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.
Local Conservation Programs Include:
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.
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.
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.