Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will be sponsoring public open houses in both Libby and Troy to obtain preliminary public input on the proposed 28,000-acre Stimson Forest Conservation Easement Project. The meetings will run from 5:00-7:30 p.m. and will take place on October 3 in Libby at the First Montana Bank meeting room and on October 4 in the Troy High School Library. The proposed 28,000-acre conservation easement would be purchased below appraised value by FWP using funding from a variety of sources including a recently awarded $4.0 million grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Conservation Plan Program. The proposed conservation easement to be held by FWP would help maintain current land uses on these private lands by restricting development and other activities not compatible with continued forest management. FWP will take public scoping comments through November 4. Please contact Gael Bissell at (406) 751-4580 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Conservation Easements - 09/20/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the evaluation of potential interim locations for the placement of brucellosis-free bison. The interim locations evaluated include: FWP’s Marias River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Spotted Dog WMA, tribal lands on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations, the Green Ranch (Bozeman), and the Slip ‘n Slide pastures (Corwin Springs).
Public comments will be accepted by FWP from September 15 through 5 p.m. on October 19, 2011, and may be submitted via:
• email to BisonSiteEvaluationEA@mt.gov, or
• regular mail to FWP, Attn: Interim Translocation of Bison EA, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Public comments can also be submitted at one of the following regional meetings:
• October 5 in Deer Lodge at 6:30pm in the Community Center
• October 6 in Shelby at 6:30pm in the Toole County Courthouse
• October 17 in Glasgow at 7:00pm at the Glasgow Civic Center, so that interested parties near to the proposed tribal sites can submit comments.
** UPDATE: Addendum added and public comment period extended.
The addendum to the “Draft Environmental Assessment for Interim Translocation of Bison” lists a range of costs and materials that could be used for proposed infrastructure improvements.
This addendum also emphasizes that if there is a finding during the public comment period that leads to the elimination of one of the sites, then the total acres assessed, and the total number of bison that could be placed on any of the remaining locations, could also be adjusted.
THE COMMENT PERIOD ON THIS PUBLIC NOTICE HAS CLOSED.
(Species Removal & Relocation - 09/19/2011)
A Decision notice has been prepared for the for the Poindexter Slough Fishing Access Site Habitat Enhancement Environmental Assessement. This project authorizes controlled livestock grazing and haying as tools for the benefit of upland bird and other wildlife habitat.
(Decision Notices - 09/19/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of its proposal to acquire a conservation easement on 1,957 acres (to be known as the Sturgeon and King Mountain CE) and acquire fee title to 3,594 acres to form a Wildlife Management Area (to be called Douglas Creek WMA), north of Drummond in Powell County. The purpose of this proposal is to secure critical fish and wildlife habitat and to maintain compatible recreational opportunities and access for the public. The EA may be obtained by downloading the file below. Or, request the EA by emailing email@example.com; stopping by the Region 2 FWP office or by phoning 406-542-5500. Comments must be received by FWP no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2011. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 09/15/2011)