Bison Committee to Meet in Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS, MONTANA — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host another discussion in Great Falls, October 9, on issues related to bison conservation and management for Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has assembled a diverse group of interests and a number of state and community leaders to continue to participate in these facilitated gatherings. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Holiday Inn, 1100 5th St. South, in Great Falls, Montana, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This is the third in a series of bison meetings intended to build trust and understanding among groups and individuals as they candidly discuss and examine bison conservation and management issues and the Montana Environmental Policy Act process.

This discussion is designed to review issues and possible alternatives that are being considered in the preparation of an environmental impact statement for statewide bison conservation and management.

Discussion group members include conservation and agricultural representatives, state and federal agencies, county commissioners, and state legislators. Members of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission also will participate.

The discussion will not lead to decisions beyond an appropriate range of bison management alternatives to consider, including a “no action” alternative, FWP officials said.

The public comment on alternatives as presented is set for 12:45 p.m. For a full agenda visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov, and then click “Bison Discussion Group“.

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