considered a minor repair or maintenance of an existing facility or equipment; or primarily social or economic in nature and that does not otherwise affect the human environment and therefore is exempt from an Environmental Assessment under MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act), IAW the MEPA Model Rules implemented under Title 75, chapter 1, MCA, the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) para. III… (5) The agency is not required to prepare an EA or an EIS for the following categories of action:...(c) minor repairs, operations, or maintenance of existing equipment or facilities; (f) actions that are primarily social or economic in nature and that do not otherwise affect the human environment. The grant proposal review is complete and the funding request for this proposed project is approved, pending Glendive Trap Club’s completion of other administrative requirements under the Shooting Range Development Program. Please direct questions or comments concerning this grant, to Wayde Cooperider at FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620, or e-mail wacooperider@mt.gov.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

Gallatin Sporting Clays Shooting Range Grant Decision Notice

05/26/2020

The Gallatin Sporting Clays, 1300 Little Coulee Road, Bozeman, MT 59773, proposes to purchase four additional traps for the lower Sporting clays course, wireless card reader units for the Upper and Lower 5-Stand courses, and two replacement cocking motors for two older traps. The Gallatin Sporting Clays applied for a grant under the Montana Shooting Range Development Program for $9,911 in funding for the cost of purchasing these items. The proposed action is considered a minor repair or maintenance of an existing facility or equipment; or primarily social or economic in nature and that does not otherwise affect the human environment and therefore is exempt from an Environmental Assessment under MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act), IAW the MEPA Model Rules implemented under Title 75, chapter 1, MCA, the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) para. III… (5) The agency is not required to prepare an EA or an EIS for the following categories of action:...(c) minor repairs, operations, or maintenance of existing equipment or facilities; (f) actions that are primarily social or economic in nature and that do not otherwise affect the human environment. The grant proposal review is complete and the funding request for this proposed project is approved, pending Gallatin Sporting Clays completion of other administrative requirements under the Shooting Range Development Program. Please direct questions or comments concerning this grant, to Wayde Cooperider at FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620, or e-mail wacooperider@mt.gov.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

West Yellowstone Shooting Sports Association Shooting Range Grant Decision Notice

05/26/2020

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (FWP) released a draft environmental assessment (EA) for a Shooting Range Development Grant proposal from the West Yellowstone Shooting Sports Association. FWP will provide up to $2,021 in funding for projects deemed eligible for West Yellowstone Shooting Sports Association proposed improvements of installing a concrete pad in front of the rifle/pistol shooting benches and improving the access road from the property entrance to the parking area. The West Yellowstone Shooting Sports Association Range is located approximately three miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana, on Park Edge Road; Lat. 44.6245166, Long. -111.098305; Section 10, Township 14 South, Range 5 East.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

 

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