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Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a fee-title acquisition of approximately 52-acres of the Hodges property located in Sanders County. This property is locally known as the “Bighorn Sheep Viewing Area” just east of Thompson Falls below Koo-Koo-Sint Ridge along Highway 200. This proposal represents an exciting collaborative bighorn sheep conservation project between the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Habitat Montana Fund, Flathead Wildlife, Inc., Montana Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, the Five Valleys Chapter of Safari Club International, and a private individual. The Hodges project will conserve winter range and lambing habitat for the migratory Thompson Falls bighorn sheep herd in FWP Bighorn Hunting District 121. In addition to bighorn sheep, this property would be managed as a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to conserve and enhance habitat for a diversity of wildlife species in the lower Clark Fork region east of Thompson Falls, Montana. A public hearing will be held Monday, May 12, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at the Thompson Falls Court House, 1111 Main Street, Thompson Falls. The draft environmental assessment is out for public review through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2008. A copy is enclosed for your review. Please contact FWP Wildlife Biologist Bruce Sterling (406-827-4389 or e-mail to or Regional Wildlife Program Manager Jim Williams (406-751-4585 or e-mail to with questions or comments.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 04/28/2008)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is soliciting bids for a Fish Scale and Otolith Ageing System. A more detailed description and specifications are enclosed in the following attachment.
(Bids & Proposals - 04/24/2008)

The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposal to acquire a 295-acre parcel northwest of Anaconda in Deer Lodge County. Sherri Jamison currently owns the property, which lies about 2 miles east of the FWP’s existing Blue-eyed Nellie Wildlife Management Area (WMA). If acquired the property would become part of the Blue-eyed Nellie WMA. The purpose of this proposal would be to acquire critical year-round habitat for bighorn sheep and elk.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 04/24/2008)

Introduction of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
(Species Stocking - 04/24/2008)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the purpose of reestablishing public motorboat access on Crystal Lake in Lincoln County, Montana. Alternative B, to construct a fishing access site on undeveloped FWP east shore property via Lakeshore Drive, was found to be the preferred alternative, having impacts to the fewest number of homeowners that can be substantially mitigated through careful site design and management. A copy of the decision notice is attached, as well as the appendix to the decision notice, which is a complete synopsis of public comments and FWP responses. Please direct your questions or comments to Regional Parks Manager Dave Landstrom, FWP, 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell, MT 59901, or e-mail
(Decision Notices - 04/23/2008)

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