Friday, June 04, 1999Montanans are invited to submit their names or nominate others for appointment to either of two landowner/sportsman advisory groups--the Private Land/Public Wildlife Council or the Block Management Advisory Group. Applications will be accepted through June 25, and may be submitted by individuals or groups.
The Private Land/Public Wildlife (PL/PW) Council, in existence since 1993 and appointed by Governor Marc Racicot, reports to the governor on issues related to hunters, landowners, and outfitters. Issues include funding the Block Management Hunter Access Program, improving landowner/hunter relations, monitoring growth in the outfitting industry and other land and wildlife issues. The Council seeks broad representation of landowners, hunters, and outfitters from throughout the state. Council members will be appointed for two-year terms and can expect to meet a minimum of four times annually at various locations around the state. Additional meetings with local interest groups may require individual Council member attendance.
The Block Management Advisory Group is appointed by FWP Director Pat Graham and reports to him regarding implementation aspects of the Block Management Program, including but not limited to program ARM rules, policies, guidelines, incentives and general program direction. Members will be appointed to two-year terms and can expect to meet periodically throughout late summer and fall of 1999, with at least semi-annual meetings scheduled during 2000 and 2001. The advisory group seeks broad representation of landowners and hunters across the state.
Individuals interested in serving on either group must be committed to working with others, bringing with them an open mind and a willingness to strive for consensus in developing broad-based recommendations. While interest groups are encouraged to nominate members for appointment, individuals selected for either group are appointed as individuals, not as representatives for any particular organization. Appointees will be reimbursed meeting costs involving travel, meals, and lodging.
Nominations should be submitted to: Nominations - Patrick Graham, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Applicants may apply for appointment to either committee, but should indicate if interested only in appointment to a specific committee.
Nominations should include name, address, and phone number of person or persons being nominated, as well as a brief paragraph providing background information and explaining why the person is interested in serving.
For more information, contact Alan Charles, FWP Landowner/Sportsman Relations Coordinator, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, phone: (406) 444-2602.