Northwest Montana Wetland Management District

About Us

The units of the Northwestern Montana National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Management District (NWMTWMD) geographically situated within the Mission, Flathead, and Swan Valleys of northwestern Montana are administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). These units contribute to a larger network of conservation lands across four counties and support a diversity of game and non-game wildlife species that enhance and highlight the biodiversity of northwestern Montana. 


Our History

The Northwest Montana Wetland Management District was once part of the National Bison Range Complex. In 2021, USFWS transferred the National Bison Range (now Bison Range) to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Learn more about the transfer:

The remaining federally managed lands from the Complex consist of Ninepipe, Pablo, Swan River, and Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuges, Lost Trail and Swan Valley Conservation Areas, and the Northwest Montana Wetland Management Districts. Due to the transfer, the remaining lands are now known as the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District.

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