Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the purpose of seeking public comment for a proposed action to contract farming on the North Shore State Park/WMA in Flathead County in a share-cropping agreement for the benefit of wildlife, especially migrating waterfowl and upland birds, but other wildlife as well, including white-tailed deer, small game, and songbirds, and to also control weeds on the property. The draft EA is out for a 2-week public review through July 12, 2012. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/28/2012)
The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) proposes to restore westslope cutthroat trout to the North Fork of Doolittle Creek and Sixmile Creek in the Big Hole River drainage. This project involves constructing a fish migration barrier in Sixmile Creek using explosives to enhance an existing waterfall (a barrier currently exists in the North Fork of Doolittle Creek), and removing non-native brook trout upstream of both barriers using rotenone in the formulation of CFT Legumine. The native fish and amphibians would be salvaged prior to non-native fish removal and held during the treatment of the stream then released. It may be necessary to import non-hybridized cutthroat to these streams to aid in repopulation and reduce the likelihood of inbreeding, due to the low cutthroat density in both the North Fork of Doolittle Creek and Sixmile Creek.
This 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. Public comment will be accepted until July 27, 2012 @ 5:00 pm. (Restoration & Rehabilitation - 06/27/2012)
The attached decision notice has been prepared for the proposed Reintroduction of Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Ruby Creek by Removal of Nonnative Rainbow Trout with Electrofishing and Rotenone. FWP is proposing to reintroduce genetically pure native Madison Drainage westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) into Ruby Creek, south of Ennis, after capturing and transferring existing Ruby Creek rainbow trout to the Madison River. Rotenone will be used to remove any rainbow trout not captured by electrofishing and transferred. A second rotenone treatment may be necessary in 2013.
Comments to the Draft Environmental Assessment were received from six parties during the 30-day public comment period. All comments favored the proposal or thought it to be a workable project.
It is my decision to proceed with the proposed project with no changes to the Draft Environmental Assessment.
(Decision Notices - 06/27/2012)
In 1997, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) entered into an agreement with the Meagher County Newlan Creek Water District to provide public recreational use of Newlan Reservoir and establishing a fishing access site (FAS). MFWP proposed to develop Newlan Creek Reservoir FAS in two phases. Phase I was completed in 2001, which included an entrance road and parking area, access roads through Camp Loops A and B, a boat launch, and three latrines. MFWP proposes to develop Phase II, which would include improvement of gravel access roads and development of designated campsites throughout Camp Loops A and B and the areas known as Big Point and Little Point, construction of a designated gravel parking area near the upper end of the reservoir, construction of a gravel boat access on Little Point, relocation of a vault latrine from the existing parking area to Big Point, possibly locating another vault latrine at Little Point or Headwaters and additional regulatory and informational signs. Phase II development of Newlan Creek Reservoir FAS would improve recreational opportunities by allowing additional opportunities for camping, boating and fishing. The proposed development reduces public safety hazards and degradation to fish and wildlife habitats due to pioneered roads and campsites, as well as improved sanitation by relocating and adding latrines. A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) was available for public comment from March 29 to May 12, 2012. Two comments were received. Based on public comments, there were no modifications to the draft EA, the draft EA and the decision notice serve as the final documents for this proposed action, and MFWP has decided to implement the proposed action.
(Decision Notices - 06/20/2012)
Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the purpose of managing an infestation of Eurasian milfoil in Beaver Lake near Whitefish, Montana. The proposed action would involve using one or a combination of treatments, including placement of barrier mats, mechanical removal, and herbicide applications during summer months. An interagency working group will conduct surveys to determine the distribution of the invasive aquatic weed and develop a management strategy aimed at controlling and eradicating it. These activities may be conducted annually for up to five years.
The draft environmental assessment is out for a 21-day public review through July 3, 2012. Copies of the draft are available at the FWP office, 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell; Montana State Library, 1515 E 6th Ave., Helena; and the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov under Public Notices.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 06/13/2012)