Centurylink/Qwest is requesting an easement from FWP to install a fiber-optic cable through Point of Rocks FAS Upstream Parcel. The proposed action is an easement granted by FWP. The easement would allow Centurylink/Qwest to bury a fiber-optic cable in the easement area. Centurylink/Qwest is building its fiber-optic cable to provide upgraded communications infrastructure to Yellowstone National Park, and the communities of Gardiner and West Yellowstone located in southwest Montana.
This Draft EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, the State Library, and the Environmental Quality Council. It also may be obtained from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov .
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. October 14, 2011. Comments should be sent to the following:
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 09/30/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has released a Decision Notice for the Great Falls Shooting Sports Complex for a Shooting Range Development Grant. This range is located approximately 3 miles north of Great Falls. The Project will provide in partial funding of $25,676.88 in partial funding towards construction of 1000 yard shooting range pits. (Decision Notices - 09/30/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks released its Decision Notice and recommendations that will be made to the FWP Commission regarding proposed changes to the boating rules that would affect portions of the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers near Missoula and a small section of the Blackfoot River just upstream from the former Milltown Dam site. The proposed rules address public safety concerns and social conflicts, and would establish some additional sections of the Clark Fork River in the Missoula vicinity that would either be closed to motorized watercraft or limited by horsepower.
Additionally, FWP is opening a 7-day comment period on a proposal to prohibit personal watercraft on the Bitterroot River and sections of the Clark Fork River. The decision to open the comment period was made to ensure that the public is adequately informed about the recommended changes that would affect personal watercraft. This comment period applies only to the recommendation to prohibit personal watercraft on the Bitterroot River and sections of the Clark Fork River. (See News Release and Decision Notice for further information.)
The FWP Commission is scheduled to make a final decision on the proposed boating rules changes at its regular Commission meeting on October 13, 2011 in Helena.
(ARM Rules - 09/30/2011)
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released a Decision Notice regarding a proposal to provide the Pondera Shooting Sports Club $8,494.89 in partial funding for construction of a protective wall and the extension of the clubhouse roof. (Decision Notices - 09/29/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes transferring non-hybridized eyed eggs and juvenile and adult westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) to currently fishless Smith Creek in the Highwood Creek Drainage from North Fork Highwood Creek, Big Coulee Creek, and/or North Fork Little Belt Creek, all of which are in the Highwood Mountains. A fish barrier was constructed on private land near the confluence of Smith Creek and Highwood Creek in 2011. (Species Stocking - 09/22/2011)