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FWP Commission To Meet In Helena December 20

Friday, December 14, 2012

Commission

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Helena Dec. 20 to consider final approval of a statewide fisheries management plan and the City of Helena's plan to manage deer within the city limits.

The meeting, set to begin at 8:30 a.m., will be held at FWP’s Helena headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave.

Commissioners also will consider approving new rules for Montana State Parks fees and the Smith River. Final approval will also be sought on water rights on Nevada Spring Creek near Helmville, 2013 fishing regulations for Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge east of Monida, a Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area grazing lease near Deer Lodge, wildlife management area rules, and a bighorn sheep transplant to the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman.

The Statewide Fisheries Management Plan will help set future FWP fishing regulations, budget and project priorities, and routine management decision-making processes. The proposed final plan, decision notice, and public comments will be available today by 5 p.m. via FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Statewide Fisheries Management Plan".

Topics proposed for initial consideration include the management of the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park near Manhattan, the annual rule for fishing access sites, upcoming black bear and spring turkey hunting quotas, and the closure of bighorn sheep hunting district 455 north of Helena.

FWP will ask commissioners to endorse a cooperative sage grouse transplant project with North Dakota and offer an update on the Bitterroot Elk Project.

For the full agenda and additional information, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "For Commission Information."

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to individuals with special needs. To request arrangements call FWP at 406-444-3186.