Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposes to renew a grazing lease on 160 acres of the
Beartooth Wildlife Management Area (BTWMA) for cattle grazing to better manage vegetation for wildlife to adjoining landowner (lessee) Voegele’s Inc. for a 6-year period.
(Decision Notices - 03/28/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) is seeking proposals from agencies and organizations with interest and capability to house/hold brucellosis-free bison resulting from the Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study (hereafter referred to QFS bison) conducted by MFWP and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as described in the Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study Phase II/III (MFWP December 2005). Approximately 135 bison that have completed all phases of the quarantine study and are currently being held at the Green Ranch near Bozeman Montana will be available for translocation. [Learn more] (Species Removal & Relocation - 03/26/2014)
A. Type of Proposed Action: Removal of non-native fishes with rotenone and expansion of existing populations of westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) downstream into Dry Fork Belt Creek.
• To mitigate for the short term loss of fishing opportunity in mainstem Dry Fork, MFWP plans to stock sterile hatchery WCT near popular fishing areas in Dry Fork Creek if the Preferred Alternative of non-native fish removals is selected.
• Also, the upper reaches of Dry Fork Belt Creek support both brook trout and WCT. An effort will be made to rescue WCT should the preferred alternative be selected. Native WCT would be collected by electrofishing and moved upstream of the treatment area.
This EA is focused entirely on potential non-native fish removal efforts in the Dry Fork Belt Creek Drainage. A concurrent/separate action to construct a fish barrier on Dry Fork Belt Creek is underway. This action is being reviewed under CERCLA as a part of Superfund activities occurring in the basin. Should the preferred alternative of non-native fish removals not be selected, construction of a fish barrier will provide a much reduced but important benefit to native westslope cutthroat trout populations.
(Restoration & Rehabilitation - 03/24/2014)
The enclosed draft Environmental Assessment (EA) proposal has been prepared for your review. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ land lease-out policy, as it pertains to the disposition of interest in Department lands (89-1-209), requires that an EA be written for all new leases, lease extensions or lease renewals. This draft EA assesses the potential impacts from grazing cattle on the Haymaker Wildlife Management Area relative to a proposed grazing lease renewal. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/22/2014)
The REVISED Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to establish a new grazing lease on the Robb/Ledford Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with the Ledford Creek Grazing Association (LCGA) for a 6-year term. The term would run from April 2014 through October 2019. This lease agreement would allow the continuation of a coordinated rest-rotation grazing system that includes the Robb/Ledford WMA, Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation (DNRC) lands leased by FWP, DNRC lands leased by the LCGA, and United States Forest Service (USFS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands leased by the LCGA. All of the aforementioned lands share common boundaries or are intermingled or both.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 25, 2014. Comments should be sent to the following:
DUE TO THE REVISION POSTED 4/4/14, THE CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 25, 2014.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 03/19/2014)