More than $585,000 in funding was approved this week by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission for 15 Montana Future Fisheries Improvement Program projects.
The commission approved projects submitted for the winter funding cycle in areas across Montana, including nine located west of the Continental Divide and six located east of the Continental Divide.
The fisheries improvements will help westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, arctic grayling and mountain whitefish. Work includes reclamation of placer mined streams; stream channel restoration; projects to increase stream flow; removal of barriers to fish migration; installation of screens on irrigation diversions; and installation of barriers to preserve the genetic purity of native fish species.
This year's funding was matched by nearly $1.8 million from outside sources. Private citizens, citizen groups, watershed groups and others submitted a total of 17 proposed projects.
Applications for the 2013 Future Fisheries summer-cycle grant are due June 1 to FWP's Habitat Protection Bureau. Application forms are available on FWP’s website and from FWP regional offices in Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Great Falls, Billings, Glasgow, Miles City or the Fisheries Division in Helena.
Any individual or group with a project designed to restore or enhance habitat for wild or native fish may apply for Future Fisheries Improvement Program funding. Applicants are encouraged to work with local FWP fisheries biologists. Landowners and other project partners usually share project costs extending Future Fisheries Improvement Program dollars.
More information and Future Fisheries Improvement program applications are available on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click the Fishing tab, where you'll find Future Fishing Restoration information.