Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to acquire approximately 20.72-acres of land in Fergus County, Montana for $188,000. The purpose of the proposed acquisition is to provide additional public angler access to Big Springs Creek, allow the department to pursue future stream restoration projects, and provide an opportunity for expansion of the Lewistown City Trail network. The proposed property is located in Township 15 North, Range 18 East, section 9 of Fergus County immediately to the south and east of the Carroll Trail FAS, and NW of the Lewistown Waste Water Treatment Plant. It encompasses approximately one mile of creek frontage. This Environmental Assessment (EA) addresses only the proposed acquisition, any site developments or stream restoration efforts will require subsequent environmental assessments. (Decision Notices - 11/05/2013)
Due to changing flows of the Missouri River and winter ice jams, river currents have undercut, scoured, and eroded the boat ramp and launch staging area. As a result, boat
launching has become difficult and unsafe. FWP proposes to construct a new boat ramp in a more protected location, move the launch staging area, and move and expand the parking area.
(Decision Notices - 10/31/2013)
The Fish and Wildlife Commission will be holding hearings across the state and taking public comment on proposed gray wolf administrative rule revisions. The administrative rules revisions address the delisting of the gray wolf and the passage of SB 200 allowing lethal control by landowners. (ARM Rules - 10/31/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) proposes to purchase a 40 acre parcel of grazing, agricultural and forest lands in the Big Snowy Mountains, approximately 20 miles south of Lewistown, MT from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). This parcel borders mainly private land, but contains a ~30 foot corner overlap (hereafter, public access point) of United States Forest Service (USFS; Lewis and Clark National Forest, Judith Ranger District) land. This purchase would increase public access in the Big Snowy Mountains, Fergus County, MT. Funding will be provided by MFWP’s Access Public Lands (APL) program. If the property is acquired, a parking area, non-motorized trail and signage will be established that leads to this public access point onto USFS property, thereby minimizing private land trespass issues in the area. A wildlife-friendly border fence will also be constructed to mark the property boundaries and limit trespass by livestock. (Decision Notices - 10/25/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlfie and Parks (FWP) propose to relocate the latrine at Brewery Flats Fishing Access Site to an adjacent location owned by the city of Lewistwon because the latrine's current location is set in the floodplain. Every spring the creek floods causeing the water level to reach near the roof of the unit. The unit is surround by gravel and does not have any native landscaping around it. The plan of aciton is to relocate the latrine 570 feet closer to the city of Lewistown's trial system. That location is already level and is all gravel. (Decision Notices - 10/21/2013)