Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Youngs Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout Broodstock Project. FWP proposes to collect approximately 300 juvenile westslope cutthroat from streams within the upper Youngs Creek drainage (Powell County, Range 13W, Township 18N) in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. These fish would be raised to maturity and spawned at the Sekokini Springs Cutthroat Trout Conservation Facility in Blankenship, Montana. Offspring produced from the wild donor fish would be used for restoration efforts associated with the South Fork Flathead Drainage Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Program. The primary goal of this project is to conserve genetic diversity among populations of westslope cutthroat trout. (Restoration & Rehabilitation - 06/13/2013)
A Decision Notice has been prepared for the Reintroduction of Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Peet Creek by removal of nonnative hybrid rainbow x cutthroat trout with Rotenone. This project proposes to remove hybridized cutthroat trout from six miles of Peet Creek and refound with pure westslope cutthroat trout from three Centennial Valley populations. No public comments were received during a 30-day comment period ending May 31, 2013. (Decision Notices - 06/13/2013)
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for a grazing project for the Woods Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lincoln County. The proposed action will allow cattle provided by a local rancher to graze on the WMA to better manage vegetation for wildlife cover and forage.
The draft EA was out for a 30-day public review through 5:00 p.m., May 13, 2013. Four e-mailed comments were received, with FWP’s responses to the comments included in the attached decision notice.
In reviewing comments, and evaluating the environmental effects and other relevant information, the proposed alternative, to allow cattle grazing on the WMA, was found to be the preferred alternative. Contact person: FWP Area Wildlife Biologist Tim Thier, (406) 882-4697 or e-mail email@example.com.
(Decision Notices - 06/08/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the South Fork of Coal Creek Habitat Enhancement Project. FWP proposes to implement a project to increase available spawning and rearing habitat for westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout by adding large, woody debris into an impaired section of the South Fork of Coal Creek in Flathead County.
The draft is out for a 21-day public review through 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013. Contact person: FWP Fisheries Biologist Amber Steed, (406) 751-4541 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/07/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a supplemental environmental assessment (EA) for a Permit Application from Flathead County for Boat Ramp Construction on Church Slough in Flathead County.
In October 2009, Flathead County submitted an application for a 124 permit pursuant to the Montana Stream Protection Act to FWP in preparation for the development of a boat ramp at Church Slough. In response to the application, FWP prepared an environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the Montana Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM). FWP’s review of the county’s design plan was to determine if the plan was technically sufficient and if the project would adversely affect any fish or wildlife habitat in accordance with the Stream Protection Act. In February 2010 FWP distributed the EA for public review, in April 2010 FWP published the decision notice, in June 2010 a lawsuit was filed to challenge FWP's decision, in June 2012 the county boat ramp was closed by court order, and in January 2013 FWP was remanded to District Court to complete a supplemental MEPA Analysis document.
This document focuses on the directions set forth in the remand order by Flathead District Court, which requires FWP to analyze a new alternative that was not included in the 2010 EA and complete a more comprehensive analysis of secondary and cumulative impacts of the proposed action. The significance of those impacts to the human environment, both beneficial and adverse, is determined by using the criteria described in ARM 12-2-431(a-g).
Public review and comments are requested on the supplemental components including the new alternative (Alternative C) and analysis of secondary and cumulative impacts for all alternatives. The draft is out for a 30-day public review through July 4, 2013. Comments should be mailed to Church Slough Supplemental EA, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 490 N Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, or e-mail comments to email@example.com. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 06/03/2013)