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Conservation > Migration & Movement > Ungulates Secretarial Order 3362 Projects

State efforts were given a jump start in 2018 by the United States Department of Interior.

The department’s Secretarial Order 3362 sought to fos­ter collaboration among federal agencies, states, private conservation groups, and landowners to identify, improve, and con­serve winter range and migration corri­dors for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn.

The Secretarial Order directed Department of Interior agencies to work with 11 western states to conserve winter range and migration corridors for pronghorn, elk, and mule deer.​​

In response to the order, FWP created the Montana Action Plan, which outlines research needs for wildlife movement and migration, as well as five priority areas (shown here).​​ FWP and partners have received millions of dollars from this initiative with $1.1 million received in just 2021 for work such as removing fences or securing long term conservation through easement programs.

 

DOI Secretarial Order 3362

 
2021 Funding Update
  • $68,772 for Big Hole fence project funded through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program*.

  • $166,000 for Big Hole fence project funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (*different landowners than involved in the PFW project).

  • $472,000 for a Hi-Line fence and education project awarded to Ranchers Stewardship Alliance through NFWF.

  • $400,000 for a conservation easement in northwest Montana awarded to the Trust for Public Lands funded through NFWF.