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New Citizens Advisory Council members represent varied interests

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Tue Jul 31 00:00:00 MDT 2007

New Citizen Advisory Council members represent varied areas and interests


Four new members of the Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council will bring fresh perspectives to and represent various communities on the board that advises Fish, Wildlife & Parks on a variety of issues and topics.


Two incumbent members of the board were reappointed for three-year terms. They are Richard Stuker of Chinook and Robert Smith of North Poplar. Stuker has served on school boards, the local irrigation district and is a landowner enrolled in the Block Management Program. Smith is a landowner and dryland farmer who actively hunts and fishes.


New members of the Region 6 CAC are:

  • Connie Iversen of Culbertson – An enrolled member of the Fort Peck Tribes, Iversen ranches and farms south of the Missouri River in Richland County. Iversen has served on legislative subcommittees addressing oil and gas development and split estates, is a member of the Ag Research Service focus group and NRCS working group and has been involved in a number of civic groups. She is interested in working on access, energy development and non-game management.
  • Steve Sukut of Glasgow – A lifelong outdoorsman and published author, Sukut is Burlington Northern Santa Fe engineer and magazine editor and Region 6 representative for the Montana Bowhunters Association. Sukut is interested in working on access, youth recruitment and game management issues.
  • Carl Totman of Malta – A retired optometrist, Totman is filling out the remaining two years in a vacancy on the board. Totman is a lifetime hunter and angler, former Hunter Education instructor and is interested in working with FWP on the full spectrum of fish, wildlife and parks issues in Region 6.
  • Bernie Hart of Hinsdale – Hart is a landowner on the Milk River west of Hinsdale, a Block Management cooperator and active member of a number of conservation and civic groups. Hart recently participated with FWP in a conservation easement and is committed to working on habitat, landowner/sportsmen relations, and access issues.


Incumbent members of the Region 6 CAC are: Fran Buell of Gildford, Nick Siebrasse of Havre, Howard Pippin of Saco, Dennis Idler and Scott Billingsley of Glasgow, Dustin Hill of Scobey, Darlyne Dascher and Tom Burch of Fort Peck and John Crohn of Dagmar.


The next meeting of the CAC will be Sept. 11 in Havre. The meeting, scheduled from 2-8 p.m. at the Great Northern Inn, will discuss wolf and bison management in Montana, potential game-damage seasons in Region 6 and an overview of Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ regional programs.