Thursday, February 14, 2013
State Parks News
(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has approved the Parks Division’s recommendation to sign the lease and pay the annual fee to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to keep Madison Buffalo Jump, near Three Forks, a state park. The Parks Division received overwhelming public comment in favor of this action.
Earlier this week, Montana State Parks received a donation from the Lee and Donna Metcalf Charitable Foundation to pay this year’s annual recreational-use fee of $4,272 and to create a matching grant program for the future.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from the Lee and Donna Metcalf Charitable Foundation, as our resources are stretched,” said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator for Montana State Parks. “Through this public process, we’ve seen how much Montanans support Madison Buffalo Jump and their state parks system overall.”
The Parks Division has been responsible for operation and maintenance of Madison Buffalo Jump State Park since 1967.
With tight resources, the Parks Division sought to forgo management of this state park. But, strong public support for the site to remain a state park, including more than 230 public comments and two public open houses, led to today’s recommendation that the lease agreement be signed and the annual fee paid.
State park officials are seeking a long-term solution to the stewardship of the park.
Montana State Parks will work with interested citizens to form a Madison Buffalo Jump friends group this spring to help provide support and guidance for the matching grant program.
About the Lee and Donna Metcalf Charitable Foundation:
The primary activity of the Trust is to provide funding efforts to assist in land, air and water conservation, historical preservation and education.
Lee Warren Metcalf (1911- 1978) was a lawyer, judge and served in both the US House (1953-1961) and Senate (1961-1978) from Montana. He was the longest permanent acting President pro tem of the Senate.
Donna A. Hoover Metcalf (1913 – 2009) was seen as one of her husband’s greatest assets in his many political campaigns and was a leading wilderness advocate for decades.
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park contains highly, significant cultural resources. It is noted for its impressive views of the Madison Valley and the limestone cliff that was used by native people to stampede bison off of for 2,000 years for use as food, clothing and more.
Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.