Wed Jul 17 08:26:00 MDT 2013
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposed to acquire approximately 36 acres of land in Lewis and Clark County, Montana along Prickly Pear Creek for the purpose of establishing a fishing access site (FAS). Prickly Pear Land Trust, the current landowner, has offered to donate the property in fee title to FWP. The proposed FAS is located 3.5 miles northeast of Helena north of Olsen Road in the Helena Valley in Lewis and Clark County. The proposed FAS would provide public access to Prickly Pear Creek for fishing, picnicking, walking, wildlife viewing, and other uses. A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) was available for public comment from June 14 to July 14, 2013. Ten comments were received from eleven respondents during the public comment period. No comments voiced opposition to the proposed acquisition of the parcel. Two respondents raised issues that were not addressed in the Environmental Assessment, which were responded to in the Decision Notice. Based on public comments, there were no modifications to the draft EA. The draft EA and the decision notice serve as the final documents for this proposed action, and MFWP has decided to implement the proposed action and recommend acceptance of the parcel to the FWP Commission.