MISSOULA - Members of Missoula wildlife groups said the state's development of the Fish Creek area could endanger native trout and scar the natural landscape.
Montana State Parks has drafted a management plan for the 5,600-acre Fish Creek State Park, the largest state park in western Montana.
The plan includes construction of an RV campground, trails for motorized vehicles, cabins, and rental businesses for recreation equipment.
But wildlife advocates said large-scale development would endanger cutthroat and bull trout, elk herds, and kill vegetation.
Bruce Farling, Montana Trout Unlimited, said, "Minimal development, protect what we've got out there, maintain expectations that people have always had for Fish Creek, don't invite in a bunch of crowds."
State parks officials are asking for public comment on the proposed developments through Friday.
Click here for a link to the draft plan. Video.