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Public Comment Sought for 2014/2015 Montana Snowmobile Program Grant Applications
(Helena, MT) –Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on funding for 2014/2015 Montana Snowmobile Program grant applications.
(Recent Public Notices - 07/22/2014)
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Decision Notice Issued for Wayfarers State Park Improvement Project
(Kalispell, MT) –Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a decision notice has been issued for an improvement project at Wayfarers State Park located south of Bigfork, Montana. The decision notice recommends to move forward with development of a ranger station with public restrooms on the south side of the park’s entrance road. Montana State Parks will also proceed with converting the existing, outdated Harry Horn public restrooms to a seasonal park host site and will enlarge the existing park maintenance area in its current location. This decision was reached based on: 1) visitor safety is best served by directing ranger station traffic away from the busy entrance booth and 2) placing a ranger station in an area that provides the greatest amount of vegetative buffering from neighboring private properties, while simultaneously providing a visible and inviting amenity for visitors entering or leaving the park. It was determined that the proposed action would have no significant effects on the human or physical environment. Therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared. The public process consisted of Parks’ Division staff holding two public meetings in February and June of 2014. Written public comment was accepted from May 5, 2014 -June 9, 2014. Ten written responses were received and are summarized in the decision notice. This decision notice action is subject to appeal, which must be submitted to Montana State Parks’ Administrator in writing and postmarked within 30 days (by August 11) of this decision notice. The appeal must specifically describe the basis for the appeal, explain how the appellant has previously commented to the Department or participated in the decision-making process, and how FWP might address the concerns of the appeal.
(Recent Public Notices - 07/11/2014)

Public Comment Sought on Draft EA for McCarty Cabin Restoration, Road Access and Vault Latrine at Makoshika State Park
(Glendive, MT) –Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that the public is invited to comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed restoration of the historic McCarty Cabin, road access to the site and creation of a vault latrine. Comments are due by Saturday, August 2 at 5pm.
(Recent Public Notices - 07/08/2014)
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Decision Notice Issued on Draft EA for Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Thompson Falls State Park Permanent Easement Purchase
(Kalispell, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a decision notice has been issued on the 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. Based on the analysis in the draft EA and the applicable laws, regulations, and policies, the Parks’ Division has determined that the proposed action will not have significant effects on the human or physical environment. The decision notice states that Montana State Parks will purchase permanent easements on DNRC state trust lands at Thompson Falls and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Parks. By notification of this decision notice, the draft EA is hereby made the final EA. The draft EA was released for public review and comment from April 7 through May 7, 2014. No public comments were received.
(Recent Public Notices - 06/04/2014)

Public Comment Sought on Commercial Use Administrative Rule - Thursday, May 8, 2014
The commercial use administrative rules were originally adopted by the former FWP Commission in 2006 and amended in 2009 to establish policy and permit requirements for commercial uses on all FWP land. In 2013, the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board and the Fish & Wildlife Commission were established. Rather than creating separate sets of commercial use administrative rules, the board and commission are jointly proposing amendments to the commercial use rules that would continue to apply to all FWP land.

Among the changes are proposal to: 1) clarify that commercial fishing access site permits are not valid at state parks 2) no longer require permits for individual commercial photographers 3) list the grounds for which a commercial use permit could be suspended or revoked 4) allow a permit holder to qualify for a fee adjustment by donating all proceeds beyond expenses from an activity or event and 5) rename the "Restricted use permit" the "Commercial Use Permit"

On June 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board (board) and the Fish and Wildlife Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarters, 1420 East 6th Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment, adoption, and repeal of rules regarding commercial use on department lands.


(Recent Public Notices - 05/30/2014)

Decision Notice Issued on Draft EA for Flat Iron Latrine Relocation near Thompson Falls State Park
(Kalispell, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a decision notice has been issued 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. The EA was release for public review and comment from April 1 through April 21. No public comments were received during this period of time. Based on the analysis in the draft EA and the applicable laws, regulations and policies, the Parks’ division has determined that the proposed action will not have significant negative effects on the human or physical environment and therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared. The Parks Division will relocate the latrine to a higher location.
(Recent Public Notices - 05/29/2014)



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