A decision to purchase the Riverside Inn property has been made. This will preserve a traditional access at the old county bridge on the Stillwater River, help spread out public use along the river, and mitigate a long-standing problem of parking along the North Stillwater Road. (Decision Notices - 06/24/2008)
The Department fully supports the concept of conservation easements to protect diverse wildlife and agricultural values from development, subdivision and human encroachment. Approximately 75 % of the Milk River Valley and associated riparian and shrub grassland habitats have been developed for agriculture and livestock production purposes. Recently, Milk River lands have been bought solely for recreational purposes. This generally results in termination of public access, functional agricultural operations and heightened game damage problems on neighboring farms and ranches. Unless actions are taken to preserve the remaining undeveloped or moderately developed areas along the Milk River through conservation easements, much of the private land that presently provides wildlife habitat, agricultural benefits, scenic values and public access will be lost.
(Decision Notices - 06/24/2008)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to acquire approximately 12 acres of land adjacent to the Clark Fork River approximately 8 miles northwest of Missoula.
The property consists of two tracts of land. Tract 1 contains 3.91 acres, which will be a donation to FWP, and Tract 2 contains 8.43 acres, which will be purchased by FWP.
Both tracts of land would be included in the Fishing Access Site program and provide river access to bank anglers and floaters.
The drat EA for the project is available below. Comments on this draft EA must be received no later than July 21, 2008. Comments should be mailed to Rory Zarling, MFWP, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804-3101 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have questions, please contact Rory Zarling at 542-5500. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 06/20/2008)