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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Region 6

The Mountain-Prairie Region


June 2, 1997

Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

Chris Servheen 406-329-3223

JUNE WORKSHOP IN BOZEMAN TO HELP IDENTIFY HABITAT NEEDS OF RECOVERED GRIZZLY BEAR POPULATIONS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a workshop for scientists and other interested parties in Bozeman, Montana, on June 17, 1997 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the GranTree Inn to develop recovery criteria for those habitat characteristics necessary for a recovered grizzly bear population. These criteria, which must be objective and measurable may include such things as amounts of secure habitat, levels of human activities, and major food availability.

People who plan to attend should write or call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Grizzly Bear Coordinator office at University Hall, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812 (406-243-4903), and ask to be added to the list of speakers (or ask for a time slot to speak) at the habitat workshop. The amount of time each person will be allowed to speak will depend on the number of people who preregister. By having people call now and preregister, those people who may be traveling long distances will be assured a time slot and can better plan their travel time. There will be a short block of time set aside for those people who did not call ahead and reserve space, but depending on the number of preregistered speakers, this time may be limited.

A professional meeting facilitator will conduct the workshop as to provide as much time as possible for comments, allowing for a period of exchange of questions and answers among participants. The workshop, which is at 1325 North 7th Avenue in Bozeman, will break for an hour at lunch, beginning at 12:00 and a 2-hour dinner break, starting at 4 p.m. The workshop will end at 8 p.m.

All speakers are asked to provide a written copy of their comments on the day of the workshop so their ides and comments can be more fully reviewed. Those who do not wish to speak, but only submit written comments, can send their comments to Grizzly Bear Coordinator, University Hall, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812, with a postmark no later than July 1, 1997.

The habitat criteria workshop will allow scientists and other publics interested in the future of the grizzly bear, an opportunity to submit oral and written comments and to discuss openly among each other what is needed in the way of habitat to support a recovered population of grizzly bears. Once these basic criteria have been developed, specific levels of these criteria necessary for recovery will be developed for each grizzly bear recovery zone.

In addition to developing objective and measurable habitat requirements for recovered grizzly bear populations, the Service also wants the workshop to serve as a source of information and an exchange of ideas among bear experts and others as to innovative methods for monitoring these habitat-based criteria.

Once the Service has compiled a draft document of habitat-based recovery criteria, including information and views presented at the workshop, it will make this document available to the public for review and comment. All who attend the workshop and any interested parties will receive a copy of this draft for comment. In addition, a notice of availability of this draft will be published in the Federal Register. Availability of this draft for the public to comment also will be announced in the local media. Comments received from the workshop and during the public comment period on the draft released later in 1997 will be considered before the habitat-based recovery criteria are finalized.


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