Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on an update to the state's comprehensive conservation plan for more than 100 of the state's fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
"The team's planning efforts included regular public updates and participation opportunities. Public input continues to be an important part of wrapping up Montana's State Wildlife Action Plan for the next 10 year-cycle," said Deb O'Neill, FWP's fish and wildlife plan coordinator in Helena.
In 2000, federal legislation created the State Wildlife Grant program intended to fund conservation programs for all fish and wildlife, including species not pursued by hunters and anglers. Montana has since been awarded $12.7 million in SWG funds for conservation programs ranging from prairie fish surveys and loon research to trumpeter swan and grizzly bear conservation.
To continue to participate in the federal grant program states must revise their plans every 10 years.
"Montana's update contains the latest and best information available on the status of species and habitats in the greatest need of conservation, which will help to better direct Montana's conservation and management efforts through 2024," O'Neill said.
Comments on the State Wildlife Action Plan are due February 9th by 5 p.m. For more information and to comment, click here.
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