At its meeting March 6 in Hamilton, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission approved 21 more projects for funding through Montana's Future Fisheries Improvement Program. Action was deferred to a later date on two project proposals.
The Commission's decision approves the use of approximately $280,000 in fishing license dollars, which will be matched with money from federal, private and other funding sources, to pay for the approximately $840,000 in improvements outlined in the approved project proposals. All the projects were recommended for funding by FWP's Future Fisheries Review Panel in February.
The Future Fisheries Review Panel was appointed by FWP Director Patrick Graham in 1995 to review lake and stream restoration project proposals and to select projects eligible for funding under the Future Fisheries Improvement Program, created by the 1995 Legislature (HB 349). HB349 is intended to provide for the protection and enhancement of Montana fisheries through voluntary restoration of habitats for populations of wild fish, with an emphasis on native species.
Information on the projects approved for funding and the dollar amounts assigned to them through the Future Fisheries Improvement Program is available on the state computer bulletin board in Helena or can be obtained by sending a request to: Glenn Phillips, Habitat Protection Bureau, Fisheries Division, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.