Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park's award-winning web site has a new look "We're proud of the fact the FWP’s web site has been so popular, clocking some 2,500 visitors a day," said FWP Director Jeff Hagener. "We’re hoping our new, streamlined designed keeps visitors interested, informed, and eager to come back."
FWP'S new homepage at www.fwp.state.mt.us is organized in seven main areas: Fishing, Hunting, Parks and Recreation, Wild Things, Habitat, Education and Inside FWP. The Habitat and Inside FWP areas are new to the site and an Enforcement area will be added in the coming months. There's now a readily accessible "Hot Topics" link from each page and content is organized in each area by another set of buttons. There is a new area for easy access to FWP’s documents in the FWP Library and News will be the focus of the home page. A calendar of activities and natural history happenings will be added in the months to come.
Within FWP's web site, users can plan a hunt online, find hunting and fish regulations, access information on FWP Habitat Programs, tour Montana State Parks, learn about Montana's threatened and endangered species, locate Montana Wildlife Management Areas, take an Advanced Hunter Education course, and get certified to hunt black bears by taking FWP's Bear ID test. This spring visitors will be able to plan a fishing trip online and Wild Things will be expanded to include field guides for all species and their current status.
The site provides links to Discovering Montana, the Natural Resource Information System, all other fish and wildlife state agencies across the country, Travel Montana, the National Park Service, in addition to various groups, news and weather links.
FWP's web site continues to be a good place to learn more about fish, wildlife and parks issues and to make comments on line during comment periods. "We're also hoping web visitors will take the time to tell us what they like about our web offerings and what improvements they’d like to see in the future," Hagener said.