Nov. 8, 2010
(Note: the FWP Commission has approved the acquisition of the four parcels at Milltown. The next step is to the Montana Land Board that will meet on December 20.)
The public has until Nov. 26 to review an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Milltown State Park land acquisition recently released by the state.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to purchase via fee title the 180-acre, four-parcel, Milltown Park property from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), located near the town of Bonner in Missoula County. This initial step calls for the acquisition of the TNC four parcels near Bonner, the Blackfoot River, and the old Milltown Dam overlook by FWP. These TNC parcels are in addition to the roughly 450 acres of NorthWestern Energy land that are scheduled to come to FWP as the core of the Milltown State Park and would enhance the overall plans for the park.
The proposed acquisition is the first step in a larger project for the confluence area of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. The Milltown Park project is a multi-year effort to redevelop the Milltown Superfund site as a park that combines recreation opportunities, heritage tourism, and environmental education that serves as a new catalyst of economic opportunity for the Milltown and Bonner communities.
Also, see the Missoulian's coverage of the proposal.
The public will have an opportunity to have questions answered by FWP staff and to submit comments about the proposed Milltown Park acquisition at a public meeting on November 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bonner School Library. This meeting is co-sponsored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and topics planned for discussion include status updates on the remediation, restoration, and redevelopment of the Milltown Dam area.