Internet surfers can now catch a wave of information from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at "http://fwp.state.mt.us."
"We've drawn on the creative abilities of our staff to develop an Internet site that is attractive enough to hold a user's interest, and informative enough to give them a reason to come back," said FWP Director Pat Graham. "We hope this meets some of the increased requests for information we're receiving every day."
FWP'S colorful homepage is organized in eight main areas: Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife, Parks, News, Education, Kid's Page, and Resources.
Within these areas are FWP hunting and fish regulations, parks information, an area devoted to Montana threatened and endangered species, descriptions of several Montana Wildlife Management Areas, and rundowns on FWP's education programs--including a complete guide to more than 70 educational trunks available to teachers and others.
"We consider the site to be in the initial phase of its development," Graham said. "We're proud of what we've accomplished so far, but the Internet is so dynamic that we know our site will continue to evolve as time goes on."
The site provides links to the Natural Resource Information System, Travel Montana, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Montana Online, several important whirling disease information sites, and various news and weather links.
Graham said FWP is interested in receiving comments from Internet users. "The Internet is about communication," he said. "We've arranged for users to provide comments to FWP via our site. We're hoping they tell us what they like about our homepage, and how we might improve the electronic delivery of information about FWP to the citizens of Montana, schools, and the thousands of nonresidents who are interested in Montana and the natural and cultural resources we manage."