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Notice of Public Hearings on Proposed Rules and Environmental Assessment on Bitterroot River Recreational Use

Rules

Fri Sep 08 09:59:39 MDT 2017

The Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing administrative rules restricting recreational and commercial use of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River and the Upper Bitterroot River. The proposed rules are intended to address concerns about congestion on the river and social conflicts between river users. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has drafted an environmental assessment for public input evaluating the environmental impacts of the proposed rule language in compliance with the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). The MEPA and rulemaking process are being done concurrently and all comments received will be considered for both the environmental assessment and rule proposal notice when making a final decision. Persons do not need to send separate comments for the environmental assessment and rule proposal notice. You are invited to attend a public hearing to provide public comment on this environmental assessment and the proposed rule language. The hearings will be held: October 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., FWP Region 2 Headquarters, 3201 Spurgin Road Missoula; October 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office 1801 North First Street, Hamilton; and October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., FWP Butte Area Resource Office 1820 Meadowlark Lane, Butte.

Public Comment

The public comment period for this public notice ended on Fri Oct 13 23:59:00 MDT 2017.