Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park's Internet web site won second place in a national competition among state and federal natural resource agencies.
"We're extremely proud of this national recognition for our web site," said FWP Director Pat Graham. "We think the award confirms our goal 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."
The competition was sponsored by the Association for Conservation Information, a national organization for natural resource information and education professionals. FWP's web site went online last November.
The site was jointly designed by FWP staff, Helena graphic artist Annette Finstad and Jim Burton of burtcom, a Helena-based internet production company. Internet surfers can find Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at "http://FWP.state.mt.us."
More than 375 entries from 50 states and federal agencies competed for ACI awards in 34 categories. The winning entry in the Web Site category came from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with third place going to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
FWP'S colorful homepage is organized in eight main areas: Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife, Parks, News, Education, Kid's Page, and Resources. Within FWP's web site, users can find hunting and fishing regulations, state parks information, an area devoted to Montana's threatened and endangered species, descriptions of several of Montana's 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. Recent additions include public discussion areas, educational materials for teachers and school children, and the ability to search the site by key words to help users find information within the site.