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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks propose removal of non-native fish in North Fork Highwood Creek (NFHC) and its tributaries upstream of a constructed fish barrier using EPA approved piscicides containing rotenone in approximately 4 miles of stream. After removal of non-native fishes, NFHC would be restored with locally obtained, non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout (WCT). The proposed area of restoration begins one mile upstream of the NFHC trailhead on Lewis and Clark National Forest (Highwood Mountains) Three miles of NFHC downstream of the restoration area would continue to be managed as a non-native trout fishery (primarily brook trout). It is predicted that a restored population of WCT in NFHC would be very robust (>2,500 individual fish). Once the WCT population is restored; management alternatives, which include limited harvest, would be considered. This project would create an opportunity to fish for the only trout native to the Missouri River Drainage in a relatively pristine stream with ample public access. Based on the Environmental Assessment, public comment, and the current high risk of extinction of genetically pure WCT in the Highwood Drainage, the decision to proceed with Alternative 2, the proposed action was selected. The Draft Environmental Assessment, together with this decision notice, will serve as the final document for this proposal.
(Decision Notices - 12/21/2010)

The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the Bannack State Park Multi-use /All Weather Shelter Project. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to build a multi-use/all weather shelter in the Group Use Area at Bannack State Park. The shelter will be built on a raised earthen pad to mitigate issues with building in a floodplain, and it will be approximately 40’ x 60’ and accommodate up to 100 visitors. The building will be specifically designed to blend into the park’s historic setting, extend the season of use for special events, and it is believed that the facility will attract large user groups who in turn create collateral spending in the local communities. 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 FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov . Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will run from December 17, 2010 to January 18, 2011. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., January 18, 2011 and comments should be sent to the following: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks c/o Bannack All Multi-Use All Purpose Shelter Project 4200 Bannack Road Dillon MT 59725 Or e-mailed to: dalec@mt.gov
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 12/16/2010)

On July 29, 2010 the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) published MAR Notice No. 12-364 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment and adoption of the above-stated rules at page 1643 of the 2010 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 14. On September 9, 2010 the commission published amended MAR Notice No. 12-364 and extension of comment period on page 1928 of the 2010 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 17. The commission has amended ARM 12.6.2201, 12.6.2203, 12.6.2208, 12.6.2210, and 12.6.2215 and adopted New Rule I [ARM 12.6.2204] as proposed.
(ARM Rules - 12/14/2010)

The department is proposing the rules regarding the shooting range grant applications to comply with the practices of the department. The department is proposing an annual submission date and award process instead of the biennial process. Applications will need to be postmarked on or before May 1 and distribution of awarded grant money will begin on July 1.
(ARM Rules - 12/14/2010)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposes transferring non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) from South Fork Willow and Cottonwood creeks in the Castle Mountains to Jumping Creek in the Little Belt Mountains. Non-native brook trout were removed with piscicides from 3.5 miles of Jumping Creek upstream of a constructed fish barrier in 2008 and 2009 as described in a separate environmental assessment in 2008. For the proposed transfer, eggs would be collected from spawning WCT during spring, fertilized, and incubated to the eye-up stage prior to being outplanted in Jumping Creek. All three streams are within the Smith River Basin and located on Lewis and Clark National Forest. South Fork Willow and Cottonwood creeks support two of the last six remaining non-hybridized populations of WCT in the Smith River Basin. Transfers would continue until a genetically viable population is established, from 2 to 5 years. The Environmental Assessment was put on the web on 3/3/2010 and the comment period ended 4/1/2010. No comments were received There was an internal review and the transfer was approved by the FWP Fish Health Committee. Based on the Environmental Assessment, public comment, and the current high risk of extinction of genetically pure WCT in the Smith River Drainage, the decision to proceed with the proposed transfer was recommended. The Draft Environmental Assessment, together with this decision notice, will serve as the final document for this proposal.
(Decision Notices - 12/09/2010)



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