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FWP seeks volunteers for regional prairie dog implementation group
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Fish & Wildlife - Region 6
This news release was archived on Friday, October 26, 2007

 

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking applications to fill up to 16 positions on a panel being established to provide input and guidance as FWP begins implementing the Region 6 Prairie Dog Distribution and Objectives Plan.

 

This Prairie Dog Implementation Committee (PDIC) will be comprised of interested landowners or representatives from landowner organizations in addition to agency personnel from FWP, BLM, DNR and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and representatives from other governmental and non-governmental organizations.

 

“The function of the committee is to assure that implementation of the Region 6 Prairie Dog Plan is done in a coordinated, biological and community-based manner,” says FWP Region 6 Supervisor Pat Gunderson. “The priorities of the PDIC are to identify focus areas for assuring conservation of prairie dogs and associated species and to help develop strategies and solutions in response to issues affecting private landowners. The first task of this committee will be to begin the process of determining possible locations for prairie dog complexes.”

 

The Region 6 prairie dog abundance objectives outlined in the plan call for managing prairie dog acreage in a range from 30,500 acres to 41,400 acres.  The distribution objectives call for three different types of prairie dog colonies.

 

“We’re interested in hearing from people who are interested in prairie dog management and who would like to get more deeply involved in prairie conservation issues and conflict resolution,” added Gunderson. “It’s important to have a dedicated group to move this process along. We would like to complete the initial stages prior to next spring.”

 

Applicants must be committed to attending all meetings. The initial meeting will be on November 1 and is expected to last about 4 hours. Up to five additional meetings are planned over the following six months.

 

To obtain an application, either call FWP at 228-3700 or write PDIC Application, FWP, 54078 U.S. Highway 2 West, Glasgow MT 59230 or email rrauscher@mt.gov.

 

Completed applications must be received by FWP by October 15, 2007. Finalists will be notified by October 22.