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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public comment on proposals adopted as Tentative by the FWP Commission at its June 14 meeting.
(Hunting - 06/18/2007)

The enclosed Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed acquisition of a road easement and the construction of approximately ¾ miles of road in the Lost Creek Drainage of the East Pioneer Mountains, west of Glen, Montana. The project is in cooperation with Smith 6 Bar S Livestock, the BLM and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The proposed easement and road would create a perpetual, seasonal recreational access to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Based on the information in the Draft EA, it is my decision to proceed with the proposed action. The proposed action is to cooperatively build a new access road. Road construction can only occur following the completion of a formal road easement. Based on the analysis in the EA and applicable laws, regulations and policies, I have determined that this action will not have significant effects on the human or physical environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. If you have questions regarding this decision notice, please contact me at (406) 994-4042, 1400 South 19th Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59718, or at pflowers@mt.gov.
(Decision Notices - 06/15/2007)

Attached is the Decision Notice for the Blacktail Meadows Fishing Access Site Fishing Platform Installation Project Environmental Assessment (EA). Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to install an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant floating fishing platform and to build a paved access trail, also ADA compliant, to the platform at the pond within the site. Based on the EA, public comment, and the need for an ADA compliant fishing platform at Blacktail Meadows Fishing Access Site, it is my decision to proceed with the installation project. Both the Decision Notice and the Environmental Assessment are available for review from FWP at the address above or online on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov/publicnotices. Questions regarding this Decision Notice should be directed to Tom Greason, Region 3 FAS Manager, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, c/o Blacktail Meadows FAS EA, 1400 S. 19th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59718, (406) 994-6987, or tgreason@mt.gov.
(Decision Notices - 06/15/2007)

The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Entrance Improvements and Maintenance Shop Replacement Project. This project proposes to reconfigure the turnoff from Hwy 2 into Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, replace the existing entrance/information building with a new building that would have an improved visitor contact area, classroom, administrative offices, public restrooms, and larger parking area to accommodate longer vehicles and provide a safer area for merging traffic in and out of the parking lot. The new building would be approximately ¼ mile from Hwy 2 inside the state park. New signs would be installed to provide a clear understanding to visitors where to go to enter and park and for park information. This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, the FWP Regional Headquarters in Bozeman, and at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. It also may be obtained from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 16th.. Comments should be sent to the following: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks c/o Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Entrance Improvements and Shop Replacement Project PO Box 489 Whitehall, MT 59759 406-287-3541 Or e-mailed to: kempcaverns@in-tch.com
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/15/2007)

The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for an easement to bury telecommunications cable across Bannack State Park Parcels. Under the proposal, Southern Montana Telephone Company of Wisdom, Montana wishes to upgrade and replace its existing telecommunications facilities in this area as part of a system wide upgrade program. Telecommunications cables are typically buried to a depth of 36 inches by means of a track type prime mover with a direct mounted cable plow. The area of disturbance is transitory in nature and rarely exceeds the equipment width, or about 10 feet. The actual cable placement operation directly impacts no more than 8 to 10 inches of soil. Upon completion of the cable placement, areas of disturbance are restored to a condition acceptable to the landowner by means appropriate to local conditions such as compaction, grading, hand raking, reseeding, etc. Copies of the EA are available from Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Bozeman, 994-4042, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov. Comments will be accepted 30 days, from June 8 to July 9. Bannack State Park, Dale Carlson, 4200 Bannack Road, Dillon MT 59725 or e-mail dalec@mt.gov.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 06/08/2007)



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