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Public meeting set on fishing access site environmental assessment

Billings – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a
meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, to accept questions and
comments about acquisition of 172 acres south of Bridger for a
fishing access site.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bridger Civic Center,
210 South Main St., in Bridger. Written, emailed or mailed comments
will be accepted through March 16 at the FWP office in
Billings.

The Meinhardt property, which would be called the Clarks Fork
Yellowstone River fishing access site, includes 172 acres of
riparian river bottom, flood plains, marshes, pasture and
cultivated fields. It is about two miles south of Bridger, just
south of Ridgeway Road. U.S. Highway 72 and the Sand Creek Canal
bisect the property. Its southwestern edge abuts 40 acres of
federal BLM land that currently is inaccessible without crossing
private property. The eastern edge fronts on about a mile of the
Clarks Fork River.

The property provides excellent habitat for white-tailed deer,
upland game birds, waterfowl and a variety of nongame animals . Its
proximity to the river will provide public access for fishing and
floating.

FWP proposed to buy the property for $516,000 and initially
spend an additional $10,000 for site development. Another $80,000
to $125,000 will be needed to fully develop the fishing access
site. Following the public comment period, the proposed purchase
would need final approval from the Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Commission and the Montana Land Board.

An electronic copy of the draft environmental assessment, which
addresses potential issues surrounding the purchase, is on the
Internet at http://fwp.mt.gov/publicnotices/notice_1985.aspx
. Printed copies are available at the FWP regional headquarters,
2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings, or by calling (406) 247-2940.

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