Over the next year, the Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council hopes to identify prospective state parks sites, remove impediments to hunting access and encourage closer dialog between hunters and landowners.
The council is comprised of 15 volunteers from around northeast and north-central Montana and advises Fish, Wildlife & Parks on a variety of issues. The group meets three or four times annually in various communities across Region 6, and in its final meeting of 2006 identified a number of priorities it hopes to address in 2007.
The three most pressing issues for the CAC are: further expanding the regional state parks program, resolving funding issues for the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery and improving landowner/sportsmen relations. A close fourth priority is working to sustain the popular Block Management Program that manages access to private land.
CAC members also want to address noxious weed management in Region 6, expand youth hunting and fishing opportunities and FWP’s non-game wildlife management program and identify and help develop suitable shooting ranges in the region.
The CAC has scheduled its next three meetings – Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Glasgow, Tuesday, March 6 in Glasgow and Saturday, May 5 in a location to be determined. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the CAC and to contribute to the public dialog about issues that affect fish, wildlife and parks management in Region 6.
“We want to build off of the momentum that the CAC generated from their work on the Fort Peck Hatchery funding issue,” said Region 6 Supervisor Pat Gunderson. “Although FWP has decided not to submit legislation regarding hatchery funding, that decision was based on the work of the Region 6 CAC. Their work will be used to make decisions in the future on this issue. We want to continue to facilitate citizen-driven solutions to the issues facing FWP in northeastern Montana.”
In that light, the January 23 meeting will consider shooting-range development, on-going wildlife management seasons, an update on legislation and work on the CAC priorities.
Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a Citizens Advisory Council. Members of the Region 6 CAC are selected to reflect the diversity of communities and interest groups in the regions. Region 6 CAC members serve either 2- or 3-year terms. The next call for applicants will be this spring.
Current members of the Region 6 CAC are:
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