In 2014, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) acquired approximately 36 acres of land in Lewis and Clark County, Montana along Prickly Pear Creek for the purpose of establishing a fishing access site (FAS). FWP proposes to develop the Upper Prickly Pear FAS, including an access road, parking area, bridge over the unnamed spring creek, concrete vault latrine, boundary and riparian fencing, and regulatory signs. In addition, FWP proposes to improve the aquatic and spawning habitat of the unnamed spring creek tributary to Prickly Pear Creek by increasing stream length, replacing the culvert with a bridge, and limiting livestock grazing. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 08/27/2014)
The enclosed decision notice is for purchase of a public road easement on approximately 1 mile of the road that crosses property owned by the Prickly Pear Land Trust to access adjacent United States Forest Service (USFS) lands. The USFS lands are part of the Helena National Forest. The proposed easement will provide legal public road access in perpetuity through private lands to the USFS lands in the Big Belt Mountains of central Montana. The cost of the easement is approximately $50,000 funded by hunting license revenues through the Access Public Lands program administered by MFWP. (Decision Notices - 08/14/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment period on fishing contests proposed for the winter season of 2014-2015. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Applications for contests may be approved, denied, or approved with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, or require additional access site maintenance when needed. Please submit comments by midnight on September 12, 2014.
(Fishing - 08/12/2014)