Public Participation Encouraged In Wildlife Council

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking applicants for appointment to the Private Land/Public Wildlife Council.

The council, appointed by Gov. Bullock, will be made up of citizens representing the interests of hunters, anglers, landowners, and outfitters.

“It’s time we conducted a comprehensive, bottom-up review of hunter access programs, including Block Management,” Gov. Bullock said. “I want this group to reassess everything from the program’s funding and effectiveness, to landowner incentives and how it can be more responsive to hunters’ needs.”

During the next 18 months, the council will work to develop recommendations for consideration by the Governor, FWP, and the 2015 Legislature.

PL/PW Council members are typically appointed to two-year terms, and for this round of appointments, members can be expected to participate in eight to 10 facilitated meetings held at various locations around the state between August 2013 and December 2014.

The PL/PW Council develops recommendations using a consensus-based decision process, requiring members who are committed to working towards broad-based solutions that consider the perspectives of all affected interest groups.

Individuals may nominate themselves or someone else. Applications must be accompanied by a resume (or equivalent short written summary of work, education, and/or public services experience). Application forms are available online at Click “Private Land/Public Wildlife Council”. Applications will be accepted through July 12.

Application forms with resumes (or equivalent short summary referenced above) should be mailed to: FWP – Wildlife Division, ATTN: Private Land/Public Wildlife Council, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or they may be emailed to: or faxed to 406-444-4952.

Information about the PL/PW Council, including past reports, meeting summaries, and background information, can be found on the FWP website at click Private Land/Public Wildlife Council. For more information, contact Alan Charles, FWP Landowner/Sportsman Relations, at 406-444-3798, or at