FWP invites public review of its proposal to acquire fee title to 158 acres from the Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT), as an addition to FWP’s adjacent 34,573-acre Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located south of Tarkio in Mineral County. The addition would help protect important floodplain and upland habitat for sensitive species such as bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, and Canada lynx, as well as numerous game and nongame species. The acquisition would include ½ mile of mainstem Fish Creek, additionally protecting the stream’s associated wetland and riparian areas that also support important wildlife travel corridors. A draft environmental assessment has been prepared describing this proposal. Comments must be received by FWP no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 7, 2014.
FWP will hold a public hearing in Alberton on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Alberton Community Center (701 Railroad Ave) to discuss the proposal and take public comment.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 10/08/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase by fee title 2,840 acres known as “Whitetail Prairie” from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) for its appraised value of $4,075,000. The property adjoins the 32,320 acre FWP owned and managed Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (BTWMA).
FWP proposes to use a combination of FWP Habitat Montana Program (1/4) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pittman Robertson dollars (3/4) to fund the purchase. The property contains very important intermountain/foothill grassland habitat and recreational values. In addition to the acquisition, the grazing leases on adjoining Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) lands associated with the Whitetail Prairie property would be transferred to FWP, 200 and 640 acres respectively.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 10/06/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Pine Grove Pond Fishing Access Site Proposed South Acquisition for the purpose of acquiring two additional parcels of land totaling 4.26 acres between the Whitefish River and Pine Grove Pond FAS for the purpose of providing additional access to the Whitefish River and providing a buffer between the busy FAS and neighboring private land. The proposed addition would access nearly 750 feet of river shore. FWP also proposes to accept the donation of .33 acres of land adjacent to the existing parking area and construct a parking area to provide additional parking and to reduce vehicle congestion along the access road. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 10/06/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment (EA) proposing the disposition of 145 disease-free bison from the state to augment or create existing bison herds. Under consideration are four different organizations throughout the United States which are Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes at the Fort Peck Reservation, Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Wildlife Conservation Society Zoo Consortium. The bison were part of the Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study (QFS), a research project that began in 2004 directed by FWP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to produce bison free of brucellosis. The bison that have completed all phases of the quarantine study and are currently being held at the Green Ranch near Bozeman Montana. (Species Removal & Relocation - 10/01/2014)