Governor Judy Martz recently signed an executive order which created the State Park Futures II Committee. This committee, made up of five legislators and four citizens, will be reviewing the state of the State Parks System over the next year, reporting to the governor and the Legislature by the close of 2002. The committee is charged with reviewing statutes affecting state parks, including the Primitive Parks legislation; the statewide distribution of State Parks, including the lack of a state park in the northeastern corner of Montana; and park operations and capital development needs. The State Park Futures II Committee is modeled after the 1989 Futures Committee that lead the way to the many improvements that have occurred in State Parks over the past 10 years. The Futures II Committee will be conducting public meetings across the state over the next few months to gather your opinions about your park's system. We will keep you informed of the committee's actions via future additions of State Park News and via an internet site linked to the FWP website which should be up and running soon.