After considering public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for FWP's Wildlife program, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission and Director Patrick Graham have identified a preferred alternative. A supplement to the draft EIS was released October 1 with the preferred alternative included.
According to Graham, the preferred alternative consists of elements of all of the previous alternatives analyzed in the draft EIS with a heavy emphasis on alternative one (current program). Graham indicated that he and the Commission feel this alternative will afford Montana citizens a wildlife program that will continue to emphasize our hunting heritage while providing the conservation measures necessary to maintain Montana's diverse wildlife resources well into the next century. It also considers the impacts of wildlife on private lands, our state's economy and the aesthetic and recreational opportunities wildlife present to Montanans and the many visitors to our state.
Included is an explanation of the probable consequences of implementing this alternative on Montana's human environment, wildlife and habitat and on how FWP would manage wildlife resources and deliver services to the public.
Graham said FWP is accepting comment through October 31, 1998, on how well this alternative addresses issues that are important to those who enjoy Montana's resources. All comments will be considered relative to making a final decision on the EIS.
Comments should be sent to the Wildlife Division, FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701.