Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that public comments are being sought on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the purchase of permanent easements at Thompson Falls State Park in Sanders County and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in Jefferson County. (Recent Public Notices - 04/07/2014) Click to submit comments online
Kalispell, MT) - Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that public comments are being sought on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to relocate the public latrine at the Flat Iron public access site on the Lower Clark Fork River.
Currently the Flat Iron public latrine, located on US Highway 200, one mile down river west of Thompson Falls State Park, is located below the normal high-water mark along the Clark Fork River. As a result, the latrine is frequently flooded during high flows, prompting Parks Division to proactively pump the vault and prohibit public use until waters drop. This project will relocate the latrine to a higher point above the traditional flood elevation.
(Recent Public Notices - 04/04/2014) Click to submit comments online
(Glendive, MT) - Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a Decision Notice has been issued on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for construction of the Paramount Trail at Makoshika State Park in Glendive. The decision is to proceed with the construction of the full scope of the Paramount Trail.
By notification of this Decision Notice, the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is hereby made the Final EA.
The proposed trail is a safe recreational trail route connecting the existing Glendive City trail system to the Cains Coulee Campground over a mile within Makoshika State Park. The trail will run along the north and east side of the Makoshika Park Road and be a safe route for non-motorized visitors.
The initial phase of the proposed project will focus developing the first ¼ mile of the trail and providing a continuation to the city trail where bicyclists and pedestrians are crossing paths which currently is creating safety concerns.
Successive phases will continue to expand the path’s length until the 1.18 mile long trail is completed.
Funding for the initial phase of the trail is provided by the organization, Friends of Makoshika, and funded through the Recreation Trails Program ( http://stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/recTrailsProgram.html ) a federal grant program.
The public comment process for the proposed project was from January 14, 2014 through February 14, 2014. Nine public comments were received, eight in favor of the proposed action and one comment against.
(Recent Public Notices - 04/01/2014)
(Helena, MT) - Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on 89 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications for the current grant cycle which closed March 1, 2014. The extremely high number of applications received is indicative of the high demand for trails and trail-related projects across Montana. Again this year, project applicants requested more than 2x the amount of funding available for this year’s grant cycle
(Recent Public Notices - 03/28/2014) Click to submit comments online
(Missoula, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a Decision Notice has been issued for improvements at Placid Lake State Park located near Seeley Lake, Montana. The decision is to expand the existing boat trailer parking area at the campground and to replace the previous concrete courtesy boat dock at the day-use area with a seasonal “roll-in” type dock, and install an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible parking pad and trail adjacent to the existing latrine. By notification of this Decision Notice, the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) is hereby made the Final EA.
(Recent Public Notices - 03/27/2014)
It is the Parks Division decision to implement Alternative B, and reconfigure and pave the entry road and parking areas, reclaim unnecessary roadways and parking areas and add security lighting to the parking areas. By notification of this Decision Notice, the Draft EA is hereby made the Final EA. Based on the analysis in the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and the applicable laws, regulations and policies, Montana State Parks has determined that the proposed action will not have significant effects on the human or physical environment. Therefore an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. The Draft EA and this Decision Notice may be viewed at or obtained from Montana State Parks on 3201 Spurgin Road in Missoula.
This action is subject to appeal, which must be submitted to the Parks Division Administrator in writing and postmarked within 30 days of this decision notice. (Recent Public Notices - 03/14/2014)