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JULY 28, 2016 BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH PAGE 5 we ore Jeff Hagener Director, Montana FWP Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks touches the lives of al- most everyone who lives in or visits this state. Our work affects ranchers, hunters, anglers, farmers, outfitters, guides, state parks visitors, hotel and cafe owners, tour- ists, fly shop employees, students, and many others. Because of our vast effect, we are obligated to do the best job we can. And to con- tinually improve: The department took a big step in that direction re- cently with completion of a new FWP vision that sets the direction for what this de- partment wants to achieve in the next decade. It con- tains eight core values, nine commitments, and roughly two dozen actions for fulfill- ing our promises to the pub- lic and our employees. Our core values, as de- tailed in the new vision doc- ument, are to serve the pub- lic, embrace the public trust, honor tradition and heri- tage, work with landowners, provide leadership, use sci- ence, provide stewardship, and value our workforce. is and where it is going, of this agency's core val- What's more, because much ues and guiding prin- about Montana has changed Ciples. over the past two decades,* Traditional funding These core values guide all of we need a new vision that addresses new challenges. For instance: Hunters and anglers in- creasingly request more and better information, access, and opportunity. Interest in nongame wildlife management and wildlife watching continues to grow. Fast-paced technologies such as social media and mobile, personal- ized . communication platforms are creating new opportunities and challenges for the de- partment. Visits to state parks have doubled in recent years, while revenue for man- agement and mainte- nance has remained fiat. Currently, more than half of FWP staff have worked for the depart- ment less than 10 years. Many may not be aware Roger Dey BVD Editor If you've made it this far, you may have noticed not everything that happened this weekend made this is- sue. It's not due to a lack of in- teresting things to cover, nor to the near-crippling anxiety that plagues me every time I try to write something. This time I can truly blame the bane of the modern world, that thing which can lead to a ftfll blown existential crisis and the questioning of one's own sanity: computer up- dates. us in this department as we do business every day. Our nine commitments are too lengthy to list here. But they include such prom- ises as doing a better job of understanding and respond- ing to public expectations, providing diverse opportu- nities and services, and re- maining fiscally responsible and sustainable. FWP's new vision was created by employees from all levels of the department statewide using input from ten public and eight employ- ee "listening sessions" held last summer across Mon- tana. It's been nearly 20 years since FWP last developed a vision for the future. Most of us in the department-- myself included--weren't around then. We didn't have the opportunity to join those discussions about what FWP was aghast as the program to suddenly and inexplicably crash. Again and again. And, since the computer gods like to watch me have a hissy fit, sometime in the last few days unbeknownst to me, my automatic backup had also taken a complete Class I download. (That's not a computer thing and it's not good. Ask a veteran) After approximately five hours of un-installing and re-installing the program, dumping preferences., in- stalling and un-installing yet again and finally re-install- ing an older version of the I tend to void the latestprogram I thought I had it and greatest the computer licked. world. I prefer to wait until Right until the damn thing such things are nearly obso- crashed after lulling me into lete, because I know'by:that false sense of security. point most ofthekinks have:; Honestly, I think the im- been worked out. But lately, potent rage at not being able I've been keeping up with latest update to both my to figure out why comput- ers aren't working is half the reason everyone is so pee- vish these days. Ultimately my search for answers led me to direc- tions that involved going far deeper into the bowels and code of the program than I felt comfortable with. God knows what I could have screwed up with my dodgy keyboarding skills. Mac's new operating system and to InDesigr~,?~r:, page layout program. - Bad idea. Plagued with the afore- mentioned anxiety lately, I put off getting a start on laying out this issue until Monday, at which point I found disaster. I opened my issue file in InDesign and Anyway, as far as I could tell (and I may be totally wrong ... really, it's mostly a wild ass guess) somewhere between the operating sys- tem and the program I was getting what's called a ker- nel panic, which isn't the popcorn-related economic disaster one might expect. Long story short, after considerable trial and error, gnashing of teeth and his- trionics, I simply wound up reinstalling an older version of the operating system and, viola, I was back in business and ready for a Class VI up- load. (Better go find that vet- eran again) ....... Of course, this whole or- deal managed to eat up all the time I was going to use to finish writing most of my stories. (Oh, who am I kid- ding, I mean start writing most of my stories. Hmm. Do I procrastinate because i have anxiety or do I have anxiety because I procras- tinate? I'll have to look into that later.) So barring any panic at- tacks, kernel or otherwise, we should be able to get you caught up on most of the go- ings on in Upper Blackfoot Valley in next weeks issue. Thanks for reading! sources alone are no longer sufficient to meet our growing responsi- bilities and public de- mands. Montana has long-ex- celled in fish, wildlife, and state parks conservation and management. But we" can't simply rest on past achieve- ments. If FWP is to remain relevant in today's rapidly changing social, economic, and natural environments, we must chart a smart and effective course. We must build on the department's best traditions while em- bracing new public values, interests, and ways of doing business. FWP's new vision will do that by, among many things: increasing the public's understanding of the services FWP provides while identifying where we are not meeting pub- lic expectations and how we can improve creating a more cohe- sive and effective con- servation community throughout Montana growing a stronger, broader, and more sta- ble funding base for the work we do strengthening the de- partment by improving internal communica- tion and creating a uni- fied sense of common purpose. For any organization to remain relevant and effec- tive, it must regularly exam- ine why it exists, where it is headed, and whether it has been fully achieving its mis- sion. That's what we've done with the new FWP vision. I'm confident that this new vi- sion will help both our new and longtime employees continue to serve the public while conserving and en- hancing the wildlife, fisher- ies, state parks, and outdoor recreation and heritage that define Montana's identity and character. 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