Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Thursday and Friday, August 2 and 3 in Helena at the FWP Headquarters building on 1420 East Sixth Ave. beginning at 8 a.m. each day.
On Thursday, August 2, final decisions will be made on the Opsata Conservation Easement on 310 acres near Ovando. Also final decisions will be made on the 2001/2002 furbearer quotas, including bobcat and fisher; the 2001 fall turkey quotas; and the granting of a right-of-way to the Montana Department of Transportation at the Silver Star Fishing Access Site south of Whitehall. A variety of enforcement issues will be discussed during the work session, including whether the Commission needs to begin the rule making process for the use of snowmobiles on public waters. Also on August 2, FWP staff will present updates on the drought, fishing regulations and a sheriff's auction of land at Bannack.
Friday, August 3, a final decision will be made on 2001 deer, elk and antelope quotas and a tentative decision made on the 2001 late-season waterfowl seasons and closures. The Commission will also select an organization to conduct the 2002 moose and sheep hunting license auctions. Funds from the annual auctions go to support bighorn sheep habitat and research and moose management work.
The full FWP Commission agenda is available by clicking on the Commission page on the FWP web site at fwp.state.mt.us.