Montana Fish Wildlife And Parks Wants Your Input
By Toby Trigger

Posted: July 11, 2015

You’ve Got To Show Up To Be Heard!

News Release:

FWP looking for input in planning for next decade

BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for public input on its values, needs and priorities as part of its ’15 & Forward initiative to plan for the next 10 years. Nine listening sessions are scheduled throughout the state between July 20 and Aug. 12.

The Billings meeting, in conjunction with the Region 5 Citizen Advisory Council, is set for 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at the FWP Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights.

FWP’s vision update will be a foundation on which it builds programs and services that hold the most value for the public and Montana’s fish, wildlife, recreation, cultural, and state park resources in the years ahead.

“It has been over 20 years since FWP last took a department-wide look at planning for the future and established its current Vision for the 21st Century,” said FWP Director, Jeff Hagener. “It is time to update this document and set program goals and design services that reflect our current context.”

Hagener stressed that public input is critical to the process. “FWP would like to understand if we are meeting your needs, what we can do to serve you better and get your thoughts on where we need to put our focus in the upcoming years.”

Other listening sessions are scheduled for:

DATE TOWN TIME LOCATION

July 22 Fort Peck 6-9pm Fort Peck Hatchery (277 Hwy 117)

July 23 Miles City 6-9pm FWP R7 Office (352 I-94 Business Loop)

July 28 Great Falls 6-9pm Hilton Garden Inn (252 14th St. SW)

July 29 Helena 6-9pm Montana Wild (2668 Broadwater Ave)

July 30 Missoula 6-9pm DoubleTree (100 Madison St)

Aug. 4 Lewistown 6-9pm Yogo Inn (211 E Main St)

Aug. 10 Bozeman 6-9pm FWP R3 Office (1400 S. 19th)

Aug. 12 Kalispell 6-9pm FWP R1 Office (490 N. Meridian Rd)

Each listening session will last three hours and refreshments will be provided. The public is encouraged to RSVP by emailing FWP15andForward@mt.gov, or calling Deb O’Neill at (406) 444-3755. Follow FWP on Facebook for more event information and reminders.

You can also can learn more and provide ideas and input online at fwp.mt.gov by following links to “Submit Public Comments” and “Doing Business.”

The FWP vision update is expected to be complete at the end of 2015.

-FWP-