MONTANA STATE PARKS

HELENA – Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on a draft strategic plan called “Charting a New Tomorrow,” which establishes a shared direction for Montana State Parks and recreation programs through the year 2020. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. and must be received in writing.

Montana State Parks prepared the draft with guidance from the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board to address longstanding resource challenges and propose solutions to moving the park system forward given the available resources.

The plan proposes a number of targets and actions to develop diversified and sustainable funding for the parks system and statewide recreation programs. It will also seek to foster strategic partnerships and build an engaged constituency to ensure the success of Montana State Parks and outdoor recreation across the state.

The plan outlines goals designed to enhance the park system and uphold the Montana State Parks brand promise: providing significant, relevant and accessible parks that preserve and protect our historic, cultural, and recreational resources for the future of Montana and all people.

Throughout the planning process, the parks division conducted internal and external outreach including a staff survey, evaluation of statewide recreation trends, and a series of eight community listening sessions around the state which engaged over 117 Montanans, organizations, and partners.

Montana State Parks provides diverse, family-friendly, affordable, and enriching recreational opportunities to more than two million park visitors each year. Additionally, the division supports community recreation through its four grant programs, and is an essential component of Montana’s multibillion-dollar tourism and recreation industries.

View the plan at stateparks.mt.gov.

Send comments by mail to:

Montana State Parks Draft Strategic Plan

P.O. Box 200701

Helena, MT 59620-0701.