The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Helena on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5. Thursday's meeting will be in the Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters building at 1420 East Sixth Ave., while Friday's meeting will be at the Montana Department of Transportation, 2701 Prospect Ave.
On Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m., Commissioners will act on a number of fisheries- and state park-related matters, including a petition submitted under the auspices of Montana's stream access law asking that portions of the Ruby River near Alder in southwestern Montana be subject to limited recreational use. The Commission also will hear an appeal of FWP's recommendation to allow the Townsend Chamber of Commerce to conduct a walleye fishing tournament on Canyon Ferry Reservoir this coming summer. At approximately 1:15 p.m., Commissioners will be asked to accept a donation of approximately 3,500 acres of land from the Montana Power Company on the north shore of the Missouri River directly across the river from Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls.
Beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m., Commissioners will hold a work session with FWP staff to discuss a number of matters related to the agency, including its Block Management (public hunter access) Program and the regulation of personal watercraft. Commissioners will take no action on the discussions at the work session.
On the agenda for Friday's meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., is the adoption of final 1999 spring turkey and spring black bear harvest quotas. Commissioners will also be asked to authorize the number of permits to be issued for control actions that may be conducted, if necessary, during the winter of 1999-2000 to reduce game damage problems.
In addition, final 1999 deer, elk and mountain lion seasons will be set. In addition, Commissioners will be asked to approve FWP's proposed transplant of wild turkeys to the Pleasant Valley area approximately 40 miles west of Kalispell.
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 Betty Johnson at 444-7826.