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Billings, Mont.
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Released On: May 14, 2003

Working Group Will Consider Management at Canyon Ferry Reservoir
A working group of area citizens will begin meeting May 22 to consider issues related to managing the lands and recreation around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at O'Malley's Restaurant on Canyon Ferry Road about two miles past the dam on Montana Highway 284. The public is invited.

Reclamation recently completed and issued a Resource Management Plan (RMP) for lands around the reservoir after two years of public involvement. The RMP stated that Reclamation will establish a working group to help identify potential options to address general Canyon Ferry Reservoir lands and recreation issues and to implement objectives outlined in the RMP.

Montana Area Manager Susan Kelly said the working group will consist of representatives from Broadwater and Lewis and Clark County government, resource management agencies, marina operators at the reservoir, and others.

Kelly said, "We expect the working group will help provide an ongoing exchange of information between Reclamation and the public so we can make the best decisions about managing lands and recreation at the reservoir."

At the first meeting the working group will briefly review the conclusions of the RMP and then formalize the working group and begin charting its future.

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