Thu May 14 10:26:00 MDT 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen: A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed removal of nonnative eastern brook trout and hybridized cutthroat trout from the Soda Butte Creek Drainage near Cook City Montana to protect the Lamar River Drainage in Yellowstone National Park from invasion by these species, and to provide a secure area for establishing a population of nonhybridized Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a major drainage to the Lamar River. This will be a joint project involving Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Wyoming Game and Fish, the Shoshone and Gallatin/Custer National Forests, and Yellowstone National Park. It is proposed to use chemical treatment to remove the existing fish population from Soda Butte Creek then restock the stream with pure Yellowstone cutthroat trout from the best available source. This EA can be viewed on the FWP website (http://fwp.mt.gov) under Public Notices. If you would like a copy mailed to you please contact the Region 5 headquarters at (406) 247-2940. Two public meeting to discuss this project will be held in Livingston on May 18th at the Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge (old Best Western), and in Cooke City on May 27th at the Chamber of Commerce conference room. Any questions about this project should be directed to Jason Rhoten (328-6160), or Ken Frazer (247-2961). Comments should be addressed to the undersigned by June 19, 2015.