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Parks in Focus Commission Announces Third Public Meeting in Glendive

(Glendive, MT) – The Montana Parks in Focus Commission will host a public meeting September 27-28 in Glendive. The public meeting is the third of four held at state parks across Montana intended to gather public input and develop recommendations to sustain and strengthen Montana’s state parks system.

The eastern region of Montana is home to four unique parks in the Montana State Parks system, including Makoshika, Medicine Rocks, Brush Lake, and Pirogue Island State Park. Makoshika State Park, the state’s largest, houses fantastic capstone rock formations as well as the fossil remains of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

“The Parks in Focus Commission has been working hard all year to understand and address the most pressing issues facing State Parks,” said Stace Lindsay, Chair of the Parks in Focus Commission. “We look forward to meeting in Glendive, visiting Makoshika State Park, and learning more about the opportunities and challenges parks face in eastern Montana as we continue our efforts to give Montanans the state parks they want and deserve.”

The Parks in Focus Commission was created in January 2018 by Governor Steve Bullock to strengthen Montana’s state park system and to ensure the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has the resources, capacity, and expertise to implement the Montana State Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan. The Commission consists of 12 volunteer professionals with backgrounds in business, local government, education, tourism, and healthcare.

The first of four Commission meetings was held in Three Forks in February. The second meeting was held in Kalispell in April. In addition to this third meeting in Glendive, the last and final meeting will be held December 13-14 at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Great Falls.

The Commission is tasked with providing recommendations to the Governor, state legislature, and Fish, Wildlife & Parks on three strategies that emerged from the State Parks strategic planning effort:  growing strategic partnerships, building an engaged constituency, and diversifying revenue. The Commission will provide final recommendations by December of this year.

The Glendive Chamber is co-hosting a welcome reception Thursday, September 27 at Makoshika State Park Visitor Center from 5:30-8:00pm with light food, drinks, and a discussion about the important role parks play in eastern Montana gateway communities.

The agenda for Friday, September 28 includes a morning tour of Makoshika State Park followed by the formal Commission meeting from 10:30am-2pm at Dawson Community College. To view the Parks in Focus Commission meeting agenda, or to provide comment, visit: http://www.chartinganewtomorrow.com/parks-in-focus/.

Commission meeting attendance is encouraged by all members of the public. Commission meetings are a unique opportunity to provide input on creating a robust and relevant state park system for Montana.

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more. Discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.


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Contact:

Pat Doyle
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Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818
pdoyle@mt.gov

Deborah Frey Love
Senior Program Advisor
Resources Legacy Fund
(406) 579-6931
dlove@resourceslegacyfund.org

Ben Alexander
Senior Program Advisor
Resources Legacy Fund
(406) 599-1615
balexander@resourceslegacyfund.org

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