Friday, July 21, 2000Montana's Future Fisheries review panel will meet Wednesday, July 26, at 8:30 a.m. in the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission Room, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, in Helena. The public is welcome. Panel members will discuss 19 project applications requesting approximately $325,000 in program funding.
The Future Fisheries review panel evaluates lake and stream restoration project proposals and selects projects eligible for funding under the Future Fisheries Improvement Program, created by the 1995 Legislature. The panel also recommends funding projects that specifically enhance habitat for bull trout and cutthroat trout, under a program created by the 1999 Legislature. These programs were created to protect and enhance Montana fisheries through voluntary restoration of fish habitats, particularly native and wild fish species. Projects to enhance fisheries in lakes and reservoirs as well as in streams and rivers are eligible. Detailed files on each recommended project are available from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Fisheries Division in Helena by calling 406-444-2449.
Applications for the next funding cycle, due Jan. 1, 2001, are available upon request or may be found on the FWP web site at fwp.state.mt.us.