By Robert Lucke
A committee has been formed to search for sites that could be made into suitable state parks in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6, said Woody Baxter, regional director in Glasgow.
"The end product of this committee is to provide the department's director with a final report, which will recommend specific state park sites and opportunities," Baxter said. "Along with that will come justification of those sites."
Following the suggestion of a possible state park site and program for that site, the committee will discuss its potential. Suggested state park sites will be prioritized and it will be determined what sites are worthy of an on-site inspection.
Committee members will be considering such aspects of a site as specific site locations, estimated size, programs to be affiliated with the site, name of property owners, estimated property acquisition cost and possible methods of acquisition, potential visitation estimates and partnership possibilities.
After a proposal is presented and thoroughly discussed, committee members will vote on the specific recommendation.
The mission of the Montana state park system is to preserve, enhance and interpret a diverse representation of Montana's most outstanding natural, cultural/historic and recreational resource for personal, social and economical benefit of present and future generations.
Have a site in mind for a state park in Region 6? Contact Baxter at (406) 228-3707.