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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) issued a decision notice to proceed with a site development project at the Weigh Station Fishing Access Site (FAS) along the Blackfoot River, near the town of Bonner. The decision notice, which includes a summary of public comment received on the proposal, is available below.
(Decision Notices - 07/31/2012)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) issued a decision notice to proceed with a site improvement and protection project at the River Junction Fishing Access Site (FAS) near the town of Ovando in Powell County. The notice, which includes a summary of public comment on the proposal, are available for review below.
(Decision Notices - 07/31/2012)

Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the proposed West Kootenai Wildlife Management Area Forest Management Project. The project is intended to improve wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire. The draft EA is out for public review through 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2012. A public meeting will be held Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Kootenai Kraft and Grocery, 7127 West Kootenai Road, Rexford, MT 59930.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 07/31/2012)

Chicago Gulch Creek is a headwater tributary to Fords Creek which drains the eastern aspect of the Judith Mountains. Approximately 3 miles of Chicago Gulch is on private lands, about 1 mile state lands and 1 mile on BLM lands. Chicago Gulch currently supports non native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The proposed action is to remove all of the non-native fish in Chicago Gulch and its tributaries on approximately 4.5 miles of stream. Treatment will occur upstream from a dry reach using the piscicide CFT Legumineā„¢ (5% liquid rotenone). We then proposed to restock Chicago Gulch Creek with locally obtained, non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout (WCT). It is predicted the population of WCT would be very robust (>2500 individuals). Based on the Draft Environmental Assessment, public comment and the currently high risk of extinction of WCT in the Missouri Drainage, it is my decision to proceed with Alternative 2, the proposed action. Alternative 2 involves removal of an existing fish population of brook trout. Removals will involve piscicides. The Draft Environmental Assessment, together with this decision notice, will serve as the Final Environmental Assessment document for this proposal. No significant impact on the human or physical environment except to help ensure the long-term persistence of pure WCT in the Missouri River drainage occurs with this project and the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis.
(Decision Notices - 07/31/2012)

The Skibstad wildfire is burning near Columbus, Montana. Fire suppression efforts include several helicopters bucketing water from Cooney Reservoir. The closure is necessary so helicopter crews can safely operate and maneuver without potential collisions with recreationists on the river. The closure is also necessary so recreationists, including those with limited maneuverability, are not subject to potential collision with large, heavy water buckets suspended from helicopters.
(ARM Rules - 07/26/2012)



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