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FWP Commission To Consider Future Fisheries Projects


Fri Jan 31 00:00:00 MST 1997

At its meeting in Helena on February 7, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will be asked to approve more than a dozen new project proposals to enhance Montana's fisheries.

The total of 27 project proposals were recommended for funding from among 32 applications reviewed by FWP's Future Fisheries Review Panel at its meeting in Helena on January 23. The proposed projects would cost an estimated $435,800 in fishing license dollars.

Detailed files on each recommended project are available from FWP's Fisheries Division in Helena (phone: 444-2449). A brief summary of each project also is listed on the state computer Bulletin Board in Helena.

The Future Fisheries Review Panel was appointed by FWP Director Patrick Graham in 1995 to review lake and stream restoration project proposals and to determine which projects are eligible for funding under the Future Fisheries Improvement Program, created by the 1995 Legislature. HB 349 is intended to provide for the protection and enhancement of Montana fisheries through voluntary restoration of habitats for populations of wild fish with emphasis on native species. The program will include projects to enhance fisheries in lakes and reservoirs as well as in streams and rivers.