In 2008, 4.8 acres of land along the Yellowstone River near Hysham was donated to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for the purpose of providing additional public access to the Yellowstone River and developing a fishing access site (FAS). FWP proposes to acquire a permanent right-of-way easement on 1.8 acres of accreted land located between the FAS and the Yellowstone River from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). FWP also proposes to develop the Amelia Island FAS and the accreted land adjacent to the FAS. Proposed developments include a designated parking area, a single-wide concrete boat ramp; a concrete vault latrine, informational signs, additional fencing, and improvements to the access road.
Based on the Environmental Assessment on which seven favorable public comments were received and FWP’s evaluation, it is our decision to proceed with FWP’s preferred alternative B and implement the proposed action which states FWP will provide a boat ramp to the Yellowstone River at Amelia Island FAS. The current access road and parking area will be graded and graveled to provide better access in all weather conditions. Fencing and signing will delineate parking, public routes and lands, thus, limiting vehicular impacts to the surrounding habitat. A sealed vault latrine will be installed, which will help alleviate health concerns from increased human activity.
Implementation of alternative B is contingent on acquiring a permanent right-of-way easement on 1.8 acres of accreted land located between the FAS and the Yellowstone River from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).
(Decision Notices - 05/28/2013)
The attached Decision Notice addresses proposed actions for a project entitled Chadbourne Diversion Repairs and Fish Passage Retrofits. This Yellowstone cutthroat trout conservation project proposes to repair an aging irrigation structure that has had the added benefit of preventing wide-scale invasion of rainbow trout into the Shields River watershed. Built in 1908, the diversion has structural problems and rainbow trout can swim over the diversion at some flows. This project will restore the structural stability of the Chadbourne and add several retrofits that will make it impassable to rainbow trout. The EA included a selective fish passage component, which is no longer part of the project. Two comments were received during a 30-day comment period ending August 10, 2012.
This Draft 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 .
It is my decision to proceed with the proposed project, with the exception of the selective fish passage component.
(Decision Notices - 05/22/2013)
On June 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Seeley Lake Community Center, 3248 Hwy 83 North, Seeley Lake, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment and adoption of recreational use rules on Lake Alva, Harpers Lake, and Lake Marshall.
(ARM Rules - 05/09/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a proposal to remove a northern pike population in Bass Lake and Mud Creek in northwest Montana using a combination of netting, trapping, and electrofishing, and restocking the lake with native westslope cutthroat trout. This project would be conducted within the Mud Creek watershed located approximately 6 miles southeast of the city of Eureka. The removal of northern pike would help restore native fish populations in the Tobacco River and Lake Koocanusa, which Bass Lake and Mud Creek feed. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the project.
The draft is out for a 30-day public review through June 8, 2013. Please contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Jim Dunnigan, (406) 293-4161, Ext. 200, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 05/09/2013)
Region 2 FWP has issued a Decision Notice to proceed with its proposal to renew a lease of pasture on its Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (BCWMA) located in Powell County. The proposed lease between FWP and the Two Creek Ranch (Lessee) would exchange grazing on 1,050 acres of primarily non-native pasture on the BCWMA, for implementation of a rest-rotation grazing system on 1,000 acres of privately managed native grasslands that provide important elk winter forage. Additionally, infrastructure maintenance and weed treatment on the BCWMA would be performed by the Lessee. FWP will recommend to the FWP Commission at its May 9 meeting that FWP be allowed to proceed with this lease. (Decision Notices - 05/07/2013)