The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Dillon on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2.
On Thursday, May 1, Commissioners will hold a public open house beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room at Western Montana College of the University of Montana to meet one-on-one with residents of southwestern Montana and discuss issues or topics of personal interest to those in attendance.
On Friday, Commissioners will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. in Room 314 at WMC to address a number of FWP-related matters. Heading the agenda for the meeting is final approval of an FWP-prepared management plan for the Thompson Chain of Lakes in northwestern Montana, a discussion of progress to date by the Ruby River Task Force to negotiate access to the popular southwestern Montana River and several items related to FWP lands. Commissioners also will be updated on the status of big game populations in the state following the past harsh winter and tentatively adopt any season or regulation changes for next fall's hunting seasons deemed necessary.
On Friday afternoon, following its official meeting, commissioners will hold a work session with FWP staff to discuss a number of FWP-related matters including the process and schedule employed for setting biennial hunting regulations and initial findings from FWP's continuing predator control studies. No official action is scheduled to take place at the work session.
The public is welcome to attend. The FWP Commission makes every effort to ensure that its meetings are held at facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend this meeting and will need other special facilities or accommodations relating to a disability, please contact Patty Dumas at 444-7826.