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Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Media Advisory:
Governor Bullock to Participate in Signing Ceremony
for Montana State Parks & Recreation Board
-Monday, April 29 in Billings -

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today that Governor Steve Bullock will be in Billings to participate in a signing ceremony for House Bill 24, the creation of a new Montana State Parks & Recreation Board. The event will take place at Pictograph Cave State Park on Monday, April 29 at 2pm.

What: Signing Ceremony for HB24 the creation of a new Montana State Parks & Recreation Board

When: Monday, April 29 at 2pm

Where: Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Colburn Road
Billings, MT 59101

• Governor Steve Bullock
• Senator Jim Keane, D-Butte
• Representative Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip/ Sponsor of HB24
• FWP Deputy Director Mike Volesky
• Montana State Parks Administrator Chas Van Genderen

The new Montana State Parks & Recreation Board will help set policies and provide direction for the management, protection, conservation and preservation for Montana’s 54 state parks and associated recreational resources and their roles related to tourism and the economic health of Montana. This five-member citizen board will begin work on July 1, 2013. The State Parks division has not had its own citizen board since 1953.

The creation of this Board was recommended to the 63rd Legislature by the Environmental Quality Council, an interim, bi-partisan, legislative committee. Its findings were published in October 2012.

According to a 2010 report by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Montana’s 54 state parks and its 2 million annual visitors are estimated to generate $289 million dollars/year for local economies by visitors spending their dollars at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, retail, and hotels in nearby Montana communities. This same report found that state parks help sustain 1,600 jobs a year in tourism industry related areas in Montana.

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