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The commission has amended ARM 12.14.101, 12.14.105, 12.14.115, 12.14.120, 12.14.125, 12.14.135, 12.14.140, 12.14.150, 12.14.160, and 12.14.165 regarding commercial use rules.
(ARM Rules - 11/25/2009)

Region 2 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has issued the Decision Notice (DN) for an FWP Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning its proposal to exchange approximately 19 acres on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (BCWMA) along the corridor of Montana Highway 83 with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) for a 53-acre parcel that is adjacent to BCWMA’s western boundary. This exchange is necessary for MDT’s Clearwater Junction-North Project to widen and realign the right-of-way for Highway 83 in Missoula County between Clearwater Junction and Seeley Lake. If implemented, this action would be in lieu of monetary payment from MDT to FWP for right-of-way acquisition across the WMA. The proposed action has been selected in the DN.
(Decision Notices - 11/23/2009)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the Foy’s Lake Site Development and Land Trade Project located in Flathead County. A private inholding would be traded for FWP property of equal value. Improvements to the site would include development of a parking area, ingress and egress points, and trail system, and installation of site identification, regulatory signage, and a vault latrine. The public review and comment period began August 31, 2009, and was extended through November 10, 2009. In response to requests, a public meeting was held November 4, 2009, at the Lone Pine Visitor Center. Based on the analysis in the EA and comments received, Alternative C was found to be the preferred alternative. Therefore, FWP will proceed with the site development and land trade. The land trade will depend on a mutual agreement between FWP and Montana Forest Products, and final approval by the FWP Commission and the State Land Board. The draft EA has been updated with changes as noted in the attached decision notice. The final EA is also attached.
(Decision Notices - 11/23/2009)

This Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed action by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FFWP) to develop a campground with delineated/designated camping sites at Brush Lake State Park. Brush Lake is located approximately 31 road miles southeast of Plentywood. Specific recreational improvements proposed in this project would include approximately 17 campsites with electrical hookups, group use pavilion, vault latrines, information kiosk, group-use/picnic shelter, campground host pad, interior access road and RV dump station. Please submit any comments that you have on this proposal by 5:00 p.m., December 18, 2009 to gwbaxter@mt.gov
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 11/18/2009)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has extended the public comment period for a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to grant funds to Great Falls Shooting Sports Complex for a Shooting Range Development Grant project. This range is located approximately 3 miles north of Great Falls. This project will provide $28,000 in partial funding towards improving the 300-yard range into a 600-yard range. A draft EA has been completed and is available for your review. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the draft EA, please contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620 or e-mail kcunningham@mt.gov . You can review an electronic version at http://fwp.mt.gov/publicnotices/ or receive a copy at FWP Region 4 Headquarters, 460 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls. This comment period will end at 5:00 PM on November 25, 2009.
(Recreation - 11/18/2009)



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