Finding Common Ground

to Sustain Fish and Wildlife


Finding Common Ground to Sustain Fish and Wildlife (FCG)

Montana is known for its quality and abundance of fish and wildlife. FWP is responsible for managing these resources. It's an expensive endeavor that has for decades been almost exclusively funded by hunters and anglers. Today, there's a need for everyone—not just hunters and anglers who fund 90% of the bill to fund fish and wildlife management— to have a respectful discussion about what we have in common and ways to broaden support and funding for FWP fish and wildlife management. In 2015, FWP Director Jeff Hagener convened a diverse group of citizens to begin this discussion. The group met on five occasions and represented the interests of anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, landowners, citizen scientists, conservation organizations, and FWP.

Finding Common Ground Final Report and Recommendations

The group submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the department in February of 2016. FWP is now considering a longer-term approach that would build upon the group’s recommendations and position the department to match any new sources of funding that might occur at the national level, e.g., the Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations.



To develop recommendations to broaden funding sources for FWP fish and wildlife programs and to strengthen relationships among everyone who enjoys and helps to sustain fish and wildlife in Montana.


In addition to FWP, individuals contributing to this effort represent hunters, anglers, agricultural, commercial, and wildlife and natural resource conservation interests.

AFWA Video

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies believes dedicated funding allowing for the management of all fish and wildlife, whether game or non-game species, is essential for the entire nation. The way forward will safeguard not only vital natural resources, but also our nation’s economic prosperity and outdoor heritage.

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