Region 4 is made up of 12.5 counties in north central Montana with a combined area of 30,677 sq. miles, 19.5 millions acres (about 20.8% of Montana). The Region has a population of about 180,000 people. According to the current highway map there are 94 communities in Region 4 - 26 are incorporated. Close to 50% of the people in Region 4 live in Cascade County. About 8,460 sq. miles or 27.6% of Region 4 is public domain managed by the federal government - 44% by the US Forest Service, 23% by the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Blackfeet Nation and 17% by the Bureau of Land Management. In Region 4 there are 2, 044 sq. miles of School Trust Land (6.7% of Region 4) managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
This region offers the most diverse flora and fauna in Montana - 64 of Montana's 89 fish species; 75 of Montana's 109 mammals; 338 of the state's 389 birds; and 7 of the 14 plants and animals listed as "Threatened" or "Endangered". The region is currently managing populations of all ten of the state's common big game animals.
Region 4 has 63 Fishing Access Sites, 133 lakes and reservoirs totaling over 61,000 acres; 3,700 miles of fishable running water; 2 managed recreation corridors - the Smith & Missouri Rivers; and 17 reservoirs with over 5,000 acre-feet of storage capacity.
Region 4 has 8 Wildlife Management Areas with a total of 94,238 acres. The Region contains the "Rocky Mountain East Front" one of the richest wildlife areas in the U.S. Region 4 monitors four Conservation Easements: Bay Ranch, Paul & Helen Edwards, Harris Land & Cattle, and the Lewis & Clark Heritage Greenway.
In 2004, Region 4 had 116 Block Management Areas (199 contracts) with 984,977 private acres and 441,456 public acres. 1,426,433 acres in Block Management supported 62,730 hunters (about 91,000 hunter days).
The Region 4 Parks Division operates 5 State Parks: Ackley Lake, First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Giant Springs/Heritage - with Sulphur Springs addition, Sluice Boxes, and Tower Rock. Region 4 also runs the 61 miles Smith River Float Program and the Missouri Corridor Recreation Program.
Recent Region 4 News
Several black bears have been observed on the prairie and along rivers and streams out from the Rocky Mountain Front, prompting state wildlife officials to ask residents to keep bear attractants contained.
(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife)
It’s time to sign up for the final hunter education course of 2015 in Great Falls. Online registration is going on now. Everyone must register online, but there will be a three-day opportunity at Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 4600 Giant Springs Road, for those without access to a computer.
(Region 4 - Education)
Anglers will have an opportunity to voice comments and ask questions about proposals for the 2016-2020 fishing-regulation cycle on Aug. 12 in Great Falls.
(Region 4 - Fishing)