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Montana Sikes Act

The Montana Sikes Act is a habitat enhancement program, created to enhance habitat for those animals which are hunted, fished and trapped on public land. The Sikes Act of 1974(Public Law 92-452) authorized the States (Montana Dept. Fish, Wildlife and Parks)(FWP) in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service(FS) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management(BLM) to enhance fish and wildlife habitat on Public Lands.

Habitat enhancement projects come from proposals submittted by Forest Service, BLM and FWP biologists. An advisory committee reviews projects and recommends funding.

Examples of projects are burning conifers to maintain grassland habitats; weed control on big game winter range; removing barriers to fish movements, and enhancement of wetland and riparian habitats.