Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a permanent road easement across private land for the purpose of providing public access to land owned and administered by the Ashland Ranger District of the Custer National Forest (U.S. Forest Service) in Powder River County. The proposed easement is located on an existing two-track road that exits from the Beaver Creek County Road about 23 miles east and north of Ashland. The easement crosses one-half mile of private land before connecting to an existing developed road network on the national forest. FWP has received an $18,000 grant from the Montana Fish and Conservation Wildlife Trust to purchase the easement. The Rooney family has agreed to accept $18,000 for the easement for this amount. The road easement will provide year-round access to the national forest for public recreation and for all other legal uses of the national forest land. FWP further proposes to purchase the easement and to transfer the road easement, or administrative authority for the road easement, to the U. S. Forest Service. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 10/17/2006)
Attached is the Decision Notice for the Shields River Proposed Fishing Access Site Acquisition Environmental Assessment (EA). Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to accept, by donation, a 23.6-acre property parcel along the Shields River in Park County, to be managed as a Fishing Access Site. The primary benefits of this site acquisition are providing formal public access to the Shields River with no fee purchase required to obtain the property. (Decision Notices - 10/13/2006)
The Missouri Headwaters Legacy Trail and Bridge Approach Project has been proposed by Gene Townsend, Mayor of Three Forks, MT and will be funded through the Transportation Equity Act, Recreational Trails Program, National Park Service Lewis and Clark Trail Grant Program, private donations and in-kind volunteered community services. The proposed project consists of two parts. The first component will involve the construction of bridge abutments on the Milwaukee Road Fishing Access Site and the installation of a pedestrian bridge that will span the Madison River. The bridge would complete the connection of an existing pedestrian trail system between the community of Three Forks, MT and southern boundary of Missouri Headwaters State Park. The second component of the project is the completion of a ¼ mile trail leading from the southern boundary of Missouri Headwaters State Park to the Park entrance. The overall project will allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic to safely access the Park and avoid highway use and conflicts with motor vehicles.
This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s (FWP) 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 website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. Public comment on the proposal will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2006. Comments should be sent to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, c/o Missouri Headwaters Legacy Trail, 1400 S. 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718. Or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Recreation - 10/03/2006)