A Draft EA to implement improvements at Cooney State Park will include paving a portion of the access road and the boat ramp parking areas within Marshall Cove; defining and graveling the primitive trail between Marshall Cove and Cottonwood Campground; and installing camp-side electrical pedestals and playground equipment at Red Lodge Arm. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 09/28/2007)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public comment on proposals adopted as Tentative by the FWP Commission at its September 27 meeting.
The information below represents:
· proposed Elk Plan population objective adjustments.
With the exception of the changes listed below, no other adjustments to Elk Plan population objectives are proposed. For further clarification you may call 444-2612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send your comments to: FWP – Wildlife Division, Attn: Public Comment, POB 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701 or email email@example.com. Please title any email with “Public Comment to Tentative”.
The deadline for public comment on Elk Plan population objective adjustments is Friday October 19, 2007. The commission will take final action on this topic at its October 25, 2007 meeting in Havre.
Proposals adopted as Tentative by MFWP Commission on September 27, 2007
No changes to Elk Plan population objectives proposed except:
West Fork EMU (HD 250) – increase objective from 1400 to 2000.
Sapphire EMU – increase objective from 3400 to 3800. The HD 270 objective would increase from 2600 to 3000.
Rock Creek EMU – decrease objective from 2500 to 2370. The combined objectives of HDs 204 and 261 would decrease from 1450 to 1320.
(Hunting - 09/28/2007)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to improve the facilities at Pictograph Cave State Park. Specifically, construct a permanent visitor contact station adjacent to the existing parking area, establish an amphitheater in an area near the proposed visitor contact station, and to realign and replace a portion of the existing interpretive trail near Middle Cave. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 09/24/2007)
Goal: Compile existing literature of the potential effects of energy development and production activities on passerines and raptors into a format that will be a useful tool for wildlife managers, land managers, and industry to help make land use decisions based on current scientific knowledge.
Responses of passerines and raptors to all aspects of oil and gas development should be reviewed including, but not limited to the effects of noise, roads, traffic, human presence, drilling rigs, operational wells, and general habitat fragmentation. The level (i.e. density of roads, number of cars, density of well pads) of each of these disturbances should be incorporated into the resulting product whenever possible. Effects shall be broken into biologically significant seasonal ranges to address effects on mating behavior, nesting, and rearing of young. The habitat types of greatest interest are those that dominate the planning areas in central and eastern Montana including sagebrush, grassland, and pine breaks.
(Bids & Proposals - 09/19/2007)