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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting comments on a proposed rule change that would allow nonresident falconers to capture raptors in Montana for falconry. Under the proposed rule change, nonresident falconers would be allowed to capture raptors in Montana for the sport of falconry for the first time. Montana was one of only a few states that did not allow nonresident capture of raptors for falconry until 2011 when the Montana Legislature eliminated the restriction. FWP has proposed a quota of three raptors and a $200 capture fee for the various species of raptors nonresident falconers may take.
(ARM Rules - 12/06/2011)

The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared for a proposal to relocate an existing private road easement across the Carter’s Bridge Fishing Access Site (FAS) from its current riverfront location onto the existing FWP road through the Carter’s Bridge Fishing Access Site. The proposed relocated easement will be appurtenant to the neighboring Harper property and will be for the benefit of the current and future owners of that land, and will minimize the impact of the existing easement on the FAS. This Draft EA is available for review from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov . Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until December 12, 2011. Comments should be sent to the following:
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 12/02/2011)

FWP proposed the interim placement of brucellosis-free bison at two MT WMA's or locations within Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Reservation pending the completion of a statewide bison conservation strategy.
(Decision Notices - 12/01/2011)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Smith River State Park & River Corridor Biennial Rule that applies to Smith River float trips. The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission is considering a change that would place on hold a maximum of 9 launches per week May through July, for launches not already reserved by an outfitter, and allow authorized Smith River outfitters to reschedule their launches no less than 29 days in advance of an available date. Then, within the 28 day period, unscheduled launch dates would become available to the public via the Smith River Reservation System. The proposed rule change is intended to provide outfitters flexibility to accommodate client needs and changing river conditions. The rule change would not result in an increase in the number of allocated outfitted launches.
(ARM Rules - 11/17/2011)

The proposed project is located on Big Spring Creek about 1 mile south of Lewistown, MT at the Brewery Flats Fishing Access Site (FAS) The project would involve removal of sediment (gravel and silt) deposited at the interface between a new re-meandered channel constructed in 2000 and a channel straightened in 1912. Due to the deposition, the channel lost about 2 feet of depth for a 100 yard linear distance. As a result, Big Spring Creek is spreading out and flooding the Brewery Flats FAS at base flow. Water is also flooding a downstream outhouse, sections of trail and vegetation. To prevent channel migration and limit further impacts to infrastructure, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to dredge the 100 yards of Big Spring Creek to the approximate depth of 2 ft that was present in 2005. FWP proposes to hire a contractor to excavate the approximately 700 cubic yards of silt and gravel with a dump truck and excavator using best management practices. Excavated material would be removed off-site and deposited in an area away from wetlands. Equipment would access the site via the trail and road system. Failure to perform remediation work may result in a channel change at the location, which would have significant adverse impacts to nearby infrastructure, including a road, waterline, trails, FAS parking and a vault latrine. Project Type – Fisheries, Document Type – Environmental Assessment, Agency – Montana FWP, Location: Fergus County
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 11/15/2011)



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