On June 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Seeley Lake Community Center, 3248 Hwy 83 North, Seeley Lake, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment and adoption of recreational use rules on Lake Alva, Harpers Lake, and Lake Marshall.
(Recent Public Notices - 05/09/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a proposal to remove a northern pike population in Bass Lake and Mud Creek in northwest Montana using a combination of netting, trapping, and electrofishing, and restocking the lake with native westslope cutthroat trout. This project would be conducted within the Mud Creek watershed located approximately 6 miles southeast of the city of Eureka. The removal of northern pike would help restore native fish populations in the Tobacco River and Lake Koocanusa, which Bass Lake and Mud Creek feed. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the project.
The draft is out for a 30-day public review through June 8, 2013. Please contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Jim Dunnigan, (406) 293-4161, Ext. 200, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
(Recent Public Notices - 05/09/2013)
Region 2 FWP has issued a Decision Notice to proceed with its proposal to renew a lease of pasture on its Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (BCWMA) located in Powell County. The proposed lease between FWP and the Two Creek Ranch (Lessee) would exchange grazing on 1,050 acres of primarily non-native pasture on the BCWMA, for implementation of a rest-rotation grazing system on 1,000 acres of privately managed native grasslands that provide important elk winter forage. Additionally, infrastructure maintenance and weed treatment on the BCWMA would be performed by the Lessee. FWP will recommend to the FWP Commission at its May 9 meeting that FWP be allowed to proceed with this lease. (Recent Public Notices - 05/07/2013)
This project is an application for a commercial fur farm for the purpose of raising and selling Bobcats, Bobcat kittens, Lynx and Lynx kittens to the general public. The facility is located approximately 10 miles north of Stevensville, Montana at 472 Wild Iris Road, Stevensville MT 59870. (Recent Public Notices - 05/07/2013)
An Environmental Assessment (EA) proposes to restore westslope cutthroat trout in York Gulch and the West Fork Mudd Creek in the Big Hole River drainage. Non-native brook trout upstream of the existing barriers would be removed using rotenone in the formulation of CFT Legumine. The remaining cutthroat trout and tailed frog tadpoles would be salvaged prior to treatment and restored. (Recent Public Notices - 05/03/2013)
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared proposing to conserve westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork North Fork Divide Creek (Big Hole drainage), Bostwick Creek, and Beehive Basin Creek (Gallatin drainage) through the mechanical removal of non-native trout. Mechanical removal consists of electrofishing and/or netting and selectively removing non-native trout. (Recent Public Notices - 05/03/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would close a portion of Florence Bridge Fishing Access Site (FAS) on the Bitterroot River to address safety concerns while the Eastside Highway bridge is replaced.
MDT will provide public float passage through the construction zone, but there may be short periods of time when activities will create unsafe conditions for river users. Accordingly, the rule would also grant FWP, with the approval of the local FWP commissioner, the authority to temporarily close the entire site and the Bitterroot River 1,000 feet above and below the construction site if conditions become unsafe. (Recent Public Notices - 05/02/2013)
FWP seeks comment on a proposed rule that would temporarily close a nearly two-mile stretch of the Clark Fork River near Warm Springs Ponds and a small portion of the neighboring Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to address public safety concerns while construction crews work to remove toxic sediment on Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) property as part of the Clark Fork Superfund cleanup project.
(Recent Public Notices - 05/02/2013)
Region 2 FWP has issued a Decision Notice to proceed with its proposal to acquire 3 conservation easements (Murray Douglas, Murray Creek, and Douglas Creek) on approximately 10,760 acres of private land north of Drummond in Powell County. The purpose is to secure critical fish and wildlife habitat and to maintain compatible recreational opportunities and hunting access for the public. A draft environmental assessment, management plan, and socio-economic assessment for this proposal were available for public review from March 22 to April 22, 2013. All but one comment received from the public and at the public hearing expressed support for this proposal; the one did not specifically express support or opposition. FWP will recommend to the FWP Commission at its May 9 meeting that FWP be allowed to proceed with the CE acquisitions. (Recent Public Notices - 05/02/2013)
An Environmental Assessment (EA) proposes to remove hybridized cutthroat trout from Peet Creek (tributary to Red Rock River) using rotenone, and to replace with pure westslope cutthroat trout from remaining Centennial Valley populations. (Recent Public Notices - 04/26/2013)