Planting wildlife friendly CRP—such as CP 2 and CP 25—provides the greatest benefit to upland game birds. Wildlife friendly seed mixes have a greater proportion of native grasses and forbs, which can also increase seed costs. Consider partnering with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to help reduce your seed costs.
Anyone may apply for a seed cost-share, but producers with land in priority counties receive additional program evaluation points. Because of differing management jurisdictions, lands within Indian Reservations do not qualify. See map below.
Through enrollment, the program pays up to 35% of your actual seed costs, but not more than $30 per acre. Eligible producers may enroll up to 640 acres of CRP, either on private land or State Trust lands. Enrolled producers agree to free public upland game bird hunting and no emergency haying or grazing of their enrolled CRP that is in addition to scheduled maintenance.
All applications will undergo a review and scoring process by FWP staff. Contracts will be awarded based on evaluation scores and available funding. FWP will alert applicants of their status within 60 days or less.
Applications must be postmarked no later than March 7, 2016.
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