PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites public review of its proposal to acquire fee title to approximately 276 acres from a private party, as an addition to FWP's adjacent 35,041-acre Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area (FCWMA), located south of Tarkio in Mineral County. The proposed acquisition property is composed of two private inholdings or adjacent parcels: the approximately 116-acre Whitehorse parcel (just west of Whitehorse Gulch, off West Fork Fish Creek) and the 160-acre Main Stem Fish Creek parcel. FWP's purpose for purchasing the land is to manage the important habitat (including 1.2 miles of riparian and fisheries habitat along Fish Creek) for deer, elk and other wildlife, and to prevent this habitat from potentially being subdivided or developed. Public access and recreational opportunities would be increased by managing the property as part of FCWMA. A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared describing this proposal. The EA may be obtained by mail from Region 2 FWP, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula 59804; by phoning 406-542-5540; by emailing; or by viewing FWP's Internet website (Public Notices, beginning March 14). Comments may be made on FWP's website or may be directed to Sharon Rose at the mail or email addresses above. Comments must be received by FWP no later than April 13, 2018. FWP will hold a public hearing in Alberton on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alberton Community Center (701 Railroad Ave) to discuss the proposal, answer questions, and then take public comment. March 13, 20, 2018 MNAXLP


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