Officials Hope Web Page Gets People Involved

Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

State game officials hope a new web page on the Wyoming Game and Fish website gets people more involved.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the report.

The general public will now be able to gain and add input to wildlife meetings they're not able to attend, through a newly created page on the Wyoming Game and Fish website.

In a release, game officials explain that the page will provide an opportunity for the public to view not only information presented at meetings but the meetings themselves, and provide feedback.

Although wildlife officials always encourage attendance at meetings, they know participation in some communities is low and has declined over the past few years. This is especially true, they said, of meetings concerning topics other than big game hunting.

The new web page is a direct result of information received from a recent public survey as well as recommendations from a group of department employees. Wildlife supervisor Jason Hunter out of the Lander regional office is a member of the Game and Fish committee giving the recommendations. He says he knows people are busy, but he's hopeful the new link will help guide interested people to see various public meetings being held across the state and attend whenever possible.

In the past, the public has brought up several reasons for not attending meetings that include scheduling conflicts, too many meetings and not being heard. In addition, 76 percent of the people surveyed said they'd attend an online meeting and 47 preferred that option. That's how wildlife officials came to the conclusion that a centralized location would help address issues. Hunter says the new page on the website will allow everyone the opportunity to view draft documents, proposals or regulations, as well as view a public meeting presentation and comment online, all during a time that works with their schedule.