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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228
January 25, 2006
Eddie N. Bennett, 303-236-8165
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comments on Developing Boating Access at Brush Lake State Park in Montana
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment for the State of Montana’s proposed “Brush Lake State Park Development in Sheridan County, Montana.” Public comments are welcome for a 15-day period, which ends February 8, 2006.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is proposing to develop a motorboat access area on approximately four acres of the newly established Brush Lake State Park during the summer and fall of 2006. This development will occur on the northeast portion of the lake’s shoreline and expected to provide the public with a safe, dependable, local site for motorboat and motorized watercraft users. This project will include rerouting and upgrading the entry road, a gravel parking area, boat ramp and boat dock, a vault toilet, designated swimming area, picnic tables and fire rings.
The FWP provided notices and copies of the draft environmental assessment to more than 100 individuals and organizations. FWP also has published this draft environmental assessment and supporting documentation on their website: http://fwp.mt.gov/publicnotices/notice_984.aspx.
The draft environmental assessment, prepared by the FWP and accepted by the Service, analyzes the environmental affects of development of this motorboat access proposal. The FWP concluded that the proposed project will not have impacts on floodplains or wetlands, will not affect historical and cultural resources, would not have any effect on threatened, endangered or candidate species and will not have any effect on the vegetation in the area.
Estimated cost of the proposed project is $263,000. The FWP proposes to provide 25 percent of the cost as a match for the 75 percent to be provided by a federal grant under the Sport Fish Restoration Act. The federal funds are administered by the Service and come from an excise tax on fishing equipment, import duties on tackle and boats, motorboat fuels, and small engine fuel.
Copies of the draft environmental assessment, which include details of the FWP’s proposed action and alternatives to consider for addressing the development of Brush Lake State Park are available online at by clicking on the title of the document at http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/federalassistance. Those without internet access may request copies by calling the Services Division of Federal Assistance at 303-236-8165. Comments should be sent to: Chief, Division of Federal Assistance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486, Denver, CO 80225.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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