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News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Tribal Game Warden Program and the Tribal Wildland Recreation Program are working on a large-scale sign replacement project across the Reservation in an effort to inform the general public about recreation access requirements on tribal lands.

“Fifty permanent all-metal signs will be placed at major recreational access areas on the Reservation.” said Tom McDonald, Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Manager. “The signs are being placed at key points to clarify certain recreation access laws and provide information about licenses and stamps.” 

The Game Warden Program purchased the signs and the Wildland Recreation Program is installing the signs.

In the past, many of the poster notices and wooden regulation signs have been removed or vandalized.

“The money spent to replace regulatory signs annually could be better spent on upgrading and maintaining recreation facilities,” said Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program manager.

Pablo Espinoza, Chief of Tribal Game Wardens anticipates anticipate this new sign project will improve compliance to the recreation regulations. 

“It is an on-going effort to educate new residents and visitors regarding the regulations for access to tribal lands and waters on the Reservation,” Espinoza said.

Bigcrane added that he anticipates the signs will all be in place before this winter’s snow.

For more information on Fishing, Hunting and Recreation Regulations go to or call Germaine White at 406-675-2700 ext. 7299.

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