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FWP To Host Discussion On Fish And Wildlife Management Contributions

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Tue Oct 21 15:43:00 MDT 2014

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a day-long meeting in Helena on Oct. 28 to explore common interests in wildlife conservation and management.

The gathering will follow up on issues that emerged from public comment on a proposed rule that would have directed FWP to offer a $20 wolf management stamp. FWP reviewed more than 50,000 comments on the proposal over the course of a two-month long comment period. FWP decided not to adopt the rules due to different expectations surrounding financial contributions from citizens who don't hunt or fish.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Montana WILD, at 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a public comment segment set for 3 p.m.

Invited participants, who represent groups and individuals who expressed interest in the issue, will discuss lessons learned from the wolf stamp proposal and potential benefits to future fish and wildlife management discussions involving hunters, anglers, and people who support wildlife conservation but who may or may not hunt or fish.

The aim of the day-long discussion is to develop an understanding of what FWP's mission means to a wide range of interests and to improve relationships and trust among those with an interest in fish and wildlife in Montana. For information call 406-444-2612.