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 public lands provide invaluable habitat for fish and wildlife in addition to 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 resource extraction 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.
Droughts, fires, and floods associated with climate change will have far-reaching impacts on Montana’s world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, our economy, and our outdoor heritage. MWF fights to protect our wildlife, fisheries, and public lands to mitigate the impacts of these changes and help ensure the future viability of our way of life.
BLACKFOOT CLEARWATER STEWARDSHIP ACT
The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a grassroots, collaborative conservation initiative that permanently protects critical tributaries to the Blackfoot River in addition to thousands of acres of public lands. Additionally, the BCSA utilizes local timber companies to provide habitat services in the form of selective logging to improve wildlife habitat while stimulating the local economy. MWF has been and will continue to be, the voice for wildlife in this collaborative.