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Environmental Quality Council July Update


Posted Date: 
July 3, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman & Hope Stockwell, Council Staff

EQC to Review State Parks, HB 142 Bill Drafts

At a July 18 meeting, the Environmental Quality Council will again discuss the idea of giving Montana’s state parks their own governing body. The EQC gave preliminary approval to the concept in May with bill draft LC 9000. However, council members have proposed a few tweaks and will review those changes before deciding whether to move forward with the draft.

Public support expressed at previous EQC meetings for a state parks board separate from the current Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission has been two-fold: 1) to get more discussion time spent on parks and recreation-specific policy issues; and 2) to insulate state parks from contentious wildlife management issues.

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Joe Kolman | 406-444-3747 | jkolman@mt.gov | Hope Stockwell | 406-444-9280 | hstockwell@mt.gov