Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking applicants to fill 15 volunteer positions on an advisory committee for Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Deer Lodge valley.
The committee will provide advice and local perspective that will help FWP refine a management plan for the WMA. Prospective members should include area landowners, hunters, anglers and others that are interested in working on a collaborative planning effort for the property.
“We hope to tap into the knowledge of those that know the land best to help us improve our management of the WMA,” says Mike Thompson, FWP Region 2 Wildlife Manager.
Thompson notes that FWP put out an initial call for advisory committee members in September 2010, shortly after FWP acquired the WMA. Nearly 40 people answered the call, and this larger group met several times to brainstorm management options.
“We now plan to consider those that initially applied, alongside anyone else that has an interest, and make an official committee selection to move us forward with management,” Thompson says.
The 15-member volunteer committee will hold their first meeting this spring and will be making recommendations on items such as fencing, weed management, grazing and public access.
To apply, prospective members must write a short paragraph on why they are interested in serving. Applicants should mail the paragraph, along with their full name, address and phone number, to: FWP Region 2; Attn: Spotted Dog Committee; 3201 Spurgin Road; Missoula, MT 59804, or email the same to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by FWP by 5p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013.
For additional information, please call Vivaca Crowser at 406-542-5518 or email email@example.com.