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Program Overview


Goals and Objectives

Restored in-stream fish habitat.  Photo showing fish "ladder"Montana Partners for Fish and Wildlife

  • Assists private landowners to restore wetlands and riparian habitat by offering technical and financial assistance.
  • Restores native prairie habitats and other habitat types of special importance to Federal trust species.
  • Emphasizes partnerships! Private landowners, conservation organizations, and other government agencies complete habitat projects under joint ventures.
  • Focuses on threatened ecosystems and imperiled watersheds.

We use a combination of art and science to set general goals and objectives. The "art" involves building trust and credibility with private landowners and partners. This is a critical step in achieving success.  The "science" involves using data on habitat degredation, species use, and habitat assessments to set priorities for restoration.

Montana Partners for Fish and Wildlife wetland projects generally involve restoration by ditch plugs. Uplands projects consist of enhancing/restoring native plant communities by developing and implementing grazing management plans. Riparian/in-stream restoration is accomplished using natural channel design and re-vegetation with native plants and implementing grazing management plans.


Ecosystem Approach

Private lands are a key component of virtually every ecosystem. The ecosystem management "toolbox" must include a private lands tool. Partners for Fish and Wildlife fits that need. In a landscape or watershed approach, Partners for Fish and Wildlife can link habitat projects between public and private lands.

Aerial view of a restored wetland and riparian habitat restoration in the Mission Valley

Riparian and Wetland Projects

Riparian restoration in the Blackfoot ValleyMontana Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program projects illustrate spring creek habitat restoration. Spring creeks originate where ground water rises to the surface, and water flow is usually constant throughout the year.

Objectives:

  • Restore In-Stream Fish Habitat
  • Restore Riparian Habitat
  • Provide Habitat for Migratory Birds
  • Reduce Conflicts between Irrigation and Fish/Wildlife

Projects:

  • Riparian fencing and off-site water development
  • In-stream fish habitat restoration
  • Oxbow wetland restoration
  • Re-establishment of woody vegetation
  • Off-site wetland restoration
  • Headwater wetland restoration
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