Revisions to the rules that guide Montana’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP) are up for public comment through April 13.

Officials say the proposed revisions are necessary to implement the program’s new strategic plan that was endorsed by the FWP Commission last year. Most of the proposed changes fine-tune the program’s requirements, responsibilities, application and funding processes. Others clarify project renewals, payments and reporting issues.

The proposed rule changes can be reviewed on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov under the “Submit Public Comments” section. Click on “Commission” and then Public Notices—ARM Rules to view the document and comment.

Eight public meetings are scheduled across the state in early April to discuss the proposed UGBEP rule changes. In FWP Region 6, the meeting is set for 6 p.m. on April 10 at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. The public may also provide comment through April 13 by mail to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: UGBEP Rule Comments, P.O Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

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