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Haskill Basin Public Hearing
November 9, 2015 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Whitefish Legacy Partners encourages the public to attend a Public Hearing with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on the Haskill Basin and Trumbull Creek Conservation Easements on Monday, Nov. 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall located at 1005 Baker Ave. in Whitefish.
The conservation values in the Haskill Basin Easement are clear – protect the City’s water, our scenic backdrop, important wildlife and fish habitat, public recreation access, sustainable timber harvesting, and the local economy. The Easement outlines these values, Stoltze’s rights, the City and FWP’s rights, establishes a Management Plan and Liaison Team, and provides for a Baseline Report. It’s well worth your review.
WLP supports continued sustainable forest management compatible with watershed, wildlife and recreational values and we recognize public recreation is two-fold in the Easement – continued, dispersed recreation and a new section of the Whitefish Trail.
The Whitefish Trail – WLP’s vision for the WT is to establish a trailhead at the City water treatment plant (within ½ mile of the Wisconsin Avenue bike path) with a second trailhead near Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mtn. Road. We propose to develop a trail corridor along the western boundary to connect town with Whitefish Mountain Resort and we are coordinating with Glacier Nordic Club to secure permanent winter access to the existing, groomed trails.
Dispersed Recreation – FH Stoltze will manage the public’s right to dispersed recreation following their existing Open Lands policy with annual input from the Easement Liaison Team. WLP supports maintaining existing, dispersed recreation through a dedicated point of entry, recreation system connectivity, and an emphasis on wildlife and watershed conservation.
We encourage the community to review FWP’s Draft Environment Assessment including the Haskill Basin Easement and Multi-Resource Management Plan. This will be the public’s primary opportunity to provide input and comment on this project. Written comments are due to FWP by Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Click here to review the Draft Environment Assessment and Appendices which will guide the long term management of Haskill Basin.
Do your part as a Whitefish local. Read through the easement, attend the hearing, and voice your opinion. 84% of Whitefish voted for the 1% increase in tourism tax and now is your chance to help shape the discussion.
Public comments will be accepted online HERE or via the mail (address below) until November 22nd.
South Whitefish Range Conservation Project, FWP,
490 N Meridian Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
Photo Credit Steven Gnam