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The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department (FWP) proposes to trade a 120-acre parcel of land to the Clark Brothers of Shelby, Montana, in return for public access through their property to the Marias River State Park/Wildlife Management Area (MRSP/WMA). This Property lies immediately adjacent to the MRSP/WMA, approximately 9 miles southwest of Shelby, Montana, in Toole County.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/29/2010)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the Lower Pipe Creek Restoration Project. The purpose of the project is to improve fisheries habitat, stabilize stream banks, and restore a healthy riparian community on lower Pipe Creek. The location of the project is approximately two miles northwest of Libby, Montana, in Lincoln County. Based on the comments received and the urgent need to restore aquatic habitat in lower Pipe Creek, it is recommended that the proposed project be implemented. FWP has decided to implement this restoration project in two phases. The first phase will occur in the upper half of the project area in 2010, and the second phase will occur in the lower half of the project area in 2011. Phased implementation of this project will not change the scope or the predicted impacts that were described in the draft EA. Therefore, the draft EA together with the decision notice will be considered the final document for this project. A copy of the decision notice is attached. Contact person: Fisheries Biologist Jim Dunnigan, (406) 293-4161, Ext. 200, or e-mail to jdunnigan@mt.gov.
(Decision Notices - 03/25/2010)

The Blackfoot River is one of Montana’s popular rivers for recreation. The river’s outstanding natural resources and diversity of recreational opportunities, combined with its proximity to Missoula, contribute to its popularity. In conjunction with this popularity, recreationists, landowners, conservationists and others have expressed concern over the recreational use on the river and how it impacts river resources and the recreation experience. This concern, coupled with the growing human population in the greater Missoula area, necessitates further river recreation management planning in order to ensure that high quality resource conditions and recreation opportunities are retained. This management plan provides guidance to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) when managing recreation on the Blackfoot River, North Fork of the Blackfoot River and adjacent lands owned or managed by FWP. The plan also provides guidance to the FWP Commission. While this plan is designed to assist decision-makers, it does not replace the need for sound judgment, common sense and rational thinking. The plan describes the settings, characteristics, desired conditions and recreation opportunities for eight different reaches (sections) of the Blackfoot River and its North Fork tributary. The lower reaches of the river will be managed for higher volumes of recreational use with an emphasis on appropriate recreationist behavior that is compatible with the interests of other river users and adjacent landowners. The upper reaches and the North Fork tributary will be managed for lower volumes of use with an emphasis on the quality of the recreation experience. Well maintained facilities, natural resource protection, and attention to public safety are common to all reaches of the river.
(Management Plans - 03/25/2010)

Agenda for April meeting
(Commission Agendas - 03/24/2010)

The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the proposal to renew a grazing lease on the Robb/Ledford Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with the Ledford Creek Grazing Association (Association) for a 3-year term to begin Spring 2010 through October 2012. The EA presents four grazing alternatives that have all been developed to address changes from the current lease needed to fully meet the objectives for the WMA The proposed lease would encompass 17,302 FWP owned acres, 10,796 acres FWP leases from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), 680 acres owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and 3,600 acres owned by DNRC known as the McGuire section that is sub-leased to the Association. Total acres involved in the R/L System are 32,378. It is my decision to proceed with a modification to Alternative A that reduces the grazing season by 1 week, requires strict adherence to movement dates out of the lower pastures, has a life of three years, and will provide for increased vegetation and wildlife surveys. Questions regarding this Decision Notice should be mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks c/o Robb Ledford WMA 1400 South 19th Avenue Bozeman, MT 59718 Or e-mailed to: RLGrazing@mt.gov
(Decision Notices - 03/24/2010)



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