The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will hold an open public forum and a meeting in Hamilton on Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6.
The open forum, scheduled to take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Bedford Building (city hall), is part of a Commission visit to western Montana. The forum format will give Commissioners an opportunity to meet one-on-one with residents of western Montana and discuss issues or topics of personal interest to those in attendance.
On Friday, Commissioners will convene at 8 a.m. in the Bedford Building to address a number of FWP-related matters. Heading the agenda for the meeting is final approval of several Future Fisheries Improvement Program projects and rules requiring registration for commercial use of Fishing Access Sites. Among other matters, Commissioners also are scheduled to hear a progress report on Flathead Lake, adopt a draft policy concerning hunting in state parks and take action on a proposal to reopen the mountain lion season in portions of Hunting Districts 390/391 and 370/380. Commissioners also will be asked to approve a FWP proposal to purchase a conservation easement on the Harris Land and Cattle Company near Highwood and tentatively adopt a schedule of fees for commercial floaters using the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River west of Missoula.
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.