Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 4, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the supplemental stocking of yellow perch in Wadsworth Pond to improve the fishery. (Species Stocking - 02/27/2007)
Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 1, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Mount Silcox Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Grazing Project (R29W, T21N, Sanders County). The proposed action will allow cattle to graze on the WMA. The duration of the plan will be six years. Benefits include an increase in quality of WMA grass produced. Wintering deer, elk, and bighorn sheep will benefit from the improved quality of vegetation.
The draft environmental assessment is out for public review through 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2007. Please contact FWP Wildlife Biologist Bruce Sterling, (406) 827-4389 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or comments. (Recreation - 02/22/2007)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for West Shore State Park for the purpose of a timber thinning project to restore the site to the historic stand structure of large, open, park-like stands. Objectives are to remove hazardous, diseased, and dead or dying trees; open the understory to promote health of ponderosa pine; reduce stress on trees due to competition for light, water, and nutrients; and reduce fuel loads, ladder fuels, and possibility of stand replacement fire in order to protect the park and adjacent private lands.
Following a 30-day public review, there were three comments received, which are addressed in the attached decision notice. Alternative C, as set forth in this document, was found to be the selected alternative. There were no changes to the draft EA; therefore, the draft becomes the final EA. Please direct questions or comments to Jerry Sawyer at (406) 751-4575 or e-mail to email@example.com.
(Decision Notices - 02/15/2007)
Open the Sun River, Ear Mountain and Blackleaf Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) at 12:00 noon on May 15th each year. A public meeting will be held at the Choteau Public Library (Alice Gleason Room) on February 26th, 2007, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM, and at the Conrad Community and Senior Center (106 South Delaware St.) on February 27, 2007, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, to address comments on the EA. (Recreation - 02/15/2007)
To purchase a permanent easement from Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) of 418 acres of land formerly known as the Eustance Ranch, which is along the northern boundary of Ulm Pishkun State Park. This area has cultural and archaeological significance relating to the use of the buffalo jump by prehistoric Native Americans. The proposed easement would preserve a portion of the historic buffalo jump, protect wildlife and native grassland habitat, and provide additional recreational opportunities for the public. (Decision Notices - 02/13/2007)