KALISPELL - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has a new Information and education program officer in their Kalispell office who will serve as the new face and voice of the agency.
After several months of searching, Dillon Tabish has been tapped to serve as the new face and voice for the agency.
"I am really excited to connect with the community because I think it's really important for our community to stay involved in the management and everything that is involved with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks because this is part of our heritage," Tabish said.
Tabish replaces John Fraley who retired in June after a 40-year career with the agency.
"John was an amazing public servant and really a living legend in my mind and I always enjoyed working with him," said Tabish. "He was so passionate about the outdoors and especially younger hunters and anglers and getting participation going at those younger stages and I that's something I really want to follow in his footsteps."
With a decade of experience serving as a journalist for the Flathead Beacon and Daily Interlake, Tabish knows the community well.
FWP is facing many challenges, such as the future of grizzly bear management and the presence of aquatic invasive species, but Tabish says he plans to hit the ground running.
"Grizzly bears in Yellowstone were recently delisted. They are still protected under the ESA in Northwest Montana but as the populations continue to grow we could see state management down the road someday," Tabish said. "So, we need to be prepared as an agency to do that.
Aquatic Invasive Species is obviously here in Montana unfortunately and now we have to do the best we can to spread of them in our pristine waters because those could do a lot of damage to our waterways, rivers and lakes," he added.
Tabish was born and raised in Missoula and graduated from the University of Montana school of journalism in 2008. He also spent four years working as a seasonal wildland firefighter for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.