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Agenda for February meeting
(Commission Agendas - 01/30/2009)

The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) received two petitions, regarding the no wake zone established by ARM 12.11.115, on Echo Lake. After hearing comments from the petitioners pursuant to ARM 12.11.117, the commission is proposing the enclosed rulemaking. The commission is proposing amendments to ARM 12.11.2204 to establish an alternative route to the existing path motorized watercraft towing skiers are allowed to travel in order to allow safe travel across the whole lake. The existing no wake zone around the perimeter of the lake disallows motorized watercraft towing a skier to continue through to other portions of the lake because the 200 foot no wake zone overlaps and does not allow watercraft to travel at speeds required to pull a skier. The commission found that areas where watercraft can travel at speeds to tow a skier are too congested and cause wave action that resulted in damage to adjacent property owners docks and shorelines. This proposal provides a safe route, with high visibility, allowing watercraft towing a skier to travel a greater portion of the lake relieving congestion and minimizing damage to the shoreline caused by waves. The commission is proposing the amendments to provide a continuous route from the bays to the main body of water on Echo Lake by exempting the corridors serving as entrance and exit for each bay from ARM 12.11.115. On November 10, 2008 the Commission voted and approved to direct the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to initiate rulemaking.
(ARM Rules - 01/29/2009)

The enclosed Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed habitat restoration project on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. The project proposes to remove conifers from up to 100 acres of selected bitterbrush stands and 150 acres of selected aspen stands. In addition, the project also proposes to remove beetle-killed lodgepole pine from approximately 700 acres of conifer forest in the Gregson Creek area of the WMA. The intended collective benefit of this proposed project is to improve overall habitat conditions across big game winter range of the WMA. 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 the Bozeman or Butte FWP offices, or viewed on FWP’s website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2009. Comments should be sent to the following address: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Mount Haggin Habitat Comments, 1820 Meadowlark Lane, Butte, MT 59701 or emailed to vboccadori@mt.gov.
(Annual Rules - 01/28/2009)

December 11, 2008 Monthly Commission Meeting and December 12, 2008 Conference Call regarding the Royal Teton Ranch
(Commission Meetings - 01/26/2009)

Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an amended environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Foy’s Bend fee title land purchase of approximately 245 acres located just below the transition zone between the upper braided and the lower meandering sections of the Flathead River (R 21W, T28N, Sections 26, 27, 34, & 35) in Flathead County. After reviewing the amended draft EA, and the public comments and public support FWP received on this proposal, it is recommended that FWP complete the proposed action, subject to final approval by the FWP Commission and the State Land Board. There were no changes to the amended draft EA based upon public comment received; therefore, the amended draft becomes the final EA. A copy of the amended decision notice is attached for your information. Please contact Fisheries Conservation Specialist John Wachsmuth at (406) 751-4554 or e-mail to jwachsmuth@mt.gov with questions or comments.
(Decision Notices - 01/26/2009)



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