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Welcome to FWP Region 1

Northwest Montana is known for its lakes and rivers, featuring two-thirds of all the recreational waters and one third of all registered boats in the state. Over 500 lakes support fish, ranging from 125,000-acre Flathead Lake, the largest lake west of the Great Lakes, to hundreds of high mountain lakes. More than 3,000 miles of fishable stream flow through the Region. Sensitive native fish species, including the westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and red-band rainbow trout, reside in the waters of Region One. Important wildlife species include grizzly and black bear bears, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, three species of mountain grouse, and furbearers such as marten and wolverine. Region One provides about half of the black bear and mountain lion harvest in the state. The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal pursued by hunters.

Varied land ownerships and agency responsibilities make for challenging natural resource management in the Region, which is bound by the Flathead Indian Reservation to the south, and Glacier National Park to the north. Millions of acres of national forest wilderness and hundreds of thousands of acres of corporate timberlands are found in Region One as well. FWP, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and various local, state, and federal agencies work together to manage habitat and wildlife. The state and tribes have unique agreements to co-manage fisheries in Flathead Lake, and fishing and hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Region 1 Big Game Annual Reports

Recent Region 1 News

Draft EA for N Shore WMA 5-Year Farm Lease

06/23/2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the North Shore WMA 5-Year Farm Lease Draft EA. FWP proposes to lease a portion of the North Shore WMA for agriculture for a period of five years for the mutual benefit of the Lessee, FWP, and wildlife.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP REGION ONE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE-Deadline in June 30

06/07/2016

FWP is seeking volunteer applicants to fill up to six slots on the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is in its 20th year and was established to provide input and guidance to FWP from the public. This is a general advisory committee that works with FWP on all issues and programs.

(Region 1 - Education)