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Bullock to sign law creating new board for parks

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 29 2013 10:29:52 AM MDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Gov. Steve Bullock is scheduled to sign into law legislation that splits the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's duties and creates a new board overseeing parks and recreation.
    
A ceremony is planned Monday at Pictograph Cave State near Billings, one of Montana's 54 state parks.
    
The measure establishes a five-member Montana State Parks and Recreation Board that will review and approve parks and recreation spending, land acquisitions and land use.
    
Oversight of state parks for decades has fallen under the purview of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission. Supporters of the change say parks issues often have been overshadowed by more controversial wildlife issues.
    
The re-named Fish and Wildlife Commission will continue to oversee issues related to fish and wildlife.