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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a new rule that would require vessels launched on Montana waters to be inspected at designated aquatic invasive species inspection stations. Personnel at FWP operated inspection stations would search the exterior of the vessel, livewells, bait buckets, bilge areas and trailors. If invasive species are found on a vessel, state officials will decontaminate it. The vessel must then pass a second inspection before it is launched on state waters. FWP has performed watercraft inspections since 2004. Three public hearings on the proposed new rule will be held beginning at 6 p.m. May 19, 2011 - FWP Region 1 Headquarters, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell May 23, 2011 - FWP Region 5 Headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings May 23, 2011 - FWP Headquarters, 1420 East 6th Avenue, Helena
(ARM Rules - 04/28/2011)

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, one either-sex Mountain Goat, Mule Deer and Elk license each year to provide funding for the substantial benefit of Montana’s Shiras Moose, Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat, Mule Deer and Elk respectively.
(Hunting - 04/27/2011)

The proposed action of Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) is to burn 78 acres of cattail marsh on the Milk River Wildlife Management Area (Area 7) wetlands. There are three managed wetlands on Area 7 that are currently being choked out by cattail growth. This project would be a prescribed burning of these cattail marshes to create more open water areas and increase the productivity of these wetlands for waterfowl production. No comments were received through the public comment effort that ran from April 8 through April 22, 2011. Based on lack of issues or concern regarding this action, the draft documents were not changed from the public review period and the Draft EA has become the Final EA. Because no issued were raised and the lack of opposing comments indicates support for this project, it is my recommendation through the Decision Notice to proceed with the planned prescribed burn.
(Decision Notices - 04/27/2011)

Montana FWP proposed to stock brook trout in Kolar Reservoir #1, which is located on private land approximately one mile north of Geyser, Montana. Public access to this reservoir is gained through an agreement between the landowner and Montana FWP that involves reasonable public access in exchange for FWP stocking it with fish. The reservoir is 12 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 17 feet. This reservoir has been stocked since 1947 with rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, largemouth bass, and walleye. It also harbors white sucker, fathead minnow and brassy minnow. Montana FWP proposed to stock it with brook trout to improve diverse angling opportunity and angling quality. Based on the department’s proposal which outlined the benefits and risks of stocking brook trout in Kolar Reservoir # 1, the fact that no public comments were received, it is my recommendation that the proposed action be implemented as described in the draft EA. Therefore, the draft EA becomes the Final EA. Brook trout will be stocked in Kolar Reservoir # 1 to improve angling quality.
(Decision Notices - 04/21/2011)

Wadsworth Reservoir, located on the west edge of Great Falls, is 41.3 surface acres with a maximum depth of 15.3 feet. It has been stocked with largemouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye and yellow perch. A major water source is the Sun River, which has resulted in other fish such as white suckers, carp, pumpkinseed sunfish and black bullhead entering the reservoir infrequently. FWP proposed to stock brook trout and white crappie in order to maximize angling quality in this urban fishery. Both species are tolerant of high water temperatures and may fare better that the other species in the reservoir. White crappie can tolerate turbid water which occurs frequently in this body of water. Based on the department’s proposal which outlined the benefits and risks of stocking brook trout and white crappie in Wadsworth Reservoir and the fact that no public comments were received, it is my recommendation that the proposed action be implemented as described in the draft EA. Brook trout and white crappie will be stocked in Wadsworth Reservoir to improve angling opportunity and angling quality. The Draft Environmental Assessment, together with this decision notice, will serve as the final document for this proposal.
(Decision Notices - 04/21/2011)



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