Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the purpose of a utility easement for Interbel Telephone Cooperative (Eureka, Montana) for existing and future communication cables across the Woods Ranch Wildlife Management Area (T37N, R27W, portions of S12; T37N, R26W, S7, 18) in Lincoln County.
The draft EA was out for a 15-day public review through May 19, 2010. Two comments were received, both in favor of the project. Based on analysis in the EA, Alternative B, to grant approval of the utility easement, was found to be the preferred alternative. There were no changes to the draft EA; therefore, the draft becomes the final EA. A copy of the decision notice is attached. Contact person: FWP Wildlife Biologist Tim Thier, (406) 882-4697 or e-mail to email@example.com
(Decision Notices - 05/28/2010)
The commission has adoped recreational water use rules on Lake Five. The Commission exempted Lake Five from the established 200 foot no wake zone for the western fishing district, prohibited use of personal watercraft on the lake, and will require that all vessels towing a person must travel in a counter-clockwise direction. (ARM Rules - 05/27/2010)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes removal of non-native fish in Smith Creek and its tributaries upstream of a constructed fish barrier using Environmental Protection Agency approved piscicides containing rotenone in approximately 1.75 miles of stream. After removal of non-native fishes, Smith Creek would be restored with locally obtained, non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout (WCT). Restoration of WCT at this site would require construction of a concrete barrier to upstream movement of non-native fishes. The proposed area of restoration begins approximately 0.20 miles upstream of Smith Creek’s confluence with Highwood Creek. Approximately 0.75 miles of Smith Creek is located on Lewis and Clark National Forest, the remaining 1 mile is located on private land. The private landowner has signed onto the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances. This agreement allows FWP to restore native WCT to streams on private land and freeing the landowner from potential federal regulatory restrictions should WCT ever become a listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The preferred alternative will help preserve WCT in the Highwood Drainage by replicating one to two of the remaining populations of WCT and expanding the overall range of WCT by an additional 1.5 miles. Based on the Environmental Assessment, public comment, and the current high risk of extinction of genetically pure WCT in the Missouri River Drainage, the decision to proceed with Alternative 2, the proposed action was selected.
(Decision Notices - 05/27/2010)
The Montana State Legislature has authorized the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Commission to auction one male Shiras Moose license, one male Mountain Bighorn Sheep license, and one either-sex Mountain Goat license each year to provide funding for the substantial benefit of Montana’s Shiras Moose, Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat, respectively. (Bids & Proposals - 05/26/2010)