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Warm Springs WMA Maintenance and Equipment Building-Draft EA


FWP invites public review and comment on its proposal to construct a 40’ x 60’ maintenance and equipment building at its Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The structure would serve as the new work and storage area for the WMA maintenance crews that operate out of the WMA, located at Warm Springs in Deer Lodge County. A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to describe and analyze the proposal.

(Region 2 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

North Shore Wildlife Management Area Proposed Wildlife Viewing Area Draft Environmental Assessment


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking input on a proposal to create a public wildlife viewing area overlooking the 427-acre North Shore Wildlife Management Area southeast of Kalispell. FWP owns and manages the North Shore WMA located in Flathead County, approximately seven miles southeast of Kalispell and just north of Flathead Lake. The WMA is a mix of cultivated grain fields, seasonally flooded grasslands, and wooded uplands. The property abuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 1,887-acre Flathead Lake North Shore Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), and together they protect the lake’s longest stretch of undeveloped shoreline and are part of the Audubon-designated Flathead Lake Important Bird Area (IBA). The agricultural land of the WMA is managed for wildlife with leave grain left by contract farmers to provide for the energetic requirements of thousands of waterfowl that use the north shore of Flathead Lake as a stopover on their migration north. Over 100 species of birds have been documented using the WMA, including tens of thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors. FWP proposes building a wildlife viewing area on the northwest corner of the WMA. Construction would include: • Improving a portion of the existing access road from the parking lot to the viewing platform • Potentially widening the parking area to provide space for a bus to turn around • Constructing a 5-ft high, 256 square foot viewing platform of compressed gravel with safety railing • Building fences and planting shrubs to screen the viewing area from wildlife.

(Region 1 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Rosebud East FAS Site Improvements Draft EA


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposal to construct an ADA-compliant, handicap-accessible fishing pier at Rosebud East Fishing Access Site (FAS). Rosebud East FAS, located on the Yellowstone River at Forsyth, Montana, was acquired in fee title in 1968. Existing facilities on the 29-acre FAS include: a singlewide concrete boat ramp; parking area; concrete vault latrine; staging area, Rosebud Fishing Access Road, and campground loop and campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. The objective of the proposed improvement project is to construct a handicap accessible fishing pier with a concrete sidewalk and parking area at Rosebud East FAS in order to accommodate handicap visitors at the popular and heavily-used site.

(Region 7 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Two Bridges (Bridge 51) FAS EA Decision Notice


FWP has issued the decision notice for its proposal to lease approximately 2 acres of land from BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) along the Yellowstone River at Bridge 51 for the purpose of providing public access to the Yellowstone River and developing a fishing access site (FAS). The site will now be known as Two Bridges FAS. After review of this proposal, it is the decision of FWP to accept the draft environmental assessment (EA) and to recommend proceeding with the proposed Two Bridges (Bridge 51) FAS.

(Region 5 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Whitefish River Trail Extension Environmental Assessment


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment of a proposed pedestrian path along the Whitefish River. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m., May 31, 2019. The City of Whitefish proposes to construct a four-foot-wide gravel pedestrian path along the Whitefish River that would complete the connection between Kay Beller Park and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Trail and complete a critical link in the city’s River Trail system. The project proposes construction of approximately 650 linear feet of four-foot-wide gravel pedestrian path. The path would be located within an existing easement adjacent to the Whitefish River and the Riverbend Condominium property. It would then continue north veering away from the river on the Inspiration Drive Property. The path would then connect on BNSF property to the existing City bicycle and pedestrian path. Approximately 370 linear feet of river bank would be impacted by the proposed trail. Approximately 70 linear feet of the path would encroach into the jurisdictional ordinary high water mark. At the north end of the proposed trail alignment, the path would be located about 62 feet from the river. The project alternatives include: no action; switchbacks with retaining walls; helical piers and a boardwalk along the river; and an eight-foot paved path along the river.

(Region 1 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Robb-Ledford Wildlife Management Area Aspen Enhancement Project


Ladies and Gentlemen: The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to enhance approximately 40 acres of aspen-dominated forest within the RLWMA (Figure 2) through contracted mechanical removal of competing conifer trees with commercial value and lop-and-scatter of conifer trees with no commercial value. The objectives are • maintain remaining intact aspen-dominated forest; • restore productivity to decadent portions of the aspen-dominated forest; and • expand remaining intact aspen-dominated forest.

(Region 3 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Henneberry Fishing Access Site Proposed Improvements


The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed construction of additional parking facilities, improved boat-launching facilities, and improved handicap accessibility at Henneberry Fishing Access Site (FAS) in order to accommodate the increasing popularity and use of the site. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 29, 2019.

(Region 3 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Grant Marsh Access Improvement EA


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to realign the Grant Marsh FAS access road to replace the portions of the access road washed out during 2016 flooding of the Bighorn River (Figure 4). In addition, a concrete low-water crossing/ford would be installed on the access road over the side channel and a culvert would be installed over a swale on the access road near the boat ramp. The proposed project will minimize the risk of future erosion of the access road and will maintain a safe and permanent access to the FAS facilities. Proposed development involves the realignment of the FAS access road; the construction of approximately ½ mile of new FAS access road; and installation of a concrete low-water crossing over a side channel on the access road. Public comment will be accepted through 5:00p.m. April 25.

(Region 5 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Mt Haggin WMA Highway 569 Improvement Project Decision Notice


This Decision Notice has been prepared to allow MT Department of Transportation (MDT) in partnership with the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve a 4-mile section of existing paved surface of MT Highway 569, across MT FWP Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The highway is locally known as the Mill Creek Highway. The highway project would include resurfacing and widening the existing road prism, repairing and restoring drainage, replacing the California Creek Bridge, installing earth walls and placing pavement markings.

(Region 3 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)

Control of Aquatic Invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil within the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area, Broadwater County, Montana


The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to allow aquatic herbicide control of EWM within the west canal and east canals on the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area (CFWMA). If Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) spreads and becomes a problem in the CFWMA duck ponds), then there might be a need for aquatic herbicidal control of EWM in the applicable duck ponds in the future. The west canal supplies the water to Pond 4 and the east canal supplies the water to Ponds 2 and 3. This environmental assessment evaluates two alternatives, which includes a No Action Alternative – no aquatic herbicidal control, and the preferred alternative that utilizes aquatic herbicidal chemical control. Under the preferred alternative, it’s expected that aquatic herbicide applications for EWM would likely have to continue indefinitely in the two canals given the steady input of EWM plant propagules from the Missouri River. EWM is found in many upstream areas of the Missouri and Jefferson River watersheds. Any high-flow event could result in EWM levels returning to pre-treatment levels or result in levels higher. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 18, 2019. Comments should be sent to the following:

(Region 3 - Development, Improvements, and Enhancements)


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