Species-focused projects will seek to protect and restore Tier 1 species identified in the Fish and Wildlife Comprehensive Plan. Conservation activities were mostly aimed at several Tier 1 species identified in Montana's Comprehensive Fish and Wildlife Conservation Plan: Prairie Dogs, Sage Grouse, Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl. Fish, Wildlife and Parks began working on the statewide prairie dog acreage estimate in the fall of 2007. The survey provided a snapshot view of a prairie dog colony only on the day surveyed by air or ground. This survey generated an estimate of 193,865 (SE 15,510) active prairie dog acres. This is a statewide estimate at this point and is only applicable at a landscape level. The current estimate of inactive prairie dog acres is 32,380 (SE 10,069). Fieldwork was completed late in the summer of 2008 and data analysis was completed in the spring of 2009. Further results can be found in the associated reference reports.
08/14/2007 - 08/15/2012