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Boating Improvement Programs Funded Across State

Friday, August 23, 2002

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that seven local government entities across the state will receive nearly $150,000 to fund boating improvement projects.

Communities receiving grants ranged from Libby on the Kootenai River to Billings on the Yellowstone River. Improvements planned include construction and rehabilitation of boat ramps, parking areas, signs, and restroom facilities. Grants were awarded to:

Sanders County/Trout Creek

Trout Creek Boat Ramp

$12,000

Billings

Coulson Park Boat Ramp

$25,600

Valier

Lake Frances Access Enhancement

$35,000

Columbus

Itch-kep-pe Park Improvements

$19,974

Libby

River Park Boat Ramp

$ 8,998

Whitefish

Whitefish City Beach Ramp

$25,000

Lincoln County

Savage Lake Boating Access

$21,722

The grant funds were available to make improvements at local government-owned or operated public boating sites. The grant program provides up to 80 percent of the funding required for qualifying projects, while the local government sponsors provide 20 percent of the project's matching funds.

All grant applications were reviewed and scored by FWP and the Boating Advisory Committee, a citizens group that advises FWP on boating-related issues.

Additional information is available by calling the FWP Parks Division at 406-444-3750 or by writing to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Grants Program, 1420 East Sixth Ave., Helena, MT 59620-0701.