Montana State Parks is holding eight meetings around the state beginning on Monday to devise a strategic plan for the agency.
The meetings will address challenges related to resources, system capacity and is meant to gain insight to the public’s interests in services and recreation needs.
The strategic planning process will take a year to complete and will result in an updated vision for the Montana State Parks’ system and recreation programs for the next decade.
There will be a public comment process on the draft strategic plan later this year. The last plan was created in 1998.
Individuals are welcome to attend one of the focus group sessions. Each will last about three hours.
The public is asked to RSVP by calling the Montana State Parks Helena office at 406-444-3750.
The meetings will be held at the following locations. All meetings, except for the one in Helena, will start at 4 p.m.
Glasgow: April 21, Cottonwood Inn;
Glendive: April 22, Dawson Community College, Ullman Center Room 102;
Billings: April 23, Pictograph Cave State Park;
Kalispell: April 28, Lone Pine State Park;
Missoula: April 29, Travelers' Rest State Park;
Whitehall: April 30, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park;
Helena: May 1, 10 a.m., Carroll College, Campus Center (Rice Avila DeSmet Room);
Great Falls: May 1, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Ulm.