HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a goldfish removal project and a parking access project. For more information, including how to submit comments, click on the link provided or visit fwp.mt.gov/public-notices.
Goldfish removal near Big Sandy draft environmental assessment
FWP proposes to remove the illegally introduced goldfish population from the affected pond near the town of Big Sandy. FWP would use the piscicide rotenone to eliminate distribution of the invasive goldfish population to downstream locations. The threat of this goldfish population to continue to reproduce and potentially distribute to downstream locations must be addressed to eliminate the risk of competition with native fish and expansion of this nonnative invasive species in the Big Sandy and Milk River watersheds. Comments due July 7.
Bad Rock Canyon Wildlife Management Area access and parking development draft EA
FWP proposes to construct a gravel parking lot along Montana Highway 2 in Columbia Falls to provide parking and pedestrian access to the Bad Rock Canyon WMA. The proposed project would provide a formal public access point to the WMA. FWP proposes to construct a gravel parking area (150’ x 50’) to accommodate up to 12 vehicles. Pending project approval, construction of the parking area and associated infrastructure would commence in the fall of 2023 with an anticipated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. Comments due June 27.