The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold public hearings regarding proposed rules identifying bodies of water as contaminated with eurasian watermilfoil. Please see the attached notice for hearing dates and rule language.
On April 26, 2012, the Department of Agriculture proposed a rule designating two invasive species management areas due to the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil. Montana Code Annotated 80-7-1010 states, "In a body of water designated as an invasive species management area, taking from the water or possessing any bait animal, dead or alive, including but not limited to crayfish, leeches, and minnows, is prohibited unless approved by the department of fish, wildlife, and parks." The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing rules in order to allow bait within the Department of Agriculture's invasive species management areas and still minimize the further spread of Eurasian watermilfoil. (ARM Rules - 04/30/2012)
With the possibility of future no wake areas being requested for other established or new marinas for the commission to consider individually the commission adopted one statewide rule regarding establishing no wake zones surrounding commercial marinas. Marinas have high boat traffic and have many boats docked so these areas regardless of location are susceptible to accidents and boat damage due to wakes. Currently over half of the commercial marinas have a no wake restriction and this proposal will make the rules consistent throughout the state. The statewide rule eliminates the need for individual marina restrictions to be listed in separate rules. (ARM Rules - 04/30/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of a proposal to issue a roadside menagerie license to Salima Witt (to be located at 613 Lake Como Road, Darby, Ravalli County, Montana). The license would be for the purpose of housing exotic species of wildlife (2 monkeys and 1 macaque) at that location. A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared for this proposal. (Fish & Wildlife Permits - 04/20/2012)