Wed Sep 18 13:40:00 MDT 2013
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a two-day discussion in Lewistown on public issues related to efforts to create a long-term bison conservation and management plan for Montana.
FWP is seeking to bring together a number of state and community leaders for the Sept. 26-27 facilitated gathering at the Yogo Inn, 211 E. Main St. in Lewistown. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 and end at 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.
The general purpose of the meeting is to build trust and understanding among different interests as they candidly discuss and examine the entire planning process.
"It's no secret that bison have attracted a fair share of political heat," said Jeff Hagener, director of FWP in Helena. "We've invited a diverse group of interests to Lewistown to see if we can initiate a productive discussion and together shed a bit more light on an issue that is as challenging as any I've faced in my career in wildlife conservation."
Invited to participate are representatives of conservation and agricultural groups, state and federal agencies, county commissioners, and state legislators. Members of Gov. Steve Bullock's staff and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission also will participate.
A public comment period will be scheduled Sept. 26 in the afternoon. For information call 406-444-2535.