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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a proposal to conduct a 6-year effort to investigate suppressing illegally introduced walleye in Noxon Reservoir using a variety of sampling gear and techniques. Beginning in spring of 2013 and continuing until 2018, MFWP proposes to intensively electrofish and/or gillnet the upper portion of Noxon Reservoir from Flatiron FAS to the Thompson Falls Dam until the end of May or June, or until walleye are no longer concentrated in the spawning area. Additionally, these or other techniques may be used to exploit other seasonal concentrations of walleye throughout the reservoir over the 6-year project time line. A copy of the draft environmental assessment (EA) is attached. The draft is out for a 30-day public review through March 29, 2013. Please contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Kenneth Breidinger at (406) 827-9320 or e-mail to kbreidinger@mt.gov with questions or comments.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 02/28/2013)

This Decision Notice has been prepared for the Twelve Mile FAS Willow Soil Lift Project. The scope of this project is to stabilize a portion of the Pumpkin Creek bank that significantly eroded during flooding in the spring of 2011 with layered soil, willows, and biodegradable fabric. This action should result in restoration of the bank and establishment of a willow and native grass plant community that will improve fish and wildlife habitat at the fishing access site. Based on the analysis in the Environmental Assessment (EA) and the applicable laws, regulations and policies, we have determined that this action will not have a significant effect on the natural or human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. It is our decision to implement the proposed action, and proceed with the work identified. By notification of this Decision Notice, the draft EA is hereby made the final EA without any modifications or additions.
(Decision Notices - 02/26/2013)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has developed a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the proposed action of an agricultural lease renewal on the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (BLWMA). The 9000 acre BLWMA is located approximately 12 air miles west of Bynum along the Rocky Mountain Front occupying land in Teton County. The proposed agricultural lease would allow haying to be utilized as a management tool to remove residual vegetation and improving vegetative condition thus enhancing the availability and palatability of elk and deer forage on the portion of the BLMWA to be hayed. Haying has been successfully used on the BLWMA in the past.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/26/2013)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) has developed a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the proposed action of a grazing lease renewal on the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (BLWMA). The 9000 acre BLWMA is located approximately 12 air miles west of Bynum along the Rocky Mountain Front occupying land in Teton County. The proposed grazing lease would allow cattle to be utilized as a management tool to remove residual vegetation and improving vegetative condition thus enhancing the availability and palatability of elk and deer forage on the portion of the BLMWA to be grazed. The BLWMA has been successfully grazed with a rest-rotation grazing system since 1990.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/26/2013)

The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed renewal of a cattle grazing lease on the Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area for a 3-year period (2013-2015). This project proposes to continue a long-standing agreement with federal (USFS and BLM), state (FWP and DNRC), and local ranching partners, the Wall Creek Grazing Association. Wall Creek WMA has been grazed by this arrangement since 1982. Benefits and purposes for this arrangement include: 1) an exchange of forage to benefit all parties by the improvement of condition and palatability of the forage base, 2) to employ a 3-pasture rest-rotation system across land ownerships in the elk wintering area to improve and maintain winter range conditions for elk, and 3) to enhance the desirability of the WMA lands to reduce elk presence on nearby private agricultural lands where game damage may occur. Currently, elk number 1,500-2,000 on the WMA and surrounding lands. This lease will be new from previous leases in that it will define responsibilities of the lessees regarding game range maintenance activities in exchange for receiving the low grazing rate. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. March 18, 2013.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/26/2013)



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