Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has released a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Mission Valley Shooting Club for a Shooting Range Development Grant. The range is located 3.5 miles west of Ronan and 12 miles south of Polson, in Lake County Montana. FWP proposes to provide $21,038.87 in partial funding to make improvements to the range. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2011. Please note that this draft EA will be considered as final if no substantive comments are received by the deadline listed above.
(Recreation - 08/31/2011)
An environmental assessment (EA) proposal has been prepared for the purpose of purchasing a public easement on ½ mile of the road that leads to the Haymaker Wildlife Management Area (HWMA) and associated United States Forest Service (USFS) lands. The HWMA is owned and managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) and is located in deer/elk Hunting District 540, Region 5, headquartered out of Billings, MT. The USFS lands are part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The proposed easement will provide legal public road access in perpetuity to the HWMA and adjacent USFS lands in the Little Belt Mountains of central Montana. The cost of the easement is approximately $50,000, funded by hunting license revenues through the Access Public Lands program administered by MFWP. MFWP has made the final decision to go forward with this acquisition. (Decision Notices - 08/30/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for review and public comment regarding a proposal to grant funds to the Butte Trap Club, also known as the Butte Trap and Skeet Club. The range is located approximately 5 miles south of the center of Butte, on Gun Club road. This project tentatively plans to provide $6,677 in partial funding towards the construction of a perimeter fence and warning signs for the range. A draft EA has been completed and is available for your review. The comment period ends at 5:00 PM on September 12, 2011. Please note that this draft EA will be considered as final if no substantive comments are received by the deadline listed above. (Recreation - 08/30/2011)
Region 7, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking for public comment on the proposed action to purchase an easement from the Wood Ranch that would provide permanent public access to the Custer National Forest in the Stacey, MT area. The final easement would be held by the U.S. Forest Service. The proposed action is to purchase an easement on 0.4-mile section of the existing Stacey Creek Road connects to a permanent easement held by the U.S. Forest Service that provides public access to the Custer National Forest. Road use and conditions would continue the status quo that has resulted from the landowner allowing the public to use the road to access the National Forest. FWP’s preferred alternative is to implement the proposed action as described in Section II of this EA.
Public comment will be taken from the Friday, August 26, through Tuesday, September 20. Comments may be delivered by mail, fax, in person, by email or phone to:
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks – Region 7
Attn: Stacey Creek EA Comments
352 I-94 Business Loop
P.O. Box 1630
Miles City, MT 59301
*Note Stacey Creek EA Comments in the subject line* (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 08/25/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has released a Decision Notice on a proposal to grant the Polson Shooters Association $20,150 in partial funding to connect power to the range; construct a wall between handgun and rifle ranges; construct concrete pads, benches and covers; and add stairs from parking area. This range is located on Kerr Dam Road, southwest of Polson, Montana.
For a copy of this Decision Notice, please write to FWP, Attn: Kurt Cunningham, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620 or for an electronic copy, visit FWP’s “Public Notices” link at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices .
(Decision Notices - 08/22/2011)