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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking comment for a proposal for habitat restoration work along the Kootenai River bank within the Kootenai Falls Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lincoln County, Montana (Township 31N, Range 32W). Proposed plantings are intended to restore some of the riparian plant communities impacted by Libby Dam. MFWP will work together with The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (funding through Bonneville Power Administration) to complete five acres of habitat restoration on the WMA. The draft is out for a 14-day public review through April 8, 2013. Please contact FWP Wildlife Biologist Dwight Bergeron at (406) 751-4587 or e-mail to dbergeron@mt.gov with questions or comments.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 03/25/2013)

In 2008, 4.8 acres of land along the Yellowstone River near Hysham was donated to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for the purpose of providing additional public access to the Yellowstone River and developing a fishing access site (FAS). FWP proposes to acquire a permanent right-of-way easement on 1.8 acres of accreted land located between the FAS and the Yellowstone River from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). FWP also proposes to develop the Amelia Island FAS and the accreted land adjacent to the FAS. Proposed developments include a designated parking area, a single-wide concrete boat ramp, a concrete vault latrine, informational signs, additional fencing, and improvements to the access road.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/25/2013)

This letter is to notify you that I have made a decision regarding Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks implementation of a grazing lease renewal on the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (BLWMA). My decision is to move forward with the proposed action. The lease will allow the removal of current vegetation by grazing as a management tool to enhance the subsequent availability and palatability of fall and spring forage on the BLWMA as described in the Environmental Assessment and proposed grazing plan.
(Decision Notices - 03/25/2013)

FWP seeks public review of 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 of this proposal is to secure critical fish and wildlife habitat and to maintain compatible recreational opportunities and access for the public. A draft environmental assessment (EA), management plan, and socio-economic assessment have been prepared for this proposal.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/22/2013)

The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the proposal to renew a grazing lease on the Robb/Ledford Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with the Ledford Creek Grazing Association (Association) for a 3-year term to begin Spring 2010 through October 2012. The EA presents four grazing alternatives that have all been developed to address changes from the current lease needed to fully meet the objectives for the WMA The proposed lease would encompass 17,302 FWP owned acres, 10,796 acres FWP leases from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), 680 acres owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and 3,600 acres owned by DNRC known as the McGuire section that is sub-leased to the Association. Total acres involved in the R/L System are 32,378. It is my decision to proceed with a modification to Alternative A that reduces the grazing season by 1 week, requires strict adherence to movement dates out of the lower pastures, has a life of three years, and will provide for increased vegetation and wildlife surveys.
(Decision Notices - 03/21/2013)



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