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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on a proposal to purchase a perpetual conservation easement on the 2,292 acre Bird Creek Ranch currently owned by Cindy Kittredge. The Bird Creek Ranch is located approximately four miles north of Cascade along the Missouri River in Cascade County. The purpose of the proposed easement is to protect significant conservation values that exist on the ranch, which include farm and ranch lands, native plant communities, wildlife habitats, scenic open space, historic sites and recreational opportunities.
(Conservation Easements - 01/12/2007)

Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for West Shore State Park (T25N, R20W, Lake County) for the purpose of a timber thinning project to restore the site to the historic stand structure of large, open, park-like stands. Objectives are to remove hazardous, diseased, and dead or dying trees; open the under-story to promote health of ponderosa pine; reduce stress on trees due to competition for light, water, and nutrients; and reduce fuel loads, ladder fuels, and possibility of stand replacement fire in order to protect the park and adjacent private lands. Fred Hodgeboom, the forester hired by FWP, will meet with interested parties at West Shore to conduct tours of the proposed project on Tuesday, January 16, and again on Tuesday January 23, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. Meeting place will be the upper boat trailer parking lot. One portion of the thinning area will be marked so that the public can better assess the proposed project. The draft EA is out for public review through Wednesday, February 7, 2007. For more information or to discuss this proposal, please call Park Manager Jerry Sawyer at 751-4575 or e-mail to jsawyer@mt.gov.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 01/08/2007)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for West Shore State Park. This proposal is the second phase of improvements that were initiated at West Shore in 2004 and is primarily aimed at campsite reclamation, road repair, and replacement of aging latrines. A copy of the decision document is attached, with Alternative B – realignment, construction, and paving improvements to the camp loop road; reclamation of 4 campsites; installation of an information and registration kiosk and access road gate; and the replacement of the existing latrines with precast concrete latrines – being the preferred alternative. There were no changes to the draft EA; therefore, the draft becomes the final EA. Please direct questions or comments to Dave Landstrom, acting Regional Parks Manager, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, or e-mail to dlandstrom@mt.gov.
(Decision Notices - 01/03/2007)



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