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Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program

The Montana Wildlife Habitat Improvement Act was passed into law by the 2017 Legislature. The purpose of the act is to make federal funding available to restore priority wildlife habitats by controlling noxious weeds. The legislation makes available up to $2M annually in federal Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration funds, which requires a dollar of nonfederal matching funds (cash) for every 3 dollars of federal grant funding.

Projects are intended to be focused on ecologically-important wildlife habitats with landscape-scale benefits. Grants, which are paid in the form of reimbursed expenses, may be issued for up to five year’s duration. Priorities for funding include: lands that are open to public hunting and involve priority wildlife habitats; noxious weed infestations that directly impact habitat functions; broad partnerships; proposals with leveraging beyond the minimum match funding requirement; projects that retain or restore native plant communities; and projects operating at large landscape scales.

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