On January 27, 2011, the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) published MAR Notice No. 12-365 pertaining to the public hearings on the proposed amendment, adoption, and repeal of the above-stated rules at page 83 of the 2011 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 2.
On February 22 and February 23, 2011 the commission held public hearings to consider the proposed amendment, adoption, and repeal of the above-stated rules.
The commission has amended ARM 12.11.805 and 12.11.3205 as proposed; adopted New Rules II [12.11.3402], III [12.11.3423], IV [12.11.5303], and V [12.11.510] as proposed; and adopted New Rule I [12.11.2206] with amendments to the proposed language. (ARM Rules - 05/27/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has completed an environmental assessment (EA) proposing to establish a seasonal boat closure and no-wake speed boating rule on Church Slough of the Flathead River in response to a petition submitted to FWP by Flathead Wildlife, Inc., and supported by Flathead Audubon Society and Flathead County Weed/Parks/Recreation Board. Church Slough is located on the Flathead River about thirteen miles upstream of Flathead Lake in Flathead County, Montana (Township 28N, Range 20W, Section 31).
The public comment period for this draft EA ran through 5:00 p.m., March 4, 2011. A public meeting was held at the FWP headquarters office, 490 N Meridian Road, in Kalispell, on Tuesday, February 22, with 58 people attending and 21 providing verbal comment. There were 55 written comments received during the comment period.
Based on the analysis in the EA and review of public comment, it is recommended the FWP Commission not adopt the no-wake rule, but recommended the Commission adopt the seasonal boating closure from March 1 to April 10 on Church Slough. A copy of the decision notice is attached for your information.
(Decision Notices - 05/26/2011)
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission is seeking comments on proposed changes to the boating regulations for the Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers. The public is invited to comment on the proposed rule changes and the Environmental Assessment (EA) that assesses the predicted impacts of implementing the changes.
(ARM Rules - 05/26/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase the hard-rock mineral rights from CR Montana Corporation under 29,488 acres of FWP’s recently acquired Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Fish Creek State Park (SP), located in Mineral County. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 05/26/2011)