NOTE: These Director's Office goals and objectives are from FY2020/21, 2022/23 will be coming soon.
The Director’s Office is responsible for overall department direction regarding policy, planning, program development, guidelines, and decision-making for key resource activities. Finances, legal services, human resources management, land administration, and information technology support are also administered here. The governor-appointed Fish and Wildlife Commission and Montana State Parks and Recreation Board provide policy direction on resource management, seasons, and use of department lands.
Goal: Agency Direction and Management
The Director’s Office will manage, provide direction, and support department programs in an effective manner.
Agency Direction Objectives:
Legal Advice and Defense Objectives:
Human Resources and Safety Objectives:
Goal: Financial Management, Technology and Administration
The Administration Branch will ensure a sound financial foundation for the agency.
Centralized Support Objectives:
Goal: Public Awareness and Involvement
The Communications and Education Division will focus on programs to increase public awareness of FWP activities, understanding of FWP issues, and support for FWP efforts.
Goal: Recruitment and Retention of Hunters, Anglers, and Recreationists
FWP will focus on communications, education, and regulatory considerations to retain existing participants and introduce new users to fish, wildlife, and state park recreational opportunities.
The Fisheries Division is responsible for the stewardship of Montana’s fisheries and aquatic resources while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations. Operational programs are in six bureaus (Access and Recreation, Aquatic Invasive Species, Fisheries Management, Habitat, Hatchery, and Operations) and seven regions. Primary functions of the Division include collection and analysis of fisheries data, establishing fishing regulations, habitat conservation and management, and maintaining sound fish populations and opportunities to enjoy them.
The Fisheries Division develops and implements plans to manage, conserve, and protect fish populations and communities, and it will identify priority aquatic habitats to protect and restore and secure additional funding for their conservation.
The Fisheries Division will emphasize priority species, including those affected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and develop new plans or implement existing plans and conservation strategies.
The Fisheries Division will refine data collection and analysis efforts for use in internal planning and operations as well as external use, to enable the public to make informed resource and land use decisions.
The Fisheries Division will work with landowners to provide access through private lands to improve opportunities to access public waters.
The Wildlife Division is responsible for the conservation and management of Montana’s 600+ birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and their habitat. Activities include coordination and planning, monitoring the status of wildlife and habitats, conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing opportunity for public enjoyment of wildlife through hunting, trapping, and viewing. The program manages animals legislatively categorized as big game, nongame wildlife, migratory game birds, upland game, furbearers, and threatened and endangered species.
The Wildlife Division will identify priority habitats, including large or threatened landscapes, and work to secure additional funding for their conservation.
The Wildlife Division will monitor and manage game populations to comply with management plans and objectives in a manner that is cost effective, efficient, and transparent.
The Wildlife Division will emphasize the monitoring, management, and conservation of priority species, including those affected by the ESA, and develop new plans or implement existing plans and conservation strategies.
The Wildlife Division will review existing programs to explore additional public hunting access to private lands from willing landowners, and improve opportunities to access public lands.
Goal: Wildlife Conflict
The Wildlife Division will implement measures to reduce the potential for conflict with wildlife and will respond to wildlife conflict to protect public safety.
The Parks Division (Montana State Parks) is responsible for conserving recreational, scenic, historic, archaeological, and scientific resources of the state, and providing for their use and enjoyment. The Division manages state parks and administers recreation programs for the benefit of current and future generations. In FY22/23, the Division will focus on improved customer service; building sustainable funding; developing and maintaining strategic partnerships; and engaging constituents in a manner that is transparent and supportive of the state parks system’s most significant, relevant, and accessible sites and programs. Objectives listed below highlight the highest of the Division’s priorities.
The Parks Division will provide high quality services to state parks visitors and recreationists; provide strong and efficient program leadership to local Montana communities and agencies via education and grants programs; and provide camping, interpretive, and other recreational opportunities across Montana.
The Parks Division will promote stewardship of natural, cultural, paleontological, and recreational resources for current and future generations.
The Parks Division will strive to enhance the long-term sustainability of the state parks system and recreational resources, promoting fiscally responsible resource conservation.
The Parks Division will provide a safe environment for employees to innovate, explore, and improve the state parks system and programs, while also improving public safety and reduced exposure to liability by improving management practices, critical incident responses, hazard reductions, and visitor experiences.
