In January 2014, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) completed an environmental assessment (EA) to improve the facilities at Blanchard Lake Fishing Access Site (FAS) west of Whitefish, Montana. Based on the analysis completed in the EA and the public comments, MFWP decided to proceed with all the proposed improvements as presented in the EA. The original decision notice can be viewed at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/decisionNotices/pn_0676.html . Since the publication of the original EA decision notice for the FAS improvements, MFWP has determined that installation of an automated entrance gate would not meet the intended objectives of the improvement, which was to deter after-hours use of the site. The upper parking area would remain outside of the gate and people could still park there and walk into the site after hours. In addition, the costs associated with the automatic gate, its installation and maintenance, would exceed current budget allowances. Therefore, as set forth in the Amended Decision Notice for the Blanchard Lake Fishing Access Site Improvements, MFWP will not proceed with the installation of an automatic entrance gate to the lower parking area at the FAS. No changes are required to the original Blanchard Lake Fishing Access Site EA if the automatic gate is not installed. All other proposed improvements will be initiated as described.
Tony Powell, R-1 FAS Coordinator, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, (406) 751-5423, email@example.com.