The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the Upper Shields River Watershed Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Inventory and Brook Trout Suppression Project. This project proposes the mechanical removal of Eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontanalis) that are encountered during an intensive inventory of the headwaters of the Shields River for distribution of Yellowstone cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki bouvieri). The objective of brook trout suppression is to reduce competition with Yellowstone cutthroat over the short term until a detailed conservation plan for Yellowstone cutthroat can be implemented. Only one public comment was received during a 30-day comment period ending July 24, 2009. It is my decision to proceed with the proposed project, with no changes to the Draft EA. Questions regarding this Decision Notice should be mailed to: Scott Opitz 1400 S 19th Avenue Bozeman, MT 59718 Or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your interest.