Fish, Wildlife & Parks is now accepting nominations for appointment of a high school student to the agency's Future Fisheries Improvement Panel. The appointment represents a great opportunity for a Montana high school student interested in the state's natural environment to become involved in the management of that environment.
The 1995 Montana Legislature created the "Future Fisheries Improvement Program" to provide for the protection and enhancement of Montana fisheries through voluntary enhancement of habitats for populations of wild fish with an emphasis on native species. Members of the Future Fisheries Improvement Panel:(1) review proposed projects that have been submitted for possible funding; (2) determine those types of projects that are eligible for inclusion in the Future Fisheries Improvement Program; and (3) forward a list of approved projects to FWP.
Current high school students interested in serving on the panel, or those who would like to nominate a student to serve, should send a letter by December 1 to Patrick Graham, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Please include a brief statement indicating why you or your nominee are (is) interested in serving on the panel.
The panel, in accordance with its enabling legislation, must comprise at least 10 members including, but not limited to, members from each of the following constituencies or governmental entities: (1) a representative of Conservation Districts; (2) an individual with expertise in commercial agriculture or silviculture; (3) an individual with expertise in irrigated agriculture; (4) a fisheries restoration professional; (5) two licensed Montana anglers; (6) a member of the Montana House of Representatives (chosen by the Speaker of the House); (7) a member of the Montana Senate (chosen by the President of the Senate); (8) a representative of the Governor's Office; and (9) a Montana high school student. Members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed by the Governor. The student position on the panel is now open due to the recent graduation of the original student member.
Panel members usually meet two days each year--once in January and again in August. Excused absences from school will be required for January meetings. Also, two or three evenings of a student's time are normally required to prepare for each meeting.