The enclosed decision notice is for purchase of a public road easement on approximately 1 mile of the road that crosses property owned by the Prickly Pear Land Trust to access adjacent United States Forest Service (USFS) lands. The USFS lands are part of the Helena National Forest. The proposed easement will provide legal public road access in perpetuity through private lands to the USFS lands in the Big Belt Mountains of central Montana. The cost of the easement is approximately $50,000 funded by hunting license revenues through the Access Public Lands program administered by MFWP. (Decision Notices - 08/14/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment period on fishing contests proposed for the winter season of 2014-2015. 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. Please submit comments by midnight on September 12, 2014.
(Fishing - 08/12/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed improvements at the Island Lake Fishing Access Site. Island Lake is located in Lincoln County (T29N, R26W, NW¼ S31). Improvements would include: an improved gravel access road, a designated parking area to accommodate six to eight vehicles with trailers, gravel boat ramp, four designated campsites, a concrete vault latrine, fencing, fire rings, and informational and directional signs. Camping would be allowed at the FAS in the designated sites only. A nightly camping fee of $7 would be charged as per the FAS Biennial Fee Rule that was adopted by the FWP Commission in 2013.
The draft was out for a 30-day public review through May 11, 2014, with 13 written comments received. The comments and FWP responses are included in the attached decision notice. Based on the analysis in the EA and comments received, FWP proposes to develop Island Lake FAS as set forth in the decision notice.
(Decision Notices - 08/12/2014)