Tue Jun 27 00:00:00 MDT 2006
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has prepared the Decision Notice for the proposed acquisition of the Raynolds Pass Fishing Access Easement along the Madison River in Madison County. The Raynolds Pass Fishing Access Easement was the subject of an environmental assessment released to the public on May 16, 2006. Three public comments were received during the comment period, which ran through June 16, 2006. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proposed to accept the donation of a fishing access easement, providing the public with permanent walk-in access to a mile-long, 50-foot-wide strip of land along the upper Madison River. The easement, to be granted to FWP by the owner of the underlying property, would connect two existing FWP fishing access sites, Raynolds Pass and Three Dollar Bridge, on the north side of the Madison River. Acceptance of this easement by FWP would allow the public to walk between these fishing access sites, and also to fish along the river throughout the length of the easement area. The decision to accept the Raynolds Pass Fishing Access Easement represents the preferred alternative (C) presented in the Environmental Assessment, which proposed that FWP acquire and retain ownership of the Raynolds Pass Fishing Access Easement. The final decision on this acquisition rests with the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission.