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Butte Trapper Education Class Set for Jan. 23

Montana FWP - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 13:32
A trapper education class is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Butte Area Office (1820 Meadowlark Lane). The class is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. An adult must accompany youth who are under 12 years of age. Pre-registration is required by contacting Vanna Boccadori at 406-494-2082.

NORTH CAROLINA - NPS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Concerning ORV Use on Cape Lookout National Seashore

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 11:41

The National Park Service proposes to designate routes for, and manage, off-road vehicle use within Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina. Under the National Park Service general regulations, the operation of motor vehicles off roads is prohibited unless authorized by special regulation. The proposed rule would authorize off-road vehicle use at the Seashore through a permit system and establish operational and vehicle requirements.

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Public Comment Sought on Navratil Channel Migration Easement

Montana FWP - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:17
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MDFWP) invites the public to comment on a proposal to fund the purchase of a perpetual channel migration easement on 89.5 acres in Richland County along the Yellowstone River near Sidney, MT. A channel migration easement (CME) is a conservation easement that includes land bordering a stream or river where the Landowner agrees not to riprap or otherwise stabilize the river bank, thereby allowing the river’s natural erosive processes to continue.

Female Mountain Lion Hunting To Close In HD's 321, 332 & 334

Montana FWP - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:49
The hunting of female mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 321, 332 & 334 which include portions of Beaverhead, Silver Bow, and Deer Lodge counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

Bobcat Season To Close In Trapping District 3

Montana FWP - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:40
By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, the season for taking bobcats in Trapping District 3 in southwestern Montana will close at midnight on the evening of Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

CALIFORNIA - FS to Host Public Meeting Regarding Over-Snow Vehicle Use (OSV) Designation

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:32

The Stanislaus National Forest will be hosting a public workshop regarding Over-Snow Vehicle Use (OSV) Designation on Monday, January 25, 2016. As the Forest advances with the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, they expect to consider a range of alternatives and continue to dialogue with interested stakeholders. At this point in the process, no decision has been made regarding OSV use designation on the Stanislaus National Forest.

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Mountain Lion Hunting Districts Closed Or To Close In Region's 1, 3, 4, & 5

Montana FWP - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:23
The hunting of mountain lions in several Montana hunting districts in Region's 1, 3, 4 and 5, closed or to close at one-half hour after sunset:

Hunting Tree Stands Must be Removed from DNRC Lands

Montana FWP - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 14:37
FWP Warden Frank Bowen reminds hunters that tree stands used for hunting and all other temporary structures must be removed from DNRC lands. Temporary structures, such as tree stands, may be kept in place on un-leased DNRC State forested lands for 16 days in any 30 day period. No nails, spikes or screws of any type may be put into the tree, and no permanent structures are allowed. General Recreation road use rules apply (no off road use allowed to access a stand).

Hunting Regulations Meeting Coming Up Saturday, January 9 in Kalispell at Flathead Valley Community College

Montana FWP - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 14:33
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will hold a northwest Montana public meeting on the 2016-2017 hunting regulation proposals at Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, January 9, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Arts and Technology Building large community meeting room (AT 139). The schedule calls for an open house to be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. where FWP biologists and managers will explain information on wildlife populations and proposed regulations. The actual hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gary Wolfe is scheduled to be on hand to listen to comments. Each member of the public who wishes to speak will have a time allotment for each group of tentative regulations.

SMITH LAKE DERBY ATTRACTS 300+ ANGLERS

Montana FWP - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 14:25
“This is a great family event,” said Warren Illi, event organizer for the Sunriser Lions Club. “We had a terrific turnout and good weather. It was great to see so many kids catching fish.”

FWP Seeking Comment on Draft EA for Purchase of Road Easement in Phillips Co.

Montana FWP - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:48
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has developed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action of purchasing a 30-foot wide permanent road easement in northern Phillips County, and is seeking public comment on the proposal.

CALIFORNIA - FS Releases Draft Evaluations of Potential Areas for Wilderness Recommendation for Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia National Forests

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:08

The 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule requires the agency to identify and evaluate lands on the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forest that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. There are four steps in this process: inventory, evaluation, analysis and recommendation. The agency is purportedly following guidance outlined in the 2012 Planning Rule Directives, Forest Service Handbook 1909.12 Chapter 70, Forest Service Manual 1923.03, and the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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Four Meetings Planned for Northeast Montana to Gather Comments on 2016-17 Hunting Season Proposals

Montana FWP - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:01
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold four public meetings in northeast Montana in January to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons and rules for the next two years.

CALIFORNIA - Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 09:32

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the dates, times and locations of district-wide public meetings to provide input in the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by BLM staff for the 2015/2016 grant cycle. The OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed

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Reward Increased In An Effort To Apprehend Those Responsible For Illegal Fish Introductions

Montana FWP - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:39
Spurred by the discovery of walleye in Swan Lake, the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) has pledged an additional $5,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of persons illegally introducing fish in any Montana waters. In a statement on behalf of FOAM, Executive Director Robin Cunningham said: “We join with other conservation groups who have pledged cash rewards in order to prevent degradation of our famous fisheries”.

Duck Season Closes Jan. 7 in Central Flyway, Geese to Close, Then Reopen

Montana FWP - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 16:39
For the Central Flyway, which includes all of the counties in Region 6 east of Hill County, duck and coot season will close on Jan. 7. Goose season in the Central Flyway will close Jan. 10, and then reopen for five days, Jan. 16-20.

WYOMING - FS Seeks Comments on Motor Vehicle Project

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 16:19

The Greys River Ranger District is requesting comments on a proposal to improve management of motor vehicle use within the Middle Greys Project Area, near Afton, Wyoming. This proposal was developed in cooperation with interested public stakeholders, including Stewards of the Greys, Western Wyoming Trail Riders, Forest Trails Preservation Council, Wyoming State Trails Program and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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UTAH - BLM Price Announces Next Recreation Planning Meeting

Blue Ribbon Coalition - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 13:11

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office has announced that the next Recreation Planning Meeting will be held at the BLM Price Field Office (125 S 600 W, Price, UT) on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. During this meeting they will highlight some of the 2015 accomplishments, recognize and thank the awesome volunteers, and gather input and ideas for our 2016 volunteer projects so they can start planning and setting project dates.

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Fish & Wildlife Commission to meet via video-conference Jan. 14

Montana FWP - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 16:04
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet via video-conference at 9 a.m. Jan. 14. People may listen to the meeting online at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website or view a live television feed of the meeting at any FWP regional headquarters or the Helena headquarters.

Fish & Wildlife Commission to meet via video-conference Jan. 14

Montana FWP - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 16:04
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet via video-conference at 9 a.m. Jan. 14. People may listen to the meeting online at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website or view a live television feed of the meeting at any FWP regional headquarters or the Helena headquarters.
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