Briefs for Aug. 9, 2023
GNP Artist-In-Residence 2024/2025 application period open
News from Glacier National Park
WEST GLACIER — The application period for artists to apply for the 2024/2025 Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence Program opened Aug. 6, 2023. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4, 2023.
The Artist-in-Residence program offers artists focused time to creatively explore the park’s numerous and varied natural and cultural resources, and to share their work through educational programs.
Each session will run for four weeks during June and July of 2024 and 2025. The sessions offer artists uninterrupted time to pursue their artistic discipline and provide artists with a furnished house located in the park.
Those selected are required to present several public programs during their residency. The programs must be related to their experience as an artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, workshops, talks, exploratory walks, or performances.
As part of Glacier’s 2024/2025 Artist-in-Residence Program, our friends in Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP) invite successful candidates to visit Canada for a day to connect the two parks as the world’s first International Peace Park (1932) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (1995). The trip to WLNP will consist of a tour of Waterton as well as giving a workshop or presentation similar to the ones given in Glacier National Park.
Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.
Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at: https://www.callforentry.org. More information on the program can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/glac/getinvolved/air.htm.
Not Invisible Act Commission concludes public hearings
News from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior
WASHINGTON — As part of the continued work by the Departments of the Interior and Justice to implement the Not Invisible Act and address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) and Human Trafficking crises, the Not Invisible Act Commission this week concluded its 8th and final public hearing.
The Commission held seven public hearings across the country, as well as a two-day national virtual hearing, to hear directly from the public in some of the communities most affected by these crises. These hearings provided a forum for the Commission’s subcommittees to hear from panels of subject matter experts, advocates, and law enforcement members as well as direct testimony from the public, including survivors and family members.
The Not Invisible Act, which was led by then-Rep. Haaland and passed into law in October 2020, established the Commission as a cross jurisdictional advisory committee composed of both federal and non-federal members including law enforcement, Tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals, and survivors.
Anyone still interested in submitting written testimony or recommendations to the Commission can do so by emailing: NIAC@ios.doi.gov with the subject line “NIAC Testimony” by Aug. 10, 2023.
Block management information available
News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks
HELENA — Block Management Area (BMA) Program information for 2023 will be available to hunters beginning Aug. 10. Hunters can request their BMA Access Guide online and can print individual BMA property maps and rules at: fwp.mt.gov/hunt/access/blockmanagement.
The Block Management webpage allows hunters to download the Access Guide, up-to-date BMA maps and rules for every individual BMA enrolled in the program.
These individual BMA property maps and rules are important for hunters to know and understand for each property they plan on hunting. Not all rules or instructions for obtaining landowner permission are listed in the overview guide and are unique to each BMA. The website will also feature a list of BMAs that are restricted or initially closed due to fire danger. Hunters need to use extreme caution when afield due to dry conditions at this time.
Individual BMA property maps and rules are also available at self-serve sign-in boxes, or by calling or visiting FWP regional offices.
Hunters should check their BMA Access Guide or view the individual BMA map and rules to determine when or if a given BMA will start taking reservations.