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.


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.