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FWP To Host Second Bison Discussion In Lewistown April 15-16

Fish & Wildlife

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a two-day discussion in Lewistown, April 15-16, on issues related to efforts to complete a bison conservation and management plan for Montana.

FWP has invited a diverse group of interests and a number of state and community leaders to continue to participate in the facilitated gathering at the Yogo Inn, 211 E. Main St. in Lewistown. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. on April 15 and end at 4 p.m. on April 16.

This is the second gathering of bison interests. The first meeting, held in September, was intended to build trust and understanding among groups and individuals as they candidly discussed and examined bison conservation and management issues and the Montana Environmental Policy Act process.

"We've assembled a large discussion group to be representative of various constituencies," said Jeff Hagener, director of FWP in Helena. "The discussion is designed to review issues and possible alternatives as Montana moves ahead with an environmental impact statement for bison conservation and management."

The discussion group includes conservation and agricultural representatives, state and federal agencies, county commissioners, and state legislators. Members the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission also will participate.

Hagener stressed that the discussion will not lead to decisions beyond an appropriate range of bison management alternatives to consider, including a "no action" alternative.

Working group members will be available to informally visit with the public from 7-8:30 p.m. on April 15. For a full agenda and to examine the framework for completion of a conservation and management plan that will guide discussions at the meeting, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov, then click "Bison Discussion Group". For information call 406-444-2612.