summer and fall of 2023. ….
summer and fall of 2023. FWP would use hatchery-reared fish and wild fish transfers from nearby sources to establish a fish population accessible to anglers at PR 035. Comments due July 3.
Makoshika State Park archery improvements draft EA checklist: FWP is proposing to make improvements at the archery range in Makoshika State Park near Glendive. This will include new targets, a new vault latrine, road repairs and additional storage shed. The archery course has been around since the 1960s and needs upgrades to improve safety while visitors use the course and increase the amenities offered. The project will open access to archery recreation for visitors to Makoshika State Park. Comments due July 18.
Westslope cutthroat trout restoration (Bryant Creek) and introduction (Calvert Mine Pond), Big Hole River drainage draft EA: FWPs proposes to restore native westslope cutthroat trout in Bryant Creek and stock WCT in Calvert Mine Pond. Competition and predation by brook trout reduced WCT distribution to the headwaters of Bryant Creek in Trident Meadows where a high-gradient reach historically precluded brook trout colonization. Following the Alder Creek fire in 2021, brook trout gained access to Trident Meadows. FWP anticipate that brook trout will eliminate WCT in Bryant Creek within the next 5 to 10 years. To restore WCT to Bryant Creek, project collaborators constructed a fish barrier 1.5 miles upstream of the confluence with the Big Hole River to prevent upstream fish passage. FWP proposes to remove brook trout upstream of this fish barrier using the piscicide, rotenone. FWP would salvage WCT prior to brook trout removal and restock them once the project is complete. This action would expand the range of WCT in Bryant Creek from 1 mile of stream in the headwaters to over 11 miles and should secure the long-term survival of the population. FWP also propose to stock WCT in Calvert Mine Pond within the Bryant Creek drainage. Calvert Mine Pond, an abandoned open pit mine located in a non-sulfur bearing bedrock formation, has high-quality water that can support fish and would create an additional recreational fishery in the area. Comments due July 22.