Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on its proposal to direct federal funds toward the purchase of 2 Conservations Easements (CEs) to protect 16,864 acres of fisheries and wildlife habitat in the Blackfoot River watershed southwest of Ovando, Montana (Missoula and Powell counties). The North Chamberlain CE on 13,424 acres would be purchased by FWP from The Nature Conservancy, and financial support would be given to the Five Valleys Land Trust for its purchase of the Sunset Hill CE on the remaining 3,440 acres.
Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on May 21, 2010.
A public meeting to discuss the proposal and take public comment will be held at the Blackfoot Community Church (basement) in Ovando at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2010.
(Conservation Easements - 04/22/2010)
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) announces the availability of, and invites public comment on, the Draft Cartersville Irrigation Dam Fish Passage Alternative Analysis, Environmental Assessment (EA), and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The EA and FONSI are published in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as amended, regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ NEPA regulations (33 CFR 230).
FWP proposes to construct a rock ramp with a slope of 0.5% in the north channel of the Yellowstone River below Cartersville Dam, near Forsyth, Montana. The rock ramp would buttress the downstream face of the dam, reducing the risk of failure, while providing fish passage and continued water supplies for the Cartersville Irrigation District and City of Forsyth.
(Species Stocking - 04/20/2010)
MT FWP are proposing a conservation easement on 154 acres near Glasgow, Montana from Teresa Shipp. The property is located two miles northwest of Glasgow along the Milk River and Brazil Creek. The proposed easement will conserve and enhance riparian habitats bordering the Milk River and Brazil Creek, pertetuate agriculture as the principle use of this productive river bottom farm, and maintain public access to this land. (Conservation Easements - 04/19/2010)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on February 1, 2010 for review and public comments regarding a proposal to provide $13,500 in partial funding through the Shooting Range Development Grant program towards improving the 300-yard range on the Great Falls Shooting Sports Complex (GFSSC). This project will re-grade the floor of the existing 300 yard range to limit erosion and increase berm heights. To accomplish this, the range floor will be “stepped” in 100 yard increments that will allow all shooting positions to fire safely at 100 yd., 200 yd., and 300 yd. targets. The construction will also help decrease the steep angle of the range floor. Construction will involve relocating approximately 7,500 yards of dirt. This dirt will be used to increase the heights of the side berms, and for construction of an access road along the perimeter of the range to the target backers. The re-adjusted range layout will also require moving the firing line about 10 yards back (to the South) from the targets, as currently only 4 benches line up with each target backer at all distances. Concrete access ways will be constructed to connect the parking lot with two concrete shooting pads providing handicapped accessibility. Both the road and parking area are to be graveled. All disturbed areas will be reseeded to further reduce erosion. The deadline for comment was February 19, 2010. (Decision Notices - 04/19/2010)
Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for a grazing project for Mt. Silcox Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Sanders County to benefit wildlife. The proposed action will allow cattle provided by a local rancher to graze on the WMA.
The draft environmental assessment was out for a 14-day public review through March 29, 2010. Eight comments were received, two for the proposal and six against it. FWP’s responses to comments are included in the decision notice. Based on the analysis in the EA, the proposed alternative, to allow cattle grazing on the WMA, was found to be the preferred alternative pending approval by the FWP Commission. A copy of the decision notice is attached.
(Decision Notices - 04/19/2010)