Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide the Great Falls Shooting Sports Complex (GFSSC) with a Montana Shooting Range Development Grant. The range is located approximately 5 miles north of Great Falls, Montana 59404, 1 mile east of Highway 87, at 30 Sportsman Trail, Lat. 47.5730378, Long. 111.223764, Section 16, Township 21 North Range 4 East.
FWP will provide up to $9,870 in partial funding for GFSSC’s proposed improvements:
Gravel shooting bays, bay access, and building covers over three bays.
(Decision Notices - 09/26/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide the Chinook Rod and Gun Club with a Montana Shooting Range Development Grant. The range is located on 80 acres in Blaine County 3.4 miles southeast of Chinook, Montana on Clear Creek Road, Lat. 48.54889, Long.-109.31111, Section 7, T32N, R19E.
FWP will provide up to $25,688 in partial funding for the Chinook Rod and Gun Club’s proposed improvements:
Create a competitive trap range
Install perimeter fencing for the entire range
Provide handicap-accessible shooting facilities
Install signage to label each range and to list safety regulations
Install a toilet with a handicap accessible sidewalk
(Decision Notices - 09/26/2014)
Based on the Environmental Assessment, public comments, and FWP’s evaluation of the risks and benefits associated with the project, it is my decision to proceed with the Preferred Alternative (Alternative C) to introduce tiger muskies into Willow Creek Reservoir with the objective to improve the rainbow trout fishery.
I find there to be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with the proposed action. Therefore, I conclude the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.
(Decision Notices - 09/24/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on a proposal to purchase a perpetual conservation easement on 298 acres from Olson Farms (aka Pheasant Bend Conservation Easement). The proposed easement is located approximately 1/2 mile south of Ulm, near the confluence of the Missouri and Smith Rivers. The purpose of the proposal is to protect the conservation and agricultural values that exist on the property, which include native riparian and wetland wildlife habitats, scenic open space and recreational opportunities, while maintaining the property in private ownership and operation. (Conservation - 09/24/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Fergus Conservation District (FCD), private landowners, and others including the Snowy Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Lewistown Friends of the Trails, and the City of Lewistown, proposes to restore Big Spring Creek downstream of Highway 191. A new channel with connected flood plain and a natural riffle/pool meander pattern is proposed for construction. Channel length would increase by approximately 60% to 3,200 ft from the current 2,000 ft.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 09/18/2014)