CONSERVING HABITAT

PROTECTING IMPORTANT LANDS AND WATERS

Fish and wildlife depend on good habitat.  MWF works to protect habitat on our national forests and other public lands through smart land management and conservation of wild lands and waters.  We also work to protect habitat on private lands by supporting incentives for farmers, ranchers, and other landowners.


Lewistown RMP: Public Lands Worth Protecting

With the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument at its heart and surrounded by intact backcountry including the headwaters of the Judith River, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lewistown District oversees some of the greatest public wildlife habitat in the world, and with it, one of America’s strongest hunting heritages.

When access to first-rate big game and upland bird hunting has become more elusive, this landscape – a collection of mountains, coulees, wetlands, grasslands, and sagebrush – is more important than ever. The RMP will guide how the BLM manages over 654,000 acres of public land in the heart of Montana, for decades to come. Some of the lands in question include over 200,000 acres of undeveloped, wild habitat along with the protected (UMBNM, CMR Refuge) river corridor. All in all, it amounts to a stunning, intact river-to-prairie ecosystem: miles and miles of breaks, coulees, cottonwood draws, sagebrush, and short-grass prairie.

PROTECT MONTANA WATERS

The three steps of Clean, Drain, Dry greatly minimizes the risk of spreading Aquatic Invasive Species into new locations. Find out what you can do, where the inspection stations are, and more information on the certified boater program.

 

KEEPING PUBLIC LANDS IN PUBLIC HANDS

Montana’s national forests and other public lands provide invaluable habitat for fish and wildlife and unmatched recreational opportunities.  Unfortunately, special interests are always pushing to open up these lands for development.  MWF works to keep public lands in public hands, not sold off to the highest bidder for unsustainable logging, mining, and development.

PROMOTING VOLUNTARY EFFORTS ON PRIVATE LANDS

Montana’s farmers and ranchers have a long history of being good stewards, providing wildlife habitat while making a living off the land.  MWF supports programs that help landowners voluntarily protect their lands, like Habitat Montana and the federal Conservation Reserve Program.  We also work to increase funding to help with weed control and other management needs.

GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE: CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITATS

The Montana Wildlife Federation is teaming up with National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program to transform backyards, school grounds, places of worship, businesses, and community spaces in Billings into Certified Wildlife Habitats. Since 1973, the Garden for Wildlife program has empowered people to invite wildlife back into their neighborhoods by converting their gardens, both large and small, urban and rural, into habitat for local pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife throughout Montana’s watersheds, forests, and urban areas.

CLIMATE IMPACT 

The droughts, fires, and floods associated with climate change will have profound negative impacts on the Treasure State’s world-class outdoor opportunities, which will ripple through the entire economy, according to a new study released today by the Montana Wildlife Federation.