Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will reopen for public comment the proposal to acquire 89.16 acres of land for the purpose of developing a day use fishing access site on Sixteenmile Creek. The land proposed for acquisition is located along a five mile stretch of abandoned Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way (approximately one mile west of Highway 89 and one-half mile west of Ringling, MT). Public comment will be accepted for 30 days, starting April 1, 2012 until 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2012. Comments should be sent to: Montana FWP, c/o Sixteenmile Creek Fishing Access Site Proposed Acquisition and Development, 1400 South 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718 or emailed to: Sixteenmile@mt.gov. Comments previously provided by individuals remain on record. No further submission is necessary. A public meeting to discuss the proposal has been scheduled for April 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Meagher County Courthouse in White Sulphur Springs, MT.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/30/2012)
In 1997, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) entered into an agreement with the Meagher County Newlan Creek Water District to provide public recreational use of Newlan Reservoir and establishing a fishing access site (FAS). MFWP proposed to develop Newlan Creek Reservoir FAS in two phases. Phase I was completed in 2001, which included an entrance road and parking area, access roads through Camp Loops A and B, a boat launch, and three latrines. MFWP proposes to develop Phase II, which would include improvement of gravel access roads and development of designated campsites throughout Camp Loops A and B and the areas known as Big Point and Little Point, construction of a designated gravel parking area near the upper end of the reservoir, construction of a gravel boat access on Little Point, relocation of a vault latrine from the existing parking area to Big Point, possibly locating another vault latrine at Little Point or Headwaters and additional regulatory and informational signs. Phase II development of Newlan Creek Reservoir FAS would improve recreational opportunities by allowing additional opportunities for camping, boating and fishing. The proposed development reduces public safety hazards and degradation to fish and wildlife habitats due to pioneered roads and campsites, as well as improved sanitation by relocating and adding latrines.
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 03/29/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and FWP proposes to remove northern pike, blue gill and, if time permits, yellow perch from East Fork Reservoir starting in spring 2012, prior to the late summer draw down proposed by the City of Lewistown. East Fork Reservoir is proposed to be drained to allow repair of the damaged gate stem on the upstream face of East Fork Dam. Removals may also occur during and immediately after the East Fork drawdown. The objective of the fish removal is to reduce the magnitude of fish in the reservoir that may wash downstream into East Fork Spring Creek and Big Spring Creek and protect the downstream fishery. It is anticipated that 100 – 200 northern pike and less than100 bluegill will be removed, but under ideal sampling conditions the number of northern pike could be much higher. The Environmental Assessment (EA) was made available to the public on February 17, 2012 and the comment period ended March 20, 2012. A press release about the proposed plan was also distributed. Four comments were received. Two comments were in support of the action, one opposed, and one commenter requested composting of the fish carcasses. The decision notice provides responses to the comments. It is my decision to proceed with the proposed action to remove northern pike and bluegill but not yellow perch from East Fork Reservoir. (Decision Notices - 03/29/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to stock largemouth bass in a reservoir on private land near Tunis, approximately seven miles west of Fort Benton. 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 the reservoir with fish. Montana FWP plans to stock the reservoir periodically with largemouth bass to improve angling opportunity and angling quality. This reservoir has been stocked since 1929 with coho salmon, brook trout, channel catfish and rainbow trout. FWP is proposing to stock largemouth bass in order to maximize angling quality in this fishery. Comments were accepted starting February 7, 2012 when the EA was posted on the FWP website. No comments have been received. Based on the EA, benefits and risks associated with this project, it is my decision that there would be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. It is my decision to proceed with the proposed action to stock largemouth bass in Tunis Reservoir. The draft EA together with this decision notice will serve as the final documents for this proposal.
(Decision Notices - 03/29/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to stock black and white crappie in a reconstructed reservoir north of Winnett, Montana on Dry Blood Creek known as Dry Blood Reservoir. This reservoir is on BLM lands and has legal public access. Historically it was about 10 surface acres with a maximum depth of 19ft. It has consistently leaked in recent years. It has supported a largemouth bass fishery for many years with occasional winterkill. In 2008/2009 the dam was rebuilt with higher fill so winterkill events may be less frequent. No comments were received since posting of the Environmental Assessment last spring. Based on the EA, benefits and risks associated with this project, it is my decision that there would be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. Therefore an environmental impact statement is not required. It is my decision to proceed with the proposed action to stock black and white crappie in Dry Blood Reservoir. The draft EA together with this decision notice will serve as the final documents for this proposal. (Decision Notices - 03/29/2012)