FWP is seeking comment on the proposed Fishing Access Site (FAS) Annual Rule. The proposed rule sets the fees for FAS camping, group use permits, facility rentals, and special recreation permits (SRP). The proposed rule includes a $5 increase to the minimum SRP fee for commercial use, competitive events, and organized groups on the Blackfoot and Madison rivers; the minimum fee would be increased from $95 to $100. The proposed rule would also authorize FWP to require food storage at fishing access sites to address or prevent bear/human conflicts. FWP anticipates implementing food storage orders at only a limited number of fishing access sites at this time. For more information call FWP at 406-444-3888. (ARM Rules - Thu Dec 20 12:51:00 MST 2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) issued a Decision Notice to proceed with accepting the donation of water rights for Nevada Spring Creek, a tributary of Nevada Creek in the Upper Blackfoot Drainage. FWP would then propose to change the water to in-stream use (through the DNRC’s “change of use” process for water rights). (Decision Notices - Wed Dec 19 16:32:00 MST 2012)
FWP issued a decision notice is to proceed with the proposed action to extend the grazing lease on Spotted Dog WMA. However, the decision notice calls for extending the lease only from May 15-Sept. 30, 2013. (Decision Notices - Mon Dec 17 15:36:00 MST 2012)
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the Potential Reintroduction of Bighorn Sheep into the Bridger Mountains, Southwest Montana. This project proposes to reintroduce Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep into the Bridger Mountains of southwest Montana. Thirty-five public comments were received during a 30-day comment period ending November 26.
It is my decision to select Alternative C for the proposed project with no changes to the Draft EA. That alternative acknowledges that now is not the right time for a reintroduction but commits to additional work towards that end.
(Decision Notices - Fri Dec 07 15:27:00 MST 2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released a Draft Environmental Assessment proposing to accept the donation of approximately 1,050 acres of rangeland in Chouteau County. The property is located 13 miles southwest of Big Sandy along the Missouri River, and three miles west of the Virgelle Ferry and the Coal Banks Recreation Area. It is contiguous with 360 acres of State School Trust land and 115 acres of Bureau of Land Management owned land. The acquisition of these acres by FWP will help conserve and enhance the variety of game and non-game species present and valuable grassland, riparian, and shrub-grassland habitats. The acquisition of the property will also provide recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and floating the Missouri River. Through the public comment effort that ran from October 17 through November 9, 2012 and the public hearing that was held, written or verbal comments were received from 10 individuals. The majority of the comments that were received supported the proposal (7), one comment opposed the acquisition, while the remaining two comments did not support or oppose the proposal. These comments are addressed in the Decision Notice. Attached is the Spring Coulee WMA Draft EA which has been accepted as final, the Spring Coulee WMA Final Letter and the Spring Coulee WMA Decision Notice. (Decision Notices - Mon Dec 03 15:34:00 MST 2012)