Thursday, January 29, 2009
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking nominations for the board directing the state's program to reduce livestock losses caused by wolves and to reimburse ranchers for wolf-related losses.
The seven-member Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Board was established in 2007 by Montana Legislature in response to recommendations made several years ago by the Montana Wolf Management Advisory Council, and to provisions in Montana's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan that call for the creation of livestock loss-reduction and reimbursement programs.
The purpose of the board is to administer programs and funds to minimize livestock losses caused by wolves and to reimburse livestock producers for wolf-depredation losses.
The board consists of three members nominated by the Board of Livestock, three members nominated by the FWP Commission, and one member from the general public.
Prospective board members must be knowledgeable or experienced in at least one of the following subjects: raising livestock; livestock marketing, sales, or breeding associations; wolf and livestock interactions; wildlife conservation; administration; or fundraising.
The addition of fundraising experience to the list of qualifications reflects the board's leading role in generating financial support for the program.
Nominations for the board must be submitted by Feb. 15. Address nominations to Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Board Nominations in care of Wildlife Division; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701. E-mail nominations to FWP at firstname.lastname@example.org.