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Contact the Board

Coleen Furthmyre
Parks and Recreation Board Secretary
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3750
(406) 444-7311
cfurthmyre@mt.gov

 

Refer to the details below for contact information for each Board Member.

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About the State Parks and Recreation Board

Map of Montana showing the districts of the State Parks & Recreation Board.

The Montana State Parks and Recreation Board sets policies and provides direction for the management, protection, conservation and preservation of Montana’s state parks and recreational resources. 

The Montana State Parks and Recreation Board is a citizen-led board appointed by the governor that consists of five members, one member from each district in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Director, Hank Worsech, serves as secretary to the board.

To find out more about the board, see the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board information sheet (PDF)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the Parks Division at (406) 444-3750.

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2021 Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 1:00 pm
    • Montana State Capitol – Room 303; 1301 East Sixth Avenue; Helena

    • ZOOM Platform will be available

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 - Place TBD

Media Contact

Pat Doyle
Marketing and Communications Manager
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818
(406) 422-9809 c
pdoyle@mt.gov

2021 Meeting Agendas & Minutes

2020 Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the Parks Division at (406) 444-3750.

2019 Meeting Agendas & Minutes

  • September 18, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • May 28, 2019
  • May 10, 2019
  • February 22, 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the Parks Division at (406) 444-3750.

2018 Meeting Agendas & Minutes

  • October 16, 2018
  • June 22, 2018
  • February 20, 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the Parks Division at (406) 444-3750.

Meeting Agendas & Minutes from 2017 or Earlier TEST

Please contact the Board by email to request older agendas, minutes, or other information:

Or Contact FWP for assistance.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the Parks Division at (406) 444-3750.

District 1: Northwest

Jody Loomis - Helena

Email
(406) 459-8114

Jody Loomis is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast with multiple, yearlong, recreation interests. He currently serves on the State Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee. Over the last seven years in this position, he has worked with many multiple use organizations and land managers to improve recreation on Montana's public lands.

Jody owns and operates a manufacturing business in Helena.

Jody Loomis Montana Parks & Recreation Board District 1

District 2: Southwest

Russ Kipp (Chair) - Polaris

Email
(406) 925-1153

I am a 6th generation Montanan.  I was fortunate to be raised by parents that always had time to take my brothers and I camping, fishing and hunting every chance they could.  My love for Montana compelled me to become an outfitter.  I have been a licensed Montana Outfitter for the past 44 years.  My company name is Montana High Country Tours, Inc.  We offered year around Montana adventures including guided fishing, horseback day rides and overnight trips, hunting, snowmobile trips, snowmobile rentals and lodging.  Over the years Montana High Country Tours, Inc. has held Beaverhead and Big Hole River permits, Smith River permits, Bear Trap Canyon Whitewater permits, Beaverhead National Forest permits, BLM permits and DNRC permits.  I believe my love for the Montana outdoors and my personal and business history will help me to serve Montana on the Board of Parks and Recreation. 

Russ Kipp (Chair) Montana Parks & Recreation Board District 2

District 3: North Central

Mary Moe, Great Falls (Vice-Chair)

Email
(406) 868-9427

Mary Moe had a distinctive career in education, most recently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year Education for the Montana University System, and served as a State Legislator.

Mary Moe, Great Falls (Vice-Chair), Montana Parks & Recreation Board District 3

District 4: Northeast

Kathy McLane - Glendive

Email
(406) 987-3777

Kathy McLane proudly served as the Community Resource Specialist at Mid-Rivers Communications covering 30,000 square miles of eastern MT communities before retiring.  With a personal focus on assisting emerging agricultural industries that can enhance our rural economy, Kathy served on the Montana Cooperative Development Board, Montana Chamber of Commerce Board, Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, and currently is a member of the Southeast Montana Tourism Council.

Recently retired, Kathy plans to participate fully in Montana life by pulling from her entire employment history.  She continues service on numerous local, regional and state boards to support and enhance efforts to make this beautiful State of Montana even more awesome. 

Kathy McLane - Glendive

District 5: Southeast

Scott Brown, Billings

Email
(406) 248-7257

Scott Brown is the owner of The Base Camp in Helena and Billings and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

Scott Brown, Billings, Montana Parks & Recreation Board District 5