Conservation Lands Advisory Committee


  • CLAC will meet at least four times a year.
  • CLAC will meet as needed, no more than once per month, September through April only. Meetings will be held the first Monday of the month, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., or at a time determined by the group.  Additionally, one field trip will be scheduled during the summer to visit active conservation lands management projects.

Agendas and Minutes

On the Agendas and Minutes Page, (August 2019 to present) use the filter button to the right of the search bar to filter by date or by the name of a board or committee.

Archived minutes prior to August 2019.

Greenough Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) - Archived minutes prior to 2013

The Greenough Park Advisory Committee is now maintained and is a part of the Conservation Lands Advisory Committee. Resolution 7759 (PDF)


The Conservation Lands Advisory Committee (CLAC) will make recommendations on and oversee implementation of the Missoula Conservation Lands Management Plan and the 1955 Greenough Park Decree (see attached Decree). CLAC is a subcommittee of the Missoula Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) and is subject to all of its rules and regulations. 

CLAC will report directly to the MPRB, which advises the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department (Parks). The MPRB is responsible for all actions of CLAC and may require this subcommittee to perform some functions, provide information or give specific advice on certain topics.


  • Nine voting members
  • Three-year terms - the first terms will be staggered into one-year, two-year and three-year terms. After the initial appointments, terms shall expire on October 15th of each year with the replacement or re-appointed members beginning their terms on October 16th.


Composed of those with a variety of expertise and/or interest in the following areas

  • Botany (especially Montana native plants)
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Environmental law
  • Health
  • Local history
  • Recreation
  • Recreation resource management and sociology
  • Silviculture
  • Wildlife biology
  • Wildland restoration

A representative from the Missoula Park and Recreation Board will be one of the voting members. A representative from the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and the Lolo National Forest will be included as non-voting members.


Up to three CLAC members may reside outside the Missoula City limits, but within the Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan boundaries, which is approximately a 4.5 mile radius of the City.


Appointment is by the Missoula Parks and Recreation Board.

Members Start of Term End of Term
Teagan Hayes November 12, 2019 October 15, 2022
Hannah Specht October 16, 2020 October 15, 2023
Karen Sippy November 12, 2019 October 15, 2022
Beverly Dupree November 12, 2019 October 15, 2022
Giles Thelen October 16, 2020 October 15, 2023
Kathleen Kennedy October 16, 2020 October 15, 2023
John O'Connor  February 1, 2020 October 15, 2022
Jamison Starbuck October 16, 2018 October 15, 2021
Carol Fischer November 12, 2019 October 15, 2022
Liz Bradley (Non-voting)                n/a                n/a
Paul Greenough (Non-voting)                n/a                n/a
Patrick Bridegam (Non-voting)                n/a                n/a


Parks Board Directive (PDF)

For more information contact the Department Liaison - Parks and Recreation Board - Donna Gaukler, Director, 406-552-6256.


Position vacancies are advertised in the media approximately one month in advance. Interested in serving on a board? These are the vacant positions we are recruiting now.