PFW - Montana
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Partners for Fish & Wildlife - Montana

 

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  • Bull trout. Credit: J Sartore, National Geographic.

    Bull trout. Credit: J Sartore, National Geographic.

  • Grayling. Credit: USFWS.

    Grayling. Credit: USFWS.

  • Aerial view of a Montana wetland. Credit: USFWS.

    Aerial view of a Montana wetland. Credit: USFWS.

  • Montana autumn of the Blackfoot River. Credit: USFWS.

    Montana autumn of the Blackfoot River. Credit: USFWS.

  • Centennial Valley, Montana. Credit: USFWS.

    Centennial Valley, Montana. Credit: USFWS.

  • Montana grizzly sow and cubs. Credit: USFWS.

    Montana grizzly sow and cubs. Credit: USFWS.

  • Rocky mountain front. Credit: USFWS.

    Rocky mountain front. Credit: USFWS. Credit: USFWS.

  • Bull trout. Credit: J Sartore, National Geographic.

    Bull trout. Credit: J Sartore, National Geographic.

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.


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Goals and Objectives | Ecosystem Approach | Riparian


Goals and Objectives

Grayling observed underwater in Montana. Credit: USFWS.

Grayling observed underwater in Montana. Credit: USFWS.

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  • 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.


Ecosystem Approach

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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.


Riparian and Wetland Projects

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Big Hole River, Montana. Credit: USFWS.

Big Hole River, Montana. Credit: USFWS.

Montana 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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Rocky Mountain Front, Montana. Credit: USFWS.

Rocky Mountain Front, Montana. Credit: USFWS.

Habitat Accomplishments FY 2013

Wetlands - 1,720 Acres
Riparian/In-Stream - 21 Miles
Upland Habitat - 22,795
Fish Passage - 5 Structures

Cumulative FY 1988-2013

Wetlands - 37,282 Acres
Riparian/In-Stream - 1,363 Miles
Upland Habitat - 418,862 Acres
Fish Passage - 60 Structures

2,823 Total Sites


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State Coordinator

Greg Neudecker

Assistant State Coordinator

Randy Gazda (Acting)

Montana PFW Program
P.O. Box 66
Ovando, MT 59854
(406) 727-7400
greg_neudecker@fws.gov
randy_gazda@fws.gov

Kootenai River Watershed

Rox Rogers
Creston National Fish Hatchery
780 Creston Hatchery Road
Kallispell, MT 59901
(406) 758-6880
Rox_Rogers@fws.gov

Big Hole River Watershed

Jim Magee
USFS- Dillon Ranger Station
420 Barrett Street
Dillon, MT 59725
(406) 683-3893
Jim_Magee@fws.gov

Rocky Mountain Front

Sue McNeal
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
100 N. Park Ste. 320
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 449-5225 ext. 209
Susan_McNeal@fws.gov

Mission Valley

Dean Vaughan
National Bison Range
132 Bison Range Road
Moiese, MT 59824
(406) 644-2211
Dean_Vaughan@fws.gov

Blackfoot River Watershed and Swan Valley

Randy Gazda
Montana Partners for Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 66
Ovando, MT 59854
(406) 793-7400 office
Randy_Gazda@fws.gov

Centennial Valley

Randy Gazda
Montana Partners for Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 66
Ovando, MT 59854
(406) 793-7400
Randy_Gazda@fws.gov

Milk River Basin and Glaciated/Shale Plains

Loren Ruport
CMR- Jordan Unit
P.O. Box 63
Jordan, MT 59337
(406) 671-7927
Loren_Ruport@fws.gov

Upper Missouri Coteau

Loren Ruport
CMR- Jordan Unit
P.O. Box 63
Jordan, MT 59337
(406) 671-7927
Loren_Ruport@fws.gov

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: February 11, 2015
All Images Credit to and Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unless Specified Otherwise.
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