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)
In 2008, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) acquired 163 acres of land along the Sun River on Highway 200 between Vaughn and Sun River for the purpose of establishing a fishing access site (FAS) known as Largent’s Bend FAS. The site was named for John Largent, a prominent settler and merchant in the Sun River Valley and founder of the nearby town of Sun River. FWP proposes to develop Largent’s Bend FAS including two parking areas, one to accommodate four single vehicles near a fishing pond and a second to accommodate four truck/trailers and 4 single vehicles near an improved gravel boat ramp Also included in the proposed project are regulatory and informational signs, and boundary fencing. A concrete vault latrine and gravel access road, requiring slight modification, are already present on the property. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 11/26/2013)
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the potential reintroduction of bighorn sheep into the Madison Mountains, southwest Montana. This Environmental Assessment proposes the release of 40-50 bighorn sheep into either Indian Creek or Wolf Creek drainages. 35 public comments were received during a 52-day comment period ending November 8th, 2013.
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 .
It is my decision to proceed with the proposed project, with no changes to the Draft EA.
Thank you for your interest.
(Decision Notices - 11/22/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the open water season of 2014. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Applications for contests may be approved, denied or approved with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or require additional access site maintenance when needed. A list of applications can be seen by clicking on the attachment field below.
The public may comment on the proposed contests through December 26, 2013.
(Fishing - 11/22/2013)