Comments sought on hunting & fishing license fee increases, land and water control. Sorry to interrupt your summer, but I thought you should know earlier this month legislative interim committees I am assigned to held three days of intense public hearings on a number of high priority environmental issues including Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposal to increase hunting and fishing license fees, ongoing analysis of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact, a draft report on Montana’s Study of Federal Land Management (SJ-15 Study), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rule seeking increased federal regulation of state waters.
Below are brief summaries with links to help you review pertinent info and submit comments.
FWP HUNTING LICENSE FEE INCREASE: Montana legislature’s Environmental Quality Council (EQC) received a report from Fish, Wildlife and Park’s License and Funding Advisory Council (LFAC) which conveyed strong public support for increasing hunting and fishing license fees throughout Montana. I am really interested in YOUR thoughts on this.
Comments on FWP hunting & fishing license fee increase and license restructuring can be submitted by August 16, 2014 to email@example.com
LFAC’s Draft Report on proposed changes to License Fees & Structure:
The Draft legislation LFAC wants to send to the legislature in early 2015 is here:
We met some friendly Hessians at Two Rivers Rendezvous, near Libby, MT.
Paul & I sure enjoyed hearing entertaining tales from German emigrants Harald & Christine Greser who emulated Hessian defectors from the American Revolution at Two Rivers Rendezvous this weekend. Glad they came over to our side!
Brought home 3 weeks of firewood in 3 hours…. What a pleasant, cool summer morning to be out in the woods… Perfect day to round up a couple standing dead lodge pole trees for our family firewood supply. In addition to heating the homes of so many local families, allowing firewooders to remove dead and down trees improves forest health by reducing wildfire hazard and letting sunlight through to stimulate the growth of other trees and forage for wildlife. Just one more reason why it is so important we provide and protect public access on public lands.
Young Colton Wormwood tells the amazing story of his grandpa who still leads an active life even after losing an arm and a leg while serving our country.. A shot form the 2014 Tri State Veteran’s Standown (organized by billy Hill on right). I stand in aw of those who have sacrificed, large and small, near and far, to defend our freedoms. THANK YOU!
Back at the Capitol for interim meetings this week..
Water Policy Interim Committee and Environmental Quality Council meetings on Tues-Weds-Thurs will involve discussions on: new EPA rule for Clean Water Act; Montana State Water Plan; CSKT Compact; Federal Land Study results; possible new hunting license fee increases, the Virginia City study, and a few other hot topics. For more info or to watch online go to the Legislative Info page on my web site at http://www.jenniferfielder.us and click on committees - Water Policy and/or EQC.