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Montana Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

Montana

Highlighted State Programs

Montana

State Policy Framework

Montana

Disclaimer

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Gallatin County, MT

    Lewis and Clark County, MT

    Missoula County, MT

    Missoula, MT

    Ravalli County, MT




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YearAcresDollars
2015 297.0 $791,049
2014 259.0 $785,600
2013 823.0 $491,762
2012 1,130.0 $2,354,300
2011 270.0 $939,000
2010 5,835.0 $1,734,070
2009 4,674.5 $3,937,390
2008 5,978.6 $2,818,000
2007 0.0 $5,244,750
2006 0.0 $1,575,000
2005 381.5 $267,000
2004 40.0 $3,070,500
2003 0.0 $1,155,000
2002 0.0 $212,149
2001 111.0 $300,000
2000 475.0 $100,000
1998 198.0 $3,225,000
Totals 20,472.6 $29,000,570

Highlighted State Programs

Montana Agricultural Heritage Program

Created in 1999 by the Montana Legislature, the Agricultural Heritage Program acquired agricultural easements until its statutory sunset in 2003. Funding provided by legislative appropriations was used to purchase easements on properties consistent with conservation of rural landscapes: family farm, ranch and forestlands, and on properties that assisted in the conservation of native wild species and their habitat. A total of 16,540 acres were enrolled in the program at a cost of approximately $1,630,000 in state funds which were used to match over $6 million in federal and private funds.

YearAcresDollars
2002 0.0 $314,000
2001 0.0 $56,000
2000 600.0 $518,000
Total600.0 $888,000

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Fish and Wildlife Division of Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department manages and acquires land for fish and wildlife habitat through a variety of programs. The programs administered by this division include:
o The Wildlife Habitat/Lease/Easement Program funded by hunting license fees
o Bighorn Sheep auction of one male mountain sheep license per year. Approximately $2 million is raised from the auction.
o Wildlife Mitigation Program for Hungry Horse and Libby Dams, which replace habitat lost during the development of the dam and includes conservation easements and fee-title acquisition funding. Agreement with Bonneville Power Administration provides for funding to the state trust account for this program.
o Upland Game Bird Program allows landowners to enroll in a cost-share program to develop, enhance and conserve upland game bird habitats. Up to 75 percent of landowner cost may be reimbursed.
o Habitat Montana, which may include the purchase of conservation easements to conserve habitat on private lands; and Wildlife Management Areas. Annually about $4 million from several sources goes to fund projects. A portion is from hunting and fishing licenses.

YearAcresDollars
2015 294.0 $304,705
2014 5,378.6 $2,462,650
2013 2.5 $205,000
2012 4,536.4 $7,065,456
2011 462.0 $2,376,120
2010 45,310.9 $27,963,202
2009 3,454.8 $4,858,000
2008 13,255.5 $19,815,996
2007 1,271.0 $2,411,630
2006 748.9 $4,164,532
2005 3,668.0 $399,200
2004 12,015.0 $2,385,965
2003 15,621.3 $1,629,093
2002 43,677.0 $2,094,139
2001 33,428.0 $4,177,764
2000 18,993.0 $1,320,875
1999 16,931.0 $2,345,930
1998 30,657.6 $5,380,000
Total249,705.5 $91,360,257

Montana Upper Clark Fork Restoration Fund

The Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB) Restoration Fund was created in 2000 as a result of a partial settlement between mining and mineral processing operations and the State of Montana. Funds are used to restore habitat and natural resources disrupted by the release of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin. The injured area is the portion of the watershed extending from the headwaters, surrounding the city of Butte, downstream to Milltown Reservoir and upstream to the city of Missoula. The Montana Department of Justice through the Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) administers the Fund and an annual restoration grant program.

YearAcresDollars
2010 27,723.9 $16,171,341
2009 105.8 $265,300
2006 1,617.0 $1,266,000
2005 375.0 $737,842
2003 363.0 $2,000,000
2002 306.0 $427,557
2001 11,100.0 $5,841,304
2000 2,056.0 $608,048
Total43,646.7 $27,317,392

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.