An Environmental Assessment (EA) proposes to restore westslope cutthroat trout in York Gulch and the West Fork Mudd Creek in the Big Hole River drainage. Non-native brook trout upstream of the existing barriers would be removed using rotenone in the formulation of CFT Legumine. The remaining cutthroat trout and tailed frog tadpoles would be salvaged prior to treatment and restored. (Species Removal & Relocation - 05/03/2013)
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared proposing to conserve westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork North Fork Divide Creek (Big Hole drainage), Bostwick Creek, and Beehive Basin Creek (Gallatin drainage) through the mechanical removal of non-native trout. Mechanical removal consists of electrofishing and/or netting and selectively removing non-native trout. (Species Removal & Relocation - 05/03/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would close a portion of Florence Bridge Fishing Access Site (FAS) on the Bitterroot River to address safety concerns while the Eastside Highway bridge is replaced.
MDT will provide public float passage through the construction zone, but there may be short periods of time when activities will create unsafe conditions for river users. Accordingly, the rule would also grant FWP, with the approval of the local FWP commissioner, the authority to temporarily close the entire site and the Bitterroot River 1,000 feet above and below the construction site if conditions become unsafe. (ARM Rules - 05/02/2013)
FWP seeks comment on a proposed rule that would temporarily close a nearly two-mile stretch of the Clark Fork River near Warm Springs Ponds and a small portion of the neighboring Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to address public safety concerns while construction crews work to remove toxic sediment on Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) property as part of the Clark Fork Superfund cleanup project.
(ARM Rules - 05/02/2013)
Region 2 FWP has issued a Decision Notice to proceed with its proposal to acquire 3 conservation easements (Murray Douglas, Murray Creek, and Douglas Creek) on approximately 10,760 acres of private land north of Drummond in Powell County. The purpose is to secure critical fish and wildlife habitat and to maintain compatible recreational opportunities and hunting access for the public. A draft environmental assessment, management plan, and socio-economic assessment for this proposal were available for public review from March 22 to April 22, 2013. All but one comment received from the public and at the public hearing expressed support for this proposal; the one did not specifically express support or opposition. FWP will recommend to the FWP Commission at its May 9 meeting that FWP be allowed to proceed with the CE acquisitions. (Decision Notices - 05/02/2013)