Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) proposes to complete several wild fish transfers and fingerling stockings of various species of fish in multiple counties within Region 7 in southeastern Montana. (Decision Notices - 07/31/2014)
The purpose of the proposed project is to control the spread of EWM within Canyon Ferry WMA and to prevent it from spreading into downstream areas of the Missouri River system and to other areas where recreationists inadvertently carry the invasive plant species. This environmental assessment evaluates three alternatives: a No Action Alternative, the current action of mechanical and cultural (use materials or techniques that reduce weed populations such as bottom barriers or water drawdowns) control only, and the preferred alternative that utilizes mechanical, cultural, and chemical control in an integrated weed management approach (IWM). The IWM approach will help minimize the use of each option to minimize the potential impacts of each option to fish, wildlife, water quality, and habitat. Cultural and mechanical control will continue to be used in select areas while herbicide applications could occur in suitable sites such as the West Canal that diverts water to Pond 4. This project will last 5 years (2014-2018). During that time, additional herbicide application could occur in additional sites within Canyon Ferry WMA if management area staff determines their necessity. (Restoration & Rehabilitation - 07/29/2014)
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposed to restore westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) to Pintler Creek upstream of Pintler Falls including Oreamnos Lake. Rainbow trout is the only fish species present in Pintler Creek upstream of the falls and in Oreamnos Lake. (Decision Notices - 07/28/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase a permanent road easement providing a permanent route to the area for public hunting and recreation access. The route would approach the Bear Gulch Road from the east to cross approximately 1 mile of a private land owned by the Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT). PPLT and Forest Service will enter into a Purchase Option agreement whereby PPLT will bargain sell the easement to FWP but convey the easement to the Forest Service. The Forest Service administers the public lands of the Helena National Forest surrounding the private lands the Bear Gulch Road #4136 crosses.
The proposed road easement provides the only legal public access rights to the adjacent property owned by the Foundation that is under option to be conveyed to the Forest Service.
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 the Bozeman or Butte FWP offices, or viewed on FWP’s website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 07/24/2014)