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All Montanans enjoy the state's fish, wildlife and outdoor recreational opportuni­ties. However, many Montanans engage with wildlife in ways other than hunting or fishing. Improved opportunities for wildlife conservation recreation (e.g. bird watching) and education can build broader public support for and interest in non-game species.

Recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters and anglers remain a priority within the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and among many stakeholder groups. From the standpoint of increasing conservation of at-risk species, attention is also needed to support and expand participation in wildlife viewing, wildlife-focused tourism, photography, and other non-hunting recreation. These activities can engage a broader segment of the public than hunting and angling, and they can often cultivate in­terest in species that are not hunted or fished. Support for wildlife conservation recreation can include physical infrastructure, like wildlife viewing sites and interpretative facilities, as well as outreach and educational programming.

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EXPECTED & MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

Funding wildlife conservation education and recreation pro­grams will result in:

New interpretive sites, kiosks, trails, educational materials, and viewing platforms around the state.

Expanded Master Naturalist and Project WILD programs.

Expanded "Travel WILD" programs in additional communities.

A new Montana WILD Eastern facility and augmentation of existing state park facilities to incorporate the Montana WILD model.

Increased private land access opportunities.

Greater numbers of Montanans participating 1n educational programs and wildlife viewing recreation.

ESTIMATED NEED

(BASED ON MT FWP PROJECTIONS)

$5.94 million / year

This does not include an addi­tional $2 million in fixed costs (Montana WILD Eastern Facility and Travel WILD mobile classrooms).

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