FWP Likely to Scrap Plan to Power State Park Sites

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A state parks official says Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks will likely postpone a plan to electrify campsites at four state parks.

The agency planned to begin work later this summer to electrify campsites at Salmon Lake, West Shore, Placid Lake and Lewis and Clark Caverns state parks.

But those plans caused a sharp divide between traditional camping enthusiasts, who prefer dark skies and natural landscapes, and recreational vehicle users who want power for their televisions, refrigerators and other electrical appliances.

After receiving more than 60 public comments on the proposals, parks director Joe Maurier says the department intends to scrap the original plan, and revisit the four environmental assessments later this year.

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