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Northeastern Plains Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee Meeting Minutes
June 15, 2004

Meeting called to order by Betty Stone.
Introductions were made
DES Coordinators were invited to attend this meeting.
Minutes from the previous meeting were approved.

Financial Report - It was reported that of the $2000 planning grant, only a small amount has been used to date.

Reports:
State Bicentennial Commission Report:: Betty S. reported that there is a scheduled State Bicentennial Commission meeting to be held in Livingston on June 17th. There will no longer be project grants available. More funding will be going to signature events, and Corps II. They will be voting on this at the meeting. Betty explained the Corps II to the DES Coordinators that were present.

Fort Peck Tribes Report: No Report.

River Access: Woody Baxter from Fish Wildlife and Parks reported on three boat access sites.
#1 Culbertson – Day use only with picnic area and interpretive signage. Woody said he would help in obtaining signage on Highway 2 near Culbertson.
#2 Lewis and Clark or Bridge Park located 6 miles from Wolf Point – They are currently doing a water project at the bridge site. Day use only, and has been closed to camping, but plans are being made to re-open to campers.
#3 School Trust, between Nashua and Fort Peck – Day use only, there is no Lewis and Clark signage at this access.
· Snowden Bridge is a proposed site but won’t be completed until next summer. It will also have a campsite.
· Brockton is also a proposed site, but that will probably be a couple years before completion.
· Discussion was held on private property access for Law Enforcement.
· Search and rescue will be difficult to find the person. Mile markers or some form of signs along the river would be helpful.
· There are River Maps, but they don’t include this area at this time.
· It was pointed out that cell phones do work on the river all the way to the Confluence.
· DES and County Sheriff’s need to be notified of upcoming events and expected attendance.
· People need to be educated and landowners need to know that people aren’t intentionally trespassing.
· Our area is at a disadvantage because it starts here in the Spring.
· Fort Benton is currently seeing floaters.
· It was suggested to have boaters sign in and sign out at certain points on the river. Man-power and false alarms would create problems with a sign in rule. It would be helpful to know how many were on the river though.

Events:
· May 6-9, 2005 Corps II will be in Wolf Point or Poplar. The site has not been designated as of yet.
· May 14-17, 2005 Corps II will be in Glasgow.
· June 4 & 5, 2005 Lewis and Clark Encampment at James Kipp Recreation
· Montana Kick-off event will be April 29, 30, May 1, 2005
· Rivers of Time 2nd week in May 2005
· The Lewis and Clark Festival in Nashua was a learning experience. Attendance was good for the first year. May 6,7, & 8 are the dates for the Lewis and Clark Festival in 2005.

Lewis and Clark Days at the Museums – The traveling trunks have been ordered by area museums and libraries. Dates will be advertised by Missouri River Country.

Old Business:

New Business:

Next Meeting: Aug. 17, 2004, 1:00 p.m. Wolf Point (discussion was held on having it in Glasgow) Law Enforcement will be encouraged to attend.

Members Present: Betty Stone, Doug Smith, Arch Ellwein, Carla Hunsley, Ruth Mattelin, Mark Gruener, Montana Disaster Emergency Services, Wood Baxter, MT FWP-Glasgow, Mike Herman, MT FWP-Glasgow, Robert Magnan, Fort Peck Tribes Fish and Game Dept.  

 

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