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Access Council Seeks Comment On Proposals

Friday, June 25, 2004

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The Private Land/Public Wildlife Council is seeking public comment through Aug. 4 on 12 draft recommendations regarding Montana‚Äôs Block Management Hunting Access Enhancement Program. 

According to Council Chairwoman Darlyne Dascher, the Council adopted draft recommendations to continue and enhance the existing program through new landowner incentives, additional funding, and better maps and patrol of enrolled lands. 

The Block Management Program, which provides hunters with access to nearly nine million acres of private and isolated public land, is due to expire March 1, 2006, unless the 2005 Legislature acts to continue it. 

Gov. Judy Martz appointed the 15-member Council comprised of hunters, landowners, and outfitters to review the success of the program and make recommendations regarding its future. 

Information about the PL/PW Council, a copy of the draft recommendations and a process for submitting comments, can be obtained through the Internet at www.fwp.state.mt.us/hunting/plpw. Or, contact Alan Charles, FWP Coordinator of Landowner/Sportsman Relations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT  59620; phone: (406) 444-3798, or email: acharles@state.mt.us.