FWP Public Comment Open for Clear Creek Addition
By Toby Trigger


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 2 seeks review and comment on its proposal to acquire fee title to 760 acres from The Nature Conservancy, as the Clear Creek addition to FWP’s adjacent 740-acre Nevada Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located southeast of Helmville in Powell County.  This property would add to the elk and deer winter range of the WMA, increase access to surrounding public lands, and is a critical property for large-scale wildlife connectivity.  A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared describing this proposal.

The EA may be obtained by mail from Region 2 FWP, 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula 59804; by phoning 406-542-5540; by emailing shrose@mt.gov; or by viewing FWP’s Internet website http://fwp.mt.gov (“Public Notices,” beginning November 12).

The direct web link for the EA and opportunity to comment is: 

http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmentalAssessments/acquisitionsTradesAndLeases/pn_0178.html

Comments may be made on FWP’s website (webpage above) or may be directed to Sharon Rose at the mail, phone or email addresses above.  Comments must be received by FWP no later than December 11, 2015.  (We have extended the original December 9th deadline due to delay in getting the EA posted on FWP’s website.)

FWP will hold a public hearing in Helmville on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Helmville Community Center (201 S Main St [Hwy 271], Helmville) to discuss the proposal, answer questions, and take public comment.






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