Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to grant funds to the Broadwater Rod and Gun Club for a Shooting Range Development Grant project. This range is located approximately 4 miles west of Townsend off of Indian Creek Road. This project will provide $38,550 in partial funding towards constructing an archery range. A draft EA has been completed and is available for your review. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the draft EA, please contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . (Recreation - 12/24/2009)
On January 14, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. FWP will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarter offices located at 1420 East 6th Avenue, Helena, Montana to consider the addition of three species of exotic wildlife to the list of noncontrolled species. (ARM Rules - 12/23/2009)
The enclosed Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to maintain a coordinated rest-rotation grazing program on Fleecer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Divide, MT for a 3-year term to extend April 2010 through October 2012. The program, which began in 1982 and has been in effect in its current format since 1987, consists of a spring grazing exchange agreement (500 Animal Unit Months, AUM) with Smith 6 Bar S Livestock and a separate fall fee-grazing agreement (94 AUM) with Smith 6 Bar S Livestock and Russel Dupuis.
The proposed grazing program would encompass 3,700 acres owned by FWP and 875 acres that FWP leases from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). In addition, 1,920 acres owned by Smith 6 Bar S Livestock and 640 acres that Smith 6 Bar S Livestock leases from DNRC would also be incorporated into the Fleecer WMA Coordinated Grazing System.
This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, the State Library, and the Environmental Quality Council. It also may be obtained from the Bozeman or Butte FWP offices, or viewed on FWP’s website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 16, 2010. Comments should be sent to the following address: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fleecer WMA Grazing Lease EA, 1820 Meadowlark Lane, Butte, MT 59701 or emailed to email@example.com.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 12/18/2009)
Region 2 of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has issued a Decision Notice (DN) to proceed with site improvements at the Russell Gates Memorial Fishing Access Site (FAS), located on the south side of MT Highway 200 about 36 miles east of Bonner in Missoula County. Planned improvements include creating a day-use parking area with up to 30 parking spaces, building a new gravel boat ramp, and installing a vault latrine, as well as revegetation and stabilization of the river bank. The proposed work will provide better separation of the day-use and camping areas, while protecting riparian vegetation and reducing human caused sedimentation into the Blackfoot River. The purpose of the proposed project is to accommodate public recreational use of the site and to stabilize and restore the riverbank to prevent further degradation along this stretch of river. (Decision Notices - 12/17/2009)