Building on Our Wildlife Management Areas

Protecting important wildlife habitat is essential for hunting and angling opportunity

 Protecting important wildlife habitat is essential for hunting and angling opportunity. Montana’s strong system of Wildlife Management Areas is a big reason we enjoy the longest hunting seasons in the West, as well as superb wildlife watching.

In cases, small parcels of private land within or next to our WMAs can have big impacts on wildlife. Lands that get developed within a WMA can fracture habitat, impede wildlife movement and ultimately detract from the quality of these areas. That’s the case with a couple parcels in the Fish Creek WMA west of Missoula, along tributaries of the Clark Fork River.

Recently Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks purposed purchasing these two parcels, using Habitat Montana funds and other matching sources. The Montana Wildlife Federation strongly supports this effort to keep these lands from being developed and maintain the quality of Fish Creek as both wildlife habitat and spawning grounds for fish. Read the MWF Fish Creek Aquisition letter of support to learn more about this important issue.