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The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the Bannack State Park Pole Building. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes building an 18’ x 24’ shed style pole building on the east side of the existing maintenance facility. This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, the State Library, and the Environmental Quality Council. It also may be obtained from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: . Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will run from July 17, 2012 to August 16, 2012. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., August 16th, 2012.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - Wed Jul 18 10:58:00 MDT 2012)

Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed action involving agricultural activities being performed by a private operator to supplement agency activities aimed at improving food and cover managed as wildlife habitat at the North Shore State Park/Wildlife Management Area in Flathead County, Montana. The draft EA was out for a 2-week public review through July 12, 2012. Seven comments were received, six in favor of the project. The other comment expressed concern about increased crop damage caused by deer and increased risk of vehicle collisions on the adjacent highway. Although the farming will provide some benefit for while-tailed deer, we do not expect this action to increase deer populations or deer use of the fields because this farming proposal would implement farming practices similar to those in the past and on neighboring farm fields. This proposal is intended to benefit primarily waterfowl and upland game birds. There were no modifications to the draft EA; therefore, the plan is accepted as written, and the draft EA and the decision notice serve as the final document. Based on the EA and public comment, it is recommended that the Commission approve the North Shore SP/WMA farming proposal as written.
(Decision Notices - Tue Jul 17 15:05:00 MDT 2012)

An interagency working group, including three state agencies - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC), and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), proposes to manage and, if possible, eradicate a noxious aquatic weed, Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM), in Beaver Lake, near Whitefish, Montana. Removal efforts may include use of barrier mats, mechanical removal, herbicide treatments, or a combination of these. The proposed action adheres to the state agency response protocol established in Montana’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Invasive Aquatic Plant Management and Resource Protection 2011. The purpose of the protocol is to coordinate an effective interagency response and, where feasible, contain and eradicate invasive aquatic plants.The proposed action conforms to Montana’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Invasive Aquatic Plant Management and Resource Protection 2011. The proposed action provides opportunity to use barrier mats, mechanical removal, herbicide treatments, or a combination of these to eradicate Eurasian watermilfoil from Beaver Lake. Based on information derived from the interagency working group, environmental review, and public comment, FWP approves the proposed management actions to address the infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil in Beaver Lake.
(Decision Notices - Tue Jul 17 09:49:00 MDT 2012)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to improve a small portion of the 110-acre Stipek Fishing Access Site (FAS) on the Yellowstone River, which would include rerouting, grading and gravelling of the entrance road, construction of a single-lane boat ramp, gravel parking area for vehicles with trailers, and sealed vault latrine, and erection of fencing and signs. Based on the Environmental Assessment on which three favorable public comments were received and FWP’s evaluation, it is my decision to proceed with FWP’s preferred alternative B and implement the proposed action which states FWP will provide a boat ramp to the Yellowstone River at Stipek FAS.
(Decision Notices - Tue Jul 17 08:38:00 MDT 2012)

Montana State Parks, a Division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposes to install a campground host site at Painted Rocks State Park. The project was initiated to increase site protection and stewardship of the park and service to park visitors.
(Decision Notices - Mon Jul 16 13:38:00 MDT 2012)

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