Currently, there are three primary threats to
the Rocky Mountain Front. The most significant threat is habitat fragmentation caused by residential
or commercial development and the conversion of native prairie to cropland. Degraded and
de-watered stream systems are growing problems. The third major threat is noxious weeds
and their ever expanding hold on the landscape.
The Montana Partners For Fish
and Wildlife Program is working cooperatively with private landowners along the Rocky Mountain Front
on voluntary habitat restoration and habitat protection with conservation easements.
Habitat restoration efforts currently focus on wetlands, streams, riparian areas, and
native uplands. Projects have included wetland restoration, instream restoration, and
riparian restoration through re-vegetation and improved grazing management. Several
conservation easements are now in place to perpetually protect wetland and prairie
communities. These easements also preserve the traditional ranching lifestyle which is
another key component of this conservation strategy.
Riparian restoration through improved grazing
Instream restoration on Elk Creek.
Although there have been considerable
accomplishments within this Focus Area, more work remains to be done. The threats to this
sensitive landscape are growing, so restoration and conservation are vitally important.
- Restore 500 miles of in-stream and
- Restore 3,500 acres of wetlands.
- Restore or enhance 500,000 acres of
- Continue to pursue efforts to control
noxious and exotic plants.
- Focus fisheries restoration efforts on
- Collaborate with partners on educational
- Continue to participate in
watershed-level planning and restoration efforts.