MWCC Annual Meeting

February 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Erin Farris-Olsen

February 3, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00p

TWO Locations:
10:00a Montana WILD 2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena, Montana
4:30p Ten Mile Creek Brewing 46 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT


10:00 am Introduction & MWCC Update

Erin Farris-Olsen, MWCC Executive Director
10:15 am Governor & Agency Updates

Lt Governor Mike Cooney
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, John Tubbs
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Martha Williams
Department of Environmental Quality, Tom Livers
11:30 am Aquatic Invasive Species Update, Stephanie Hester, MT DNRC

Noon Lunch provided by Murry’s Cafe

1:00 pm Keynote Speaker, Chris Smith

Chris Smith currently works for the Wildlife Management Institute. He has over 34 years experience in planning, management, research, supervision, and administration of resource conservation programs throughout Alaska and Montana. Through his professional experience, Chris developed a keen interest in the public trust responsibilities of state agencies and principles of good governance. Chris will present his research and discuss how the intersection of good governance and public trust in the wildlife context applies to natural resource management in general. Read Chris’s recent publication here.

1:30 pm Regional entities and panel discussion, Facilitated by Chris Smith

In 2016, MWCC assisted in coordinating regional partnerships in the Clark Fork and Missouri Headwaters. We will hear from participants regarding the perceived added value, challenges, and explore what role intermediate infrastructure may have in facilitating resources to watershed work statewide.

3:00 pm Natural Heritage Program Presentation, Bryce Maxell, Program Coordinator for the Natural Heritage Program

Prepare to be blown away! The Montana Natural Heritage Program strives to be the state’s source for reliable information and expertise to support stewardship of our native species and habitats, emphasizing those of conservation concern. In 2016, the Heritage Program launched new features that allow the public to easily navigate ecological information. Bryce will show us how to use this tool to gather extensive information about your watershed. For a sneak peak, check out the Heritage Website.

4:30 pm Closing remarks and one year anniversary celebration of the Ten Mile Mural at Ten Mile Brewery

We can’t believe it’s been a year already! Join us at the Ten Mile Creek Brewery to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Ten Mile Tile Mural.