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Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council
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Governor Bullock established by Executive Order the Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council on February 2, 2013; the council has concluded its work. The purpose of the Council was to “to gather information, furnish advice, and provide to the Governor recommendations on policies and actions for a state-wide strategy to preclude the need to list the Greater Sage-grouse under the ESA, by no later than January 31, 2014.” The Council was co-chaired by FWP Director, Jeff Hagener, and the Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor, Tim Baker. Council members included representatives from agriculture and ranching, conservation and sportsmen, energy, mining and power transmission, tribal government, local government, and the legislature.

Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Program

On September 9, 2014 Governor Bullock signed an Executive Order establishing a Montana Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Program and a Montana Sage-grouse Oversight Team. The Executive Order was based in large part on the Advisory Council's recommendations.

Opportunity for Public Comment

The public comment period has ended. The deadline was December 4, 2013.

2013 Open House Schedule

City Location Date Time
Dillon U of M – Western, Lewis & Clark Room, Mathews Hall November 13 6–8 PM
Billings FWP Region 5 Headquarters November 18 6–8 PM
Baker Senior Citizens Center November 19 1–3 PM
Miles City Miles Community College, James P Lucas Bldg, Rm 106 November 19 7–9 PM
Glasgow Cottonwood Inn and Suites November 20 6–8 PM
Malt First State Bank November 21 12–2 PM
Lewistown FWP Lewistown Area Office November 21 6–8 PM

2013 Meeting Schedule

Meeting location details will be posted as they become available.

  • FWP Commission Room

  • FWP Headquarters
  • 1420 E. 6th Avenue
  • Helena
  • Montana WILD

  • 2668 Broadwater Avenue
  • Helena
  • Capitol Building

  • 1301 E. 6th Avenue
  • Helena
Date Topic Location Agendas & Handouts
May 21–23 Establish Need, Objectives, Background Capitol Building, Room 152 Download agendas & handouts
June 11–12 Transmission, Infrastructure, Wind FWP Commission Room Download agendas & handouts
June 25–26 Oil, Gas, Mining Montana Board of Investments
2401 Colonial Drive
3rd Floor Conference Room
Download agendas & handouts
July 16–17 Surface disturbance, fire and invasive species Montana WILD  Download agendas & handouts
July 30–31 Agricultural Conversion, Working Lands Capitol Building, Room 137 Download agendas & handouts
August 13–14 Mitigation Montana WILD Download agendas & handouts
September 4–5 Adaptive Management, Implementation, Compliance Monitoring, Reporting Montana WILD Download agendas & handouts
September 24–25 Review Draft Recommendations Capitol Building, Room 152 Download agendas & handouts
October 8–9 Finalize Draft Recommendations for Public Comment Montana WILD Download agendas & handouts
January 14–15 Final Recommendations  Montana WILD Download agendas & handouts

NOTE: Meeting dates and location are subject to change

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  • Catherine Wightman

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • PO Box 200701
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701
  • Phone: (406) 444-3377
  • Email