Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold an open house at its Lewistown office to discuss funding challenges facing the department.
The meeting will take place 7 p.m., March 25, at the FWP office, 215 W. Aztec Drive, by the airport.
FWP representatives will present an overview of the department’s budget.
Fish and wildlife management is funded almost entirely through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and by Montana’s share of federal excise taxes on the sale of firearms and ammunition (Pittman-Robertson funding) and the sale of fishing equipment (Dingell-Johnson funding).
Because FWP is funded differently than other state agencies about once a decade it seeks license fee increases. In order to allow the 2015 Legislature to make decisions about the funding of fish and wildlife management in Montana, FWP is discussing its financial situation now throughout the state.