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Benton Lake
Wetland Management District

A large number of waterfowl are clustered on a lake under a clear blue sky.  Snow-capped mountains rise up in the distance.
922 Bootlegger Trail
Great Falls, MT   59404
E-mail: bentonlake@fws.gov
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Benton Lake Wetland Management District contains important wildlife habitat in the prairies and mountains of north-central Montana.
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The District covers 25,000 square miles and includes 10 counties. The mission of this District is to protect wetlands and surrounding grasslands for the benefit of waterfowl and other wildlife. Since 1975, the Service has either purchased or received as donations 22 wetland areas within the District. These WPAs total more than 16,500 acres and are important waterfowl nesting and feeding areas.

More than 86,000 acres in the District are protected by perpetual conservation easements. These easements leave the land in private ownership and protect wetlands, grasslands and prevent subdivision and development of wildlife habitat for residential or commercial purposes.

Two large approved project areas within the Wetland Management District (Blackfoot Valley Wildlife Management Area and Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area) provide an opportunity to fund conservation easements through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These landscape-based projects have the potential to protect up to 23,500 acres in the Blackfoot Valley and 170,000 acres along the Rocky Mountain Front with conservation easements.

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