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 - 10/23/2014)
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 - 10/22/2014)
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)