Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has received Trout Unlimited's Conservation Award in the "Professional" category for 1996. FWP Director Patrick Graham accepted the award at the FWP Commission meeting in Helena on October 4.
The Montana Chapter of TU nominated FWP for the award based on the agency's timely response to the threats posed by the discovery of whirling disease in Montana and the professional manner in which FWP has undertaken finding a solution. The award was presented to Graham by Frank Cooper, chairman of TU's Montana Chapter.
"It is unusual, yet fitting, that a department rather than an individual receive this award," Graham said in accepting the award. "It was an effort by dozens of people to respond to this, the largest threat to the future of our wild trout fisheries. Trout Unlimited is an important partner in our efforts to contain and combat whirling disease."