MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment for the Kootenai Falls Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Riparian Planting proposal for habitat restoration work along the Kootenai River bank within the Kootenai Falls WMA in Lincoln County, Montana (Township 31N, Range 32W). Proposed plantings were intended to restore some of the riparian plant communities impacted by Libby Dam. MFWP would work together with The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (funding through Bonneville Power Administration) to complete five acres of habitat restoration on the WMA. The draft was out for a 14-day public review through April 8, 2013. One of the three comments received raised significant concerns over potential impacts of the proposal to cultural resources in the general area. Therefore, the decision for this proposal is to select the No Action Alternative and not to continue as proposed. While the riparian planting would result in improved habitats and restore historic conditions, the effect on cultural issues would be uncertain and costly to mitigate. The draft EA together with the decision notice will constitute the final document.
Dwight Bergeron, Wildlife Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 490 N Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, (406) 751-4587, firstname.lastname@example.org.