Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of its proposal to implement a site development project at the Weigh Station Fishing Access Site (FAS) along the Blackfoot River, near the town of Bonner. The project would improve the highway approach, define a parking area, add a concrete boat ramp, and install a concrete vault latrine. The purpose is to accommodate public recreational use of the FAS and to prevent further degradation along this stretch of river. The proposed improvements would continue to provide for the site’s additional use as a seasonal big game check station during the general deer/elk hunting season. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/08/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks public review of its proposal to implement a site improvement and protection project at the River Junction Fishing Access Site (FAS) near the town of Ovando in Powell County. Projects include making repairs to the access road, creating a parking area with 8-12 parking spaces, relocating the existing campsites and adding up to three more, and improving the pioneered boat ramp. The purpose is to accommodate existing public recreational use, prevent further degradation of the site and reduce impacts to this stretch of the Blackfoot River.
A draft environmental assessment (EA) for this proposal is available for review and comment below. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/06/2012)
Montana State Parks issued a Decision Notice to acquire nearly 24 acres of land including a building that houses a visitor center, museum and artifacts at Travelers’ Rest State Park near Lolo. No state revenues would be used in this purchase. This acquisition would provide increased recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the area and allow for additional educational opportunities at the park.
The Decision Notice is available for review below, and the FWP Commission will make a decision on this project at their June 14, 2012 meeting in Helena. This action will also require the approval of the Montana Land Board at an upcoming meeting. (Decision Notices - 06/05/2012)
Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Cover Letter for a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposal to install a campground host site at Painted Rocks State Park located on Painted Rocks Reservoir on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in Ravalli County. This host site would provide for a regular volunteer host presence at the park to assist with public safety and compliance issues. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/04/2012)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, comments submitted on the website page may not have been received. Therefore, the comment period has been extended and comments must be received by 5:00 PM June 18, 2012.
Chicago Gulch Creek is a headwater tributary to Fords Creek which drains the eastern aspect of the Judith Mountains. Approximately 3 miles of Chicago Gulch is on private lands, about 1 mile state lands and 1 mile on BLM lands. Chicago Gulch currently supports non native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The proposed action is to remove all of the non-native fish in Chicago Gulch and its tributaries on approximately 4.5 miles of stream. Treatment will occur upstream from a dry reach using the piscicide CFT Legumine™ (5% liquid rotenone). We then proposed to restock Chicago Gulch Creek with locally obtained, non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout (WCT). It is predicted the population of WCT would be very robust (>2500 individuals). (Species Removal & Relocation - 06/01/2012)