Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be hosting a series of public meetings around the state this month as a first step toward developing a long-term bison conservation and management

plan for the state. In west-central Montana, interested persons may attend the

meeting in Missoula, which will be held on May 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the Holiday

Inn, Downtown at the Park (200 S. Pattee).

The bison management plan will be developed through a programmatic

environmental impact statement (EIS) – expected to take three years to complete

– which will address issues associated with bison and options for their

long-term management as a Montana wildlife species. The

EIS will examine an array of issues and possible alternatives—including no

action—and each alternative’s potential beneficial and adverse environmental,

social, and economic impact. Comments from FWP’s Vivaca Crowser are below.