Fish, Wildlife & Parks has established a memorial fund in the name of the late Dale Tash that will be dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Bannack State Park, Montana's first territorial capitol, southwest of Dillon.
Tash died on June 25 at his home in Dillon. For many years, Dale managed the historic state park for FWP. His father was born in Bannack in a house that is one of a number owned and cared for by the State.
FWP Director Patrick Graham announced the creation of the fund at a memorial service for Tash on June 30 at Western Montana College of the University of Montana at Dillon. Tash, retired past Dean of Academics and long_time Professor of History at the college, was appointed in April 1995 to represent the interests of southwestern Montanans on the five-member FWP Commission.
In conjunction with the creation of the fund, Graham said, the FWP Commission will designate the last Sunday in June of each year as Dale Tash Day at Bannack and waive entrance fees to the popular state park for the day. If visitors to the park that day choose to make a donation, it will be deposited in the fund.
Persons wishing to make contributions to the restoration fund now or any time in the future, should send them to Cindy Staszak, the manager of Bannack State Park, 4200 Bannack Rd., Dillon MT 59725; or phone 406-834-3413.