Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, completed the environmental review process 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 was out for public review through Tuesday, August 21, 2012. After reviewing all the public comment, and evaluating the environmental effects and other relevant information, it was recommended that FWP pursue the completion of the West Kootenai WMA Forest Management Project pending FWP Commission approval. The project was approved by the FWP Commission at their August 30 meeting. (Decision Notices - 08/31/2012)
(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications for the current grant cycle.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federally funded program administered by Montana State Parks. RTP projects include development and rehabilitation work on urban, rural, and backcountry trails; planning and construction of community trails; snowmobile and cross-country ski trail maintenance and grooming operations; and a variety of trail stewardship and safety education programs.
There is approximately $1.3 million in federal funds available for this grant cycle and demand is high. The applications received would require double the funds available.
(Recreation - 08/29/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposes transferring non-hybridized juvenile and adult westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) to currently fishless Wood Creek from Sidney Creek, both of which are in the Two Medicine Drainage on the Lewis and Clark National Forest. A significant falls, which is a fish barrier, was discovered near the mouth of Woods Creek in 2011. Approximately 1.5 miles of Woods Creek is capable of supporting a viable population of WCT. No more than 10% of the total population of WCT in Sidney Creek would be transferred in any one year. We expect that transfers would be completed over a 5 to 7 year period. No comments were received on the proposed project. We propose to transfer WCT as proposed in the Environmental Assessment. (Decision Notices - 08/28/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) proposes to construct a camp host pad at Medicine Rocks State Park with the intent of making an agreeable site to attract potential campground hosts for the purpose of having a semi-official presence on site to better protect and help interpret the rich resources, and increase site safety and security. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 08/23/2012)
Public Notice: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has prepared and released the decision notice for the Fiscal Year 2013 Shooting Range Development Grant Project proposed by the Glendive Trap Club
for its shooting range in Glendive, Montana. The Glendive Trap Club’s proposed improvements were determined to qualify as exempt from an Environmental Assessment under MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act), in accordance with the MEPA Model Rules implemented under Title 75, chapter 1, MCA, the MEPA:
III.(5) The agency is not required to prepare an EA or an EIS for the following categories of action:...(c) minor repairs, operations, or maintenance of existing equipment or facilities;
FWP has made the decision to provide $9,200, in partial funding to replace two trap machines.
An electronic version of this Decision Notice can also be viewed at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmentalAssessments/recreation/. For additional information contact Wayde Cooperider by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 406-444-9947, or writing him at FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.
(Decision Notices - 08/22/2012)