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State seeks private land/public wildlife council nominations

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HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock and Montana Fish, Wildlife and 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,” 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 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.

Megan Paulson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Outlaw Partners.

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