(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) has approved the final management plan for Cooney State Park located in Roberts, Montana. The final plan focuses on visitor services, operations and maintenance, recreation opportunities, resource conservation, and education efforts for the next decade.
Montana State Parks prepares management plans for state parks to guide quality recreational experiences, enhance park resources, and preserve the park’s wildlife and natural assets.
“The Cooney Management Plan is a great and useful document that provides a roadmap for the future of the park,” said Cooney State Park Manager Jennifer Alexander. “We appreciate our visitors and partners taking their time to provide input.”
Montana State Parks held two open houses in February to gather feedback on the draft plan during the 21-day comment period ending on March 2, 2012. All public comments were considered, and the draft plan was modified accordingly. The final plan identifies priorities as recommendations for guiding park management to improve services and continue the focus on customer satisfaction, based upon public input and comment, staff knowledge, and Montana State Parks’ priorities.
A 30-day appeal period is in effect, closing June 23, 2012. Appeals must be submitted to the Parks Division Administrator in writing to: Parks Division Administrator, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. View the plan electronically at http://stateparks.mt.gov/parks/management/cooney.html. To request a hard copy of the plan, contact the Cooney State Park office at 406-445-2326.
Cooney State Park comprises 309 acres along the shores of Cooney Reservoir. It is one of the most popular recreation areas serving South Central Montana, while also providing important irrigation resources. In 2011, there were more than 93,000 visitors to Cooney during the Summer Season from May-August, making it one of the most popular state parks in the region. Cooney State Park is open year-round and features good walleye and rainbow trout fishing as well as opportunities for boating, camping, fishing/ice-fishing, and cross-country skiing.
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