Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Aug. 30 in Helena to adopt the upcoming season’s waterfowl hunting regulations and to consider proceeding with a process to develop a draft statewide fisheries management plan.
The meeting, set to begin at 8:30 a.m., will be held at FWP’s Helena headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave.
Commissioners also will take final action on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s upland game bird and waterfowl regulation for 2012, Future Fisheries project funding, rules for the selling of left-over nonresident deer licenses, and awarding certain conservation groups the opportunity to auction a bighorn sheep, deer, elk, moose, or mountain goat hunting license.
On land matters, commissioners will be asked to approve the acquisition if a Sixteen Mile Creek Fishing Access Site near Ringling, an easement on the Amelia Island FAS near Hysham, and a timber management proposal for the Kootenai-West Wildlife Management Area north of Rexford. FWP will also seek commission endorsements of a donation to improve road access to Island Lake FAS near Libby, a property donation near Big Sandy, and new public use rules for Montana’s 77 wildlife management areas.
Updates will be presented to the commission on Montana’s drought status, recommendations from the Brucellosis-Elk Working Group, and a recent wolf/human dimension survey.