The enclosed draft Environmental Assessment (EA) proposal has been prepared for your review. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks¿ land lease-out policy, as it pertains to the disposition of interest in Department lands (89-1-209), requires that an EA be written for all new leases, lease extensions or lease renewals. This draft EA assesses the potential impacts from grazing cattle on the Haymaker Wildlife Management Area relative to a proposed grazing lease renewal. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/21/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to convey ownership of approximately 0.33-acre (thirty-three hundredths of an acre) of the 35–acre Powerhouse FAS to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). This land constitutes less than 1% of the fishing access site, and will be used by MDT as part of the designated right of way for the reconstruction of an existing bridge that spans the Big Hole River between state Highway 43 and the Powerhouse FAS. The land to be conveyed to MDT will not be fenced off, and public use of the slope down to the river will still be allowed. Only a small portion of the conveyed land (approximately one-tenth of an acre adjoining the roadway) will be impacted by the bridge reconstruction activities. The popular boat ramp on the north side of Powerhouse Road will not be affected by the conveyance of this small parcel on the south side of the road. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/10/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase in fee title approximately 320 acres of timbered grasslands and wetland habitat west of Bynum, Montana, for addition to the existing 10,397-acre Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The purchase and management of this property would protect important year-round grizzly bear habitat, as well as winter range for elk and mule deer.
The property is within Rocky Mountain Grizzly Bear Management Area of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). The NCDE is a designated recovery zone for grizzlies by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS 1993) and important monitoring area for the species. As of 2013, there are approximately 250 grizzlies residing and using the Rocky Mountain Front area, of which 20-30 annually use the WMA for forage, breeding, and a movement corridor to adjacent areas.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 02/07/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and the Gallatin National Forest (GNF) are jointly requesting public input on a proposed project to restore native westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) to the headwaters of the South Fork Sixteenmile Creek drainage.
Fisheries management actions related to WCT restoration in South Fork Sixteenmile Creek are proposed in the FWP draft environmental assessment. Ground disturbing activities (installation of a permanent fish passage barrier) on forest system lands are proposed in the Forest Service Draft Decision Memo. Public comments regarding fisheries management and/or ground disturbance due to the proposed fish barrier installation will be accepted from February 7, 2014 through March 7, 2014.
This project, if implemented, will restore westslope cutthroat trout to approximately six stream miles within five interconnected tributaries in the headwaters of the South Fork Sixteenmile Creek drainage. Project tasks include:
• Install a permanent fish passage barrier on GNF at the downstream extent of the project area (GNF).
• Restoration of a non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout population in the Sixteenmile Creek drainage within the GNF boundary by removing non-native trout with rotenone upstream of the fish barrier (FWP).
• Replicate the genetics of nearby populations of WCT within the upper Missouri River drainage by reintroducing fish upstream of the barrier (FWP).
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Gallatin National Forest are requesting input and comments on the proposed project by March 7, 2014. Public meetings will be held on February 18, 2014 (Bozeman Regional Headquarters) and February 20, 2014 (the Old Sedan Schoolhouse) at 7 pm.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 02/07/2014)
This is a decision notice to issue a Fur Farm License for a commercial fur farm for bobcats and lynx. The facility would be located approximately 10 miles north of Stevensville, Montana at 472 Wild Iris Road, Stevensville MT 59870.
(Decision Notices - 02/06/2014)