Governor Marc Racicot is now seeking new members on the council that is monitoring the progress of programs implemented as part of a five-year effort aimed at reducing controversies associated with wildlife, hunting, and private land ownership in Montana.
The programs being monitored by members of the council incorporate the recommendations presented by the Governor's Private Lands/Public Wildlife Advisory Council that resulted in the passage of House Bill 195 by the 1995 Legislature.
Shortly after that bill was passed, an advisory council was formed to work with Fish, Wildlife & Parks and report to the Governor regarding the success of those programs created under HB 195. The council has centered its efforts on the goal of increasing public hunting access to private lands by providing benefits to landowners to offset potential impacts to their lands incurred from that use.
Patrick Graham, FWP director, said Governor Racicot is now seeking new members to serve two-year terms on the council. He urges interested persons to submit the names of persons to help in achieving a geographic, gender and issue balance among council members. Persons wishing to serve should have ties to or interests in ranching, hunting or the outfitting industry.
Some of the current members of the original Private Lands/Public Wildlife Advisory Council will maintain their seats on the council, Graham said. But they need to be joined by other, new members who are "interested in continuing the extraordinary work that has already been done. "We are looking for people who can work well with others and are able to listen to divergent points of view, he explained.
Graham asked that persons submit any nominations by May 23 to: Private lands/Public Wildlife Council, FWP Director, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620-0701. He also asked that they please include a statement explaining why respondents or their nominees would be interested in serving on the council. Graham said Governor Racicot will make new appointments to the council in June.