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)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposes stocking largemouth bass and crappie in big Casino Creek Reservoir. The existing fishery in the reservoir consists of stocked rainbow trout, illegally introduced yellow perch, brook trout, and white sucker. The current fish assemblage has resulted in a poor quality recreational fishery, with desired game fish production limited by stunted yellow perch and high white sucker densities. Largemouth bass and crappie were proposed as a management tool to improve food web dynamics in the reservoir and to provide angling opportunity for the species in the Lewistown area. (Decision Notices - 09/18/2014)
FWP has issued a Decision Notice (DN) for its proposal to acquire 640 acres currently owned by The Conservation Fund, as an addition to the adjoining 9,475-acre Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA, west of Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co.). The DN is for the draft environmental assessment (EA) previously published for public comment, describing this proposal. The WMA addition would provide critical winter and spring habitat for elk, is notable for its extensive aspen stand that provides high-quality habitat for multiple species, and would improve public access to the WMA. FWP will recommend to the F&W Commission that it approve the proposed. (Decision Notices - 09/16/2014)