Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on the renewal of an environmental assessment (EA) for sinking Christmas trees to improve sport fish populations and angling opportunity at Spotted Eagle Reservoir. Christmas trees were placed in Spotted Eagle from 2005 to 2010 to provide hiding cover and spawning substrate for sport fish. Annual surveys have demonstrated a response from fish species including yellow perch, black crappie, and bluegill. The trees do break down and their benefit declines as they deteriorate. Fish, Wildlife & Parks in collaboration with the Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited would like to continue the Christmas tree habitat project in the future. The new EA proposes continuation of the habitat project through the next 10 years. (Conservation - 02/20/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is proposing to extend the grazing lease on the Fresno Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for two years ending September 15th, 2014. Grazing would continue to be managed under the current rest-rotation grazing system. During this extension, a new management plan for this WMA will be developed evaluating habitat conditions, role of livestock grazing, and management priorities for this area. The Fresno Reservoir WMA is located in western Hill County approximately 23 miles northwest of the city of Havre. It is northwest of Fresno Reservoir along the western edge of the Milk River. Extension of this grazing lease for another two years under the current system would not result in any foreseeable significant impacts to the vegetation or wildlife on the WMA, nor would it have any foreseeable significant individual or cumulative impacts on the physical or human environment. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/15/2013)
The enclosed draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared regarding a potential grazing lease renewal on the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (BTWMA). The 32,000 acre WMA is located in west central Montana along the western and northern edge of the Big Belt Mountains, occupying land in both Lewis and Clark and Cascade Counties. Questions and comments on the EA will be accepted through March 8, 2013. The proposed grazing lease would allow cattle to be utilized as a management tool to remove residual vegetation, thus enhancing the availability and palatability of elk and mule deer forage on that portion of the WMA to be grazed. This portion of the WMA has been successfully grazed in a similar fashion with adjacent and cooperating lessee Sieben Live Stock Company for 21 years as part of a larger 3-pasture rest-rotation grazing system on 21,440 acres. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/13/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Deep Creek Diversion Fish Screen Project. The purpose of the project is to eliminate fish entrainment on Deep Creek by installing an effective fish screen on an existing irrigation diversion. The installation of the fish screen on the Deep Creek diversion would occur in late summer or fall of 2013. The project site is located approximately 3 miles northeast of the city of Fortine (T35N, R25W, S20) in Lincoln County, Montana. The draft is out for a 30-day public review through March 13, 2013. Please contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Jim Dunnigan, (406) 293-4161, Ext. 200, or e-mail to email@example.com with questions or comments.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 02/11/2013)
Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Flathead River Hybrid Trout Suppression Project. FWP proposes to continue removing hybrid and rainbow trout from the mouths and channels of Abbot, Sekokini, Rabe, Ivy, and Third Creeks in the mainstem and the North Fork of the Flathead River. Trapping and electrofishing would be used to catch fish during their spawning season (April-May) and move them to community fishing ponds. FWP would also electrofish between July and September to remove hybrid and rainbow trout offspring. The goal of the proposed suppression effort is to minimize the loss of westslope cutthroat trout populations in the Flathead River system.
The draft is out for a 30-day public review through March 8, 2013. Please contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Amber Steed, (406) 751-4541 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 02/06/2013)