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FWP Seeks Members For Fishing and Hunting License Advisory Council
Monday, June 10, 2013
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This news release was archived on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking individuals to serve on an advisory council charged with developing recommendations for simplifying the structure of an array of state hunting and fishing licenses. In addition, the group will consider potential license fee increases necessary for sustaining long-term funding for fish and wildlife management in Montana.

The Fish and Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council will lead an effort to examine about 100 different types of hunting and fishing licenses and the impacts of special earmarked accounts and free and discounted licenses on fish and wildlife management funding.

The call for such a review came from both the Montana Legislature and Governor Steve Bullock. The Legislature passed House Bill 609, which requires the Montana Environmental Quality Council to conduct a study of hunting and fishing license statutes and fees, while Gov. Bullock requested that FWP Director Jeff Hagener begin a public effort to create FWP's budget for consideration by the 2015 Legislature. That effort is to include an examination of licenses and fees, the complexity of licensing and the impacts of free and discounted licenses.

FWP is seeking a representative mix of sportspersons who are committed to work to reach consensus on several complex license and funding issues and to develop recommendations for potential revenue and funding options for FWP to propose to the Montana Legislature in 2015. 

Applicants will be assessed on their willingness and ability to respectfully engage in a structured decision-making process on license and funding issues.

Advisory council members will be appointed by FWP Director Jeff Hagener. Appointed members will be expected to participate in at least seven, facilitated meetings between July 15 and March 15, 2014. Members will be asked to contribute to additional discussions throughout the term.

Application forms must be submitted by June 26 to: The Fish and Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701. Application forms are available online at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Licensing and Funding Advisory Council". Send completed forms to psihler@mt.gov or Fax to 406-444-4952. Address additional inquires via e-mail to psihler@mt.gov .