Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Internet Team was recently recognized by the Western Conservation Administrative Officers Association for its outstanding performance using information technology to provide outreach and education to anglers, hunters and recreational users.
In a letter of nomination, Dave Mott, the agency's chief of Administration and Finance, highlighted the Internet team's FWP website work during Montana's 2000 fire season. "The team's creative efforts, and its cooperation with other entities, resulted in accolades from hunters and anglers who obtained up-to-date and easy-to-use information on the fires and how they affected specific hunting districts and fishing opportunities." Mott said.
During the two-month peak of the fire season, there were over 250,000 hits on the interactive mapping portion of the web site. Mott said FWP's website (http://www.fwp.state.us )regularly averages 49,000 hits a day.
"This team has created a real winner for Montana," Mott said. "The public can access detailed hunting, fishing and parks regulations, FWP Commission agendas and meeting minutes, proposed rules and regulations are posted so individuals can easily return comments and participate in the decision-making process. Applications for limited licenses and floating permits can also be downloaded. Parks passports can be purchased on line and a full complement of hunting and fishing licenses will be available next year."
To keep the site interesting for users, the team has revamped many offerings and will unveil a new homepage design later this year.
Members of the FWP Internet Team include: Janet Hess-Herbert; Beth Smith; Tom Palmer; Sven Taffs; Diane Tipton; Jim Burton, and Chuck Tilly. "The collective efforts of this group have made a difference in the quality, timeliness and accessibility of information to tens of thousands of individuals interested in Montana's outdoor resources, Mott said.