Current Public Comments:

Name/Title Deadline Related Documents Public Meeting
Garrity Mountain WMA Addition – Draft EA (FWP Public Comment)

All comments are due no later than 5:00 PM on January 16, 2019

Comments may be made online on the EA’s webpage or may be directed to Sharon Rose ([email protected]) or 3201 Spurgin Rd, Missoula, MT 59804.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) invites public review of its proposal to acquire fee title to a 154-acre land parcel, as an addition to FWP’s adjoining 9,635-acre Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The private parcel, currently owned by YT timber, is located 7 miles west of Anaconda in Deer Lodge County. The parcel is in an area identified in the Natural Resource Damage Programs’ (NRDP) 2016 Restoration Plan as a priority landscape for conservation actions. The WMA addition would protect a migration corridor for bighorn sheep and key habitat for bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout as well as preclude subdivision and development. It would be managed for fish and wildlife habitat as well as to improve public access and recreational opportunities. The project would be funded by NRDP, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, and FWP’s Habitat Montana Fund.

 A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared describing this proposal. The EA may be obtained by mail from Region 2 FWP, 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula 59804; by phoning 406-542-5540; by emailing [email protected]; or by viewing FWP’s Internet website (“News,” then “Public Notices,” beginning December 18, 2018).

 The direct webpage for this EA is:

FWP will hold a public hearing in Anaconda on January 3, 2019 (Thursday) at 7:00 PM at the AOH Hall (106 Cherry Street)
East Helena ASARCO Smelter Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Checklist

Written comments are due on Monday, February 11, 2019 by 5:00 PM and should be sent via email to [email protected] with “East Helena Restoration Plan” in the subject line, or via U.S. Mail to the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program, 1720 9th Ave., P.O. Box 201425, Helena, MT 59620-1425, (406) 444-0205, Attn:  East Helena Restoration Plan Comments. For more information please contact Alicia Stickney, [email protected], (406)444-1346.


The State of Montana Natural Resource Damage Program has prepared a restoration plan to address injuries to natural resources from the ASARCO East Helena Smelter. The NRDP is seeking public comments on the restoration plan for the allocation of approximately $5.9 million in funding.

DRAFT East Helena Restoration Plan – January 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM
City of East Helena Fireman’s Hall, 2 E. Pacific St.
NRDP Funding Recommendation for Purchase of the Clark Fork River Ranch January 2019 All comments are due February 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Send all comments to the Natural Resource Damage Program, P.O. Box 201425, Helena, MT 59620-1425, faxed to (406) 444-0236, or emailed to [email protected]

NRDP is working with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and a local landowner to purchase the 2,650-acre Clark Fork River Ranch (CFRR) which contains five river miles of the Clark Fork River.

CFRR Funding Recommendation

January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM, Deer Lodge Elks
230 Main St
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Past Public Comments:

Name/Title Response to Comments
NRDP Funding Recommendation for Purchase of Graveley-Warm Springs Conservation Easements Graveley-Warm Springs response to public comments January 2019
Proposed Settlement for the Carpenter-Snow Creek Mining District National Priorities List Site (Blue Tee Settlement) not yet available
UCFRB Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Restoration Plans 2018 Draft Update Response to comments on UCFRB Plans 2018 draft update
NRDP Funding Recommendation for Purchase of the Buxbaum-Boulder Creek Conservation Easement Buxbaum Response to Comments – 9/06/2018
2018 Restoration Plan Update Draft Response to Project Abstracts & Public Comments for the 2018 Update to the UCFRB Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Restoration Plans