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.
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.
The public comment period has ended. The deadline was December 4, 2013.
|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|
Meeting location details will be posted as they become available.
|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