F&W Commission to Meet with Parks Board in Helena

By Beacon Staff

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Helena April 9-10 for a work session with the Parks and Recreation Board and for its regular business meeting.

On April 9, the commission will meet with the Parks and Recreation Board to informally discuss issues of mutual interest, including the new board’s strategic plans and commercial use rules.

The work session, at which no official action will be taken by the F&W Commission or Park and Recreation Board, is set for 3-4:30 p.m. at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West.

An official Parks and Recreation Board meeting will follow at 4:45 p.m., with a dinner for the commission and the board at 5:30 p.m.

The regular Fish & Wildlife Commission business meeting will be held April 10 at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At the meeting, the commission will take final action on Paddlefish Grant Committee membership; fishing access site rules; the Bitterroot mountain lion hunting season; a risk management plan to impede the transmission of brucellosis from elk to livestock in southwestern Montana’s Paradise Valley; a limited peregrine falcon take for falconry for 2014-15; a 320-acre addition to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area west of Bynum; and grazing and farming leases associated with eight wildlife management areas.

Items proposed for public comment include commercial use rules on FWP lands; quota adjustments for the 2014 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons; 2014 mountain lion hunting season quotas; and a bighorn sheep exclusion area in northern Montana’s Missouri Breaks to control potential transmission of diseases between domestic and wild sheep.

FWP will also seek the commission’s endorsement to pursue a pine marten reintroduction plan in central Montana’s Belt Mountains and hear a presentation on the agency’s fishing regulation-setting process.

For the full agenda and additional information, visit FWP’s website. Click “For Commission Information.”

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to individuals with special needs. To request arrangements call FWP at 406-444-3186.

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