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Environmental Assessment for Non-Native Trout Suppression in Cooney Creek

07/16/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) in collaboration with the University of Montana and the MPG Ranch propose to remove non-native trout species using backpack electrofishing equipment in Cooney Creek. The proposed project would occur annually during the summer months (June, July, August, and September) starting in 2019. Funding for the project will be primarily provided by MPG Ranch with labor assistance from MFWP. The goal of the project is to suppress non-native rainbow trout and brook trout to benefit native westslope cutthroat and bull trout.

(Region 1 - Species Removal & Relocation)

Decision Notice Culbertson Community Fishing Pond Improvements

07/15/2019

The CPP and Culbertson Lions Club intend to provide partial funding toward the Construction of the Culbertson Community fishing pond. The pond is designed to be approximately 1.5-acre and is in the City of Culbertson adjacent to a city park complex. The City of Culbertson holds the deed to this property and will accept all liability. Pond construction will be done by the US National Guard. The Environmental Assessment reviewed impacts associated with the proposed action; pond construction and construction of a walking trail and parking area adjacent to the pond. This is the Decision Notice for the project.

(Headquarters - Decision Notices)

Decision Notice Kootenai Forestlands Conservation Project

07/09/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is recommending that the Fish and Wildlife Commission approve the purchase of a conservation easement on the Kootenai Forestlands Conservation Project. FWP released a draft EA for public comment from May 30 to June 29, 2019, and held a public hearing in Libby on June 12. FWP received 12 public comments that are addressed in the decision notice.

(Region 1 - Decision Notices)

Decision Notice Kootenai Forestlands Conservation Project

07/09/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is recommending that the Fish and Wildlife Commission approve the purchase of a conservation easement on the Kootenai Forestlands Conservation Project. FWP released a draft EA for public comment from May 30 to June 29, 2019, and held a public hearing in Libby on June 12. FWP received 12 public comments that are addressed in the decision notice.

(Region 1 - Conservation Easements)

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption of a New Rule Pertaining to Two-Way Communication

07/05/2019

On July 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., the Fish and Wildlife Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters Building, 1420 East 6th Street, Helena Montana, to consider the proposed adoption of a new rule pertaining to two-way communication while hunting. In order to promote ethical hunting and fair chase, the commission has previously adopted prohibitions on the use of two-way electronic communication while hunting in their annual hunting regulations. The Hunting and Trapping Regulation Review Committee identified two-way communication as an item in the regulations that needed further clarification; therefore the commission is proposing to add clarifying language from what has previously been adopted in the hunting regulations to make it clear to both the public and department enforcement on when exactly the use of two-way communication is prohibited. The prohibition on two-way electronic communication is not something that is likely to change on a frequent basis and therefore does not need to be reconsidered and re-adopted every year in the hunting regulations, but rather, would be more appropriately adopted in administrative rule. The proposed language also clarifies when and how this rule applies to hunters. Please see the proposal notice for more information.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption of a New Rule Pertaining to Kill Site Verification

07/05/2019

On July 31, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., the Fish and Wildlife Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters Building, 1420 East 6th Street, Helena Montana, to consider the proposed adoption of a new administrative rule pertaining to kill site verification. As a condition of hunting and trapping in Montana, the commission has previously adopted kill site verification requirements in their annual hunting regulations to allow department enforcement the ability to visit the site to verify that an animal was legally harvested. The Hunting and Trapping Regulation Review Committee identified kill site verification as an item in the regulations that needed further clarification; therefore the commission is proposing to add clarifying language from what has previously been adopted in the hunting regulations to make it clear that this rule applies to animals that are hunted and/or trapped. Kill site verification is not something that is likely to change on a frequent basis and therefore does not need to be reconsidered and re-adopted every year in the hunting regulations, but rather, would be more appropriately adopted in administrative rule. The proposed language also clarifies when and how this rule applies to hunters and trappers. Please see the proposal notice for more information.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Notice of Proposed Repeal of ARM 12.6.301 Pertaining to Tagging of Carcasses

07/05/2019

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing to repeal ARM 12.6.301 as the penalty language is outdated and unnecessary. In addition, the requirement that tags on animals be visible is not clear as tags are often not immediately visible due to the tap used to affix tags and the position of the animal. Further, the rule will not be applicable when the use of electronic tagging begins. Please see the proposal notice for more information.

(Headquarters - Rules)

Notice of Proposed Amendment to ARM 12.11.501 Pertaining to the List of Water Bodies with Specific Regulations

07/05/2019

On August 23, 2019, the Fish and Wildlife Commission (commission) proposes to amend ARM 12.11.501. The commission maintains ARM 12.11.501 as a cross-reference to assist with locating rules pertaining to specific water bodies. The commission adopted new rules pertaining to the recreational use on the Flathead River, Alvord Lake, Kilbrennan Lake, and Brush Lake on May 26, 2011; new rules pertaining to the recreational use on Canyon Ferry on May 10, 2019; and new rules pertaining to commercial use on the Bitterroot River on May 24, 2019. ARM 12.11.501 was not updated and the commission is now proposing amendments to ARM 12.11.501 in order to incorporate the new rules.

(Headquarters - Rules)

FWP Seeks Review of Biennial Access Rule for Stimson Lumber Company Lands in Northwest Montana

07/02/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on its proposal to renew a biennial rule that provides recreational access on Stimson Lumber Company lands in Region 1, which spans northwest Montana. This biennial rule would provide public recreational access on 100,801 acres of Stimson lands, including former Weyerhaeuser Co. lands. The rule establishes public use regulations and allows for year-round access. The current proposed renewal of this rule would be for year-round recreational access for public use from Aug. 25, 2019 to Aug. 25, 2021. The Fish and Wildlife Commission will make a decision at its August meeting.

(Region 1 - Rules)

 

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