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Montana State Parks & Recreation Board

The Montana State Parks & Recreation Board sets policies and provides direction for the management, protection, conservation and preservation for Montana’s 54 state parks and associated recreational resources.

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Meeting Dates & Agendas

Next Board Meeting

  • Tour - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Butte, MT 59701
  • 406-444-3750

February 16, 2017 Meeting Agenda

  • 9:00 a.m. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
  • 9:05 a.m. Administrative Items:
    • Approval of December 14, 2016 Meeting Minutes
    • Approval of December 14, 2016 Board Expenses
    • Board Member Reports
    • Director's Report/Staff Report
  • 9:45 a.m. Parks Funding/Budgets - Informational (Dustin Temple)
  • 10:05 a.m. Legislative Update - Informational (Melissa Baker)
  • 10:20 a.m. Naming Update - Informational (Melissa Baker) Cover Sheet
  • 10:35 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:45 a.m. Parks Board Policy - Final (Tom Reilly) Cover Sheet
  • 11:05 a.m. Capital Projects over $5,000 - Final (Tom Reilly) Cover Sheet
  • 11:15 a.m. Hell Creek State Park Capital Project - Final (Tom Reilly) Cover Sheet
  • 11:35 a.m. Ackley Lake State Park Transition Team - Informational – Proposal   (John Taillie) Cover Sheet
  • 11:45 a.m. BREAK FOR LUNCH
  • 12:15 p.m. Public Comment for items not on this agenda
  • 12:35 p.m. Ackley Lake Lease - Final (Melissa Baker) Cover Sheet
  • 12:55 p.m. Heritage Resources Strategic Plan - Final (Melissa Baker) Cover Sheet
  • 1:15 p.m. AIS Task Force Update – Informational (Randy Arnold)
  • 1:35 p.m. Biennial Smith River Rule – Final (Melissa Baker) Cover Sheet
  • 1:55 p.m. Adjourn
  • Note: The Board may take action on all matters specifically noticed on this agenda. Times may vary as much as one hour – earlier or later.
  • The Department ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, contact the Parks Division at (406) 444-3750.

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About the Board

The Montana State Parks & Recreation Board is a citizen-led board appointed by the governor that consists of five members, one member from each district in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Director, Martha Williams, serves as secretary to the board.

Map of state districts and counties

To find out more about the board, see the   Montana State Parks & Recreation Board information sheet (200 KB)

Board Members
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Diane Conradi

District 1 (Northwest)

Diane Conradi, Whitefish

Conradi is a partner at Conradi Anderson PLLC, a law firm representing businesses, individuals, and specializing in conservation real estate issues. She co-founded the Whitefish Legacy Partners, an organization focused on community vision for conservation, recreation and education.

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Jeff Welch

District 2 (Southwest)

Jeff Welch, Livingston

Welch is the president and founder of Mercury CSC in Bozeman. He is an avid angler with a deep interest in the outdoors and recreation.

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Mary Sexton

District 3 (North Central)

Mary Sexton, Choteau (Vice Chair)

Sexton is a former Teton County Commissioner and former Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. She has a longstanding interest in land management and tourism.

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Doug Smith

District 4 (North East)

Doug Smith, Dagmar

Smith is a local government planner with Sheridan and Daniels Counties. He is on the board of the Great Northern Development Corporation and the Sheridan County Museum Board.

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Tom Towe

District 5 (South East)

Tom Towe, Billings (Chairman)

Towe is an attorney in Billings and a former state legislator. He has held a long term commitment to preserving Montana history and improving our parks. He is a founding member of ‘Our Montana’ an organization focused on conserving and protecting scenic, archaeological, historic and natural resources.

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