Recently you received documents regarding the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) proposal to purchase a conservation easement (aka Pheasant Bent Conversation Easement) from Olson Farms. This conservation easement constitutes 298 acres in Cascade County, Montana. The land is located approximately 0.5 miles south of Ulm along the Missouri and Smith Rivers and adjoins the 163 acre FWP Ulm Fishing Access Site. (Decision Notices - Wed Oct 29 15:08:44 MDT 2014)
FWP has issued a Decision Notice (DN) to implement its proposal for a site improvement and protection project at the Spurgin Road access to the Kelly Island Fishing Access Site (FAS), in the Target Range area west of Missoula in Missoula County. The DN is for the draft environmental assessment (EA) describing the project, which was previously available for public comment (June 30 to July 29, 2014). Project actions would include constructing a new concrete boat ramp, stabilizing the adjacent riverbank, expanding and improving the parking layout, adding a loop road to improve traffic flow and boat launching, and paving entrance and internal roads and parking areas. The purpose is to better accommodate existing public recreational use, prevent further degradation of the FAS, and reduce impacts to the Clark Fork River. (Decision Notices - Fri Oct 24 09:34:04 MDT 2014)
Fur Farms--whether for the purpose of pelting adult furbearers or selling of live furbearers--are allowed by Montana statute § 87-4-1002, Montana Code Annotated (MCA), and are regulated by the laws under that section as well as by the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 12.6.1702. (Decision Notices - Thu Oct 23 16:47:40 MDT 2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has completed an 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. The Flathead Land Trust Initiated the project to add the additional acreage to enhance this popular community asset by ensuring the undeveloped land will remain as open space and continue to function as forested riparian habitat.
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. The Street Family Trust generously offered to donate this piece of land to FWP for the purpose of providing much needed parking.
After reviewing the public comment and other relevant information, and evaluating the environmental effects, it is recommended that FWP pursue acquisition of the additional parcels pending FWP Commission and Montana Land Board approval of the proposed action.
(Decision Notices - Wed Oct 22 09:47:00 MDT 2014)