The email press release showed up in my inbox this afternoon.  Read on for more information.  For those of you who may not know, my name will be thrown in the ring and hopefully I will be selected for the Citizens Advisory Committee.  

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        January 19, 2012

Contact: Cheryl Morris, 406-994-6359

 MADISON RIVER RECREATION PLANNING UPDATE:

PUBLIC MEETINGS SET, CITIZEN ADVISORS SOUGHT

BOZEMAN—Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host four public meetings in the upcoming months as the first step towards developing a recreation management plan for the Madison River. FWP is seeking input on how the public views recreational use on the river. This information will be used in the preparation of a draft management plan, which will then be circulated for additional public comment. The goal of the plan is to help preserve the quality of recreational experiences and protect natural resources.

 FWP is also seeking applicants to serve on a citizen advisory committee that will be asked to develop recommendations for managing recreation on the Madison River. The committee application form and information about the planning process are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/recreation/management/madison/default.html.  Applications are due by March 16, 2012.

 The Madison River is highly valued for the quality of its recreation opportunities and is often the most heavily fished river in the state. Due to this popularity, concerns have been raised about congestion on the water and at access sites, as well as social conflict between different user groups.

 The scheduled public meetings are as follows:

 Ennis, Wednesday, February 15, 6-8PM at the Ennis Middle School

Bozeman, Thursday, February 16, 6-8 PM at the Comfort Inn

West Yellowstone, Tuesday, February 28, 6-8 PM at the Holiday Inn

Whitehall, Thursday, March 1, 6-8PM at the Whitehall High School

If you are not able to attend one of the scheduled meetings you may complete an online survey at fwp.mt.gov/recreation/management/madison/default.html or comment by sending an email to mrrp@mt.gov.  Comments will be accepted throughout the planning process.

 For additional information on the Madison River Recreational Plan, please visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/recreation/management/madison/default.html.  Any questions may be directed to the River Recreation Manager, Cheryl Morris, at 406-994-6359.