The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has long recognized the importance of sagebrush/grassland vegetative communities as wildlife habitat. Efforts to manipulate these communities concern FWP because of the potential implications to wildlife. [Learn more]
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wilderness Reference Manual was developed to give guidance to FWP employees with wilderness area management responsibilities, an information guideline to pertinent federal laws and regulations as they interact with particular FWP management actions within those wilderness areas. Additionally, the current wilderness areas are identified along with their respective federal land managing agencies and any cooperative managing agreements or memoranda of understandings that may be in place. [Learn more]
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is responsible for noxious weed management on more than 515,000 acres spread across 610 sites in Montana. FWP uses the latest integrated noxious weed management methods to help protect Montana’s public lands, including herbicide application, mechanical control, biological control insects, and by managing for healthy plant communities through prescribed grazing. The following reports document and track FWP’s efforts to contain and eradicate noxious weeds. [Learn more]
The Montana Lake Book explains how lakes function, how they are threatened and how they can be protected. It also spells out simple actions you can take to help protect and preserve the lakes of Montana. ( 2.6 MB)
In the past 40 years rural residential development has increased dramatically in the Rocky Mountain West. Development has diverse impacts on wildlife and has been linked to modified species behavior, such as avoidance of areas near development and human activity, interrupted dispersal and movement patterns, restricted distributions and population declines.
Urbanization is the primary cause of species endangerment and a leading threat to biodiversity in the contiguous U.S. This report reviews the relevant literature addressing how suburban and exurban growth influences Montana fauna, including fish, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and mammals.