FWP SEEKS COMMENT ON COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATIONS
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed commercial fishing regulations on Lake Helena and Canyon Ferry Reservoir for the harvest of carp. The proposed regulations for 2014 specify the areas where carp can be harvested and the process for reporting commercial operations to FWP prior to fishing. Special regulations would help protect nesting waterfowl on Lake Helena and prevent conflicts with recreational anglers on Canyon Ferry. The FWP Commission is authorized to approve one commercial fishing operation for each body of water and to set the regulations. Only one individual has applied for the 2014 commercial fishing permit to harvest carp from Canyon Ferry Reservoir and Lake Helena. Comments are due by January 24, 2014.
(Fishing - 12/24/2013)
The purpose of this project is to improve the fishing access site with a variety of projects. One area will be a designed parking area with eight parking spaces. One of those parking spaces will be ADA-Van accessible. There will also be a new concrete walk from the latrine to the parking area to provide a safe and clear walkway. Another project in this development will include new fencing to help direct traffic and establish boundaries for the site. (Decision Notices - 12/19/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a Conservation Easement (CE) to protect wildlife habitat and ensure continuing public access on the Tom and Karen Browning Ranch (hereafter, “Ranch”). The CE would protect approximately 2,596 acres of riparian, plains forest, and sagebrush grasslands in southeast Petroleum County and the eastern boundary of Garfield County along the Musselshell River. The project is located approximately 15 miles north of Mosby, Montana; 30 miles northeast of Winnett and 30 miles northwest of Sand Springs, Montana. (Conservation - 12/13/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on changes to commercial-use fees at state fishing access sites and wildlife management areas. Among the changes are proposals to simplify some of the fee options for different types of commercial use and a fee increase for failure to submit payments and records on time. Public comment will be accepted through January 13, 2014. (Fishing - 12/12/2013)
The 2013 Legislature passed HB 444 establishing a program in which a private landowner who provides public access to a parcel of state land through a contractual agreement with the department can receive a $500 tax credit, with a limit of $2000 per year. The law requires the commission to adopt administrative rules that address the contracts and the duration of access, types of qualified access, and reasonable landowner-imposed restrictions. The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014 and terminates Dec. 31, 2018. (ARM Rules - 11/27/2013)