A panel of lawmakers on Wednesday heard a plan to split the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission’s duties by creating a new board to oversee state parks and recreation.
An attempt to split the Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency in the 2011 legislative session failed because opponents found it too costly and complicated. This time, the proposal does not call for a split in the agency, but it would shift oversight of the agency’s parks division to the new board.
The new board would review and approve parks and recreation spending, land acquisitions and land use, while the FWP commission — to be renamed the Fish and Wildlife commission — would continue to oversee issues related to fish and wildlife.
FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim said the agency has not taken a position on the bill.