Region 2 FWP proposes to renew a lease of pasture on its Aunt Molly Wildlife Management Area (AMWMA) located in Powell County. The proposed lease between FWP and the Blackfoot River Ranch would exchange grazing of approximately 300 acres of non-native pastures on the AMWMA, for implementation of a rest-rotation grazing system on 640 acres of privately managed native grasslands that provide important deer and elk winter forage. The lease would be effective from May 15, 2013 to August 31, 2018. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 04/10/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a proposal to conduct a 6-year effort to investigate suppressing illegally introduced walleye in Noxon Reservoir using a variety of sampling gear and techniques. Beginning in spring of 2013 and continuing until 2018, MFWP proposes to intensively electrofish and/or gillnet the upper portion of Noxon Reservoir from Flatiron FAS to the Thompson Falls Dam until the end of May or June, or until walleye are no longer concentrated in the spawning area. Additionally, these or other techniques may be used to exploit other seasonal concentrations of walleye throughout the reservoir over the 6-year project time line.
The draft is out for public review through April 19, 2013. Please contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Kenneth Breidinger, (406) 827-9320 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 04/10/2013)
An Environmental Assessment (EA) proposes to introduce westslope cutthroat trout into 20 fishless streams across the Big Hole, Madison, Gallatin and Jefferson River drainages in an effort to conserve local populations that may be at risk due to competition and hybridization with non-native trout or other factors such as small population size, limited habitat and random events such as fire and floods. (Restoration & Rehabilitation - 04/08/2013)
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared to consider a coordinated rest-rotation grazing program on Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Cameron, MT, for a five-year term to extend April 2013 through October 2015. The program, which began in 1982, consists of a spring and fall grazing fee-grazing agreement with the Wall Creek Grazing Association (WCGA).
The proposed grazing program would encompass 6,149 acres owned by FWP, 918 acres that FWP leases from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and 300 acres owned by the BLM. There are an additional 9,503 acres of Forest Service land incorporated in this coordinated grazing system. Total acreage affected by the proposed action is 16,870 acres.
Slight modifications to the Draft Environmental Assessment have been made as noted in the FWP response. The Draft Environmental Assessment, together with this Decision Notice, will serve as the final document for this proposal.
It is my decision, based on the Environmental Assessment and public comment, to approve the implementation of Alternative B for renewal of the grazing lease on Wall Creek WMA for a five year period, and that there will be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. I therefore conclude that the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. The Decision Notice may also be obtained from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov.
(Decision Notices - 04/05/2013)