HELENA – The Private Land/Public Wildlife Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office in Great Falls, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 13-member advisory committee, appointed by the governor, is charged with reviewing FWP’s access programs and offering recommendations to help achieve program goals and maintaining good relations between hunters and landowners. Members are Ed Beall, chair, of Helena, Eric Albus of Hinsdale, Tierani Brusett of Billings, Cynthia Cohan of Butte, Lee Cornwell of Glasgow, Paul Elllis of Bozeman, Everett Headley of Stevensville, Donna McDonald of Alder, Rod Paschke of Jordan, Rich Roth of Big Sandy, Raymond Rugg of Superior, Drew Steinberger of Billings, and Dale Tribby of Miles City.
Agenda items include:
- Elk Hunting Access (EHA) Agreements process update – review commission decision and next steps
- Hunting access program review
- Review of May PLPW recommendations and review of draft rule/statutory changes
- Block Management payment structure review
- Legislative request to increase cooperator payment cap to $50,000
- Improving BMA quality experience
- Other concepts/considerations
- Public land management agencies – how to improve/balance habitat across landscapes for wildlife dispersal and game management
- PLPW Initiatives
- Improving hunter behavior/communicating ethics/respect
- Hunter/Landowner Stewardship Course update
- Additional penalties for violations
- PLPW discussion/recommendations to FWP
The meeting will be streamed live on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/plpw. Public comment will be taken in person and via Zoom. To make a comment via Zoom, you must register on the FWP website by noon on Aug. 23. For more information on PLPW and a full agenda, visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/plpw. The FWP Great Falls office is located at 4600 Giant Springs Road in Great Falls.