Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has completed an environmental assessment (EA) proposing to establish a seasonal boat closure and no-wake speed boating rule on Church Slough of the Flathead River in response to a petition submitted to FWP by Flathead Wildlife, Inc., and supported by Flathead Audubon Society and Flathead County Weed/Parks/Recreation Board. Church Slough is located on the Flathead River about thirteen miles upstream of Flathead Lake in Flathead County, Montana (Township 28N, Range 20W, Section 31). The public comment period for this draft EA ran through 5:00 p.m., March 4, 2011. A public meeting was held at the FWP headquarters office, 490 N Meridian Road, in Kalispell, on Tuesday, February 22, with 58 people attending and 21 providing verbal comment. There were 55 written comments received during the comment period. Based on the analysis in the EA and review of public comment, it is recommended the FWP Commission not adopt the no-wake rule, but recommended the Commission adopt the seasonal boating closure from March 1 to April 10 on Church Slough. A copy of the decision notice is attached for your information.
Jessica Fitzpatrick Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Helena, MT firstname.lastname@example.org