Tue Nov 19 13:22:00 MST 2013
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) proposes to acquire 147 acres along the Flathead River, 1.5 miles east of downtown Kalispell. Property ownership would be transferred to MFWP by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). The property, currently referred to as the Lincoln property, in reference to a former owner, would be named the Otter Island Fisheries Conservation Area (FCA) and managed by MFWP for open space habitat and dispersed public recreation. In September 2013 MFWP released an environmental assessment (EA) for a 30-day public review. After reviewing all the public comment and other relevant information, and evaluating the environmental effects, it is recommended that MFWP pursue acquiring the Otter Island Fisheries Conservation Area pending MFWP Commission and Montana Land Board approval of the proposed action. This decision notice together with the draft EA and revised Management Plan will serve as the final documents for this proposal. MFWP believes the completion of this project is in the best interests of protecting water quality and aquatic resources associated with the Flathead Lake and River System; it would provide opportunities to manage and improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and it would provide additional recreational opportunities for the public.