The Enforcement Division ensures compliance and enforces all Montana fish, wildlife, state parks, and recreation laws; department, commission, and board rules; and regulations. The Division engages in complex misdemeanor and felony criminal investigations involving unlawful take and possession of Montana’s fish and wildlife resources. Division personnel also enforce private property laws and regulations as they relate to public recreation. The Division’s efforts are inextricably woven into working with hunters, anglers, state parks users, the general public, private landowners, and state and federal resource agencies in order to optimize access and recreational opportunities, address the needs of private landowners who allow public recreational access, and promote appropriate recreational ethics. In addition, Division staff engage in numerous other duties such as tagging wildlife, hunter education, recreational access initiatives, and responding to urban wildlife and human-wildlife conflict incidents.
The Enforcement Division places the safety of its employees as the number one priority of the division and will continue to strive to continually review, revise, and enhance its processes, procedures, and equipment to ensure that safety is not compromised.
The Enforcement Division will ensure regulation compliance and public safety as essential components of resource management.
Enforce fishing laws and regulations and increase visibility of enforcement during high-use periods.
Develop and implement strategies to deter, detect, and investigate illegal introductions of fish species into public and private waters and develop specialized techniques to enhance compliance.
Support Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) detection and compliance activities through an enforcement presence at AIS check stations and follow-up investigations and citations.
Maintain enforcement response, patrol, and administrative services to Fishing Access Site program (FAS) sites to address fee compliance, site vandalism, river recreation issues, and other user conflicts.
Maintain a visible field presence on waterways and in areas where motorized recreation occurs.
Participate in water, snowmobile, and OHV education and safety presentations.
Strive for an acceptable compliance level of water safety, OHV, and snowmobile rules and laws.
Conduct investigations of boat and vessel crashes on Montana’s waterways.
Investigate and assist in the prosecution of resource damage by illegal OHV and snowmobile use.
Remain an integral component of the operation of state parks and general recreational activities on department owned and/or managed properties throughout the state.
Continue to work with the Parks Division to develop and maintain an acceptable level of compliance of state parks laws, rules, and regulations.
Maintain and provide an enforcement presence in state parks to support non-enforcement staff.
Develop, foster, and maintain positive working relationships with state parks staff.
Continue to respond to unlawful activities such as vandalism and resource abuse in state parks and other department owned and/or managed properties.
The Enforcement Division will recruit, select, train, and retain a dedicated and competent staff while maintaining current training and skills competencies.
Enforcement Division personnel will encourage activities that foster positive and productive relations between private landowners and the recreating public.
The Communications and Education Division is the information and education arm of FWP. The Division acts as a clearinghouse for information on FWP activities; is a contact point for people requesting information about FWP business, including state and national media; and publishes FWP's official magazine Montana Outdoors. Several educational and recreation-safety programs are administered from this division, including hunter and bow hunter education, shooting range development, boating safety, youth-education; and hunting, fishing, and trapping regulation booklets, films, and videos.
The Communications and Education Division will increase public awareness and support of Montana’s outdoor resources and the associated recreational opportunities as well as FWP’s mission, vision, and core beliefs.
The Technology Services Division (TSD) is responsible for FWP's technology infrastructure and website frameworks; software development; technology related oversight and guidance to ensure business alignment; collection, analysis and dissemination of biological and geographical information via GIS technology; and user support, to ensure consistent and effective use of technology expenditures, products, and services. TSD strives to execute its mission using industry best practices, well-trained staff, and in-depth understanding of the agency’s business processes to deliver solutions in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible. FWP’s technology program is designed with the state’s enterprise principles, sustainable and achievable service levels, and the department’s mission in mind.
The Technology Services Division will maintain and improve customer service levels for internal and external customers.
Replace FWP’s Automated Licensing System to provide a comprehensive business and customer service portal for hunting, angling, and recreation opportunities.
Retain our highly skilled workforce by providing training on technical and soft skills, connecting staff with the resources we steward, and finding creative ways to maintain and improve moral without relying on monetary rewards or incentives.
Maintain and improve customer service for internal and external customers by providing education and outreach, listening and addressing concerns, and focusing on an overall positive experience.
The Technology Services Division ensures that we protect the personal information that our customers trust us with and secure all our digital assets. We also will use technology to enhance employee and public safety and security.
The Technology Services Division will work within our budget to ensure the agency maintains a healthy account balance.
The Technology Services Division will work to ensure agency data is secured in centralized data repositories that are accessible by appropriate programs and individuals.