Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of its proposal to conduct forest restoration treatments on 354 acres within the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area’s Ovando Mountain Unit north of Ovando in Powell County. The purpose is to restore and improve ungulate winter range and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to the WMA and adjacent forested ownerships.
Comments should be directed by: mail to Jay Kolbe, FWP, PO Box 1228, Seeley Lake, MT 59868; phone to 406-677-0162; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received by FWP no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 2, 2010.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 08/20/2010)
A draft environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate the impacts of a proposed fish barrier on Lower Deer Creek, which would be followed by chemical treatment to remove nonnative brown trout and rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrids. Pure Yellowstone cutthroat trout would be reintroduced to Lower Deer Creek following chemical removal of the fish present. The reintroduced fish will be Yellowstone cutthroat trout salvaged from Lower Deer Creek before piscicide treatment. Mottled sculpin will also be returned to Lower Deer Creek should they be present in the treatment area. The draft EA was circulated for 30 days to interested agencies, groups, and persons. The EA was also posted on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ (FWP) website. Six people, in addition to FWP biologists and their contractor, attended a public meeting held at the Carnegie Public Library in Big Timber on August 4, 2010. Responses to comments offered at the meeting and via letter, mail, calls and visits are included in the attachment.
After reviewing this proposal and corresponding comments, it is my decision to proceed with this project to construct a fish barrier then treat Lower Deer Creek above the barrier with piscicide to reclaim these waters for Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Two changes in protocol will occur to ensure that the fish kill is limited to the project area. Detoxification at the downstream end will begin before addition of piscicide. In addition, a second back up detoxification will be added in the event that toxicity extends beyond the treatment area. If you have questions regarding this decision notice or wish a copy of the final EA, you may email me at email@example.com, or call me at 247-2951.
(Decision Notices - 08/19/2010)