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On February 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1 office located at 490 North Meridian Rd., Kalispell, Montana. On February 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. the commission will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters office located at 1420 East 6th Avenue, Helena, Montana. On February 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., the commission will hold a public hearing at the Troy Ranger Station located at 12858 U.S. Highway 2, Troy, Montana to consider the proposed amendment, adoption, and repeal of specific recreational use rules.
(ARM Rules - 01/27/2011)

On December 9, 2010 the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (department) published MAR Notice No. 12-367 pertaining to the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules at page 2794 of the 2010 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 23. The department has amended ARM 12.10.103, 12.10.106, and 12.10.112 as proposed.
(ARM Rules - 01/27/2011)

A genetically pure westslope cutthroat (WCT) inhabits Skelly Gulch on Helena National Forest Lands and on private lands below the Forest. Approximately six miles of the upper reaches of the stream contain exclusively WCT, while the lower reaches are inhabited primarily by Eastern brook trout. The two species are segregated by a culvert road crossing that acts as a partial fish barrier, preventing large-scale upstream movements by spawning or migratory brook trout. This project proposes to remove the existing road crossing, which acts as a partial barrier, and replace it with a culvert with appropriate size, slope, and drop to make the crossing a complete fish barrier. The current culvert is inappropriately sized for the stream, resulting in aggradation of sediments on the upstream end of the culvert, making it a partial fish barrier during base flows. The proposed project would replace the current pipe with an 80 linear foot 48 inch diameter corrugated metal pipe placed at least a 3% slope to act as a velocity barrier, with a 2 foot drop on the downstream end, and an 8 foot wide by 12 foot long splash pad to diminish fish jumping capabilities. The new pipe will pass 25 year flows without overtopping the road and will efficiently pass sediments during base and flushing stream flows.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 01/27/2011)

In December you received documents relating to the proposed action of MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks translocating up to 40 Sage Grouse from South Phillips and Valley Counties in northeast Montana to suitable habitat in southeast Alberta to augment an existing population of sage grouse.
(Decision Notices - 01/24/2011)

The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for the proposed Multi-Use/All Purpose Shelter within Bannack State Park, near Dillon, Montana. Two public comments were received during the 30-day comment period ending January 18, 2011. The first comment received was not in relation to the shelter project, but the elk capture/test/slaughter program and the second comment received strongly favors the shelter project and commented that they would like to rent the structure once it is completed. It is my decision to proceed with the preferred alternative by going forward with building a multi-use/all weather shelter in the Group Use Area at Bannack State Park. The shelter will be approximately 40’ x 60’ and will be able to accommodate up to 100 visitors. No changes to the Environmental Assessment (EA). Questions regarding this Decision Notice should be mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks c/o Bannack Multi-Use All Purpose Shelter EA Comments 4200 Bannack Road Dillon MT 59725 Or e-mailed to: dalec@mt.gov
(Decision Notices - 01/21/2011)



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