Montanas Future Fisheries review panel will meet in Helena on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. in the Mitchell Building, 125 Roberts, room 160. The public is welcome. At the meeting, panel members will discuss 23 project applications requesting $390,000 in program funding.
"Since 1995 Montanas fisheries have benefited from $4.3 million in improvements and some 237 individual projects carried out under the Future Fisheries and bull trout and cutthroat trout habitat enhancement programs," said Glenn Phillips of the FWP Fisheries Division. "This work is the result of partnerships among private landowners, FWP fisheries biologists, Trout Unlimited, Walleye Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and watershed groups statewide, to name just a few of the many contributors."
The Future Fisheries review panel evaluates lake and stream restoration proposals and selects projects eligible for funding under the Future Fisheries Improvement Program, created by the 1995 Legislature, or that specifically enhance habitat for bull trout and cutthroat trout, under a program created by the 1999 Legislature.
These programs 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 July 1, 2001, are available upon request or may be found on the FWP web site at fwp.state.mt.us.