Mountain-Prairie Region  Partners for Fish & Wildlife
A Word from Our Partners

Wetland restoration in the Blackfoot Valley

"Here in Montana, the Partners for Wildlife Program is our best defense against rural subdivision. And subdivision of productive ranches is the biggest threat to wildlife habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the staff and know-how to make the program work."

Stan Meyer, Former Chairman,
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission

Senator Max Baucus holding a Blackfoot River poster

"My first hand experience working with Montana Partners for Wildlife on restoring Dick Creek in the Blackfoot River Valley stands out as one of the most productive and enlightening work days I've had. I am highly impressed with your watershed restoration efforts. They are critical to maintaining the high quality of life we enjoy in Montana."

Max Baucus
United States Senator

"From a Montana perspective, 'Partners for Wildlife' has been quite successful and has delivered valuable habitat enhancement efforts on private lands in a user-friendly, cost-effective manner. It embodies the responsiveness, flexibility and partnerships not found in many other federal programs."

Patrick J. Graham, Former Director
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Helena, Montana

"I would also like to add that we would be in a sorry state indeed were it not for the work of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and other agencies. Personnel from these organizations have been good friends and good neighbors and without their work, private landowners such as ourselves would be lucky to hang onto a few scraps of wild land."

Dennis Joyes, Farmer/Rancher
Sheridan County, Montana

"We need each other, we have much in common. Agriculture needs open space to stay in business. Wildlife needs open space to stay alive! Much of wildlife habitat is on private land! The Partners for Wildlife Program has recognized this common interest, has built bridges and confidence with private landowners, and is getting some good work done on the ground."

David N. Mannix, Rancher
Helmville, Montana

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's private land program is one of the federal government's most successful private-public ventures benefitting wildlife and property owners."

Bruce Farling, Executive Director
Montana Trout Unlimited