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Footloose Montana will present a trap-release workshop  from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. This event is free.

Trap-release workshop upcoming

What will you do if your best friend steps in a trap? Learn trapping regulations, how to avoid traps, first aid, hands-on practice opening traps, what to carry with you to save your pet.

Footloose Montana will present a trap-release workshop  from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. This event is free.

Comments sought on Canyon Ferry no-wake zones

The comment period for no-wake zones on Canyon Ferry ends March 29. At its February meeting, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the extension of public comment for a proposal for no-wake zones on the north end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recommended no-wake zones in the area last fall. After receiving input from the public, FWP offered an alternative proposal in February that would achieve the same goals as the original proposal while responding to concerns raised by the public.

The alternative creates a 200-foot no-wake zone of the north end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, starting at Kayley Bay on the north shoreline and ending at Crittenden on the south shoreline.

Comments can be submitted online or by mail to FWP’s Enforcement Division, Attn: Phil Kilbreath, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; or e-mailed to pkilbreath@mt.gov.

Comments sought for proposed LWCF, OHV grant applications

Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on proposed 2019 Land and Water Conservation Fund and Off-Highway Vehicle Grant awards for the current grant cycle, which closed on Feb. 28. 

The state-side LWCF, administered by Montana State Parks, is a federally funded program that provides grants to state and local governments for public outdoor recreation projects such as parks, swimming pools and sports fields. For the current grant cycle, seven LWCF community grant applications were received requesting more than $1.2 million from $1.5 million in available funding.

The OHV program received 10 grant requests totaling $155,000. Approximately $152,000 in OHV grant funding is available for 2019. Montana's Off-Highway Vehicle Program supports projects such as trail maintenance, signs, trail stewards, ethics education, noxious weed control, safety and mapping efforts. 

Summary lists of the current LWCF and OHV grant application funding requests are available at: stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/default.html.

The public is invited to comment on the funding requests for both LWCF and OHV. Public Comments are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11. To comment online, visit stateparks.mt.gov and click on 'Public Comment & Notices' in the right-hand navigation.

The public may also send comments to: Montana State Parks, Attn: Seth McArthur, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Fundraiser will feature 'MeatEater' host

On Wednesday, April 10, The Whittier Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee in Bozeman is hosting an evening conversation with Steven Rinella, hunter, author, conservationist and host of the Netflix original series “MeatEater” and the “MeatEater” podcast.

The evening will commence with a light reception in the lobby of the Museum of the Rockies, 600 W. Kagy Blvd., in Bozeman at 6 p.m., seating will begin at 7 in the Hager Auditorium. Rinella’s conversation will begin at 7:30 and will include an audience Q&A session.

Tickets are available at eventbrite.com and include one drink and entry into the raffle for “MeatEater” gear. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Whittier PAC’s effort to support and enrich the lives and community of Whittier Elementary School students.

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