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CX-006574: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Purchase of the Diamond B Conservation Easement
CX(s) Applied: B1.25
Date: 08/16/2011
Location(s): Flathead County, Montana
Office(s): Bonneville Power Administration

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to acquire a conservation easement of 192-acres along the mainstream Flathead River. The Diamond B property conservation easement will help protect one mile of important migratory habitat for bull trout, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as resident west slope cutthroat trout, which are considered a species of concern by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. BPA will be granted a perpetual conservation easement over the 192-acres. Funding this conservation easement will provide BPA with credits for partial mitigation for the construction and operation of the Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork of the Flathead River.